Be Less to Be More

Do your best. It was a mantra repeated to me again and again throughout my upbringing. Before piano recitals and exams (and I had many), my mom would smile encouragingly and say, “Just do your best!” I remember asking my mom one time, “What would happen if I got a B on my report card?” I peered over at her with wide eyes, trying to gauge her reaction ....more

Bonjour de Paris!

Thanks for letting me go on vacation for a week :). (And thanks for not unsubscribing! :D) Here’s one more photo of what I’m enjoying today here in Paris! G ....more

A Better Way to Say Sorry: Teach Your Children a Thorough Apology

“Say sorry to your brother.” “But he’s the one who–” “Say it!” you insist, an edge of warning in your voice. He huffs, rolls his eyes to the side, and says flatly, “Sorry.” “Say it like you mean it,” you demand. “Sorrrrry,” he repeats, dragging out the word slowly with bulging eyes and dripping insincerity. You sigh in defeat and turn to #2, “Now tell him you forgive him.” “But he doesn’t even mean it!” “Just say it!” “iforgiveyou…” he mutters, looking down to the side dejectedly. ...more
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On Vacayyyyyy!

‘ello mate! Cheers from the UK! This week I’ll be taking a break from the usual posts so I can more fully enjoy my time abroad :] ....more

Let Them Play

This is a simple and useful tip I picked up from my mentor teacher while I was student teaching. She was starting them on a new math unit that required the use of math manipulatives. Noisy stuff ....more

Ocean Themed Baby Shower!


ABC Book Template for Baby Shower

We threw a fantastic ocean-themed baby shower for my friend Kim recently– here’s a sneak peek! I actually had to miss the party...more

Effective Attention Getting Signals

The whole class is chatting or busy in activity, but you need your quickly grab your students’ attention. What do you do? Every teacher has got some sort of attention getting signal up their sleeve ....more

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup

I’ve made this soup twice in the last couple weeks since I came across it, and I can’t wait to make it again! Alton Brown tell me cauliflower is quite healthy for you, so even though I enjoy it roasted, it’s exciting to find a new way to savor it. The flavors in this soup […] ...more

Dakota Midnyght Art Giveaway!

May is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to celebrate two people who are very near and dear to our children: mothers and teachers! Mother’s Day is on May 10th, and Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 this year. I shared some ideas last year on gifts that teachers would appreciate ....more