Improve Student Work Quality

If your students produce quality work all of the time, then read no further. This post is for teachers like myself with students who have…

How to Fund a Lockbox

So, you are ready to take the plunge and try a Lockbox Challenge in your classroom, but the cost of materials is preventing you from…

Lock Code Tags

Using Lockbox Challenges in my classroom has been a serious game changer. I absolutely love what these challenges offer to my students, but I must…

Student-Generated Questioning

Here’s a strategy that is so easy to implement, yet will yield tremendous results for your students in the area of reading comprehension. I have…

Fortune Cookie Quotes For the Classroom

“At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou For…

Slash the Trash!

You may already be familiar with my feelings about state mandated testing. If not, you should probably read this post. It is one of my…

Clutter Jail

Okay teachers. Does this look familiar? Please tell me that I am not the only one. Do your students make little collections of junk inside…

First Week Snapshots

There is something magical about the first week of school. Even after all of these years, the excitement still feels the same. The smell of…

If I Were In Charge of the …

Are you looking for one last (easy to implement) writing project for the school year? This poem makes a wonderful cover for a writing portfolio…

Channel “Insert Teacher Name” FREEBIE!

Here is a simple little tool that I use with my students when it is time to “tune” them back into the conversation. I try…