Counting the Days in School

Calendar and data collection are an important part of the daily number sense routine in my class. This is an opportunity for students to learn the structure of our calendar system as well as learn to collect data over a period of time. As we track each of these things, I use rich questioning and discussion to deepen learning. When …

Leader of the Week

One of my favorite ways to incorporate leadership into my classroom is through the Leader of the Week. Each week a different student is chosen to be the Leader of the Week. One of the main perks is that they get to sit at the Leader of the Week desk. I made this desk special with a few decorations, a …

Classbook Publishing

Recently I came across several teachers sharing online about Studentreasures Publishing. At first it almost seemed too good to be true! After reading about the positive experiences from multiple other teachers, I decided to give it a try! The Classbook Program provides everything you need to publish your students’ work, free of charge! There really are no gimmicks. They just …

Accountability Partners in the Classroom

As part of a Leader in Me Lighthouse campus, we spend a lot of time working on setting, tracking, and reaching goals.  We set goals on a personal, class, grade, and school level.  One way that our students track their progress is through the use of accountability partners within the classroom. By meeting with accountability partners, students are able to …

Books for Teaching the 7 Habits (Leader in Me)

One of the best ways to teach the 7 Habits in the classroom is through the use of books. As students see characters in a book who deal with problems, make decisions, and learn character traits, they are able to make connections and see how to grow themselves.  While the 7 Habits are infused in our class every day, there …

5 Reasons You Need to Read Stories From Webb by Todd Nesloney

Author: Todd Nesloney Pages: 314 Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. Published on: January 5, 2018 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads   Synopsis: “Education isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. It’s a role that comes with the responsibility to care deeply and to persist despite countless challenges–from state testing to budget cuts to long hours. It’s a way of life …

Is the Google Educator Certification for me??

I’ve had a lot of professional goals I’ve been working on this summer, one of them being to earn my Google Certified Educator, Level 1 Certification.  In case you’re wondering what that even is, let me fill you in a little. Google offers two levels of certification for educators. Both of these are meant to demonstrate your mastery of the …

Drop Everything and Lead!

As I’ve mentioned before, I teach at a Leader in Me Lighthouse campus. I’m sure you’ve heard of DEAR time, Drop Everything and Read, but we have DEAL time, Drop Everything and Lead! DEAL time is built into our schedule each day. We have 15-20 minutes to just focus on leadership in our classroom. I absolutely love having that set …

Meet the Teacher!

The new school year is right around the corner, and with that comes one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking days of the year, Meet the Teacher! For me it’s usually a day mixed with excitement, anxiousness, and exhaustion from working around the clock to get my room ready (not to mention planning for the new year). I love to …