Happy New Year, my friends! New Year’s Dollar Deals are back, and my teacher-author friends and I invite you to #RingIn2020 with us today and tomorrow with amazing resources marked down to one dollar! How to find $1 Deals Search #RingIn2020 today and tomorrow to find loads of awesome products marked down to just one Read More…
I believe in Santa Claus
I believe in Santa Claus, just like the NY Times journalist who replied to Virginia did, and with the same sentiment as The Polar Express. #believe #christmas #kids #teaching #thatfunreadingteacher
5 Kindergarten teacher tips for a safe & positive 1st day of school!
Teach kindergarten? Tips for a safe, positive first day! When I returned to classroom teaching in kindergarten, I reflected on my decades of first days of school as a teacher. I started my career in kindergarten and first grade. In the years I spent in support roles, my first day of school was often spent Read More…
8 ways to help students with social and emotional regulation (and still have time to teach!) Part 2
This post is the second of two posts about helping students with social and emotional regulation. The first post was about communicating feelings, social / emotional language, going cross-curricular and linking feelings and behaviors. This one covers kindness expectations, positive reinforcement, dedicated space, tools and strategies.
8 ways to help students with social and emotional regulation (and still have time to teach!) Part 1
Dealing with issues related to social and emotional regulation have become a part of everyday life for many teachers. Here are 8 ways to help students with social emotional regulation (and still have time to teach!)
5 simple ways to help kids communicate their feelings
Putting emotions into words can be a struggle for many of us, even if we are proficient in communicating using language! Here are 5 simple, ways kids with a variety of language skills can communicate their feelings! #feelings #emotions #kids #socialskills #specialeducation #regulateemotions
Children’s Thanksgiving stories that model an attitude of gratitude!
Happy Thanksgiving! Tis the season of gratitude. If there is one thing I have learned from being a human being, it’s that personality traits / emotions like gratitude can be nurtured by exposure to models. Here are three Children’s Thanksgiving stories that model an attitude of gratitude!
Great books to prepare kids for Fire Drills
Looking for some great books to help your students prepare for Fire Drills? Fire Drills can cause a great deal of anxiety to those who do not know what to expect, or who struggle with a change in routine. Here are books I return to year after year that help prepare kids for Fire Drills.
The benefits of a using a visual schedule in kindergarten and early primary classrooms
In my role as a special education teacher, I’ve been seeing more and more visual schedules being used for entire classes in the past few years, and they really have their benefits!
Why back to school is such a big deal – manage anxiety by setting priorities
Why is Back to School such a big deal? For anyone with an ounce of anxiety in them, this is the what-if countdown of the year! While I’m tempted to indulge my own anxiety by listing a few hundred here, I won’t indulge those of you who ride this roller coaster with me. Anxiety symptoms: Read More…