Emergency lesson plans are a great way to be sure that if you need to be out of your classroom, your students will continue to learn and grow even when you are not there or there are other situations. There are three different times that I use emergency lesson plans...read more
I recently shared an article on the expiration dates on certain strategies or concepts used in the classroom, and so many of you had such great comments on that article that I wanted to discuss it a bit further. The strategy that brought the most feedback was on the...read more
If you’ve been teaching for any amount of time, you have likely encountered those students who tend to shut down. There are many reasons why a student will have difficulties, and it is important to understand how to create the best environment possible for them. Too...read more
As a full-time teacher, I know how difficult it can be to make the shift between break and going back to school, especially after a long winter break. I get it. When I was single and teaching, I can well remember not wanting to leave “jammies on the couch” mode to...read more
In this world of instant gratification, do your students struggle with waiting? Wait time can be difficult to implement in your classroom for several reasons, but I would say one of the biggest reasons is that from the time children are babies, they are not taught to...read more
Bootcamp Challenge #4:
How do you handle students that get frustrated?
Here are four things that work in my classroom when I feel the frustration levels rise.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to sign up for the FREE 10 Day Bootcamp: How to Teach At-Risk and Underprepared Students Common Core Math, do it today!read more
Are you ready to enjoy having more engaged students in your math classes? Teach them these three things about how their brain works and they will feel more relaxed and be more willing to learn!read more
How can you teach less so your students can learn more? Doesn't that sound like a dream come true? Watch this video if your students are shutting down or if any of these statements sound familiar: "This is too much!" "I just got the last problem, now you...read more
Solve this problem in a different way. I love this one! Kids that have always been good at math are very good at following the algorithms. But not thinking outside of the given method. They often do not like this question at the beginning of the year, but as they get...read more
The biggest goal I have is to be more kind, more understanding, more flexible, and more effective with my teaching. Don't get me wrong, I was not an ogre standing in the front of the room, but we all have our moments when we fall off the wagon. I am not proud of it. I...read more