With November being National Novel Writing Month, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little bit about helping students get motivated to write. Of all the subjects I teach, writing is probably one of the most challenging subjects. Unlike math, spelling, or science, there...

Parent-Teacher conferences can be a stressful time for many parents. How can a parent go in with more confidence and be prepared to work together with the teacher?  Given that this is a brief time to discuss your child’s academics and social behavior in class,...

This year our school-wide theme at Hope is “Creativity and Collaboration,” a theme that exemplifies this area of the country where technological ideas we dream of are actualized. We want to encourage and cultivate these skills in our students. In keeping with this theme, my task...

Chickens and guinea pigs in school?  What kind of learning can this be?   Who brings these adorable animals to HTS? Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) is a non-profit organization that provides animal interaction for children with health and family challenges.   HTS students have been greatly...

As a teacher, I’m always looking for ways to reach the most reluctant readers. It’s like some unspoken challenge I give myself every year.  Find the child who doesn’t like to read, and change his or her mind.  It's easier said than done. But one...

Parents often ask me to give them suggestions for how help their child prepare for a play date. Here are my top five suggestions: Talk about expected behavior:  Make sure you talk with your child ahead of time.  Discuss the “social rules” for a play date...

Every year thousands of students graduate 8th grade and transition to High School. Middle School teachers work hard to prepare them, and hope that their student will have what they need to succeed. The question is, what are the skills that best prepare a student...

    Saying Good-bye! It’s that time of year again.  School is starting!  Sometimes it just seems so hard to say good-bye to our little ones, doesn’t it? As a mom of a two year old this feels especially challenging.  When my daughters lips start to turn down at...

What if everyone in the world wore the same shoe style?  Fashion would lose its edge and diversity. Changeability invites fresh ideas and ignites creativity.  Changeability in education recants the traditional one-size-fits-all classroom mentality to a diverse orbit of student learning and an integrated classroom...

5 Things to Make Teaching Your First Day of 5th Grade Terrific Today was the first day of 5th grade for my students. Today was also my first day of teaching 5th grade! Like  many of my students, I began my day with both excitement and...