Student Bucket List Freebie

Monday, August 19, 2019
I've got a FREEBIE for you guys!!!
To celebrate the launch of my blog I’ve made something special for you all!

This is the STUDENT BUCKET LIST. It’s designed to be worked on throughout the year and is filled with random acts of kindness, plus I’ve slotted a few educational ones in there too (I've got your back teacher friend😉)

Brag Bracelets

The Ultimate Classroom Management Tool

What better way to kick off the school year than with an introduction to my favorite behavior management resource EVER. This resource has been transforming behavior around the world! I'd like to introduce you to...

CVC Word Builder

CVC Word Building Activity

To say that I am obsessed with this activity would be a HUGE underestimation. It's the first thing I recommend to anyone teaching CVC words. This compact, little center is the ultimate resource for learning how to spell CVC words. It is adorable, easy to store and super engaging. Students get to master their short vowel words in a hands-on way without having to search through piles of magnetic letters and laminated cards. It helps to familiarize them with the onset and rime components of CVC words, and did I mention, alphabet order too!

How to Encourage Growth Mindset

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Why is Growth Mindset Important?

Growth mindset is HUGE in the teaching community right now and for good reason too. As teachers, not only can you influence how students grow academically, you also have an enormous impact on their socio-emotional skills. 

Helping to shape students thoughts about THEMSELVES is one of the most important things a teacher can do. After all, what you tell yourself everyday becomes who you are. And we all want our future generation to bloom. Astronomically! That is why growth mindset activities are important - they help to change the words students use when they talk to themselves which is a lifelong skill that they can carry with them for years to come.

How to Create a Growth Mindset Classroom

Here is a list of 5 strategies that you can use to make your classroom a growth mindset fortress where mistakes are treasured, negative self-talk is eliminated and achievement anxiety is reduced.


Getting Students to Write Creatively

Thursday, August 15, 2019

How Does Creativity Happen?

I think we can all put our hand up and say that we've heard the phrase "I'm not sure what to write about" often enough. Why does this happen? It happens because creativity cannot be scheduled in like "Okay students, we have a narrative lesson after lunch so you must be creative." Creativity happens when you are inspired. My most creative ideas come to me when I'm taking a walk in nature, laying on an acupuncture table or watching the sunset on my balcony with a warm tea. While it's important to provide students with opportunities to think creatively on their own, giving them prompts can help to improve their creative thinking skills and inspire them to writing thrilling, imaginative (and sometimes hilarious) stories. This is where the Story Builder can become the ultimate teaching tool to inspire young writers and get their creativity flowing.