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…

Unlock the Magic with Hope King

This year I’m implementing a new incentive system in my classroom and I cannot wait to get it started with my students! I learned about this system from Hope King, a teacher at the Ron Clark Academy, blogger, and overall Queen of Education. Students receive keys for going above and beyond with their behavior and…

The Need for Growth & Grit: A Commentary

What happens when your future is already planned out for you? What occurs when we’re told our learning takes place in a box, in this small finite place where IQ and ability has predetermined our destiny? What happens? What happens is children function as pawns in a game, as players in a chess match moved…