Guest post by Amanda Henderson at safechildren.info Long, hazy, crazy days, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the faint sound of hayfever sufferers sneezing in the distance – yep, we’re approaching summer again! While the hotter months are a great time to get outside and have fun, there’s a reason emergency rooms call the summertime… Continue reading Setup For Summertime: Tips On Outdoor Safety
This past March, on International Women’s Day, I asked students to talk with their parents and post a picture of women who inspire them on our Bloomz Newsfeed. Because I teach a multi-grade Montessori class, my students range in ages six through nine. I teach a three year cycle and I alternate yearly assignments so… Continue reading How Can Teachers Utilize Bloomz to Encourage Student Interests?
Remember when you were in elementary or middle school and you saw your teacher at the grocery store? It was like they were completely out of place and you couldn’t handle it because all you ever associated them with was the classroom. This was true for me as an adolescent. Now that I’m a teacher… Continue reading Developing Personal and Meaningful Relationships With Families
I was sitting on the couch Sunday night before returning back to school after spring break and it felt like the day before the first day of school again. I wondered what each one of my students did during the break. I know that some probably had amazing family trips, while others had Pacific Northwest… Continue reading Post Spring Break Connections
It’s hard to believe May is the last full month of school. It’s even harder to grapple with the fact that this might be the completion of work between some teachers and students. People move, change schools, graduate, and teachers are reassigned. How can teachers make an impact in this final stretch of time together?… Continue reading Relationships Are Worth More Than A Score
Spring is an exceptionally busy time for teachers because of assessments, progress reports, and conferences. Along with those items I also have an overnight field trip and spring event planning on my to-do list right now. If I think about it all at once I will find myself completely overwhelmed. Simultaneously, the sunshine is bursting through… Continue reading Spring Cleansing of the Mind and Classroom
It’s not something every elementary teacher sets out to address but it does come up, especially for third graders towards the end of the year. Last week I noticed a certain…funk appearing throughout the day in my classroom. After recess and PE the class didn’t smell as fresh anymore. Also, when kids were instructed to… Continue reading Using Tech To Support Student Health