Classroom Mini-Tour + Goals

I've been a busy bee these last few days trying to get my classroom in order. There's still a few weeks before we head back to school for our first teacher work days (we start July 27! YIKES!), but I'm going to be on vacation the week before school starts. So, I've got a lot... Continue Reading →

Digital Tools for Days!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time compiling this list of digital resources for both teachers and students. Some of these are ones I’ve personally used, while others have been shared with me through various courses during my master’s program. The first 6 sections have websites/apps that can mostly be used by any content area. The last... Continue Reading →

Being a Lifelong Learner is Hard

The master's degree. Every teacher knows he/she will probably have to get it, but after 16+ years of being a student (and spending every day in the classroom as it is), making the choice to go back to school can be overwhelming. Picking the right program of study is important, and you can't forget about all... Continue Reading →

A Planner that Actually Works

Before I dedicated my life, soul, and wallet to teaching, I wanted nothing more than to be a graphic designer. (I think) I'm pretty good at it, and despite the fact that I changed my career path, I've finally figured out a way to make those skills useful in the realm of teaching. PLANNERS. We... Continue Reading →

What We Read: An 8th Grade Overview

I'm very much a creature of habit, but when it comes to my classroom and the texts we read, I'm always looking for new material. One major change that my school corporation has implemented over the last several years was a push to have a more standardized curriculum; that means that, for example, all 8th... Continue Reading →

5 Years… Say What?

It's hard to believe that I'm already approaching my fifth year of teaching! This past year was a roller coaster in several ways. Last July I herniated the L4-L5 disc in my back, and that injury set me into a spiral of physical agony for the next three months until I finally gave in and saw my doctor. One back... Continue Reading →

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