Are you a planner? Or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? In my 20 years of teaching, I've seen all kinds of planning personalities, and I've learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn't. Most people will tell you that I'm a planner extraordinaire. During our end… Continue reading Lesson Planning- Big Picture to Daily Schedule
Teacher Planners Galore! What Do You Need to Plan Your Year?
What do you look for? What do you look for when you buy a new teacher planner? Is it more important for it to be cute or functional? How often do you find yourself wishing you had made a different choice after you've purchased one? Do you pride yourself on making your planner look cute… Continue reading Teacher Planners Galore! What Do You Need to Plan Your Year?
Seeing Red: Teaching Symbolism by Close Reading Text and Film
Last week I got to do one of my very favorite lessons of all time. Don't you love those days? You can go to school knowing that you're going to get to teach something way cool that you feel good about all day long. In my case, I got to teach it for two days… Continue reading Seeing Red: Teaching Symbolism by Close Reading Text and Film
I Love Parent Contacts! Keeping Track of Parent Communications
When I moved from teaching public school to teaching at a charter, there was a definite learning curve for the amount of parent communication that was expected. When I taught at a public high school, I was lucky to have 10 parents attend an open house or meet the teacher event. It just didn't happen.… Continue reading I Love Parent Contacts! Keeping Track of Parent Communications