• new year,  students,  teacher,  Uncategorized

    A Whole New World

    Hopefully, when you read the title of this blog post, the song from Aladdin popped into your head. If not, well, your childhood was messed up and you need to go now to Disney+ and watch the movie. Go. I’ll wait. If you’re like me, then this song was immediately what came to mind when you read the title. Of course, I pictured an animated Jasmine and Aladdin but decided to go a little more current for my video link. If you’re nostalgic, you can pop over to YouTube and watch the original video. I’ll wait. Okay, now that everyone’s caught up on their Aladdin, I’ll get into the meat…

  • new year,  new year's resolutions

    A New Year … Some New Goals …

    Everyone knows that when the New Year comes around, you make New Year’s Resolutions (that you may or may not keep). Some people say they’re going to budget. Others vow to exercise. There are those who want to start a new job or finish college. Everyone’s goals are different and it’s always a good idea to have goals – whether you start them on New Year’s or on January 21. Or even in July. Seriously, just have some goals. I, personally, have set a few goals for myself this year. Mine are more of the practical type and I’m not pretending that I won’t hit a few roadblocks or stumble…

  • 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,  academics,  books,  classroom,  new students,  new teacher,  new year,  reading,  sixth grade,  student engagement,  students,  summer,  teacher,  teaching books

    Reading Teacher Books Should Count as Professional Development!

    Over the summer, I have tried to do summer break things. I have hung out at the animal shelter (probably way too much), spent time with family, watched way too many episodes of Bones and Say Yes to the Dress, and taken a lot of naps. Ahhh…summer.But I have also gotten bored. And itchy to get started with school prep because I always try to do something new, bigger, and better each year. So not only did I work on new lesson materials and my new classroom theme (which I will reveal in a new blog series starting next week so stay tuned!!) but I read several new teaching books.And that’s…

  • #starringthesixers,  bad kids,  capturing kids hearts,  classroom,  classroom management,  new year,  procedures,  professional development,  sixth grade,  student discipline,  student engagement,  students,  teacher

    Let’s Capture Some Hearts!

    Heck, yes, I would love to go to a summer PD, said no teacher ever. Well, maybe some teachers do enjoy going to training in the summer. I know I do. I’m always up for learning new things and planning for the upcoming school year. I wouldn’t want to go to a training every single day of the summer but I don’t mind an occasional PD – especially if it’s good. This past week, my school held a Capturing Kids’ Hearts training. We are implementing the process this year and all our staff had to be trained. I went to the training on Wednesday and Thursday. Going into the training, I…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  classroom,  new year,  sixth grade,  students,  summer,  teacher,  teaching

    Summer!!

    I feel like Olaf, singing about summer! That blessed, glorious time is finally upon us and has been upon us for a week now. It’s a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy being free from school.I did that. For like a week. Now I’m back on the computer, browsing Pinterest and dreaming up ideas for the next school year. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t spend all of summer doing nothing. I’ve got some good ideas simmering for next year that I want to start fleshing out, I’m thinking of moving away from interactive notebooks this year so I’ve got to start thinking about that…there’s lots…