12 Classroom Themes that Will Spark Joy in Your School Day

12 Classroom Themes that Will Spark Joy in Your School Day

If you teach elementary, you probably feel the pressure to have a classroom theme, even if it’s coordinating the colors in your space. These are some fresh and fun classroom themes if you’re due for a change! Check out some related posts here: 15 Organized Classroom Hacks 13 Ways to Build a Literacy Rich Environment…

15 Organized Classroom Hacks that Will Transform Your School Year

15 Organized Classroom Hacks that Will Transform Your School Year

Sometimes, the most creative and passionate teachers struggle to keep an organized classroom. Having a gorgeous, streamlined classroom doesn’t make you a great teacher, but it sure can help keep you sane, and it has lots of other benefits, too! The truth is that organization and time management don’t come naturally to everyone. Is this…

13 Ways to Build a Literacy Rich Environment in Your Classroom

13 Ways to Build a Literacy Rich Environment in Your Classroom

If you’re trying to learn what it means to create a literacy rich environment for your classroom, you’ve come to the right spot. These are fancy words for a pretty simple concept: enveloping kids in words, books, and language in all its forms. Why is a literacy-rich environment important? This Stanford study showed that as…

4 Easy Reading Corner Ideas for Your Classroom (plus affordable resources)

4 Easy Reading Corner Ideas for Your Classroom (plus affordable resources)

If you are a self-contained or RLA teacher, you might consider some of my reading corner ideas to your classroom. A reading corner is a special place in your classroom where kids can read for enjoyment. It’s usually a small spot that can comfortably seat one or two students either on the floor or in…

The Simple Meaning of “Maslow Before Bloom” (plus 5 easy examples)

The Simple Meaning of “Maslow Before Bloom” (plus 5 easy examples)

Hey teacher! Maybe you’ve seen a coworker with “Maslow Before Bloom” on a tee shirt, or perhaps you’re in a college class answering a question on a message board. Either way, you’ll hear this refrain casually uttered in professional development pretty regularly. The subtitle of the book “Maslow Before Bloom” is actually “basic human needs…