Creating Empathy in the Classroom

One of my most essential goals as a reading teacher is to guide students towards a path of empathy. The more they read and the more they come into contact with characters that are different than them, it is my hope that they become more empathetic. This year, I introduced a new text to my…

TEDxYouth

Hello! I know it’s felt like forever since I’ve jumped onto the blog. The school year just got away from me and we were too busy having fun! I’ll make sure to recap some of my favorite moments and lessons from this school year. Over the past year, I’ve been busy preparing for our first…

Get Your Teach On!

I’m so excited to announce that I will be joining the fabulous crew at Get Your Teach On in Chicago this October! If you haven’t heard of Get Your Teach On, it’s a fabulous and engaging 2-day conference for K-5 teachers.  I’ll be speaking to our 4th and 5th grade friends on how to beef…

Spy Lab!

Our spy lab this week was a fabulous hit! It was truly the epitome of my philosophy on teaching: high engagement & high expectations. I’ve never seen students so excited, motivated, and dedicated to their work! The spy lab was set up for two days and at the end of each class my students organized…

Jenga in the Classroom

Each year I forget how time consuming it is to get ready for back to school! My apologies for being MIA from posting. I love the “honeymoon” phase of back to school. Students are willing and eager to please, excitement is in the air, and kids love to get in the groove of the teaching…