Teacher Friends Are the Best Friends

I’m not usually one to put teaching above any other profession.  Every job is different and taxing in complete unique ways.  If I stood in your shoes, I might not make it until lunch on a regular work day.  If you stood in mine, you may murder a teenager before 2nd period ended.  To each their own.  But, let me tell you, I would put teaching up against any job as being one of the most exhausting career paths. We plan lessons and track data, of course.  But the real…

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When Boggle Boards Go Wrong

One of the bulletin boards in my classroom is an extra credit “Boggle Board” assignment.  Every Monday, I put up new letters and students have until Friday to submit their Boggle Board worksheet for extra credit. (FYI: This picture is of the first week of school, not this week…) Normally, I check and double check that sucker for bad words.  For example, I NEVER put an “F” and a “U” in the same Boggle Board.  (Teaching Middler Schoolers Tip #3,921: Know your audience.) This week, I messed up ROYALLY and…

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ClassMax is Live!

You. Guys. I know I have been a terrible blogger lately (you should see what kind of mother I have been… Oy…), but the first phase of launching our new digital classroom management app went live yesterday!  We have spent the past few months working with our ClassMax team to create not only an app, but a web component, as well.  The app will be ready to launch in a beta test later in April, and will be fully launched for purchase in late July/early August, just in time for…

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One of These is Not Like the Other

So, Chris and I are working on this new classroom management system that we are designing with a web team that we have been lucky enough to put together.  Last night, I was logged into our backend program, looking at some of the initial designs from one of our web designers.  There is a place for us to chat and leave feedback and comments to each other on the program, so I went over there to make a few notes on some of the work she has done. And that’s…

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If You Want Something Done, You’ve Got to Make It Yourself!

This past December was the end of the first semester at my school.  Like most schools, endings of weeks, months, quarters, semesters usually mean reports are due for teachers.  I was sifting through spreadsheet after spreadsheet, trying to comb through the random data I had been able to collect while teaching that quarter and I found myself wishing there was something I could use to easily organize, sort, store, and report on my data for me – ALL the data. Any classroom teacher will tell you that reporting on data…

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Small Goodnesses

Last week, I was hurrying through my 6th period class, counting the minutes until the bell would ring after 7th period.  It had been a long day of teaching argumentative writing to 14 and 15-year-olds who argued expertly with me all day that they didn’t really NEED to know how to write essays.  I was ready for my pajamas and maybe a Girl Scout cookie… or 12. I had been walking around my 6th period class for the past forty-five minutes, attempting to control a classroom of low-performing, high-energy students…

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An Unexpected Lesson of Immanuel

On Friday morning, while in the middle of teaching, I looked down at my email and saw a message from Chris.  It said, “I hope you’re having a good morning!  I’m kind of having a rough one.”  He went on to… well, to wallow a little bit.  And Chris never wallows, so I knew he must really be down.  Basically, Chris has been getting the short end of the stick for about a month now – both at work and at home.  We were weeks away from buying him a…

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Prepare Yourselves for BIG CHANGES.

Big changes are happening right now in my life, guys.  BIG.  HUGE.  So big, in fact, that I haven’t shared them with you because I wasn’t quite sure how it would all work out.  But I think I’m ready to write about it. I’m switching to a digital calendar. I know!  Insane, right?!  You all know how much I loves me my Erin Condren planner.  I have used one for three years now, and I am in love.  Then, last year, some of the teachers on my hallway started getting…

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Classroom Tour 2016-2017

Imaginary friends, how I have missed you so!  I have been swept up in the back to school craze of pre-planning.  By the end of the day, my brain is shot, my feet are tired, and I can barely form sentences.  I am not used to being productive OR friendly for this long!  Summer has gotten me out of social shape!  But I have gotten myself to a great spot and I am getting pumped about this coming school year. I thought I’d share a little tour of my classroom…

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The Master’s Plan

I have very few regrets in my life.  Very, very few.  I believe that mistakes and missed opportunities in our pasts help shape and guide us into our futures.  Regrets are just part of the plan.  But my one regret for the past ten years has been my Masters degree. My big plan in life was to go to law school.  Chris and I had planned that when we graduated from undergrad and were married, we would move to wherever I was accepted to law school.  And then, about four…

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