A First Day Of School Ice Breaker You’ll Want To Try This Year

Okay, here’s the thing. Ice breakers can be awesome…but when you’re teaching a middle/high school classroom, the last thing you want to do is be:

a. lame
b. cheesy
c. boring

So if you’re looking for something different, if you’re hoping to grab your students’ attention in a way that’s fun, but still relevant to the classroom, and if you’re plain out of ideas, here’s some great suggestions from Laura Randazzo, a secondary teacher who created this fun activity for her first days. Continue reading

4 Good Questions To Ask Yourself As You’re Getting Ready For The Start Of The School Year

Starting another school year is exciting! But how can you make sure you’re not falling back into the same patterns? How can you determine whether your teaching has gone stale, or if you need to add/change/modify? What, specifically should you ask yourself as you’re preparing?

Here are some great questions as you start to think about the new year: Continue reading

5 Stupidly Simple Tips For Organizing Your Classroom

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Classroom organization is one of the easiest ways to encourage and promote student learning, as orderly classrooms help with focus, concentration, and engagement. Having a tidy classroom benefits you (the educator), too, helping you to stay prepared and ready at the start of every day.

Whether you’re looking to simply put things in their proper place, or create smooth transitions between activities, here are 5 stupidly simple ways to organize your classroom. Continue reading

7 Best Books For Kids In 2018

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I am always on the hunt for the books, whether that’s best for children or middle schoolers, best for the classroom, or even best for teachers and adults, I’m always searching the shelves! I personally believe that you can never have too many books, or too much reading!

This summer, my search did not disappoint. From a full-length book written by a ten-year-old, to heartwarming picture books about dogs and their adventures, this list books for kids covers the younger ages, to about middle school level (and the adults who read with them, of course, because who can resist a puppy or a story about growing up?!)

Whether gathering materials for your classroom, browsing through, or reading at home, here is a list of this summer’s best books for kids.

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This GPA Calculator Will Help Your College Students Stay On Track All Year

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Understanding grade point average (GPA) is a challenge many students face. Looking back on my years as an undergrad, I was always curious where I stood or how I had scored, especially when professors weren’t keen to share information as quick as I wanted, or too busy to meet with me individually when I had a question about pending assignments, tests, and grades.

However, free resources and tools have surfaced all over the internet. This GPA Calulator, by CollegeGPAcalc.com, being one of them. This Calculator is helping students solve this exact GPA problem on their own. Continue reading

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