Easter Themed LESSON PLAN! YAAAAY!

Easter Themed LESSON PLAN! YAAAAY!

Y’all I had the BEST day ever. I am going to tell you all about it, both successes and failures (or rather things that when I do this next year I will FOR SURE do differently.... as I write these reflections I will color the "oops" moments in RED)….. Last night I prepped these questions.…
Brain Breaks Part 10: Zip, Zap, Zoom!

Brain Breaks Part 10: Zip, Zap, Zoom!

I am lucky enough to work with a Broadway Star. The Meredith Long (Dieth) is our theatre guru/teacher/mentor/GENIUS at St. Martin's Episcopal School. She is such an incredible inspiration. She loves what she does, and she LOVES introducing ALL children to the power  and magic of the theatre. I can't imagine my life without her. I…
Day of the Dead Chapel and Classes

Day of the Dead Chapel and Classes

Day of the Dead was very special this year. I had so many resources at my disposal.  Every class was different and I had all of my resources open in case a class "steered" itself in one direction or another. I wanted to make sure I had a place to "reflect" on the day and…
YAYYYY! No more ¿cómo se dice?

YAYYYY! No more ¿cómo se dice?

I am finally to my favorite part of the year! We have removed the phrase "¿cómo se dice??" (how do you say?) from ALL of my classes! In my opinion, the most valuable skill I teach my students, is that of circumlocution. It is my favorite word. ALL of my students know the word in…
¡No seas quejón! The power of the white lie ;)

¡No seas quejón! The power of the white lie ;)

Seriously though.... ¡No seas quejón!  means don't be a whiner.... I can't stand whining and bickering in class. I truly believe it damages the amazing classroom culture and community I work so hard to build. I have developed tiny little ways to curb the whining over my years teaching elementary, middle, and high school. I…
Classroom Management Part 1.2: Fiestas

Classroom Management Part 1.2: Fiestas

One of my most read blogs was my post on my  Classroom Management point system.  I constantly get tons of GREAT feedback from teachers who decide to experiment and use arbitrary points to motivate their students and create an incredible classroom culture and community. I wanted to give everyone ideas for the many different "fiestas"…
Student and Teacher Reflections

Student and Teacher Reflections

The last two weeks of school are INSANE! The first week I worked over 75 hours and I clocked more than 80 my last week. Exhausting....We had exams,  7th grade girls sleep over, two award shows, field day, locker/classroom clean out, exam review, professional development, end of the year meetings, faculty awards and luncheons, and…
Exams and REVIEW! VIDEOS included ;)

Exams and REVIEW! VIDEOS included ;)

Merrrrrrrp..... I know opening up a blog to read about Exams is about as exciting as opening a blog talking about faculty meetings, or school dress code. HOWEVER, I have received several emails this week asking about what I do for exams so I thought I would share here. What should you do if you…
Maestra’s Many Mutations of Mafia

Maestra’s Many Mutations of Mafia

Can you tell I like alliteration? I took the leap this year and decided to try Mafia. If you are not sure of what it is or how to play it, please read Martina's blog here, as she gives a fabulous description of how it is played in a Language classroom. I had watched a…
Get outside! Chalk drawings!

Get outside! Chalk drawings!

Close to the end of the year, I like to find new things to do to keep things interesting and fresh for the kids, and for myself. We are all so burnt out, if I can find new activities or games to keep their interest and engagement high and keep me from pulling every hair…