Paper Students at Back To School Night!

Back to School Night took place on Thursday evening! It’s an evening where the teachers introduce curriculum that will be taught that year, establish a team with the parents, and create systems of communication and organization that will continue that … Continue reading

GATE: Gifted And Talented Education

During the next three weeks, I am taking a GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) Certification class… Here’s a cute cartoon with a simplified explanation of the difference between high achieving, gifted, and creative students, and another funny one of what … Continue reading

Flip Flops, Hair Bands, and Designer Shirts!

Still having fun with my third and fourth grade girls in my “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Class!” We decorated flip flops from Michael’s, used fabric strips to enhance plain elastic hair bands, and cut up and embellished neon yellow … Continue reading

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

I am having a blast teaching my “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” summer school class at Camp VIP! I’ve been teaching this class just for girls for four years running… We focus on the “Inner Girl,” chatting about social issues … Continue reading

I Teach. What’s Your Superpower?

This was what an adorable tote bag gift from one of my students says- Love it! So I’ve been teaching in public school for 8 years now, and just experienced the most heart-warming last day of school moment yet! On Thursday at dismissal, I … Continue reading

Spoiled, Appreciated, Pampered

Last week was Staff Appreciation Week at my school, and Mrs. Murphy was one pampered teacher! On Monday, my third graders brought me fresh flowers from their gardens… On Tuesday, my students brought me “purple things” since purple is my favorite color! … Continue reading

The Future, According to Third Graders

In my “other” life, I am a third grade teacher and my students are currently writing their autobiographies! The final chapter, “The Future” is my favorite of all the chapters to read… Here’s why… (names have been altered, but words … Continue reading

“Unique” Valentine’s Day Boxes

“Unique” is always a safe way for a teacher to describe all forms of creativity! These “unique” Valentine’s Day mailboxes were designed and created by my third graders… Oh yes, those are Legos… and a remote-control will operate the “arm” that … Continue reading