Making the Move

In my 15 years of teaching, 12 of them have been spent teaching 7th grade language arts. When I moved back to Ohio and started at my current district I spent 3 years teaching 8th grade reading and English. I actually ended up in middle school by accident. One of…

Ohio Day Trips Series: The Columbus Zoo

Summer is the perfect season, as teachers, to explore and travel. Last summer we traveled to Colorado and California, with a newborn and a toddler, so that was crazy. This summer, my husband and I thought it best to stay closer to home. Ohio has some great opportunities for family…

Traveling with Toddlers (and babies)

(Note: This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated for your click and purchase. See disclosure policy.)  From September of 2012 to July 2013 I was traveling the world on a mission trip that took me to 11 countries in 11 months. With all of that traveling experience…

Meal Planning for the Working Mom

Before my husband and I were married he was very clear that his cooking skills were non-existent. As he put it, “I heat, I don’t cook.” This was fine with me, I was perfectly happy to take the lead on all things food. Since this…

Co-teaching: Some thoughts on making it work.

Co-teaching can be stress inducing or stress relieving, it depends how you choose to approach it. Many teachers treat their classrooms in the same way a dog would treat his backyard. We set it up just the way we like it, keeping all the important pieces in an organized…

The Stay at Home Mom Season

Most people consider a calendar year January to December. However, for the teacher a year starts in late August and runs to the first week of June (or end of May if you’re lucky.) That makes the summer months our “off-season,” or what I now…

To Read or Not to Read, the Whole Class Novel?

In the 15 years I’ve been teaching so much has changed about how we teach kids to read and write. Many things have been the same since I left college, but how we teach books has definitely changed. Last summer I spent my sleepless nights feeding our newborn…

Gearing Up for Guided Reading

(Note: This post contains affiliate links which may allow me compensation from your click and purchase. See disclosure policy.)  My classroom will be showing up fashionably late to the guided reading party. I’m not sure how I missed the invite for this amazing concept, oh wait, I&#8217…

Why Teach.Mom.Repeat?

Sixteen years of my life have been spent teaching, two have been spent learning to be a mom. Does being a mom impact who you are as a teacher? Absolutely! Teaching is my profession, it’s how I defined my adult life. As a teacher you often refer to…