Planning Fun Moments

It’s still winter in the northeast and while the sun has been peeking out more often, it is still cold outside and there is a good amount of snow that remains on the ground. In addition, COVID-19 continues to be an issue that requires testing and quarantining. I often begin my classes by asking howContinue reading “Planning Fun Moments”

Be Concrete About What You Want to Accomplish

A new semester is about to begin. This is often an exciting time for my students because they are looking forward to their new classes and more opportunities to learn about teaching and work with and learn from elementary students. This semester marks another that will look different than usual – with classes being heldContinue reading “Be Concrete About What You Want to Accomplish”

Setting Goals for a Stronger Beginning

2020 has been a crazy year and many people are looking forward to the new year as a reset or a clean slate for new beginnings. Even if COVID is still around, turning to a new calendar year brings renewed hope and possibilities. After 2020, some would argue that it is not worth making goalsContinue reading “Setting Goals for a Stronger Beginning”

The Benefits of Using a Paper Planner

The new year is upon us, which means that it’s time to move into a new paper planner! I am a huge fan of paper planners. Using a paper planner helps me stay organized because I am able to keep track of events, appointments, and errands as well as help me regularly monitor my semester,Continue reading “The Benefits of Using a Paper Planner”

The Benefit of Planning Each Minute of Your Day

It has been a difficult time in life to get things done as there have been many outside distractions. Recently, a student told me that she was experiencing such a high level of stress that she decided to clean her apartment rather than work on her courses or lesson plans. While she had a veryContinue reading “The Benefit of Planning Each Minute of Your Day”

Classroom Solutions: Solving Problems as They Arise in the Literacy Classroom

Today’s post is a question that I recently received. A teacher writes:  I feel like all of the joy has been sucked out of teaching this year due to the restrictions and the increased emphasis on safety. For example, I feel like I am required to have the students wash their hands constantly over teachingContinue reading “Classroom Solutions: Solving Problems as They Arise in the Literacy Classroom”

Making Time for Longer Stretches of Work!

September has been a particularly hectic month for many people, myself included. Like many people, I have been balancing remote teaching (and all the prep work and grading that comes with it) professional writing, and many, many Zoom meetings.  Last week, I was reviewing my September calendar and I realized that the majority of myContinue reading “Making Time for Longer Stretches of Work!”