Recess—Yay or Nay?

Here’s hoping your students will have recess this year. Maybe even recesses! I think brain breaks are a super idea, however should brain breaks replace outdoor recess? My vote is no, they should not. Brain breaks are fun and active, however most are structured. Recess allows for unstructured play time which encourages creativity and fosters…

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Hello!

Hello, hello, hello! Why all the hellos? I’m practicing for tomorrow, which is World Hello Day. The day’s purpose is simple—to encourage communication and dialogue between people who may be of different backgrounds to achieve peace and understanding. On a smaller scale, it’s basically a day to offer a friendly “Hello” to others whether you…

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The Value of a Smile

You’ll agree that smiling is contagious, right? I mean, didn’t you smile when you saw this photo? I sure did. I discovered lots of smiling photos on a fellow teacher’s Pinterest board. She maintains a board of smiles: smiling kids, smiling adults, and even smiling animals. I love this idea and intend to create my…

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Decorating on the Cheap

Some classrooms lend themselves to decorating. Some teachers are better classroom decorators than others. I’d point you to uberpopular social media site Pinterest to prove these points. Some of you are simply amazing, turning something as simple as a light switch into a teaching moment. Not just a bland-as-unsalted popcorn teaching moment, but a teaching…

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