Category: The first year

Classroom supplies splurges 2

Classroom supplies splurges

With all the hype around the “clear the list” Amazon movement just a few weeks ago I started to think about what my dream classroom would look like. I didn’t generate a list and...

Preparing for Open House 0

Preparing for Open House

Open house is different from parent/teacher conferences. During open house, a high school usually runs through the entire schedule allotting about ten minutes per class. Schools that run on an A/B schedule usually have...

Year Round School 0

Year Round School

The idea of year-round school is growing in popularity among politicians who believe it will help save our “failing schools.” Many districts have experimented with the year-round school model, which actually still maintains the...

key to success in teaching 0

The key to success in teaching

The kids need to like you. It’s that simple. If students like you, then you have a chance at getting through to them academically. Students also need to know that you are the teacher;...

sample letters to parents 2

Sample letters to parents

I always send parents an email on or before the first day of school so they know how to contact me and what to expect. As a new teacher you might be wondering what...

planning beyond the first day of school 1

Planning beyond the first day

Thinking about planning beyond the first day of school and through the rest of the year can be immensely intimidating.  You spent hours planning day one. How can you possibly make it through 179...