Classroom Management: Setting Up Bathroom Procedures. Tips and questions to ask yourself when designing procedures for upper elementary classrooms at the beginning of the year.

Classroom Management: Setting up Bathroom Break Procedures

I’m convinced that more people would appreciate the worth of teachers if they were required to get 25+ students to use the bathroom quickly, quietly, and without making a mess. Creating good bathroom break procedures is a skill that elementary teachers have to finely tune if they want their year to run smoothly. Throughout my years teaching, I experimented with …

13 Ways for Teachers to Relax This Summer

13 Teacher Tips for a Great Summer!

Once the end of the year frenzy is over and you are finally able to enjoy your well-deserved summer break, make sure you take same time to relax and destress. Below are some of my favorite ways for teachers to relax over the summer break. Disclaimer: Some of the links on this page are Amazon affiliate links, and I may …

7 Low Prep End of Year Activities for 3rd grade and 4th grade!

7 Low Prep End of Year Activities

The end of the school year always brings forth a huge range of emotions in teachers. Eagerness about the upcoming summer break. Sadness about students moving on to the next grade level. Anxiousness about all of the end of year administrative tasks. Disgusted by how dirty the classroom has become. But mostly, teachers feel completely exhausted at the end of …

Use this free point of view slideshow with your 3rd grade or 4th grade practice. Addresses nonfiction and fiction point of view skills.

Free Point of View Slideshow

Use this free point of view slideshow to help you teach point of view to your 3rd grade or 4th grade students. Begin by having students think about point of view within nonfiction texts. Students read a short paragraph and decide whether they agree or disagree with the author’s point of view. Then, have students write 2 paragraphs from opposing …

What I Wish I Could Change: My Biggest Mistakes as a Teacher

My Biggest Mistakes as a Teacher: Part 1

My first and biggest regret as a teacher happened during my first year teaching. I had entered the school year convinced I was going to change the world – or at the very least, the lives of my 3rd graders. The school year started off relatively smoothly. I had been warned by the 2nd grade teachers to keep an eye …

Fund DonorsChoose Project

Giving Back

Most teachers don’t go into the profession for the money (or lack thereof) or the “summers off.” The majority of teachers go into teaching for one main reason – because they want to help. That’s why teachers work unpaid before the school year begins, wanting to set up their classroom so it’s a safe and welcoming place for students. That’s …