Friday Five: Teacher Friends

On Thursday evening I got a call from my sister informing me that my grandpa had passed away. I thought I would be ok to go into school. I knew that he wasn’t doing well and his passing didn’t come as a surprise. Plus I had already missed two Fridays in a row. First for a personal day and then because I was so sick. My assistant teacher was out and I just felt like I had to go in. I also thought I would be fine. I sat down at my teacher table and that is when it hit…

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Prep Time: Are you using it wisely?

Red Nails When I was in fourth grade we went to PE and when we came back the classroom smelled so bad. It smelled like nail polish. I tried to figure out why and when I looked over to Mrs. Ryan’s desk I saw a bottle of red nail polish and then noticed the color on her fingers. Her nails were not that color that morning. As we worked through math class Mrs. Ryan couldn’t touch anything because her nails were drying. Can you even imagine? She did her nails during her prep!!! As a fourth grader I thought it…

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Teacher Meeting Time: An essential for teacher and student growth

a Quick Aside First of all, and this is not exactly related to this post, check this stock photo above. I typed in teacher meeting and this was one of the first results on Shutterstock. I found other ones of professional meetings but this one was my favorite. I just like that they’re in some sort of strange classroom situation. Whoever took this photo knows that teachers wear lanyards and have desks in the corners of rooms. There are binders and messy papers around them. A hundreds chart and a few dinosaur and surfboard? nametags are thrown in too. I…

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Changing Our Thinking: Allowing Productive Struggle

There are many practices from long ago that we need to rethink as teachers. This series looks to bring up those practices and offer alternate ideas that are more relevant in today’s classroom. Today we’re discussing allowing productive struggle.   What is Productive Struggle? I’m going to tell the simplified story of how I learned to ride a bike. First I had a tricycle when I was young. I learned how to pedal and move it with the handles. I started to grow out of that tricycle and my younger brother could have used it so my parents got me a…

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