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3 Easy Ways to Prepare For a Stress-Free Back to School

Summer is here! Sit back, relax, and... wait... you're planning for the new school year already?! Teachers don't let school go easily, do they?! Don't feel bad... I personally start thinking about the new school year before the current one is even done. (Is that bad??)

In my 18 years in the profession I've come up with THREE must-do items to prepare now for a stress-free back to school season!

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

The Great Homework Debate - Is It Worth It?

Homework - to assign it or not. Is it useful? Does it actually benefit students? The debate rages on and most people I know don't really have the answers.
Do you assign homework in your classroom? The debate rages on - homework or no homework? I'm breaking down the advantages and disadvantages to assigning homework, and providing an easy low-prep solution!

How to Dig Yourself Out of an End-of-the-Year Rut

Are you a teacher facing your final weeks and days of the school year? You'll want to check out these tips for reducing stress and staying positive as the year winds down!

It's true. I'm done. I am 13 teaching days away from the end of this school year and I have so little left in me that some days I don't know if I'll make it through dinner.

This has been a challenging school year. 20 students with a very diverse set of academic needs, students who struggle with coping skills and self-esteem, the death of a classroom parent. I'm not the first teacher to juggle all of this in a single school year, and I won't be the last, but sometimes all of this becomes overwhelming.

So... how CAN we dig ourselves out of this rut of complete exhaustion and find a way to enjoy these final weeks? I've got some suggestions for you!

Celebrate Amazing Dads With 10+ Easy Father's Day Gifts

Mom has had her special day and now Dad's is on the way! Check out these precious little treats for Dad, or any special man in a child's life!

Celebrate Dad, or any special man, on Father's Day with these adorable gift and craft ideas. All these ideas are inexpensive and easy for creation at home or in the classroom!

6 Ways to Save Your Sanity at the End of the School Year

The end of any school year is tough no matter what sort of teacher you are or what kind of class you have, but with nearly 18 years of teaching now under my belt, I have learned a few things that will save your sanity at the end of the school year!

Are you a teacher heading into the end of the year? You'll want to save these 6 ideas for how to save your sanity at the end of the school year!

10+ Fun, Inexpensive Ways to Say Goodbye to Students

It is the end of the school year. The kids are done. We were done a month ago. Saying goodbye is important, but let's face it... we are out of money AND energy for anything too spectacular. I'm here to help. Take a peek at these fun, inexpensive ways to say goodbye to your students!

How do you say goodbye to your students at the end of the school year? Check out these 10+ ideas for inexpensive gifts for kids with love from the teacher!

Taking Photos to Make Classroom Pack-Up Simple

As teachers in North America wrap up the current school year, I'd like to end this year's Teacher Tips Tuesday with a great end-of-year tip that I go back to time and time again. TAKE PHOTOS!

Looking for tips to make heading back to school simpler? Check out these 4 things you can do at the END of the school year to be better prepared for a new beginning!

Having photos to refer back to when you're setting up your classroom in the fall can be a HUGE time saver! Here are a few things that you should definitely take photos of as you go...

Teachers Supporting Fort McMurray Fire Relief

Relief Fund for Fort McMurray

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began in Alberta, Canada. That fire has rapidly swept across the area, fueled by high winds and warm temperatures. The devastation is unimaginable. Take a moment to digest these numbers:

Easily Build Telling Time Into Your Everyday Routine

Telling time is something many of us are tackling in our classrooms right now, but it can easily be made part of your regular daily routines and discussions throughout the year.


The Cutest Mother's Day Art Project Ever!

We completed our Mother's Day projects today in preparation for wrapping tomorrow and they are ADORABLE!!

Mother's Day Directed Drawing

How To Manage Your Classroom Dismissal Seamlessly Every Day

I don't know about you, but I thrive on routine just as much as my students do. Having a predictable classroom schedule and procedure for the things that happen every day just takes so much of the work out of these things. When your students know what is expected of them throughout the day, they can manage without a million questions.

My advice... decide how you want things done and POST IT!!

Dismissal Procedures for the Classroom

Melt Mom's Heart With 10+ Easy Gift Ideas She'll Love

There are so many fun ways to celebrate Mom on Mother's Day and hand-made by kids is far better than anything store-bought. With a week to go, check out this awesome list of super Mother's Day surprises!


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