Kindness is Cool

This is me.  (Hats off to my awesome husband for drawing this poster for me!)  A few years ago I went to a great training on “Making Every Minute Count” at Point Loma Nazarene University.  (Kristie Szentesi, Educator, and professor at PLNU presented the training.) That’s where I got the idea above.  In the presentation…

In What State is your Plate? Teacher Tips to Keep it Together!

I was just reflecting on a journal entry I wrote recently. “Why do I come home from work feeling undone everyday, even though I love my job?” It might be the plight of every dedicated schoolteacher in the world. (Notice the term, “dedicated.”) Or, it might just be because I have no idea what I…

An Orange Marmalade Christmas

  Several years ago I turned my beautiful friend, Cathleen, on to the Mitford series written by Jan Karon. If you’ve never read the series about the delightful Father Tim, you really must. When my friend Stephanie gave me book one, she said, “give it 80 pages.” Well, I didn’t need 80 pages. I had…

Tea With Me

I have a few different behavioral management techniques in place in my classroom. Teaching With Love & Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk is really the basis (along with all the great behavioral classes I’ve taken over the years) for my approach. The focus is on shared responsibility in the classroom and delivering consequences…

Student At a Glance

Student At a Glance- Maintaining a Positive Note at the IEP Meeting I am a parent of a student on an IEP. I have sat across the table at at least 10 IEP meetings for Q (my beautiful child with said IEP). He had the same teacher for 7 of those 10 IEP meetings. At…

Stars for Monkey Bars- My Positive Behavior Support Plan

  Stars for Monkey Bars- a Whole Class Positive Behavior Support Plan  (Let me apologize in advance, but I have somehow failed to have pictures of the starboard, etc… but I think I have a few pics of the chair covers once turned into pillows….) My positive behavior support plan is multi-faceted. It includes both…

The Top Ten Things I Learned as a First Year Teacher

Top Ten Things I Learned in my First Year of Teaching Though I am no longer in my “first year” of teaching, I still remember those “first year” lessons so well.  Here are my “Top 10” to encourage you whether you are in your first year, or your twenty-fifth year. You may respond, “Really?” or you may…