Thanksgiving Books

Throughout this past week, my students wrote their first book. Although Writer’s Workshop is a part of our daily routine, this was the first week in which the students compiled their writings into a book regarding a single topic.

Pancake Sequencing

When the word “sequencing” comes up in the lesson plans, I immediately think “What can we cook in the classroom?” I have found that cooking in the classroom is an engaging and effective way to reinforce sequencing skills and promote passionate writing.

Parent Communication Tips

The focus: To work with parents, capitalizing on their child’s strengths, to build a game plan to help him or her reach his or her full potential behaviorally, academically, and socially.

Writer’s Workshop Tips

Writer’s Workshop is my favorite portion of the school day, but this wasn’t always the case. Over time, I learned four strategies that turned writing into an enjoyable experience for both me and my students.

For the One Facing Change

Knowing that I can trust God to be exactly who He says He is helps me look at season-changes and trials through a lens of hope. The Good Shepherd who is leading me, will always be the Good Father who has my best intentions in His heart. Which is why, at the end of the day, God always uses change (both good and bad) for our benefit.

Our Last “Family Time”

I ask my students to write letters to the future Kindergarten class. I will cherish and save these letters forever.

The Epic Outdoor Adventure

“Quite simply, when we deny our children nature, we deny them beauty.” – Richard Louv, The Last Child in the Woods

Bobwhite Recovery Inititive

My class contributed to the Bobwhite Recovery Initiative by incubating, hatching, and preparing quail for release into the wild.

It’s a Texas Unit, Y’all!

Teaching the kiddos about Texas is an absolute blast because when it comes to Texas, the kids usually don’t have a wealth of prior knowledge. Sure, they know that Texans wear cowboy boots and like to ride horses, but they don’t know the Texas state reptile, precious stone, or the native pastry.  Okay, I’ll admit…

Navigating “Pet Peeves” in the Classroom

While completing my student-teaching, my fantastic mentor-teacher advised me saying, “If you want to keep your sanity, figure out your ‘pet peeves’ in the classroom, then create procedures to make sure that your ‘pet peeves’ are kept to a minimum.” Her words stuck with me. You see, it’s not that I am a naturally patient…