Upper Elementary/Middle School Morning Check In Activities

  Am I the only teacher that has a hard time getting started in the morning? This year, I decided that my students really needed a morning check-in.  Perhaps it was to help us stay consistent each morning, or maybe it was just something to help me feel better about those awkward first 15 minutesContinue reading “Upper Elementary/Middle School Morning Check In Activities”

Age Appropriate Math Activities for Middle Schoolers Working Below Grade Level

When preparing to be a special education teacher, I collected anything and everything that I thought my future students could benefit from. During that treasure hunt I collected many books, toys, and learning materials. Many of my items are currently stored in boxes and unusable for my current setting. Just because a student is performingContinue reading “Age Appropriate Math Activities for Middle Schoolers Working Below Grade Level”

Less than $1,000 beach challenge

As most teachers are (or probably should be), we are on a tight budget. Though we are working Dave Ramsey’s babysteps to become debt free (from college loans), we know that taking a vacation is good for our relationship. Being a teacher and coach is time-consuming enough. Add Grad School to the mix. We know we deserveContinue reading “Less than $1,000 beach challenge”

Make Money without Spending Money

Hi! Just a teacher wife over here! Throughout two of the 2.5 years of marriage, I have been the sole income. My husband is rocking it in Occupational Therapy school, and so we have had to find creative ways to make extra cash to make money. Some ways we have chosen to make money, costContinue reading “Make Money without Spending Money”

Teachers “Without a Life” Trying to Teach About Life

A friend and I met up to eat Mexican food the other day, because who doesn’t like stuffing fried tortilla chips topped with cheese dip in their mouth? She also is a teacher. She is on year seven of her teaching career, and I am on year two. She said something to me that hasContinue reading “Teachers “Without a Life” Trying to Teach About Life”

Good thing kids aren’t listening to adults

How frustrating is it when children don’t listen to you? I tend to change my voice to one a little more irritated and frustrated when this happens in my classroom. You know you do it too. Honestly though, it’s probably a good thing our children “don’t listen”. If they paid attention they would probably learnContinue reading “Good thing kids aren’t listening to adults”

Learning Fractions with Skittles

We were mid-lesson and I was about to pull out a worksheet that I had pre-made for my students. (You can purchase that worksheet and supplemental task cards here). But I made a teacher-thought-out (split second) decision to just use one more hands-on activity before we moved to paper pencil. Previously we had used aContinue reading “Learning Fractions with Skittles”

How Two Thrive On A Teacher Income

Warning: We do not have car payments or health insurance costs to pay, just yet. I do not “look down upon” anyone who does not do what we do. Money management is a difficult task that many young adults have not been adequately prepared for. “Teacher Broke” is a phrase we throw around in ourContinue reading “How Two Thrive On A Teacher Income”

My First Student Was Myself (Special Education Teacher’s Story)

Sitting still in a seat quiet as a mouse was expected and demanded. Having piles of homework each night was typical. Chapter tests in each subject “directly from the book” happened every Friday. I had great  teachers, but I had difficulty learning in the early 2000’s manner. I am a “study all week and get a C” kinda gal.

7 Questions Answered by Couples Striving for a Godly Marriage

There have been many interpretations of God’s plan for marriage come to light since the beginning of time. Since the New Covenant was established, it was made so clear in scripture that God’s intentions for marriage is for one woman and one man for life. Marriage is between two humans, and so unfortunately some spousesContinue reading “7 Questions Answered by Couples Striving for a Godly Marriage”