Less Gamification In the Classroom

August 30, 2022 Gamification has been a big thing in Education for several years, and why not? It's engaging to students, it doesn't feel like learning, and they can demonstrate their level of skills and reach mastery and application. All the things we look for in a classroom! But... One thing I have noticed is … Continue reading Less Gamification In the Classroom

Is Virtual Learning An Option For Your Family?

August 26, 2022 With so many options for in- person or virtual learning these days, many wonder if this may be a good option. I always loved the idea of home schooling, but my children do not learn well from me, and for some reason I have no patience with my own kids, even though … Continue reading Is Virtual Learning An Option For Your Family?

A Week Off – Conquering Fear, Saving Money & Starting a New Year

August 14, 2022 Setting out on the Tree Trek Zip Line & Obstacle Course I took the week off. I’ve had it planned for months since it was the week before Louie starts middle school. We wanted time together to prepare and for orientation and family time before the busy routine. I also have some … Continue reading A Week Off – Conquering Fear, Saving Money & Starting a New Year

Eat Daily On a Budget with This Once a Week Habit

August 5, 2022 If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to make routine tasks simpler, especially on those unexpected days. As a teacher and a busy parent, these happen all too often. And since we RV often, this can be a very helpful tool on travel days to have one less … Continue reading Eat Daily On a Budget with This Once a Week Habit

Talk Less Using This Simple Technology Trick

August 2, 2022 QR codes will vary in design, like a fingerprint Whenever I can find something that will make my teaching life better, I am all for learning it. So when I learned about generating QR codes several years ago, and figured out how to apply them in my classroom, I was thrilled! If … Continue reading Talk Less Using This Simple Technology Trick

Stop Failing and Start Achieving – Dreamboards

July 29, 2022 Dreamboards remind us of our goals You miss 100% of the goals you don't go for. But in this fast paced world, it is easy to lose sight of where we are going or what we are doing, even if we have a good plan. We need to have a goal to … Continue reading Stop Failing and Start Achieving – Dreamboards

Welcome Back, Educators & Welcome, New Educators – Advice From A Veteran

July 26, 2022 With the start of the new school year rapidly approaching, I wanted to welcome all the new educators out there! Whether you are newly graduated and starting your first career, or becoming an educator from another career, you are in for an adventure! If you've been a educator before, maybe some of … Continue reading Welcome Back, Educators & Welcome, New Educators – Advice From A Veteran

Strategies to Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’ with our Kids

July 1, 2022 I won't bore you with a bunch of science and data, but I will tell you that there is a lot that exists to support the summer slide theory. If you aren't familiar with what that is, it is scientific evidence that kids that take the summer off without doing any kind … Continue reading Strategies to Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’ with our Kids