I am a NURSING, WORKING, TEACHER, MOMMY: TODAY is The First Day, of the REST of my career…

I am a NURSING, WORKING, TEACHER, MOMMY: TODAY is The First Day, of the REST of my career…

Today, I returned to work.... Today, was the first day of the rest of my career as a working mommy.... Today, my world was rocked, leaving my baby as I went to work knowing that my maternity leave was officially over... (I was only going to have 6 weeks since the leave was unpaid but…
Classroom Management Part 5: Silent Communicators!

Classroom Management Part 5: Silent Communicators!

This strategy is so much more than a classroom management tool! It is a formative assessment, a classroom community builder, a communication tool and a bridge for our slow to output students to get there sooner!!! This past year, I started teaching in a public charter in New Orleans. Before school started, new faculty were…
Brain Breaks Part 17: High Fives!

Brain Breaks Part 17: High Fives!

This is easily¬† one of my FAVORITE Brain Breaks because it creates such a positive atmosphere, therefore strengthening the JOY in your classroom, ANNNNND an added bonus is that it contributes to your classroom community. What is it?! Exactly what it sounds like... just high fives... plain and simple... You can tell kids to high…
Brain Breaks Part 15: COLOR!

Brain Breaks Part 15: COLOR!

I rarely write about Brain Breaks that are "chill" and don't involve lots of noise and controlled chaos! That doesn't mean I don't do them though! Many of you have seen me use this Brain Break at workshops but this year I stepped it up a notch in my classes and I can't wait to…
Eggcellent plans!

Eggcellent plans!

Easter is right around the corner! I wanted to compile some resources/ plans in one blog for y'all in case you're searching for some ideas! The first, obviously, is the scavenger hunt with easter eggs and coloring sheets that I shared last year. I received over 100 emails, videos, and photos of students of ALL…
Class Names! So simple, SO unifying!

Class Names! So simple, SO unifying!

I have received 24 (I counted) emails in the last six months with a very simple question. How/Why do you name your classes? Each of my classes is named a different Spanish speaking country. In previous years I haven't had any rhyme or reason to which countries I choose. This year I named all of…