Helping Kids that Struggle with Multi-Step Directions

September 30, 2022 Whether you are an educator or a parent, you have probably experienced the child that struggles with multi-step directions. This could be an assignment they don't complete or get a poor grade on for school, or their inability to complete a chore or task at home. Sadly, this isn't uncommon and I … Continue reading Helping Kids that Struggle with Multi-Step Directions

Teach the Way They Learn – Using Videos in the Classroom

September 6, 2022 If you are a teacher and have ever wished for a co-teacher or a clone of yourself to get more done, you are not alone. Especially in a classroom while teaching a lesson. We've all had that class where there was a constant distraction and the lesson was lost by the end. … Continue reading Teach the Way They Learn – Using Videos in the Classroom

Building Relationships – Treating Students Like the Important People They Are in Your Life

March 23, 2021 Just working the phones on an average day Today was my monthly call day for the week.  In my virtual teaching world, I have to have a monthly call to check in with my students and families working at home. It’s just what we do.  I always thought that what I did … Continue reading Building Relationships – Treating Students Like the Important People They Are in Your Life

Celebrate the Prodigal Student

January 12, 2021 Most everyone has heard the story of the Prodigal son from the Bible, where the father celebrates the son that was gone and returned, making the son that never left upset, until the father explains his why. But, as a whole, society rarely celebrates the prodigal anything. We have awards for Honor … Continue reading Celebrate the Prodigal Student

Life and Teaching – Reflecting on 2020

Sonya Barnes                     December 24, 2020 I haven’t written in a while.  So much craziness has happened in my life this year, and most has nothing to do with Covid-19. My oldest son graduated college, transitioned into a new career field, and is looking to move out on his on now with his friends. My … Continue reading Life and Teaching – Reflecting on 2020

Turning a Worksheet into an Activity

Sonya Barnes August 8, 2019 It doesn't take much to go from worksheet to an activity that kids will enjoy and reach their learning objectives! Teachers are a resourceful being.  To make a pop reference, we become as good at reinventing our repertoire as Prince did at reinventing himself throughout his career.  We have many … Continue reading Turning a Worksheet into an Activity