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,…

45 Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers (with free printable cards to share!)

45 Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers (with free printable cards to share!)

As a teacher, I know all about the challenges of the job, and how overwhelming it can be sometimes. Fortunately, we have been given the gift of God’s word to bring us peace, give us strength and hope, and remind us of our calling. Here are a huge collection of Bible verses for teachers. Ideas…

How to Discover any Child’s Strengths: 8 Types of Intelligence (plus examples!)

How to Discover any Child’s Strengths: 8 Types of Intelligence (plus examples!)

You may be checking out this post because your child’s new teacher has sent home a form requesting an inventory of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. And while you love your child, you’re just not sure exactly what to write. Most teachers have gotten training or background knowledge in something called “Gardner’s Theory of Multiple…

9 Heartfelt Back to School Prayers for Students, Teachers & Administrators

9 Heartfelt Back to School Prayers for Students, Teachers & Administrators

It’s been almost 18 months since schools began to shut down due to Covid, and our teachers, students and families need prayer and God’s peace more than ever. Even without a global pandemic, those of us who are Christians look to our faith to get us through all of life’s major transitions – including back…

40 Meaningful Classroom Jobs that Kids LOVE (and ways to make it work)

40 Meaningful Classroom Jobs that Kids LOVE (and ways to make it work)

You probably already intuitively know this, but classroom jobs matter a lot to kids. They give each kid a sense of belonging, help develop work ethic and teamwork, and create trust between difficult kids and skeptical teachers. I think classroom jobs are most important for the kids who are terribly at-risk. These kids often NEED…