5 Ways for Teachers to Make the Most Out of School Breaks

Teacher tips for making the most out of school breaks. Utilizing our time off, getting chores down and recharging so we don't suffer from teacher burn out

As teachers we are so incredibly lucky to have breaks from work. I feel like I am always looking forward to the next break, and then it comes....and poof...it's over! If you're anything like me you create this crazy to-do list for each break, and you either spend the entire time doing annoying chores OR you do none of it and feel incredibly guilty. So after many many breaks like this, I've finally found a happy medium. Here are my 5 quick tips for making the most of your school breaks.

Differentiated Sight Word Folders

Fun and hands on differentiated sight word work for centers, small groups or whole class. Great for any sight word list, so it works across multiple grades: kindergarten, first grade, second grade and more!

Sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in children's books. Learning to read sight words with automaticity helps build strong readers because they will be able to identify majority of the words in a text, before having to apply any phonetic knowledge. 

Thankful Turkey Bulletin Board

My Thanksgiving bulletin board is by far my most popular! And here's a little secret...it's my easiest board to do!

Here's a how-to guide on creating this bulletin board, and some bonus materials!

Thanksgiving Bulletin Board idea. I Am Thankful turkey represents all of the things students are thankful for. Decorated feathers show off their families, interests and more. Step by step directions

How Beanie Babies Taught My Students To Read

Tips for teaching students to read in guided reading and small groups through the use of beanie babies as reading strategies

Teaching kids to read is by far the hardest task I've ever encountered as an educator. That is of course until I started using Beanie Babies in my daily reading instruction. Below is how I created a sense of enthusiasm and excitement within my little learners, while simultaneously teaching them the most important reading strategies necessary.

5 Time Saving Tips for Teacher Moms

Time saving tips for working moms to help you maximize your time at home and feel less stressed.

Being a mom is A LOT of work, it is a job that never ends...and sometimes I feel the same way about teaching. So when these two worlds collide, it can seem overwhelming, or worse, as if you can't give 100% to both areas of your life. Below is a list of 5 simple ways to help you be a rockstar mom and teacher 100% of the time!

Your Not-So-Typical Classroom Must Haves

Must have classroom supplies to get your routines going, classroom organized, and create a warm and inviting classroom environment

Back to school season can definitely make your head spin. Classrooms to set up, meet the teacher letters to write, school supply lists to organize and so much more! So here's a list of things you might forget but you will surely WANT! And to make it even easier, I've included links that will take you directly to Amazon...because I mean, who doesn't love Amazon...am I right?

The Who, What, When, Where & Why of Progress Monitoring

All about progress monitoring for general education and special education students. Learn how to collect data for RTI and IEP's, along with dates driven instruction. Data forms, tracking guides and more

When I first started teaching, I wasn't very comfortable with progress monitoring. I didn't know where to start, what materials to use, or how to collect and store data. This obviously led to a lot of pitfalls in my teaching abilities. Creating groups was difficult, writing report cards took an insane amount of time, my IEP reports were vague, and much more. I quickly realized that if I wanted to use data to drive instruction, I had to begin collecting it from day one. Since then, I have worked tirelessly to perfect my progress monitoring tools and assessments. I have seen a tremendous increase in my students learning, the more I perfected my data collection process. It is directly connected to students success. So here are some of the things I have learned during my progress monitoring journey.

Back to Top