My biggest sigh of relief happened when I first realized that in-person strategies could absolutely be implemented virtually with a bit of creative tweaking! I am here to share some ways I made distance learning work for me that you can literally begin using today; and if you ever merge back into a setting like it, you will have few worries about how to keep students involved in your lessons! Strategy 1: Discussion Frontload This may not always be possible, but when I could plan accordingly ... Read More about 7 Student Engagement Strategies for Remote Learning
If you are trying to think about how you will engage your students in this upcoming school year, think no longer! Teachers are some of the most creative people out there! Present us a challenge - we will CRUSH it! The number of activities you could browse for back-to-school are endless, but I want to share some of my favorites that can be done in-person or virtually to get to know your students! Number 1: This or That / Would You Rather... Not only are these games super fun for kids, but you ... Read More about 6 Getting-To-Know-You Activities for Back-to-School
For years, and I mean years, I tried a variety of ways to store my guided reading and reading center activities. It was not until the 2018-2019 school year that I took some time the summer before school started to organize my materials in a more functional way. I love the neatness of a binder or the storage drawers, but I know myself. Out of sight, out of mind... and that is exactly what always happened. I needed a way to keep my materials handy and visual. Then a-ha! It is simple but so ... Read More about A Guided Reading Organization System That Works
Each year, teacher interviews are happening. I know the basic nerves kick in, but now with an added layer like everything being VIRTUAL… I know it can get overwhelming. I am here to calm your nerves and provide some beneficial tips that can help you nail that teaching position! Honestly, most of this is helpful for in-person interviews, too, but right now we are virtual, so let’s get started! Tip #1: Ready Your Technology & Space This may seem a bit like DUH, but you know ... Read More about 16 Tips to Nail Your Virtual Interview!
"How in the world am I going to celebrate the end of this unique school year with my students?!" Have these thoughts crossed your mind? I think we can all agree that no one has had an end to the school year like we are having right now. However, we are teachers and that means we are innovative, we problem solve, and we can figure anything out! Yay! Go US! To help jumpstart your end-of-the-year problem solving, I have put together a list, in no particular order, of some favorite ideas and ... Read More about 15 Ways to End the Virtual School Year