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 :: Why Are You Teaching That?

So, we have standardized tests, right? And a lot of times, there comes a point in the school year where we feel we have to teach specifically to the test or we’re doing our students a disservice, right? When it comes time to teach to the test, is that your sole purpose for teaching it?Continue reading “Education :: Why Are You Teaching That?”

Education :: Why the Parents Matter

When I was a music teacher, I got along really well with the parents with whom I came in contact. However, I heard the stories from other teachers and their take was that the ‘parents were the worst part of the job’. It can be difficult, I know. We see our students at school andContinue reading “Education :: Why the Parents Matter”

Brittany’s Tips for Creating an Alternate World

Decide if your world is based on our world or if it is based solely from your imagination Even if it is a different world, it can be based on things that you are familiar with it can be an earth-like world that looks exactly like ours but the set up is all your ownContinue reading “Brittany’s Tips for Creating an Alternate World”

Education :: If I Set the Date, There’s No Changing It

Really? I think we all get caught up in the unimportant details. Unless it’s a life or death, pass or fail thing, why can’t we change things? As a teacher, I’ve always had this issue of setting a date by which something should be done, then failing at it. It was no one’s fault thatContinue reading “Education :: If I Set the Date, There’s No Changing It”

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 :: Imagination Boosters with Writing

When Abraham Lincoln was a little boy, he had a dog. Most people say dog is man’s best friend, but little Abe was Spot’s best friend. They went everywhere together and everyone knew if they saw Abe, that little dog would be by his side. Spot was afraid of many things, but when Abe wasContinue reading “Education :: Imagination Boosters with Writing”

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”