Education :: Finish Strong

Can you believe the 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching its end? I know I can’t! For many out there, these last few weeks are going to drag. I think we’re all just ready for it to be over. And hopeful that next school year will be different. Finish strong! Be there for your kids.Continue reading “Education :: Finish Strong”

Education :: A Few Writing Prompts

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of Education posts the last couple of weeks. My schedule has been awesome! 🤪😉 Anywhoodle – yes, this is a made-up word, no I don’t care – I’ve put together 3 writing prompts for you all. There is one per age group. Obviously you can change them in everyContinue reading “Education :: A Few Writing Prompts”

Education : Why do we teach writing?

Writing is one of the most difficult things to teach. Our students are all at different levels of understanding while we are also stuck teaching the curriculum and barely get a moment to think about teaching writing. Not every student has the gift to write, but teaching them writing is still important. Teaching writing helpsContinue reading “Education : Why do we teach writing?”

Education :: Be There

My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who cared about me. I didn’t know anything about their personal lives. I didn’t even know their first names until much later. But I knew they cared about me. Mrs. Spargo understood that the playground wasn’t my favorite place. Instead of forcing me to go outside forContinue reading “Education :: Be There”

Education :: Attainable Goals

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a habit of setting goals for myself (and my students) that are a little on the unattainable side. Is it good to challenge yourself and your students? Absolutely! But there does come a point where you need to be practical while also being hopeful. As aContinue reading “Education :: Attainable Goals”

Education :: You Don’t Have to be Superman

If you’re anything like me, you have expectations for yourself as a teacher. You know just how much needs to be done, you know how many extra hours a week you need to work to get everything done, and you get frustrated when you don’t meet those expectations. Now stop and think for a minute.Continue reading “Education :: You Don’t Have to be Superman”

Education :: My Favorite Writing Exercise

Okay, so I never actually got to do this exercise, but I’ve seen it many times and it looks like so much fun. I’m sure you’ve seen it online and you may even give this assignments to your students! Have them write how to do something. For instance: How to Make a Peanut Butter andContinue reading “Education :: My Favorite Writing Exercise”

Education :: Why We Write

“Most of my students really struggle with writing. Why do I need to keep pushing them when they really have no interest?” When I was an elementary music teacher, I struggled with this question off and on. I know that music benefits everyone; but what about the students who just don’t *get* it? Why doContinue reading “Education :: Why We Write”

Education :: I Don’t Have Enough Time

I was talking with a third grade teacher recently who was talking about all of the things that she can’t teach because she just doesn’t have the time. Grammar is one of those things that has been lost because verbs, nouns, adjectives, and such just don’t come up on the standardized tests. I get it!Continue reading “Education :: I Don’t Have Enough Time”

Education :: Choosing a Setting

The first time a student writes a story in our classrooms, the setting is probably one of the last things they consider. Think back to many of the stories they read in Kindergarten through Second Grade as a class. Many of those stories – though great at teaching sharing and friendship and dealing with emotionsContinue reading “Education :: Choosing a Setting”