Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Tartines

This one is lookin’ mighty good for an Easter brunch. We’ve actually never had one, since we’re always at a long church service that morning… but if we did, this would be on the menu! Mm-mm ....more

How to Gain Two More Weeks of School (Without Working a Single Extra Day!)

I got to teach two extra weeks’ worth of material to my students without working a single extra day. Here’s my secret! One morning I walked out to bring my students into the classroom ....more

The Best Pizza. Ever.

This is not a recipe. This is a technique. One you should skim, try, and then thank me for later....more

Keep ‘Em on Their Toes

Students learn best when they are paying attention. Imagine how much your students would learn if all of your students always paid attention to all of your lessons! Inattention is a pervasive problem in schools, so finding a way to reign that in is key to helping your students learn the most ....more

Fried Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes are delicious....more

Let Them Struggle

It was just another morning at Gymboree when my daughter got her chunky little leg caught between two dowels in the small...more

3-Ingredient Banana Nutella Croissant Recipe

I got on the Nutella bandwagon in high school, when my German teacher served it to us on slices of sourdough baguette. Is it just me, or does food taste about 100x better when your teacher hands it to you in class? Doesn’t matter if it’s goldfish in third grade or chocolate spread on bread […] ...more

Teaching Kids When to Tell on Someone (and When NOT to!)

It all started with the new student– we’ll call him John. He was not only new to our school, but new to the country. He would sit each day in class, silent and expressionless until dismissal, then saunter off toward his uncle without even a good-bye or smile ....more

Happy Birthday, Blog! :)

Congrats to the winners of the Cuppacocoa shirt giveaway: Wendy H., Hazell P., Dakota N., Irma O., Michelle P., and Sydney A.! I’m HONORED that you would wear my shirt. Even if it is to sleep ....more

Cuppacocoa’s American Apparel T-Shirt Giveaway

This Saturday is Cuppacocoa’s ONE YEAR BLOGGY BIRTHDAY!!!! Wooooooo!! I wanted to do something cool to celebrate ....more