What it Means to Be a Teacher

I recently came across a well written piece called “A Letter to My Children: What it Means to be a Teacher.” The author provides some insight to her own children about teaching. It’s definitely worth the read. Here are some of my favorite lines:

“Teachers don’t see their classrooms as places where you go to make rules and assign homework.”

“Teachers worry about their students the way I worry about you.”

“Teaching doesn’t open at 8:00 in the morning and close at 5:00 at night.”

“[Teaching] creates an eternal optimist of you. It reminds you that every life matters…”

“Teachers could have chosen any profession, but instead they chose to teach you.”

“Take the lessons of teachers with you: work to discover and be your best selves, see potential in others, extend kindness, and ask tough questions.”

“We spend one week each year remembering to appreciate teachers, but I want you to spend a lifetime teaching appreciation.”


Teacher Appreciation Perks 2015

Being a teacher is hard work. It’s nice when people recognize that! Looks like McDonald’s is giving teachers some pretty sweet perks this year! They seem to be decided by region, so I’d do an internet search for your area. For example, in Arizona, McDonald’s is giving teachers a free extra value meal (and some get keytags for free beverages) and in Nevada, teachers get a free breakfast.

Click here for another great list of perks!

If you hear of any other valuable teacher perks, please comment below! Thanks!

Spelling Doodles

This is a cool idea! I like the idea of having kids come up with their own ways of grouping the words. Great post, Room Mom!


spelling doodle sample sharpie

Along with every other 4th grade student, I want to avoid “write the spelling words 3x each” spelling homework. I am actually not against that kind of homework (especially if the students are writing the words in cursive) since I think it builds a motor memory, but we all get bored with it. One new activity I am using is a Spelling Doodle. Students use every word on the weekly list to design a word doodle. The challenge is to think of various ways to group the spelling words. Students use a combination of phonics knowledge and word meanings to create word categories. Not only do students practice writing spelling words correctly, they are also activating their knowledge about the ways letters combine to create words, word usage, and definitions of the words.

spelling doodle with list

Give the student a piece of white copy paper and some colored pencils or fun pens. Using all…

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April Fool’s Day is Almost Here!

April Fool's STICKERDon’t forget that April Fool’s Day 2015 is next Wednesday! Have you already figured out activities or your teacher prank to knock the socks off your students? Check out these ideas:

Shrinking Attendance Clips

Brownies … or is it Brown E’s?

No Prep April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

More April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

The History of April Fool’s Day (printable)


Dress Like 100 Years Old (100th Day of School Idea)

There are tons of ideas out there for celebrating the 100th day of school! Here’s one I recently heard about from a cousin. Her daughter’s school encouraged kids to dress up like they were 100 years old! How awesome is that?!


100 Years Old for 100th Day of School

Have any other awesome 100 days of school activities you love? Share them in the comments below! Thanks!

2014 in Review: Annual Stats Update

As this year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the growth of my blog for this year. I’m beaming with pride as I announce that I hit 1 million views this year! I’ve had a blast sharing ideas and learning more about the *addicting* world of blogging! Thank you to everyone who has read, shared, commented and supported my blog!

Here are some year-end statistics:

The top referring sites in 2014 were:

  1. pinterest.com
  2. bloglovin.com
  3. facebook.com
  4. urlopener.com
  5. collegereadycoach.com

Total views to date: 1,118,028 views

Day with the most views: November 28 (8,865 views)

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014:

  1. Aesop’s Fables Collection (free worksheets) published 
  2. 30 Most Important Classroom Procedures published 
  3. Blank Timeline Printables published 
  4. Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED published 
  5. Are Basic Math Facts Worth Teaching? published 

If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Players

Maybe I’m biased, but I think teachers should be revered like football players. This video proves it. Check out this quick video for yourself:

If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Players

Craft Spotlight: Project Leaves with a Thanksgiving Turkey project!

Love this idea! I wonder what it would look like if you added real leaves? Enjoy!


2014-09-22-FeatureImageIt’s never too early to start thinking about seasonal crafts for the classroom, no matter what time of year! Prepare for Thanksgiving with our true-to-life sized R51080 Project Leaves in a variety of colors and shapes. Use the Project Leaves to create the tail feathers and simple construction paper cutouts to make the turkey head and body. 

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