I teach three different subjects over a 10-period/2-day block schedule that also includes a built-in intervention period (so technically, 11 periods). I teach under three separate career clusters that have a few things in common, but ultimately, my classroom is a MESS. I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to stay organized
During a recent vacation, we spent a small mint for our children to run through a fake “Mission Impossible” type laser maze. My husband & I watched as the girls ran back over & over again, trying to beat their time without “breaking” the laser beams. My husband has a couple of the green
When people find out that I’m a teacher, this question always comes up: “What grade do you teach?” “6th through 8th.” “Ugh. God bless you.” Before I taught, I’m ashamed to say I had the same reaction. Middle schoolers are those awkward, in-between, annoying kids that most people ignore until they become “normal” again.
I’m a visual person. I like pictures. They’re simple, get right to the point, and the prettier, the better. That’s why I really like Symbaloo to organize all of my web resources. I follow a million different education blogs, Twitter Chats and Edmodo threads. Everyday there are at least a dozen links to amazing resources
I’ve been an active blogger since 2005, and the experience has created countless connections and opportunities. A personal “mommyblog” lead to a permanent gig with The Houston Chronicle which, as a journalism major, helped me check “journalist” off my bucket list. I use that experience to let my students know that their voices have power
I’m a kickboxer; this requires quite a bit of self-discipline. Every time I go to the gym, I stand directly across from a sign on the wall that says “ATTITUDE,” and when I start to feel whiny (which is pretty often) I say the word over and over again. My dojo emphasizes positive reinforcement,
A good friend of mine recently received a “Postcrossing Kit.” Basically, it was an envelope with 5 unique postcards, several colorful stamps, and a web address to Postcrossing.com. When you sign up for an account, you are given 5 random addresses around the world. Your job is to send a postcard to each of these
What would you say if I told you that a picture on the wall held an entire secret world? It’s the ultimate inside joke on everyone; you walk past a simple image on a poster, or maybe it’s a photograph of a student. It may be an object, a statue, maybe a place. With the