Category Archives: Tips

What You Need to Know about Taking Tickets in Class

“May I have your ticket, please?”  When I hear this question I envision a train full of passengers with a conductor, in a blue suit and flat topped hat, walking… Read more »

Do I Really Hate Team Building?

“I hate it when they make us do team building activities in our back to school staff development days!”  I’ve read all sorts of memes about that.  There’s just something… Read more »

Using Social Media to Engage Your Students

Today’s students are all about social media.  If it’s not Instagram, it’s Snapchat, Twitter, or Facebook.  If it weren’t for school rules regarding phone usage in school, we may never… Read more »

It’s Good for Students To Struggle

Quit being the rescuer of your students. When they struggle, hold back and let them struggle.  They need to build grit.  No, I’m not saying that you should just let… Read more »

Launching a Math Lesson to Increase Rigor and Struggle

I was speaking with a colleague that teaches kindergarten the other day. She and I were talking about how much kindergarten has changed.  It was just 5 years ago that… Read more »

Eleven Secrets for Making Testing Season Less Obnoxious

It’s standardized testing season.  Unlike Mother Nature’s seasons, this season is not looked forward to, especially by educators.  You can turn to just about any Facebook page, Twitter feed, or… Read more »