Flexibility- How much is too much?

One of the most important lessons, one learns as a teacher is the importance of flexibility. Many things occur in a school setting that are beyond our control. Picture days, fire alarms, safety drills, and computer issues are a few of the events that happen in our schools so as a teacher, and one has to adjust lessons ....more

When Teachers Get Sick

I am not a very good sick person....more

Teacher Burnout: A Series of Fresh Starts

I hate finals. There. I said it ....more

Decomposing Fractions: An Alternative for Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers

I, like many elementary teachers across the nation, have found myself teaching math concepts to 4th and 5th-grade students that were once taught to middle school students. Truth be told, when I first began teaching these skills I must admit I was very skeptical about teaching multiplying fractions and whole numbers to 4th and 5th graders. As I grew more comfortable with the idea that I have to teach my 4th and 5th graders these complex concepts I decided to find ways that made the transition seamless ....more

30 Picture Books for Black History Month

First, let’s get something obvious out of the way. Black history is American history. It shouldn’t be relegated to one month out of the year ....more

Using Reader’s Notebooks in Middle School

I’ve been approached by many teachers who ask me, if you don’t use reading logs to monitor how much your students are reading, what do you use? My solution has been to run a Reader’s Workshop in my classroom where all my students keep a reader’s notebook. a glimpse of our Reader Notebooks According to experts like Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller, and Kelly Gallagher, giving students choice in what they read is paramount in getting kids to read more and to read better ....more

But What if They Reflect?

I have never been a traditional teacher. ...more

Budget Crisis: Tips for the Overwhelmed Special Educator

How much is too much to expect from a special education teacher? Overwhelmed teachers across the country are reporting that the current budget crisis is impacting their ability to serve the students on their caseloads effectively. In many states, there is not set limit to the number of students a teacher may have on their caseload, so as the education budget gets downsized year after year, the solution in many school is to increase class sizes and caseloads for special education teachers ....more

Is it Time for the Beef Between Veteran Teachers and Teach for America to End?

Have you ever had a conversation with a fellow teacher that made you change your whole mindset about something? This afternoon I had a long conversation with a former teacher who I used to support as an Instructional Coach. This teacher is in his fourth year of teaching and is a graduate of the Teach for America program ....more

Math for the 21st Century Student

I’ve always believed that part of my job as a teacher was to prepare my students to be lifelong learners. Students in school today can expect to have more than one career during their working lives. This makes it imperative that they are comfortable training for a new career ....more