Tips for Effective (and Stress Free!) Parent Communication


Parent communication is often a source of some stress, even for seasoned teachers. I have found that my most relaxed colleagues are the ones with a bullet-proof policy for parent communication. Professional policies work in our lives much like our classroom procedures function for our students – giving clear guidelines to reduce stress and allow […]

The Classroom in 2020 – Embracing Ambiguity


The past 5 months have been so unreal! I can’t believe we are in August already, trying to get ready for the new 2020-2021 school year. If I have learned anything from the global pandemic and nationwide shut down, it is to accept that the future is uncertain. School districts are all over the board […]

Setting Boundaries for Teacher/Parent Communication


If you know me, you know that I love technology. I use technology every single day in my classroom: taking attendance using Google Forms, teaching calendar math on the interactive whiteboard, using a document camera to model multiplication arrays, completing a Nearpod lesson the types of rocks…the list goes on and on. I think that […]

Setting Up Routines in Your Classroom – And Never Be Late to Specials Again


Let’s walk through a typical day in an elementary classroom, shall we? 8:45   Students enter the classroom like sweet little cherubs. 8:46   Two excuses, one bus change note, four envelopes with lunch money, and seven permission slips now cover your desk. 8:49   Get students started on their morning work. 8:50   Time to quickly check to […]

Why You Should Be Teaching Calendar Math in Your Elementary Classroom


Last week, I posted a question on Instagram: “If you are a K-5 teacher, do you teach Calendar Math in your classroom?” I was surprised to see that only about 35% of teachers responded with a yes. So then I asked another one: “If you don’t teach Calendar Math in your classroom, why not?” Can […]