Top 5 (+1) Back to School Reads

First Day Jitters (Pb) By: Julie Danneberg This is a great book for reminding your students that they are not the only ones who might feel nervous about starting a new school year. The book doesn’t show you who has back to school jitters until the very last page when you find out that Sarah…

5 Tips to Mark Less and Live More

Marking seems to be the necessary evil of teaching. I am finding that to be particularly true when teaching Grade 8 math. Every question we work on in class gets a chorus of "are we handing this in?" if the response isn't a yes, half of my class doesn't even bother to do it. I…

Keep Your Sanity: 10 Suggestions for Mental Health

Being a teacher is flat out, straight up exhausting. It doesn't matter what age you teach, how well you are supported or how great your kids are. It can be all consuming, and draining; emotionally and physically. Not to mention trying to keep up with everything else in our lives, outside of school! Studies have…

10 things every teacher should have on their desk

Kleenex If you don’t have a runny nose, someone else is sure to and the last thing you need to add to an already noisy classroom is the sound of a 12 year old sniffling all day. Also handy for minor spills and cleaning paint brushes. Post it notes I use post- it notes for…

8 Things to Include in Your Supply Binder

I’m not good at being away - sick or otherwise. I’m a bit of a control freak, and I have a very guilty conscience (I frequently think: “I’m not sick enough to be away”). Really, no one wants to be away from the classroom, but it is inevitable. I try to make sure that I…