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Year Round vs. Traditional Calendar - One Teacher's Perspective


Let me begin by saying this blog post is 100% my opinion. Obviously, every school environment is unique, as is every teacher's experience. I am writing this post to simply share my own experience and opinion of pros and cons of each type of calendar. I do not have children of my own, so I have no opinion on how one or the other affects children at home.

I am 6 weeks into my 7th year of teaching and just came back from a 3 week break. I started school with students on July 10th. Teachers started on July 3rd for a week of professional development. The previous school year ended on June 30th. Working at a year round school has its pros and cons, as does working at a traditional school. One of the hardest parts of year round is the turn around from one school year to another and this year was the first year I had to make that quick turn around.

10 Classroom Management Tips

Classroom management tips for the elementary classroom.

Some years you get an easy class - one that allows you to actually do your job effectively and reminds you of why you went into teaching. Other years, you may have a class that makes you wonder if you'll make it through the whole year without losing your mind. I've experienced both situations, and have learned so much from the latter. These 10 classroom management tips have helped save my sanity during those tough years.

50+ Multiplication Resources

Over 50 resources for teaching multiplication in upper elementary.

Each year, the struggle is real with multiplication. It doesn't matter if I'm teaching 4th, 5th, or 6th - my students seem to need more practice, new ways of learning, resources for repetition, etc. After 5 years in the upper grades, I've compiled a list of resources for multiplication. I've used all of the following resources, videos, books, etc. in my own classroom.

Monday Made It - June 20

Annual Teacher Planner Sale


Last night I finished my final planner update. All 5 designs have now been updated for the 2016-2017 school year. If you've purchased one of my planners in the past, please redownload!

All 5 designs are 20% off April 23rd - 25th. Remember: each year you get to download the updates for FREE! All material is the same in each set, just with different themes and fonts. The planners are also editable so you can change the content to fit your needs!
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