8 Bathroom Pass Ideas for a Smart and Simple Classroom

8 Bathroom Pass Ideas for a Smart and Simple Classroom

When I taught middle school in Houston ISD, everyone had bathroom passes that traveled with them to the bathroom. That way, if an administrator or teacher stopped you in the hall, they’d know you had permission to be out and about. I’ll be honest – it grosses me out. I mean, think about where those…

45 Fresh & Festive Christmas Activities for Families (Free Printables Included!)

45 Fresh & Festive Christmas Activities for Families (Free Printables Included!)

You’ve got your classic Christmas traditions already, but do you ever want to mix it up and add something new? Here are my favorite Christmas activities for families at home. And dreaming of a better day, I HAD to include some out-on-the-town ideas, too. Guess what? Most of the funky-fresh Christmas ideas came from my…

50 Fun Thanksgiving Would You Rather Questions (Free Printable & Google Slides!)
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50 Fun Thanksgiving Would You Rather Questions (Free Printable & Google Slides!)

The best thing about Thanksgiving would you rather questions is that they’re such an easy way to connect people of all ages together, have a laugh, or even give students a brain break in class. If you’re worried about a tense Thanksgiving dinner with extended family, put a few of these questions in your back…

20 Free, Printable Chore Charts That Will Get Your Kids Movin’ and Groovin’

20 Free, Printable Chore Charts That Will Get Your Kids Movin’ and Groovin’

If you’re getting worried that your child is too spoiled, one of the best ways to straighten them up is by teaching them to contribute to the household. Chore charts can be a great way to clearly state your expectations and maintain a chore system all year. There are so many benefits to kids’ learning…

How Restorative Circles Saved My School Year (plus 8 tips to make them work for you)

How Restorative Circles Saved My School Year (plus 8 tips to make them work for you)

At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, our administrative team gave a quick introduction to restorative practices during our back to school PD sessions, and then invited us to sign up for a full-day PD on restorative circles and other practices. It was optional, but I was intrigued. I work in a school where…

A Free & Editable Meet the Teacher Letter (and how to write a stellar one)

A Free & Editable Meet the Teacher Letter (and how to write a stellar one)

My biggest complaint about most of the $3 meet the teacher letters that you find on Teachers Pay Teachers is that most of them read like a Christmas wish list! They are beautiful, of course. But many of them don’t leave much room for talking about what matters most. The letters are usually easy-to-read templates,…