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Carly Black

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop Giveaway

Our winner has been chosen, Wendy M., who is a first grade teacher. Congrats!   **This giveaway had ended.***   Love is in the air…it’s even in the blogosphere! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a Valentine’s Day Blog Hop…

No Resolutions for Me

Follow my blog with Bloglovin’ How many of you had new planner or personal calendar on your Christmas list? None. Me either, because for teachers the year began in August, and will end in June. Our resolutions and goals, those were set back in the fall when school was…

Role Playing

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hidden in the bathroom, you try to steal five minutes to take a moment to breathe and scroll through mindless social media when that teacher tired meme pops up mocking you. Teacher tired? Sure, but teacher-mom tired is more like it. The loss of…

Balanced Life: An Oxymoron

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Warning: Rough school year ahead. This is what I told myself all summer long while I was working to avoid this reality. Not because I thought the students would be hard to handle, they have actually been amazing. In fact, I think this has…

The Final Saturday

Monday morning we will finally welcome students into our classrooms. For me it will be a new classroom, in a new grade with a new schedule, but only a few new faces. The excitement has been bubbling over for weeks now. I’ve managed to add all the finishing…

#BTS2017 Sharing Your Classroom Library

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This summer my classroom library got a makeover. Mostly because it gained another 1,000 books! I’ve taken over the classroom of a retired teacher who left her beloved library behind for my students to continue to enjoy. I’m beyond grateful…

Parents: How to help your middle schooler (and you) navigate this season

Follow my blog with Bloglovin It never fails, when I tell people I teach middle school they respond with some version of Why? Their twisted up face recalls their own experience and for most it’s not a good one. Middle school is a difficult season for many people…

Back to School, Off Maternity Leave

Summer has looked incredibly different this year because I’m not home with a newborn. Last summer we welcomed our daughter at the start of June, and the year before that our son surprised us 3 weeks early with his arrival on St. Patrick’s Day. Ending the…

Why You Need to Embrace Social Media

This morning I had an Aha moment that soon reached #mindblown status. Here’s how this happened: Instagram has become a game changer for my teaching career. Now nothing I’m about to share is going to be new information to anyone (maybe it depends how in the…

First Year Teaching, All Over Again

This school year will mark my 16th year in the field of teaching. However, I’m moving up a grade which means lots of changes. I’ve successfully moved my classroom, and now it’s time to start looking at curriculum changes. The last time I taught…