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…

Foundations of My Classroom

The foundation of our classroom is based on 55 challenges that create high expectations, build a culture of respect and rapport, and allows my students to know exactly what I expect of them and when. If you haven’t read Ron Clark’s Essential 55 , I would highly suggest learning about his process and implementation. After…