9 Practical Rewards of Teaching that Make the Drama Worth It

9 Practical Rewards of Teaching that Make the Drama Worth It

The rest of the world will have a lot to tell you about all the challenges of teaching. If you’re considering a career in education, you’ll hear plenty about low pay, a lack of community respect, bad policies at the federal and state level, and more. As someone who lives those challenges daily, I can…

3 Sneaky Ways to Play Secret Student (plus a free certificate)

3 Sneaky Ways to Play Secret Student (plus a free certificate)

Maybe this is your first time hearing about secret student, or you learned about it at a professional development long ago and have forgotten the concept. Either way, I’m about to train you up FAST, because playing this game has always been a great way to get my elementary school goofballs back on track. One…

An Honest Review of the 10 Best Teacher Podcasts in 2022

An Honest Review of the 10 Best Teacher Podcasts in 2022

There are lots of teacher podcasts out there, but they’re not all updated. There are also some gems that are buried several pages into the iTunes collection, so it’s not easy to find the best teacher podcasts. Just because it doesn’t pop up in the first few choices doesn’t mean it’s a bad podcast! The…

16 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten (including a FREE checklist!)

16 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten (including a FREE checklist!)

This post was written by our guest poster Natalie Maximets, a certified life coach with cognitive and behavior therapy expertise. Check out her other works at onlinedivorce.com. In the United States, the expectations for public schoolers attending kindergarten aren’t what they used to be. Kids are expected to begin reading by the end of the…

25 Genius 8th Grade Graduation Gifts that Make Teens Smile

25 Genius 8th Grade Graduation Gifts that Make Teens Smile

Leaving behind middle school is a big deal, so I’ve put together these 8th grade graduation gifts to help you celebrate this milestone. If you’re like most moms, 8th grade graduation makes you feel sweetly sentimental and a bit sad about how quickly they’re growing up. You’re fondly remembering their first dance, first home run,…

100s of Exciting Would You Rather Questions for Kids in School: Google Slides & FREE PDFs

100s of Exciting Would You Rather Questions for Kids in School: Google Slides & FREE PDFs

I love using would you rather questions for kids in school, and I enjoyed them as a youth minister, too! They’re such an easy way to give kids a brain break, connect with them, and be silly. Our public schools are under so much pressure right now, and there’s often not time for what we…