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Don’t Be an Egghead! (Set Up Your Social Media for Success)

Don’t Be an Egghead! (Set Up Your Social Media for Success)

We are in the digital age. While we still haven't left the resume behind, we have entered an age of transparency where your social media tells a lot abouy you. Set it up for success. Done properly, this gives you an edge. Do it halfway, and it could come back to haunt...

8 Things Teachers Buy That’ll Suck Money Away

8 Things Teachers Buy That’ll Suck Money Away

"Any teacher that won't give a kid a pencil shouldn't be teacher." The pencil is a symbol of everything that sucks your paycheck away. I came to hate pencils like I hated the credit card debt I racked up buying them--and everything else for my class. (This is the...

Strategies for Surviving Halloween

Strategies for Surviving Halloween

You can survive Halloween with a few strategies. It's Halloween... a holiday only a new parent or teacher could love. It's ghoul, ghost and troll day all around the nation.  Americans spend $9 billion on Halloween--over $80 a person. Most of that's candy eaten by your...

Why You Need A Digital Planner (Free template)

Why You Need A Digital Planner (Free template)

Do you have a digital lesson plan book? If not, read on. I have a stack of unused paper teacher books. You may, too--the green attendance "Roster" book, and the lesson plan book. I'm sad when I get them because I won't use them, and I've been getting them forever. ...

FREE Columbus Day Lessons…

FREE Columbus Day Lessons…

FREE COLUMBUS DAY LESSON PLANS FOR YOUR LONG WEEKEND "1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." That's the fact. Kids everywhere will come home with weekly readers discussing Columbus Day. I remember my son's when he was much younger. "Columbus met the Taino Indians."...

Supply List 101: Guide for Parents & Teachers to Avoid Going Insane

Supply List 101: Guide for Parents & Teachers to Avoid Going Insane

It's Back-to-School supply shopping time! I finally read the Back to School list for my 7th grader. I ignored it at first because I still have the last bin of stuff from my teacher hoarding days--enough notebooks for Declan to get a Ph.D. I'm glad I finally read his...

5 Ways to Avoid Hoarding for School

5 Ways to Avoid Hoarding for School

Are you buying or hoarding? Teachers often say we're buying when we're not "buying" so much as "hoarding."  Teacher spending is an affliction, but some of us sprint right over that line into hoarding. Here's how to tell if you're in danger of being on a Discovery...

How to Spot Common Coffee Offenders & Stop Them in Their Tracks

How to Spot Common Coffee Offenders & Stop Them in Their Tracks

Life's too short for bad coffee. And break room coffee is bad coffee. Schools have some of the biggest coffee offenders around. Here are a few of the biggest and what you can do about it. The Pot Finisher This is that person who polishes off the pot but never bothers...

Leave Me Alone! Avoid Classroom Interruptions & Get $#!T Done

Leave Me Alone! Avoid Classroom Interruptions & Get $#!T Done

Eight phone calls before lunch. Eight! Call One: "Hello, Robin?" "No, it's Dawn." "Can I speak to Robin?" "No. You have the wrong number." "I really need Robin." Then call her! Click... "I'm sorry, you'll have to call her. Bye." Now, where were we--somewhere between...