Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Want to Remember Something?


Students everywhere want to use technology and use it ALL THE TIME.  However, the lastest research shows that students who take notes the old fashion way learn it better!

Why is this so?  For one thing, technology can be very distracting.  When you are on tech, it's easy to switch over to another site and just "check it out" while you are learning something new.  This causes your brain to become less focused and more easily distracted in the learning process.

In addition, when you are taking notes and/or learning something new, writing by hand slows down the brain to become more focused which will in turn make it easier to remember.  The brain will be able to retain the information in greater detail, especially if the notes are put into your own words.

Often when we are typing, our brains are moving at such a faster rate that the brain cannot keep up with all the new information that is being taken in.

So, do you want to remember something new?  Make sure to WRITE IT DOWN by HAND!  


Teaching is by far the best profession because everything I do matters. Fom the way I talk to my students, to the way I smile at them, assist them, ask them questions, help them, encourage them, believe in them, challenge them, laugh with them, read to them, play games with them, model for them, educate them and most of all LOVE THEM. IT ALL MATTERS! EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Teaching is no longer just teaching anymore. It's about inspiring kids to be the very best they can be socially, emotionally and academically.  

This week I not only inspired my students, but also inspired my colleagues to participate in International Dot Day. It was a day to help our students see that they are important and it's their job to "make their mark" in this world. I am proud of my colleagues who took on the challenge for their students.  

I am also so proud of my students who made their mark!  Pictures soon to follow!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

12 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Quiet

As teachers, we always have classes that make us exhausted by saying, "Please be quiet", "Quiet please", and/or "No talking."     Throughout the school year we are trying to find different ways to get our students to be quiet.  Here are some fun ideas to try!

1) Play a Quiet Song-  Pick a special song and play it as a signal to let the students know it's time to work quietly.

2) Use a Special Sound- Use chimes, bells, triangles, whistle, and/or a rain stick.

3) Sing a Song-  Sing a song to the students.

4) Play a Quick Game of I Spy-  Call out to the class, I spy something...  It will get the students focused on the game verse their conversation.

5) Movement Break-  Get the kids up doing some type of physical exercise.

6) Brain Breaks-  Have the kids do some cross lateral movements.

7) Do a Random Countdown-  Pick a random number and count to it.  Once you get to that "special" number the kids will then be quiet.

8)  Hand Signal-  Come up with a hand signal as a visual sign to be quiet.

9)  Quiet Bubbles-  Blow bubbles throughout the classroom to quiet students.

10) Soft Speak-  Start speaking quietly to the class.  They have to be quiet in order to hear you!

12)  Use a Call Back-  You say, "Class" and then they repeat, "Yes"  or any other call back type.  See a previous post for ideas!

Try some of these and let me know if they work for you!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My New Students are MY KIDS

Well, we are officially into the school year and the bond I am creating with my students is amazing.  I think I have the best 4th grade students on Earth!

I think about these kids while I am in school and out of school. I think about what they need to be successful not only in school, but in life.  I think about whether or not they are making friends and had a good day.  I am thinking about whether they understood my lesson on character traits or could I have done a better job explaining it to a few of them.  I am thinking that I did not get to conference with each student today about their learning but at least I got to make a personal connection with them on something that interests them.  I am thinking about how to get them to have the internal drive to be the very best that they can be while staying true to who they already are.  I am thinking that I only have 160 more days with them and it's not enough for the impact I want to have on their lives.

So, these students are not just my students...they are my kids!  They are part of my heart now and  they always will be!

Friday, July 24, 2015

How do you get student's attention?

As a teacher, it is so important to establish routines the first part of the school year.  Part of establishing routines are ways to get your student's attention.  In the past, I used call backs when I taught elementary school.   Since I am heading back to elementary school this fall, it's time for me to start thinking about which one(s) I plan to use this year.  

Here are some I have heard or thought about:

Duck, Duck...  Goose
Hey Class... YES
Hi Ho! Hi Ho! ....It's Off to Work We GO!
Red Robin... YUM!
Everybody ROCK... Everybody ROLL!
Can I get a.... Whoop, Whoop!
Are you ready kids? ... Aye, Aye Captain
Meanwhile.... Back at the Ranch
Holy Moly...Guacamole
Hocus Pocus...Time to Focus!
Hocus Pocus... Everybody Focus!
Zip, Zip, Zap...We are all that!
All Set... You Bet!
Class... YES

What do you use???

Thursday, July 23, 2015

OWL Themed Teacher MEGA Pack

I am so excited to be teaching a NEW GRADE at a NEW SCHOOL next year!  
Therefore, it was time for me to develop a NEW Theme! 


It's going to be a HOOT!
It's going to be an OWL-Standing YEAR!
Looks Whooo's in 4th Grade!
Whooo's Ready to READ?
4th Grade is a HOOT!

What fun I am going to have with this theme!  With a new theme, means new products!  
Check out my latest products:

Teacher Lesson/Binder Mega Pack

AND ...Cool Notes for kids!

I hope you are enjoying summer break just as much as I am!