It’s nearing the end of January, which means that many colleges are either back for the spring semester or are about to begin the spring semester. It’s one of the times of year when returning to school for a graduate degree is considered. And, many states, New York State is one of them, require teachersContinue reading “Tips for Applying for Grad School”
Welcome 2022! It’s hard to believe that it’s already halfway through 2022. For me, the start of a new year always feels like a fresh start and a time to evaluate what is working well in my teaching (and, the rest of my life) and to consider what new goals I would like to workContinue reading “New Year, New Goals”
There is a lot of energy in November. The end of the year is coming, which means that the holidays are around the corner – and that includes spending more time with family and friends and embracing the season. There is a lot for both children and adults to look forward to during these lastContinue reading “Setting Goals: Teaching Students to Set Reading & Writing Goals”
It’s important to make time throughout the day to read aloud to students. Interactive read-alouds are an instructional practice where the teacher reads a book to the students. Often (in non-COVID times), the students are seated on a carpet with the teacher sitting in front of them. Interactive read-alouds can introduce students to the joyContinue reading “A Few Ways to Make Your Read-Alouds Truly Interactive!”
The start of the school year was not what we had expected. In the spring, life was looking like it would be back to a more normal (pre-COVID) place. Unfortunately, many schools have had to continue the same protocols as they had last year. In May and June, I was so optimistic that this schoolContinue reading “You Made It Through September!”
I love Morning Messages! It is a teaching tool that helps set the tone for the day and welcomes the students into the classroom. It also helps establish the routine with the students. Morning Messages are messages or notes that are written to the students. Often they are written by the classroom teacher, but studentsContinue reading “Four Essential Reasons to Include Morning Messages Into Your Teaching”
Friendships are important. Work is more enjoyable when you like the people who you are working with. Work is more fun and enjoyable when you have positive and trusting relationships with your colleagues. You will be more excited and enthusiastic to go to work, if you enjoy being with the people who you work andContinue reading “The Importance of Building Relationships with Colleagues”
It’s the beginning of the school year! While this is an exciting time of the year, it can also be a stressful time. It is a time that is busy and there is a transition in routines, so there is a lot of newness to this time of the year. In order to keep theContinue reading “A Few Thoughts to Consider for the Beginning of the School Year”
It’s that time of the year – when job openings are popping up! This year, some districts are conducting the screening interview virtually – with the candidate sending in a video responding to pre-made questions from the district. It is safe to assume that districts may be screening more candidates for positions, so it’s importantContinue reading “Preparing for a Virtual Screening Interview”
I have some exciting news! My latest article, Creating Strategies: Designing Lessons for the Elementary Classroom, was recently published in the Montana English Journal. This article discusses the creative literacy strategies that preservice teachers designed and implemented for the elementary classroom. Like many teachers, when preservice teachers enter my course, they want to know whatContinue reading “Creating Strategies for the Elementary Classroom”
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