New Teacher's Guide to ELA Common Core Standards

With the implementation of the Common Core standards into my daily instruction, I have found my instruction is more targeted and purposeful. Because I teach 6th grade, the majority of my language arts lesson plans and resources are CCSS aligned for grades 4 through 8.While I have created tools for lower level readers due to the diverse levels of my student learners, I find based on DRAs, DIBELs, MAP testing, and other progress monitoring tools, my students are building their ELA skills in the range of grades 4-8....more

Erin Condren Teacher Planner: How a School Counselor Uses It

I promised this post FOREVER ago and just haven't done it for many reasons. Some of which aren't good ones, some of which are unimportant right now.  But, REGARDLESS, it is here!...more
This is relevant to Rhea's interests.more

Teacher Drag: How One Hashtag Turned Me Into a Fashionista

What started as a sweet inside joke between me and my mom grew into something much larger. My friends started texting me how they loved seeing my outfits, and when I changed the privacy settings on my Instagram and made it public, I suddenly had a slew of fashionistas (and teachers) liking my posts and following me. ...more
Great read. The photos aren't showing up :( . But still a great post. :Dmore

Ode To The Drama Teacher

Ode To The Drama TeacherAnd as you stand there: AghastBecause we’re three days from Opening Night andAdo Annie still doesn’t know her lines andThe Dream Ballet is a Nightmare andThe Light Board Op just got Detention…Let us now praise You.You, the Permanently Fatigued.You, the Loyal-to-the-Point-of-Self-Neglect.You, the Keeper of a Thousand-and-Eleventeen Secret Dreams.You are the one who makes it all Look So Easy....more

Watch Yourself Martha

I crafted today. Well, ok that's probably overstating. I bought things and arranged it. You see the picture. I hit this out of the park. I mean for my first try. I saw the jar gift ideas on Pinterest and I loved them to bits, so I decided that was the thing I needed to do for my daughter's preschool teachers....more

Erin Condren Love

I have a small problem (I know, another one).I’m slightly OCD, according to others, when it comes to my planner.  As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a planner or agenda of some kind....more

Parent Teacher Conferences Gone Bad

f you follow me on Instagram (jwarrenauthor), then you might have seen my post this week about mom guilt. That was due to a parent teacher conference that I had via phone with my son’s preschool teacher. The conversation turned into a “Is he ready for Kindergarten?” bit with the teacher saying all sorts of comments such as:  ...more

Looking the Part

While I've had my share of regrettable fashion choices (you can ask my former boss about the summer I cycled through 12 different colors of the same t-shirt dress), I've always considered myself a rather stylish person. I love dressing up, and I'm a big believer in the idea that what you wear influences how you act. So the minute I found out I was hired for a new teaching job, I knew it was time to hit the mall....more

Princess Teacher

Today was a weirdo day. First day back from break = Basically the first day of school. So from the start it was slightly different feeling. But then the real kicker... I had no students. None. Zero. My classroom was completely empty.Weird.But somehow it worked out as a HUGE blessing in disguise because I was able to spend the day in a class and a grade and with a group of kids that I never get to spend time with. And if I've learned one thing from teaching it's that every new experience with children will teach you something....more