language arts, mom, motivation, self-care, teacher, wife

6 Things I’m Doing to Get Through the Winter Blues

Ever since I went to college in snowy South Bend, Indiana, I think I’ve had a low-grade form of seasonal affective disorder, or the winter blues. Every January and February, I notice my spirits going down, and spring feels so far away. Diseases are in the air, invading school, home, and my family’s immune systems,… Read More 6 Things I’m Doing to Get Through the Winter Blues

animals, language arts, middle school, motivation, teacher, teacher humor

27 Animal Photos that Explain the Life of a Teacher

Because it’s November and I wanted to look at animal pictures instead of doing anything productive — here is an assortment of photos where I could #relate so hard. 1. Well, I guess I’m reteaching this lesson. 2. …There may be an opportunity for extra credit… 3. I know my pen (pencil/paper/important copies/last piece of… Read More 27 Animal Photos that Explain the Life of a Teacher

english, language arts, middle school, motivation, routines, teacher

7 Routines for the Middle School Classroom

Routines are what makes a teacher’s world go ’round. I know they’re not going to set the world on fire, but maybe it’s like putting the world up to a nice, scented candle that permeates the room and makes everything smell cozy and safe. In my previous post, I detailed the routines in my household… Read More 7 Routines for the Middle School Classroom