We Need To Talk About Pressure

In early February, a family friend shared this powerful article about a young boy’s suicide and the note he left behind for family and friends. I read the article, the note, found myself nodding my head in agreement, and over the past two months have thought about this young boy so many times that I knew I had to write about him. His story is one of pain and pressure, of constantly feeling the stress from a society that’s saying ‘more more more.’

As an educator, and someone who works closely with kids and teens, this story was heartbreaking. We need to talk about pressure; we need to talk about what this pressure looks like in the lives of our students. Continue reading

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Here’s a SALE For You!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Whether you’re a home school teacher, tutor, specialized instructor, traditional classroom teacher, aide, assistant, in the administration department, or teach elective courses – this is a day celebrating you and the impact you have made, and are continually making on the lives of children/young adults/adults! It is because of you that learning is both possible and fun. So thank you.

In the spirit of giving back, Teachers Pay Teachers, the site where, as most of you know, I host all my teaching resources and products, is having a giant sale! Continue reading

How School Shootings Shape Classroom Curriculum

Just the other day I stumbled across a powerful piece on school shootings and how they’ve shaped (American) society emotionally, politically, spiritually, and in terms of our literature. The article, “When Change Doesn’t Happen: School Shootings and the Piles of Novels That Follow” by Maria Eliades brought forth some striking information and perspectives that I thought were necessary to discuss. Continue reading

9 Earth Day Activities For Your Classroom

Today is Earth Day, and if you planned ahead and built classroom activities to share with your students this past week—go you! But if you’re anything like me, and still trying to figure how it’s already April of 2018, then here are some engaging activities you can incorporate into your post-Earth-Day curriculum.

(Feel free to modify/adapt based on the ages of your students. Highest relevance would be between lower elementary to middle school.) Continue reading