Puzzle Trees


An autumn-themed art project in which students create trees using puzzle pieces as leaves. Put old or incomplete puzzles to good use with this fun project! ... Read More

Cultivate Gratitude in the Classroom

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

“I’m thankful for vultures!” We were making a list of things we were thankful for and “vultures” was one item listed. (Have you ever thanked God for vultures?) When I wondered about this... Read More

The Art of Noticing Your Students

Contributor: Dorcas Peight | File type : Blog Post

I was a very green first-year teacher when I stumbled upon a helpful assumption about human nature. It seemed to me that neither the students nor the teacher could do our best work when we felt lo... Read More

Seven Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Walked into the Classroom

Contributor: | File type : Blog Post

After several years of teaching, I compiled a list of basic classroom management survival tips.  They have served me well, helping me to have order and respect in the classroom, and helping me a... Read More

Setting the Tone: Clarity, Consistency, Composure

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

Over the years I’ve read various classroom management books. Many of them had excellent tips. I’ve also noticed that some ideas seem to contradict each other. Many of the ideas and methods out... Read More

Setting the Tone: Routines for the Classroom

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

Before the students enter on the first day you will want to know what routines and procedures you want to see in your classroom. Routines are the things you do everyday and how you do them. Effici... Read More

Setting the Tone:  Classroom Walls

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

  In this mid-summer moment, my classroom looks like a disorganized storage room. Opening the door is a chore, not an invitation of welcome. The walls are either bare or have bits of last ... Read More


Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

Back-to-school supplies are stocked in stores, teacher meetings are beginning, and school cleaning is happening. We are preparing for another school year! As you think of getting ready for scho... Read More

Ready for the First Day

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

“I can’t wait for the first day of school,” commented my ready-for-second-grade niece one day at the end of June. There are others anticipating the first day too. Some of you are looking ... Read More

Do All Students Have the Same Advantage in Your Classroom?

Contributor: Kendra Martin | File type : Blog Post

Can we predict if students will succeed or struggle before they begin their school journey? Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of screening students before they come into kinderg... Read More