Story cubes: EVERYONE is valued!

Story cubes: EVERYONE is valued!

In my last blog I briefly mentioned how annoyed I get with "bickering" over stupid things like what characters are going to be named in our class stories (that we make up or that are based off of OWI 'one word images'), or what cities they live in or whether or not they drive a…
¡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…
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…