Teacher Support Tips + Tools

How to Customize and Set Up the Perfect DIY Teacher Planner

How to Customize and Set Up the Perfect DIY Teacher Planner

Many teacher planners available on the market are quite expensive and not customizable. If you want a lesson planner that is tailored specifically to your needs, then you may want to consider creating your own. This guide is filled with tips and tricks and will show...

How Using Positive Notes for Students Made Me a Better Teacher

How Using Positive Notes for Students Made Me a Better Teacher

It’s far too easy to get stuck in a funk mindset where the smallest things can irritate you. By mid-year, I’d start to feel that little nag in the back of my mind that would start focusing on the ridiculous things my students were doing. It made me miserable. Adding...

3 Simple Ways to Save Time During the School Day

3 Simple Ways to Save Time During the School Day

Teachers have enough on their plates every day. Finding ways to make tasks easier and more efficient will help save time during the school day. In turn, it will help you get out the door at the end of contract hours a little bit faster. The ultimate goal is to start...

7 Ways to Make Your End of Day Routine Stress-Free

7 Ways to Make Your End of Day Routine Stress-Free

It's never too late in the school year to establish an end of day routine in your classroom. Having predictable procedures will calm the chaos and ensure you get everything done before students head home for the day. In each of the three schools I taught at, the...

A Whole Class Reward System That Works Like a Charm

A Whole Class Reward System That Works Like a Charm

Individual student recognition is great, but there will always be students who have difficulty earning even a small amount of positive reinforcement. A whole class reward system can be the answer to turning your classroom management around when you need a change. It...

5 Great Things You Can Do With Class Newsletters

5 Great Things You Can Do With Class Newsletters

Every school year, no matter what grade I was teaching, I sent home weekly class newsletters. I firmly believe that communication between school and home is essential when building a bond between the two. Even if you have parents who don't bother to read it, there are...

What Teachers Need to Know About Curriculum Mapping

What Teachers Need to Know About Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum mapping is a process that helps teachers understand what students must know and be able to do after teaching, how content will be taught, and how learning outcomes will be assessed. Creating a curriculum map at the beginning of the school year allows...

3 Simple Ways to Save Time Lesson Planning

3 Simple Ways to Save Time Lesson Planning

The first few years that I was in the classroom, I spent far too much time lesson planning each week. For some reason, I thought the more time I spent planning, the better of a teacher I was becoming. If you scroll far enough back in my Instagram feed, you'll see...

Put Together a Substitute Binder and Save Yourself Time Later

Put Together a Substitute Binder and Save Yourself Time Later

If you get sick often or have children that you need to stay home and care for from time to time, you know it's always important to have a plan in place in case you need a substitute. You can easily prep ahead of time for a sick day or emergency, so at a moment’s...

How to Save Time Planning with Airtable

How to Save Time Planning with Airtable

Do you have tons of digital curriculum resources you never use in a school year because you forget you bought them? Or maybe your district purchased subscriptions to curriculum websites, but you forget to look for content to use with lessons. (I'm looking at you,...

Virtual Student Led Conferences Made Easy

Virtual Student Led Conferences Made Easy

Student led conferences are a game-changer. Now, more than ever, they are an important part of the educational experience for students with social distancing in place. You CAN still hold student led conferences this year no matter your situation - virtual, hybrid, or...

How to Hold a Virtual Open House This School Year

How to Hold a Virtual Open House This School Year

There's no doubt that this school year is going to start uniquely. With large gatherings being banned, it may be safer to hold a virtual Open House, Meet the Teacher, or Back to School Night this year. Even beyond the state of the world right now, a virtual Open House...