Fairytale Classroom Theme Decor

Pinterest and Instagram are filled with so many amazing ideas and beautiful classrooms. I scrolled for weeks trying to decide what theme I wanted to go with, only to settle on a fairytale theme. Guess how many classrooms I found with a fairytale theme. Two! Only a couple posts had ideas to help me plan. … Continue reading Fairytale Classroom Theme Decor

Top 3 End of the Year STEM Units that Keep Students Engaged and Behavior Under Control

Teachers, Summer is coming!! This is always an exciting time of the year, which makes all those behavior skills your students work so hard to build all year go right out the window. πŸ˜… No fear! Simple literacy-infused STEM units are my absolute favorite way to keep students learning and engaged during the last few … Continue reading Top 3 End of the Year STEM Units that Keep Students Engaged and Behavior Under Control

Interactions in Ecosystems: This Week in 5th Grade Science

Life Science is something that I love to teach in Spring because animals and plants are becoming active again. We can teach what students are starting to see in their world around them. Plus, we have more opportunity to tie in natural occurrences to our lessons such as baby animals and plant growth. This week … Continue reading Interactions in Ecosystems: This Week in 5th Grade Science

Anchor Chart Paper Teacher Hack

Chart paper isn’t cheap, and you probably use a lot of it if you like anchor charts as much as I do. I have a simple little teacher hack for you, that will save you tons of money. Wrapping paper makes AMAZING chart paper for anchor charts. Before you put away all of your Christmas … Continue reading Anchor Chart Paper Teacher Hack

Minimalist Planning – #TEACHERLIFE 101

Last week I shared one of the biggest ways I maintain my sanity and avoid teacher burnout - minimizing my grading routine. Today, I am going to share another one of my biggest ways to save your time and sanity: Simplify your planning and prepping routine. My way of simplifying and becoming a minimalist planner/prepper … Continue reading Minimalist Planning – #TEACHERLIFE 101

Minimalist Grading – #teacherlife 101

One of the biggest ways I maintain my sanity and avoid teacher burnout is minimizing my grading routine. My way of simplifying and becoming a minimalist grader not only adds hours of me-time to my weeks, but adds valuable learning opportunities you may be missing out on! I learned this method early on, and cannot … Continue reading Minimalist Grading – #teacherlife 101

Why I love No Prep Digital Science Lessons

I think my favorite thing that has come out of this whole Covid / virtual learning season is the experience of using digital resources for our classrooms. This is a route that a lot of us would not have taken by choice, but we have learned so much already. 1. No Prep I LOVE that … Continue reading Why I love No Prep Digital Science Lessons

Glowing Volcano Eruption – Science Experiments for Kids

I love a good science demo or lab for getting my year started off in any science class. Get kids curious and excited about science! The Glowing Volcano Eruption is easy to make and soooooo much fun to watch. I love anything that glows. πŸ™‚ I took a aluminum tray, and placed a narrow cup … Continue reading Glowing Volcano Eruption – Science Experiments for Kids

Starting the School Year Virtual – How I know you will rock it

We are all in uncharted territory here. We are pretty much all first year virtual teachers. And, first year pandemic teachers. I remember one big thing about my first year. I was terrified. I thought I was in over my head. I thought I couldn’t do it. I thought everyone would know that I had … Continue reading Starting the School Year Virtual – How I know you will rock it