As teachers, we know the importance of getting to know our students, their interests, learning styles, preferences, and families. Getting to know your students is important for building relationships, which leads to stronger classroom management and higher levels of engagement. Knowing your students also helps you create learning opportunities that even your most ... Read More
One of the most important parts about back to school is getting students back into the routine of learning AND giving them multiple chances to get to know and interact with one another. One way we do this every year is through traditional back to school activities. You can also do this digitally! This post shares two of my favorite digital math back to school activities ... Read More
Math can be quite the polarizing subject for many students once they get in 4th and 5th grades. Some students love it and are confident, and some need a little (or a lot of) extra support and encouragement to engage with and enjoy math. It is so important that we get to know our students and their beliefs about math as soon as we can. These free digital math interest ... Read More
One of my favorite things as a teacher is getting to know my students as readers. One of our jobs as teachers is to engage even our most reluctant readers in books and texts that they enjoy. The first step to do that is to get to know your readers and one way to do that is by using reading interest surveys,
But, the same old survey-style worksheets just don't seem to ... Read More
Empathy is very important for students and adults to have. I strongly believe that empathy is one of the most important "soft skills" that teachers can cultivate and grow in children. The ability to have empathy for others saves a lot of conflict and negative feelings from both sides...the person receiving empathy and the person giving empathy. Because I feel so strongly ... Read More
Because so many schools close in May or early June, Father's Day gifts and projects often get overlooked. And it is definitely easy for this to happen with all the end of the year craziness. This post will share a digital Father's Day gift that you can have your students make digitally and then present (at any time) to their fathers (or loving ... Read More
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Welcome friends! I’m Jennifer Findley: a teacher, mother, and avid reader. I believe that with the right resources, mindset, and strategies, all students can achieve at high levels and learn to love learning. My goal is to provide resources and strategies to inspire you and help make this belief a reality for your students. Learn more about me.