DIY Classroom Cubbies and More Storage Solutions

Kids tote a lot of stuff to school and use a lot more while they’re there. And they need places to stash it all! If your school or classroom doesn’t have built-in cubbies or lockers, you might be looking for other solutions. These DIY classroom cubbies provide options for handy teachers who love to build, … Read more

25 Fascinating 4th of July Facts

Despite it’s early adoption as a state holiday, July 4th wasn’t declared a Federal holiday until 1941. 4. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times every July 4th in honor of the original 13 colonies. The Liberty Bell explicitly states its purpose with an inscription that reads “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land … Read more

12 Authentic Starting Points For Learning –

Learning–real, informal, authentic, and lifelong learning–can ‘begin’ with just about anything. In that way, this is obviously not an exhaustive list. Nor am I implying that these are ‘the best’ starting points or that they would be in every case effective in your classroom. There are simply too many variables. What I hope to accomplish … Read more

What Is Service Learning and How Do You Plan for It?

We want our students to be independent, responsible, empathetic, and supportive. Planning a project for your students to do to help others is what service learning is all about. One year I invited two homeless teenagers from a local program into my classroom to talk with my second graders about what it’s like to be … Read more

How We Can Use Writing Time to Nurture SEL Skills

Emotional intelligence, resilience, social-emotional learning—these terms are trending on social media and at the forefront of initiatives in many of our schools. For a critical reason: the pandemic has put children under stress and created in many children and adolescents some form of trauma. Addressing kids’ social-emotional well-being in the classroom is not simply important; … Read more