Inspiration for Innovative Educators

5 sigma edu conference

I'm excited to share about an innovative education conference here in Denver, CO that will help teachers and administrators (you?) get their mojo back. It's a conference that will renew your energy and give you inspiration, even if you have to take it back to a constraining environment. It's 5 Sigma Edu Conference. You'll learn, talk, and apply. You'll be treated … [Read more...]

Phenomenal New Historical Fiction Books

phenomenal historical fiction books

I have so many totally heart-tugging, can't-stop-reading, phenomenal historical fiction middle grade books to tell you about! Before I dive into the reviews, I want to mention that these are SOOOO good but even so, they may be books that kids don't pick up and devour. However, I know that but they will genuinely LOVE the stories. Remember how important it is for all ages of … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Outstanding Nonfiction Early Reader Series

non fiction easy reader

I recommend the following outstanding nonfiction early readers series from these publishers: Usborne, Newmark Learning, National Geographic Kids, Time for Kids, and Scholastic's Fly Guy Presents. When I evaluate early readers, I consider the text to picture ratio, the visual appeal, the quality of information, and the interest level to kids. These early fove reader series do … [Read more...]

Using Education Games in the Classroom

education games

We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples. Using Education Games in the Classroom Here’s what you need to remember when using … [Read more...]

Get Organized! Classroom Organization Ideas and Hacks for Teachers

classroom organization tips

Now that it’s mid-way through the year, it’s time to get your classroom organized with these easy tips and ideas sponsored by Staples. Don’t miss out on Staple’s Teacher Rewards program – it gives you free shipping, 5% back in rewards, and up to 10% back in rewards on teaching and art supplies. Classroom Organization Ideas 1. Color Code Subjects I always color … [Read more...]

No Sew Fleece Blanket

no sew blanket

We just spent a half day making no sew blankets because I wanted a tangible way for my kids to give to others in need. I love the blankets since they're hands-on and practical -- everyone can use a blanket, right? *Plus, kids can relate to the important blankets are for warmpth as well as for a feeling of security. How many of our kids had their own binkies?* Then with … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Vocabulary

learning new vocabulary words

Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it's a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started looking up words voraciously. Reading on the Kindle, both … [Read more...]