35 Classroom Christmas Treat Ideas That Kids Love

35 Classroom Christmas Treat Ideas That Kids Love

Are you planning for your annual holiday party at school? I’m guessing you’ll have some combination of games, decorations, sweet treats, and some type of book or toy exchange.  If you’re like most teachers, it’s pretty stressful trying to pull off a special Christmas party with the added pressure of extra parents in the classroom,…

6 of the Best Classroom Pets for a Happy School Year (plus 5 to avoid!)

6 of the Best Classroom Pets for a Happy School Year (plus 5 to avoid!)

There’s nothing more fun than a classroom pet to bring a bit of joy to your school day and an extra dose of learning for your kids. But teachers have enough to do already, so you need to be careful as you make a decision about what to bring into your room. Any animal that…

40 of the Best Classroom Rugs on Amazon to Brighten Your Day

40 of the Best Classroom Rugs on Amazon to Brighten Your Day

In our school district, we are only offered $100 each year to pay for the next year’s classroom improvements. Plus, we have to use overpriced approved vendors!  Since $100 is not likely enough to pay for a classroom rug, most of us have to make due with our own pocket money, but at least we…

How Do Teachers Get Paid in the Summer? 5 Interesting Facts about Teacher Pay

How Do Teachers Get Paid in the Summer? 5 Interesting Facts about Teacher Pay

Are you considering a career in education and wondering how teacher pay works across the entire year? Are you trying to win an annoying political argument about teacher pay (groan) with a friend or family member? If so, I’ve got the answers that you need.  How do teachers get paid in the summer? Teachers do…

12 Classroom Demonstration Ideas (plus lots of tips to ensure your success)

12 Classroom Demonstration Ideas (plus lots of tips to ensure your success)

If you’ve been asked to give a classroom demonstration as part of your interview or teacher preparation program, you may be feeling anxious about getting everything just right to either get the grade you want or secure your first teaching job. Alternatively, if you’re an expert in your field, you might be asked to give a classroom…

Desk Pets Classroom Management Tips for Smart Teachers and Happy Kids

Desk Pets Classroom Management Tips for Smart Teachers and Happy Kids

If you put a spotlight on the three best teachers in any building, you’ll notice that they’re all constantly trying new things to support their students and make teaching more enjoyable. These teachers are constantly refining even as they near retirement, unafraid to test out a new classroom management tool, curriculum, or consider a new…