We Like to Move It, Move It!

Our school district's daily instructional framework ensures our students will read, write, think, speak, listen, and move in every class, every day.  Research shows that academic success increases when movement is incorporated.  We don't quite have an official source here, but one of our moms said it's true.  She's the healthful living director for our school district so we believe her.  As a high school teacher it can often be difficult to find ways to get our students moving that fits in our daily schedule and convinces our kids, who are obviously too cool for us, to participate.  We like to mix up our movement strategies.  One day we might incorporate the math content we are learning while the next we are just having a little fun during a quick brain break.  Check out some of our favorite ideas below!

How I plan to use my Erin Condren Teacher Planner // & Back to School Giveaway!

It's about that time... time for early morning alarm clocks, lunch packing, and back to school shopping. Our first day isn't until August 29th, but I like need to start preparing a few weeks ahead of time. I finally joined the Erin Condren teacher planner team and I'm in love! Unfortunately, some of the planner is geared more towards elementary teachers but I plan to make it suit my needs as a high school math teacher.

Prioritizing Prep for the Procrastinator

I always have the best of intentions to work throughout the summer on lesson plans, setting up my classroom, revamping the 3,521 forms I hand out during the first few school days, designing new review games, and reading over new changes to standards and curriculum.  Here we are - just three weeks away from the start of school - and I have done none.of.that.  I have always been challenged/blessed with the gift of procrastination, but how in the world did the summer pass without even glancing at those items?  It's during this crunch time that I realize I cannot do it all, but I can do something to help ease my anxiety of the new school year starting.