Teachers Deserve Deliciousness

I know I usually write about teaching. But do you guys know what else I love? I really love food. I do not skip meals. But I do eat breakfast in my car on the way to school. When I first started teaching, I would buy a bunch of frozen breakfasts and lunches. I gave... Continue Reading →

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The Tallest Tower Wins

Second semester is here again! I really love to use that first day back to get the kids up, moving, and being creative. But I know they need to ease back into school... no heavy content just yet. My go to used to be the Ultimate Bubble Blowing Champion. But I recently switched schools. So... Continue Reading →

Am I Secretly a Techie?

I have been stating for a while that I am not a techie. But I recently switched from a 1-1 school to a non 1-1 school. And I am quickly realizing just how much I did use tech in my teaching. Yes, I used a lot of student tools.... but I used a lot of... Continue Reading →

What Do Teachers Really Want?

Tonight I'm stepping out of my usual audience box (teachers) and writing for parents. I realize there probably aren't many non-teacher parents checking my blog, so if you could pass this along that'd be super. =) It's that time of year: gift giving season. The gift buying seems to start earlier and earlier each year,... Continue Reading →

Making Learning Visual

For those of us that are teaching science using the NGSS, we know the importance of students creating and using models. I've recently been using them in place of (or at least in addition to) taking notes. We all have those kids who are just crazy artistically talented. But even those who aren't can get... Continue Reading →

Are You Ready To Save Money??

As promised.... I have a gift for you! Just to recap- because I love all my readers and FB likers so much, I am giving you a code that gets you $5 off EVERY SINGLE PIECE you buy from Megan Rusek's LulaRoe group starting Wednesday, November 8th through Friday, November 10th (2017!). If you know... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Use of Wikipedia

Do your students just love Wikipedia? Do they love competitions? Do you want to see how much they know about a topic before you start and are sick of pre-tests? Are you looking for opportunities to further challenge your students that finish their work early or who are ready to move on while others in... Continue Reading →

Let Nature Be Your Guide!

Last summer, as part of my Master's in Teaching Biology (which was awesome, learn more here.) I took a class on bioinspiration. I had never really heard of bioinspiration and didn't know what I was getting into. IT WAS SO COOL! In a nut shell, bioinspiration is looking at how an organism or ecosystem performs... Continue Reading →

Velcro Vocab Folder Puzzle Thingies!

Last summer, my (then) 3 year old went to nature camp at our local forest preserve. As a warm up activity, they had the kids match pieces of butterfly pictures that were velcroed to a manila folder. Brilliant! Though I thought my high schoolers might appreciate the simplicity of butterfly pictures (and maybe they'd actually... Continue Reading →

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