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this looks awesome: customizable lesson plans

Through the magic and wonder that is Pinterest, I found this website, Dragonflies in First . The blog author has made lesson plans for the computer that she is selling on Teachers Paying Teachers that look extremely cool. I have tried and failed to come Read More...

Pinterest find: More Classroom Organization

I love the idea of clean, organized, lovely looking desk drawers. Sometimes I succeed at it, and other times I get off track. Here are two photos of lovely desk drawers to inspire you: This one is from Better Homes and Gardens . I think I may try this Read More...

Pinterest find: Classroom Organization

So I haven’t been writing in my blog this summer. What have I been doing? (You know, besides drinking cold chardonnays in the evenings, reading books, sleeping in, and organizing my house a tiny bit each day?) I have been PINTERESTING. Man, I am in love Read More...

National Teacher Appreciation Week discount at Container Store

The Container Store is having a 20% off sale for teachers, through May 31. If you sign up here for their Organized Teacher discount program, you will qualify for the discount. It’s probably worth doing; the Container Store has great stuff, and most of Read More...

Spring cleaning, with snow on the ground

It is a classic winter day here, with ice and snow and cold. However, I felt some signs of spring within me — I did a major spring cleaning of the classroom, with the help of my Americorps volunteer. Visual clutter raises my blood pressure. My classroom Read More...

on sharing, the little red hen, and teachers

There is a new teacher teaching the afternoon class this year. She is young, determined, and confident. I had hoped to develop a mentoring relationship with her, but she doesn’t seem interested. Which is completely fine. She doesn’t have much overlap Read More...

So I think Angela Watson might just be a genius

For more than one reason, actually. She sent me a copy of her new book, Awakened , and it is absolutely terrific. I read it and felt like she was speaking to me personally. My review is coming soon. Today, however, I’m thinking Angela’s a genius because Read More...

my back to school list

I need to get to school soon, to give the school secretary a letter from me to send out to my new students’ families. I used to request school supplies (Crayola crayons and markers, pencils, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, tissues, etc.) but I ended up with Read More...

thinking big

Our children are away at camp, so last night my husband and I had a Wednesday date for dinner and a movie (“Crazy, Stupid, Love” — highly recommended). At dinner, he said, “Do you have any goals for this coming school year?” And with that, I was off. Read More...

an inspiring writing center

Jessica Meacham has this photo of her writing center on her website : Is that not a thing of beauty? I am so inspired to make my writing center more attractive to my students, not to mention, to keep digging for awesome classroom organization photos! Read More...

My uncluttering resolution for the new school year

I have followed the Unclutter blog off and on for a while, but recently when I saw her “workspace of the week” photos that featured a lovely kindergarten classroom , it occurred to me to use her search engine to see what she has to say about classroom Read More...

I’m back; teacher site to check out

I took a break from blogging. Not entirely sure why; it’s not like I’ve been really stressed out. On the contrary, I have been getting plenty of sleep, reading tons of books, and enjoying summer with my family. Since I’m not teaching right now, I thought Read More...

either I’m very lucky or I’m some sort of genius

On Friday we had a visitor who was there to observe one of my students, who is being assessed for possible special ed services. She sat during centers time and watched and took notes. The art center was full of kids making ants out of black paper and Read More...

how much time do teachers actually teach?

Inefficiency in education drives me nuts. Long pointless meetings, or staff development that is inane and worthless — these things make my blood boil. We have so many more important things to be doing. Sometimes, however, we waste our students’ time and Read More...

all the ways in which I suck as a teacher

Monday rolls around, and I often don’t have my lesson planning done, so I have to wing it. I don’t keep changing the centers activities to match our theme; it’s so much work and I don’t have the time. Okay, sometimes I do. But not nearly enough. Sometimes Read More...
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