My Teaching Backpack – A Love Story

Every teacher has his or her favorite go-to items.  I always enjoy hearing about what other teachers carry with them (literally…not figuratively because that’s a whole different blog post for another day).  I’m a traveling teacher, a.k.a. I walk between my office and my outside mobile classroom at least five times a day, so I […]

Continue reading
7

Reflections on Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) and Teacher Collaboration

You know the feeling: it’s family vacation time and you’ve packed busy bags for the kids, have enough Goldfish crackers and juice boxes to keep them in snacks for weeks, suitcases stuffed in the back and under feet, special blankie and stuffed bear freshly laundered.  Silently, you remember the last car trip which led to […]

Continue reading

Teaching Students to Write a Synthesis Essay

Writing instruction is challenging, yet rewarding.  Synthesis, an important common core skill, occurs when several sources are used and evaluated.  This typically occurs in expository writing where researched sources are brought together to prove a thesis statement or answer an inquiry question.  After reading to understand different sources and arguments, students often struggle with bringing them […]

Continue reading

Why Teachers are Their Own Worst Frenemies

Growth Mindset Goal Setting Activity

When I was in high school at a retreat, one of my leaders shared an important illustration about priorities and what “really” matters.  She provided each group of students with a large glass container, many large rocks, smaller rocks, sand, and water.  The challenge was to be able to fit all of these into the […]

Continue reading
1 2 3 4