The Trick to Learning Multiplication Facts is No Trick

According to your math curriculum, you’re supposed to start teaching division. And then you picture your students struggling with their multiplication facts. Teach division?!? You’re shaking your head, wondering, what is it going to take for these kids to learn their multiplication facts? You’ve tried skip-counting. You’ve tried timed tests. You’ve tried songs and dances. […]

Improve 3rd and 4th Grade Math Skills One Escape Room at a Time

A few years ago, my third grade team decided that it would be super fun to go to an escape room as a team-building activity. There are lots of them around, and the theme of the one we attended was “The Alchemist.” There were clues for us to use as we tried to find the […]


If you’re like me, ELA is your thing. You love finding new books to read with your students. You become giddy at the idea of planning out the next reading unit. Your favorite time of the week is Writer’s Workshop. You experience joy at reading the final draft of a student’s writing piece that they’ve […]

How Are You and Your Students Going to Celebrate World Kindness Day?

World Kindness Day is on a Saturday this year. I know that because World Kindness Day happens to be the same day as my daughter’s birthday, and she has been counting down the days for a. long. time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate before or after! While it would be nice if we […]

Middle School Book Club Novel: Rick by Alex Gino

Rick by Alex Gino Rick is a 6th grader who has all the classic struggles: adapting to middle school, outgrowing friends, changing family dynamics when his sister heads off to college, and spending time with a grandfather he barely knows. But he also struggles with something else: questioning his sexuality. Gino beautifully writes this very […]

What Happened to Grammar?

Remember learning the difference between subject and predicate? How about the proper way to fix a run-on sentence? Where to break up a word when using a hyphen? I remember learning those things, and I remember teaching them, too. But not anymore. Grammar has gone the way of handwriting and spelling: no longer necessary to […]