Will This Be On the Test?

Will This Be On the Test?

Will this be on the test? Why do we have to learn this? When am I ever going to use this? Many assume questions like these come from kids who are lazy and want to do the least they can to get by. You wish your students would take a longer view and not just cram for...
Encouragement Beyond the Mug

Encouragement Beyond the Mug

A friend on facebook asked teachers to share what they really want for Teacher Appreciation Week. I was tempted to write—MUGS! Lots and lots of teacher-themed mugs. You’ll be happy to know, I didn’t act on this impulse.  By now, if you’re a teacher in a school...
Prep Time

Prep Time

When I teach writing, I’m amazed at how often students think the writing process is a big waste of time. If I assign a story, they want to sit down and write a story. Many treat brainstorming and planning like obstacles keeping them from finishing their...
Handwriting Transformation

Handwriting Transformation

One year when I taught third grade, I had a student who struggled with handwriting. He did not have good control in holding or using a pencil. As I watched I became convinced that he was left-handed. He ate with his left hand. He caught with his left hand. When I...
 Load Up & Head Out 

 Load Up & Head Out 

Of all the crazy things I did as a classroom teacher, the end-of-year adventure field trip definitely ranks in one of the top 5 best ideas ever. First came the car trip in the extra-long International Travelall. I still remember the look at the gas station when the...

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