Summer Reading 2020

I distinctly remember this fear I used to have in grad school: that given my average pace of reading I could only read about 600 more books in my life. So I had to choose carefully and really make them count. I now realize it's a silly fear, but it explains a lot about how my brain operates and who I am as a person. ANYWAY, I've increased my reading pace since then, and quarantine has given me even more time to read! I'm definitely more of a non-fiction reader, but I dabble. Here I've outlined some of the more teacher-related books I've read this summer.

Google Calendar Tips

I LOVE a good calendar. I could talk about all the different calendars I keep, but for today let's just focus on Google Calendar. I've tried many different calendar-type tools for lesson planning - physical print outs with notes scribbled all over, post-it notes, and online ones like Chalk or Planboard. But I finally found planning nirvana when I substituted for one of my dad's coworker's maternity leave. This teacher had the most brilliant, simple, USEFUL Google Calendar set-up. It was SO easy for me to take over for her because of this efficient system. And I've now used her system ever since!

What to include on your syllabus

The syllabus might be the most underrated document in teaching. It’s often SO boring, but it can be SO useful. Personally, I believe the key to a having a great syllabus is to make it short. Your syllabus should reference the key information for your class, and it should tell students and parents exactly what you expect.

Virtual Teacher Interview: Kindergarten, Atlanta

I have SUCH a great interview for you today! We're hearing from Khalia Murray, of Ms. Murray's Corner, today. I met Khalia through our grad school network (the Relay Graduate School of Education, which has campuses all over the country). She's a kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, Georgia.

IT’S HERE!! Introducing the ’20-’21 Teacher Planning Workbook

The '20-'21 Teacher Planning Workbook is now LIVE on Amazon. Get your copy today! This workbook outlines the exact process I go through each year when I plan for the upcoming school year. If you're feeling lost or overwhelmed, stop thinking and worrying and just get the workbook! It takes you through every step to [...]