• academics,  back to school,  classroom,  classroom management,  classroom procedures,  new teacher

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Classroom Management Hack

    If there’s one thing that can be difficult for new teachers, it’s classroom management. You can have the most well-thought out procedures, have your bell schedule prominently displayed, and be ready to not smile until Christmas but the class can still run amok. Last year, my classes pushed me to my breaking point. There were sometimes more than 30 kids in the classes (including several with IEPs or BIPs or 504s or ESOL accommodations) and it was often hard to get the entire class to be quiet. I’ve always struggled with determining who the culprit really is when there are multiple students talking and last year was no exception. I…

  • back to school,  classroom,  teacher

    It’s a Teacher Thing: The First Week

    First, sorry for being MIA last week. It was the week of teacher in-service days and boy, oh boy, did I stay busy! Goodness. The week flew by. Between stressing over getting my room done (I did and might put up another blog post with pictures), preparing for orientation (I met 76 of my students but, of course, the ones with the crazy IEPs did not come), taking a field trip into our students’ neighborhoods (and chasing down a shell-shocked kid to give him candy), and trying to lesson plan…it was a crazy week to say the least. So my apologies to the one person who reads this blog! 😉…

  • academics,  back to school,  classroom,  classroom management,  classroom procedures,  expectations,  new job,  new teacher,  new year,  procedures,  teacher,  teaching

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Setting High Expectations From The Start

    We’re into Week 2 of my new, purposeful blog posting. Last week, everything focused on gearing up for your new classroom through buying supplies and physical materials necessary for success. This week, I’m going to be focusing everything on establishing your expectations and procedures at the start. It is incredibly important to establish high expectations and clear procedures from Day 1. Now, while I don’t necessarily believe in “don’t smile until Christmas” – mostly because I have a really bad poker face – I do believe in the advice that you can always get easier but you can’t get harder. It’s a good idea to go into the year with…

  • back to school,  classroom,  new job,  new teacher,  new year,  teacher,  teaching

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Gearing Up for the New School Year

    I know I’ve been away from the blog for a while. To be honest, I went to a writer’s conference in Kentucky and kind of got depressed afterwards so I haven’t done much writing. Then, my father passed away and that has kind of taken up a lot of my time and energy so I just haven’t really been focusing on the blog or book much at all. Today, that is going to change. I am “re-starting” my blog and jumping straight into my new goal – helping new teachers. Each week, the blog will focus on a teacher tip (called It’s a Teacher Thing) to help new and relatively…

  • #starringthesixers,  back to school,  books,  classroom,  librarian,  literacy,  marshall,  marshall university,  media specialist,  reading,  teacher,  teaching

    Looking Ahead to Next Stages

    I think that, in life, it’s important to find your passion. It just doesn’t make sense to me to go through life doing something you don’t enjoy. Why be miserable when you can be happy? Now, I do understand that some people, through circumstances or choices or whatever, are not able to live their passion in their job but I have always thought that it is important to be happy at what you do. I enjoy my job (most days). I love who I work with and I love who I work for. On most days, I even love every single one of my students, except maybe when they’re screaming…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  back to school,  classcraft,  classroom,  sixth grade,  student engagement,  students,  summer,  teacher

    Let the Planning Commence!

    Okay, yes. I know that we are barely starting our 3rd week of summer and that I should still be enjoying relaxing, kicking back, and basically doing nothing. And I am. But I’m also getting bored with that. I’m ready to start planning for next year. I don’t want to spend hours at my computer every day, typing away at this that and the other. But I want to do a little bit here and a little bit there so that I don’t get overwhelmed come August. In case you were wondering (or had any suggestions, comments, critiques), here are the main things I would like to accomplish this summer as…