Years ago when I was fresh out of high school and working as a cashier, a skinny red-headed man strolled was about to pay for his groceries when his demeanor changed. I checked his I.D. and he swipped his card. It went through. No problem. I handed him the slip to sign he scribbled an “X” […]
Persuasive writing is one of my favorite units I get to teach and my absolute favorite book to use is “Hey, Little Ant.” It takes the form of a debate between an ant and a little boy. The boy wants to squish but the ant pleads with the little boy to let him go. Back and forth they go presenting their reasons and debating what the little boy should do.
This time of year is so much fun. There are a ton of awesome winter themes that can be used in the classroom. But, my favorite winter theme is gingerbread. I love the way it smells. Plus, the kids love making gingerbread and decorating gingerbread men. Big kids get just as into gingerbread as little […]
Let’s talk about handwriting. It’s something that can be really hard for some kids. Poor handwriting can be due to bad habits or a lack of effort, but for many children physical issues like low muscle tone contribute. When a child is struggling with poor handwriting it’s important to assess what the specific challenges are […]
This year there has definitely been one subject that I’ve been wanting to improve. Getting writing in often enough has been a challenge. It’s also been really hard to keep it interesting. So, like any teacher faced with a challenge I brainstormed ideas. I know writing is a challenge for many of us, so I […]