Imagine this: you walk into a classroom and instead of rows of desks, you see a variety of couches, cozy chairs, high top tables, bean bags, stools, string lights, clipboards, learning nooks, and more. Flexible seating classrooms, like the classroom described above, are … [Read more...] about Flexible Seating 101: A Beginner’s Guide
I was fortunate to get my master’s in education as a path towards teacher licensure, and I didn’t realize how valuable a master’s degree would be — I kind of just “fell into” the path, which ended up opening doors and also increasing my pay substantially. More and more of my … [Read more...] about Can I transition into a teaching career with a master’s in education?
Recently, my state and district have made a push to select and use power (or prioritized) standards in our classrooms, and it got me thinking: What is the formal definition of power standards? Are power standards something new that could truly revolutionize my teaching? How can I … [Read more...] about How can I use power standards in my classroom?
I accomplished this today, and I thought I should blog about it! In my first years of teaching, I didn’t use this time-saving practice. Instead, in those early years, I would have said, “Pass your work to the front of the classroom, please” and then I would collect the work, sort … [Read more...] about How I Graded 81 Assignments in 6 Minutes
My experience with the Whole30 In my first two years as a high school English teacher, I gained 45 pounds, and I felt miserable. The hours of correcting in the evenings, the pressure to meet deadlines and improve test scores -- it became easier and easier to eat what I … [Read more...] about Ten Tips for a Successful Whole30