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Germ Stoppers in YOUR Classroom!

It’s official - my classroom has become a 1,200 square foot petri dish. The contagious sneezing, sniffling, coughing and hacking is depleting my sick day reserve with speed and fury. I’ve tried to counteract the germ overload with all the cliched teacher remedies:...

Grade HUNDREDS of Exams in Less than 10 Seconds!

Let's face it... as a teacher, we are eager to find out if our students are “getting it”, and so we assess (or dare I say give a test). However, testing (or assessing) in the modern era goes beyond the red pen grading and mindless jotting of numbers in columned...

Close Reading…Multiple Choice Style!

"Close Reading" has entered the world of modern education, and boy, am I happy it has! Most educators out there know the drill... Close Reading is generally comprised of 3 "reads". And although there are many versions out there; here is a classic example: Read #1-...

The 6 Essentials of Standardized Test Preparation

You can try and put it off ... you can try to avoid the inevitable, but no matter what you do, these two dreadful words will find you. They will hunt you down and wreak havoc in your classroom. The word combo I'm referring to? STANDARDIZED TESTING Now maybe I was a...

Back to School Bulletin Board Ideas

I love back to school bulletin boards. They provide the perfect opportunity for teachers to get to know their new students, while showcasing them in all their "awesomeness" to rest of our school community. Many teachers like to have their Back to School bulletin...

LapBooks… Super Academic & Cute to Boot

I came across the concept of LapBooks last year when I was searching for a new and creative way for my students to do their book reports. After a quick search on Teachers Pay Teachers, I stumbled across a book report LapBook by SunnyDaze and I was immediately sold!...

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