Hundreds of great teaching tips, lessons, and inspiration from my classroom to yours. Browse the archive page to find something you can use in your teaching practice or scroll down to see all of the posts. [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Mark Book

November 3, 2009

It is very important to have an organized record of the marks you assign your students. Marks are a personal matter and should not be written down in your Day Book. That’s why it is important to keep a separate Mark Book. I use a sheet just [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesdays – Level Everything

October 19, 2009

I found an efficient way to mark student work a few years ago and I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it sooner. It is so simple that I almost forgot to share it with you here on Teaching Tip Tuesdays. So here’s my tip, [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesdays – Table of Contents

October 13, 2009

Welcome to Teaching Tips. This is an archive page that features all of the teaching tips that have been posted. Please visit this page often as it will be continually updated with each new tip. Below you find the tips in the order they have appeared [Keep Reading]

Where Are The Desks?

September 29, 2009

This is a picture of my classroom before the students arrived in the morning for the first day of school. I set up mats for each student to sit down on the floor. In front of those mats, I placed a hula-hoop with a name tag, a pencil case, and the [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Math Drills

September 22, 2009

I think it is important for children to learn the basic number facts. In this day and age, we can get too caught up in letting technology solve all of our problems for us. It is too easy to reach for a calculator or use the one built into our [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Map Adventures

September 15, 2009

I found this excellent resource a few years ago that I have used countless times in the classroom. It is called Nikki’s Map Adventures. It is a great resource to use in the first few weeks of school. There are seven lesson plans that are easy [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Homework Program

September 8, 2009

Nobody likes homework. I know that I sure don’t. I try to get most of my work done at school during my planning times. It’s part of my teaching philosophy to keep it at school. That’s why I’ve really been thinking about what I want my [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Fairy Tales

September 1, 2009

This is an excellent unit to start off your Language Arts program. It is called “Fairy Tale Friends and Foes.”  It was originally meant for Grade 2 classes in Catholic school but I have adapted it over the years to use in public schools for [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesday – First Day of School

August 25, 2009

My best advice for the first day of school is to plan, plan, plan, and over-plan. You should have your day structured so well that there will never be any lag time. You need to involve the students in some easy work right away, first thing in the [Keep Reading]

New Teacher Guide

August 17, 2009

I wanted to put together a New Teacher Guide to help all of those teachers who are busily preparing for their first teaching assignment. I remember all the effort I put into organizing my classroom, collecting resources, and writing my year plan and [Keep Reading]
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