Category: teaching

Can I bring Meaningful Nature Studies to a Concrete Jungle?

Blooming oxalis means spring is coming, and the long cold winter nights are ending soon. Last year my students ran around our school campus happily picking oxalis in the crisp spring-like weather. They inspired me to plan a whole day for them to learn… Continue Reading “Can I bring Meaningful Nature Studies to a Concrete Jungle?”

Classroom management tip: 7 Ways to Slow Down

The unknown is hard. What will happen next? Am I prepared? Did I do my best? Could I do more?This week we started our two weeks of teacher training for online learning because our school begins after Labor Day.I learned more than I could… Continue Reading “Classroom management tip: 7 Ways to Slow Down”

Classroom Management tip: what if it’s not perfect?

If you haven’t noticed, I love flowers. I could keep writing about flowers that I’ve found around my coastal home or in my garden (Thanks to my gardening friend for encouraging me to grow them this year!). My computer is full of photographs of… Continue Reading “Classroom Management tip: what if it’s not perfect?”

Classroom Management in the virtual World

I could write a long list of classroom management tips that I have used successfully but not in the virtual world. This week I spent time lounging on the beach near my home. We found this little beach hidden less than a mile away.… Continue Reading “Classroom Management in the virtual World”

My Favorite Classroom Management tip

I am about to share with you my favorite classroom management tip. I still struggle with this. It’s a good struggle because I think I get better at it every single day. This tip works for any teacher in any classroom. It works for… Continue Reading “My Favorite Classroom Management tip”

Who draws Dr. Coyote and his friends?

Art supplies have been a central theme in my life. I cannot remember when I didn’t have them in my purse, stuffed in my cupboards, and all over my desk. When my baby daughter could finally sit up in her highchair, I put a… Continue Reading “Who draws Dr. Coyote and his friends?”

Another Look at Classroom Management

At the beginning of my teaching career, I thought I knew everything about teaching. I spent hours decorating my classroom with lots of student work. My lessons were well crafted and standards-based. I dressed like a teacher with cute shoes. My job was to… Continue Reading “Another Look at Classroom Management”

Dr. Coyote!

You can usually find Dr. Coyote wandering around the beaches and open space near his home every morning and evening. He is searching for lost or hurt animals. Most coyotes would rather eat them for quick snacks but not Dr. Coyote. When he carefully… Continue Reading “Dr. Coyote!”

Classroom Management Tips from Sammy the Seagull

If I told you that Sammy isn’t grouchy, you wouldn’t believe me because of his sour face. It’s almost as if he is glaring at you. He is one of the most curious yet friendly birds around.One day Sammy was minding his own business.… Continue Reading “Classroom Management Tips from Sammy the Seagull”

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