December 1, 2015

Unwrapping Holiday Classroom Ideas: Holiday Themed Math


Happy December! I'm super excited to be writing today all about Holiday Themed Math!

Who is excited to begin celebrating this glorious holiday season?
Have you already started decorating?

So thrilled to join up with the incredibly talented 

"Focused On Fifth" for 12 Days of Holiday Classroom Fun!

These holiday themed math ideas are great for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom or homeschool! Click through to see how this teacher keeps her students engaged in learning - even during the last week of classes in December RIGHT BEFORE Christmas or winter break! It involves mini erasers (that we all KNOW kids love!) and dressing up. Click through to see all the details! {first, second, third, and fourth grader} 

These holiday themed math ideas are great for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom or homeschool! Click through to see how this teacher keeps her students engaged in learning - even during the last week of classes in December RIGHT BEFORE Christmas or winter break! It involves mini erasers (that we all KNOW kids love!) and dressing up. Click through to see all the details! {first, second, third, and fourth grader}

Holiday Themed Math

The classroom is such an exciting time in December.  So many fun things to do...so little time.
I love adding a little holiday spice to our math time as well.  
Sometimes just the littlest teeny touches can add excitement to learning.

                        Here are 2 ideas my student love:

                          These holiday themed math ideas are great for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom or homeschool! Click through to see how this teacher keeps her students engaged in learning - even during the last week of classes in December RIGHT BEFORE Christmas or winter break! It involves mini erasers (that we all KNOW kids love!) and dressing up. Click through to see all the details! {first, second, third, and fourth grader}
We fell in love with Target's Halloween mini erasers so I headed to 3 different Targets to find these little gems!  So cute!

My First Graders use them for... 
*manipulatives
*practicing odd and even numbers
*increasing fact power 
*setting up a mini store to practice counting their penny, nickel and dime skills.

My Fourth Graders use them to create arrays for increasing fact power as well as reviewing division (which can be tricky right now for some).  

My Fourth and Fifth Graders also use them as game counters in our holiday math games.

If you can't find any at your local Target, you can use my affiliate link to buy your own Christmas erasers directly from Amazon
These holiday themed math ideas are great for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom or homeschool! Click through to see how this teacher keeps her students engaged in learning - even during the last week of classes in December RIGHT BEFORE Christmas or winter break! It involves mini erasers (that we all KNOW kids love!) and dressing up. Click through to see all the details! {first, second, third, and fourth grader}
Here are our mini holidays erasers in action.  We love playing Holiday Bump on "Fun Friday".
You can see all of my Christmas math resources here in my Teachers Pay Teachers store

Holiday Movement 

My kiddos love mini game shows or answering questions for prizes.  When I say "prizes", I mean answer a question correctly and grab a lego to help build a mini classroom structure or something of that nature.

When I bought this Snowman Kit from Bed Bath and Beyond last year, I knew it would be a wonderful addition for some holiday fun in my classroom.

Here is how we use it...answer a math fact correctly, come up to the front of the classroom and grab a snowman part to decorate Frosty our giant stuffed snowman. The giggles are uncontrollable and the
hands are being raised like crazy.  

Sssh, don't tell my kids, on the day before break, the kiddos will get a chance to decorate me!  
I think that will be a great hit as well!
                                These holiday themed math ideas are great for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom or homeschool! Click through to see how this teacher keeps her students engaged in learning - even during the last week of classes in December RIGHT BEFORE Christmas or winter break! It involves mini erasers (that we all KNOW kids love!) and dressing up. Click through to see all the details! {first, second, third, and fourth grader}

Thank you for spending the time to read my holiday themed math idea blog post.  I hope you will stop by again soon.

Looking for some more incredible holiday themed math ideas?  

Check out the links below.

I met many of these great teacher friends when I went to the Teacher Pay Teacher summer conference.  These educators are amazing and full of creative awesome ideas that will surely make learning fun and meaningful.

October 8, 2015

Halloween Multiplication Resources - Great Fun for October!

Today I'm excited to share my Halloween resources with all of you! My favorite is my new Halloween Multiplication Color by Code Practice Activities! October is one of my favorite times of year, and I get excited at both home and school!

{Plus I'll be sharing a FREE download at the end of the post, so make sure to stick around!!} 

I love Halloween! I look forward going into our attic and getting down the 9 giant tubs full of Halloween decorations, crafts, and costumes. Every one of my sons have invited their entire Kindergarten and First Grades classes to our home for a Boo Bash full of themed crafts, games and Halloween fun!

The Halloween fun continues in my classroom as well. I adore decorating the classroom with cobwebs and bats.  My kiddos anticipate the Halloween fun that will also be incorporated into our curriculum.

One of my newest creations is Halloween Multiplication - Color by Code.  My students love practicing and revisiting their math facts through games and coloring fun.

On the lookout for great Halloween multiplication and other math resources for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom? Then THIS is it! Click through to see the many math topics that are covered! You can use these resources for the entire month of October. The best part? There's a FREE download! Click through now to grab your freebie and see all the great Halloween math resources you can get your hands on! {Kinder, first, second, third, fourth, fifth grader}
On the lookout for great Halloween multiplication and other math resources for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom? Then THIS is it! Click through to see the many math topics that are covered! You can use these resources for the entire month of October. The best part? There's a FREE download! Click through now to grab your freebie and see all the great Halloween math resources you can get your hands on! {Kinder, first, second, third, fourth, fifth grader}
On the lookout for great Halloween multiplication and other math resources for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom? Then THIS is it! Click through to see the many math topics that are covered! You can use these resources for the entire month of October. The best part? There's a FREE download! Click through now to grab your freebie and see all the great Halloween math resources you can get your hands on! {Kinder, first, second, third, fourth, fifth grader}
On the lookout for great Halloween multiplication and other math resources for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom? Then THIS is it! Click through to see the many math topics that are covered! You can use these resources for the entire month of October. The best part? There's a FREE download! Click through now to grab your freebie and see all the great Halloween math resources you can get your hands on! {Kinder, first, second, third, fourth, fifth grader}
On the lookout for great Halloween multiplication and other math resources for your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom? Then THIS is it! Click through to see the many math topics that are covered! You can use these resources for the entire month of October. The best part? There's a FREE download! Click through now to grab your freebie and see all the great Halloween math resources you can get your hands on! {Kinder, first, second, third, fourth, fifth grader}


On the lookout for even more great Halloween resources? Check these out!






And I know I promised a free Halloween download, so here it is!!


Phew! That's a lot of great Halloween resources, but I hope you and your classroom or homeschool students enjoy them as much as me and my students (as well as my own children do!) 

Enjoy the Halloween multiplication resource, as well as the many others that are included. Happy Halloween!! 

September 7, 2015

Work Smart...Not Harder!

Hello everyone!
ARE YOU REAAADDDY!!!

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It is Finally here!


Today I am linking with Laura from Where the Magic Happens, Krista from Teaching Momster, and Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching! I have joined forces once again with my bloggy friends to bring you the best, most amazing giveaway on this Labor Day weekend!

All of us have been thinking about  good ways in which to treat our readers and followers.   We thought hard, and I mean it! Really, really hard… and decided that  we can treat you to our best ideas to work smarter rather than harder… at school and home!

I know what it takes to be a great teacher, the stress, the time, the energy… I could go on and on! I also know that we crave time to ourselves and our families.

So here I go!

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This is a perfect time to think about how to find a balance between your school life and your home life. Working as a teacher is an amazing job!!

We are creating warm rigorous learning environments where students are growing emotionally, socially, and academically. We are spending countless hours in our classrooms, on the computer, and even at home working to help support kids "be the best they can be".

Sometimes we get lost in the shuffle though devoting so much time to school rather than our own lives.  I always say "Why reinvent the wheel?"  In my career, I have come across incredible talented educators who have awesome ideas and tips that they are willing to share.  These ideas may make my time in the classroom easier.  I hope you will find some of these ideas here on this LaborLESS Blog Hop.


I spent the first 19 years of my career in the classroom as a First and Second Grade Teacher.  I left the classroom only 2 years ago to be a Math Support Teacher for grades K-5.  When I was teaching lower elementary, I loved giving weekly 5 minute individual reading conferences to my beginning readers. I felt these conference were so powerful because I was able to spend "quiet" time with my students individually and just focus on their needs.  I took this opportunity to celebrate their growth and guide them through their challenges.

 Through the years, I have figured out that I am a visual learner.  I need to see anchor charts, checklists and other visual prompts to help me organize my thinking, learn new content and drive my future planning.  When I met with my students during these reading conferences, I would sometimes struggle to remember what our goals were for past conferences or what book the students chose to read to me the prior week (yes, there was a time when a student tried to share the same book each week...gottcha!)

To help me keep focused, I created a parent reading communication form and matching teacher checklist.  I loved using it and my parents enjoyed the feedback.  Here's the great thing too...there were no surprises at Parent Teacher Conferences.  Families already had ideas how to help their student at home in reading because they had been receiving weekly communication from me.  It also made my job easier because although it took an extra minute or two to highlight the form and track the information in my data reading conference notebook, I was more confident at PLCs and meetings with my principal and literacy support team.

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I love teaching and socializing with other amazing educators. Believe it or not, one way I unwind is to connect with a fellow teacher to share stories, triumphs, and challenges.

No one seems to understand me (especially my husband - ha ha) as well as my teacher friends. I have spent hours with my teacher friends laughing and supporting each other through the years.

I have several groups of teaching friends.  There is a group of 8 of us that formed friendships when we first started teaching at a new building together before we had kiddos of our own.  Opening a new school together will bond you...trust me.  Twelve years later we are all at different schools in the district but make a great effort to meet up for laughs and dinners a few times a year.  I adore these girls and cherish our times together.

I have a great group of friends that I taught with a few years ago that meet up as well before school starts and around the holidays.  We have spent weekends at my lake house in the summer and truly bonded outside of school.  These are also my "lunch bunch" friends.

My last group of teacher friends are my newest friends who truly support and nurture me lately.  These girls are my Michigan TPT blogger friends that I met in the spring.  We enjoyed each other's company at several small meet ups, leaned on each other at Vegas TPT in July, and continue to be cheerleaders for each other supporting and growing together in this blogging world.  A special shout-out to Sara from Sara J Creations... she is truly amazing and very talented educator.  I am very thankful for her kindness and generosity. Sara keeps me focused, teaches me new tips and helps me unwind by reminding me that I am not alone in my challenges.   :)  
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Remember the Parent Communication Reading Conference Form and Checklist I spoke about at the top of my post?  Well here is just one of my forms in action!
This reading form is an easy quick way to share
important updates on student progression in literacy with families.
I created several versions.  The above form focuses just on decoding.  
I also created a form focusing just on comprehension.
Lastly, I have a parent communication form that combines
decoding and comprehension strategies. 

Before sending home the reading communication sheet, 
I transfer the data to a reading checklist for me which I keep in a reading binder.  
I use this data to drive PLCs, Parent Teacher Conferences and IEPs.

If you think this resource can help your classroom run a bit smoother...
head to my TPT store to DOWNLOAD it.  I think you will love this resource!

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog.  
Have a beautiful successful school year. 
Connect, laugh and unwind with some teaching friends!
Remember you are an AMAZING AWESOME teacher 
that is going the extra mile to grow professionally.
Wishing you the best!
TRICIA from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets

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August 17, 2015

My 3 Top Ways to Teach Multiplication and Division Fact Power

Today I'm super excited to share with all of you how I teach multiplication and division to my students! So let's get started!!

Having Fact Power

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

Learning multiplication and division facts with fluency and accuracy is crucial to higher math skills.
Here are my 3 top ways I teach Multiplication and Division Fact Power Mastery...

Movement

I believe moment is so important in the classroom for all learners.  I didn't quite understand the importance of movement until I had 3 little active boys of my own at home. Now I incorporate movement in all my lessons for whole group, small group and even when I teach 1 to 1.

Whole Brain Teaching and Brain Gym are some of my main "go to" activities.  Sometimes I will mix in a short activity of Scoot or throwing a soft ball around the room.  I may ask a student to tell me all the factors of 6.  When the student is done, I'll toss a giant beach ball or invite them to throw a velcro bug at my froggie mitt.

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

Games

I adore games! They are a great way to teach multiplication and division too! Dice Games, Coloring by Code, Tic Tac Toe and the list goes on. My students and I love beginning math class with a quick 5 minute game that refreshes multiplication or division facts.

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!
  
My kiddos love practicing their fact recall through the game format in class and as a homework assignment. I have created several multiplication and division practice packets full of kid tested games to increase fact power. Each packet focuses solely on one factor to help mastery.

Get out my Multiplication Bundle by checking it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

You can also click through to see my Long Division Math Bundle.  

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

Visuals 

Our Math Focus wall is an important focal point during lessons as we teach multiplication and division.  As I have gotten older, I figured out that I was a visual learner.  I need visual support to help me remember vocabulary and concepts. Many of my students are visual learners as well.

To help my students remember the numerous mathematical strategies, I have created adorable beanie baby names and posters to match our math strategies.  Here are some of our Beanie Babies that are part of our focus wall.


If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

The students love looking at and touching the beanie babies to help them remember math strategies. We will sometimes play a mini game of catch or a student will walk around with a Beanie Baby that is the focus of the lesson.  Visual and kinesthetic learning...bonus!  

My students took such a liking to the Beanie Babies that each week there is a Beanie Baby King and Queen job.  These students are each in charge of a Beanie Baby Basket.  

The Beanie Babies are sorted by Common Core State Standards (1. Measurement and Data   2. Operations and Algebraic Thinking    3.Numbers and Operations in Base Ten and  4.Geometry)  We have a chant and a song to introduce new beanie babies as well. My students and I really can't get enough of these cute soft cuddly guys.

So there you have it...my top 3 ways I teach multiplication and division fact power. Oh and here is a little secret... I love teaching addition and subtraction fact power the same way.

August 10, 2015

TPT and Teacher Blogger Pod Squad

If you know me, you know I adore meeting new people and making new friends...especially teacher friends. I love collaborating and sharing ideas with other educators and always seem to feel an immediate connection with everyone in the teaching field.

Today I'm starting a Facebook Group called "TPT and Teacher Bloggers Pod Squad". The purpose of this group is to work together building our TPT and Teacher Blogger Tribe by listening to business marketing podcasts and 
as a group share how we can apply these strategies to our businesses.

The page will work like a book club but only better because we will be listening to a free assigned podcast on our own time and stopping back to the Facebook Group Page on Fridays to share, reflect, or just stop by the see what others wrote.

So what are you waiting for?  Look us up on Facebook and join us!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1512654119025612/

August 2, 2015

First Day Tried and True Linky Party


Howdy! I am Tricia from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets! So excited to be a part of this linky party.  Let's get this party started!

I love the first day of school!  The night before the first day, I am a bit nervous and have a hard time sleeping... just like my kiddos.

Here is my favorite icebreaker community builder game.

"Guess the Kiddo"

Age Group:  Kindergarten through Third Grade
Materials:  A name tag for each new student, a seating chart, and a silly personality

Preparation
The night before school I finish up name tags for my new students and draw a classroom seating chart where I will place each student to sit on the first day of school.

Then I memorize the seating chart -  sometimes not as easy as it sounds.

How to Play
On the first day of school, after I introduce myself to the class and tell them a little bit about myself, my family and my teaching career, I tell my students that even through we have never met, I know each one of them by name.  I tell my students that I have "special powers" and as I hand out each nametag necklace, I will be able to find them. No peeking so cover those desk tags.

Then I begin my "acting"...sometimes I sniff looking for a student, look into their ear or come very close to their face. I may call them a wrong name like Darth Vader, Kevin the Minion or whatever movies/books/musicians are popular that August.

Once I find the student, I ask them one question about their favorite food, color, vacation etc... and the student asks me one question about anything they would like.

This game usually lasts around 15-20 minutes and without a doubt gets the giggles going and the first day jitters begin to disappear.

Other First Day of School Ideas include
* Teaching a yoga move like "downward dog", "cat/cow"
* Teaching one or two signs from sign language like "yes", "no", "water"
* Name scavenger hunt
* Beach ball Catch - answer a question about yourself
* "Get to know your Teacher" survey

Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing beginning to your school year.
Grab a "FREEBIE" on your way out under my Freebie tab :)

July 31, 2015

Turn Your Beliefs into Actions

Hi there! My name is Tricia from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets. I have been a First and Second Grade the past 19 years.  Two years ago, I left the classroom to specialize in math Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. As an educator, I feel like I am constantly evolving because of the amazing teaching colleagues I meet and the great students I am privileged to teach.

Here are just a few of my current education beliefs

Thank you for checking out my blog! So excited you are here!

So glad you are joining our BLOG HOP! Join my friend Stacy from Made with Love.

http:www.madewithloveteaching.com/2015/07/turn-beliefs-into-actions.html


July 6, 2015

Greeter and Mystery Walker

Here is an awesome behavior management strategy that has worked for me magnificently the past two years.

Greeter!

I created this weekly job in my classroom to accompany "The Leader in Me" program. The student greeter stands next to me in the doorway at the beginning of class, as we both "Welcome" the students to class. Big smiles and true leadership skills emerge when students are Greeter! It is a much sought after position.


Mystery Walker!

The Greeter and I decide together as a team in secret who should be the Mystery Walker of the day. The Greeter and I watch all of the students walk down the hall like a "big piece of spaghetti". I love visuals- ha!  If the Mystery Walker does a wonderful job, they are rewarded from the treasure box. Sounds simple but it seems to be a great motivator! 

Sometimes if the students are wiggly during class time, I will change Mystery Walker into Mystery Student for an hour of class. I love motivating the students to do their very best!

June 15, 2015

Make It Monday

SUMMER TRICIA is here so I tried something new today on my first day of summer break!  I am linking up with onefabteacher.blogspot.com and 4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com for "Make It Monday"

Mission: To make something Terrific! 

Today I went to Michaels to purchase some beads, 3D stickers and a large glue gun (I left mine at school), and grabbed my plain Target mini drawers from my school desk.

Then a searched Michaels for some blingy jewels from their jewelry department!

I headed over to Michaels scrapbook aisle and found some silver 3D stickers too.

At home I used my hot glue gun and gave my mini desk drawer a "glam make over"
Total cost:$7.00  Total happiness:Priceless


May 25, 2015

Organizing Files

One thing that makes me "happy" and my heart pitter patter is pretty neatly organized spaces. 

A few years ago when I had a student teacher in her lead teaching, I purged, reorganized and developed a new file system. It was the best of both worlds...I stayed in the classroom for support and as an extra set of eyes/ears and I multitasked.

Here is one of my files cubes now.

Everything is organized sequentially.  
I created a small template in word so it can be quickly edited(that was before I discovered my love for PowerPoint). 
In the left corner I typed the subject and/or the time of year.

Some subjects have multiples folders.
This year in math, I added the Everyday Mathematics unit titles. Now when I have to file, it is easy to see what each unit's objective.
Happy Organizing!!

May 16, 2015

Bio

Well, hello! So excited for my first blog posting

While all my teacher friends are "winding down" and in a whirlwind of assessing, completing unit studies and preparing for end of the year graduations...I am actually starting a teaching blog! Crazy I know! Why now, you ask? Well I started a new journey in November that has led to fabulous world for me!  In November, I became a creator for Teacher-Pay-Teacher.  From this game-changer, I joined Instagram in January, and then from there things started really changing in my life.  I began developing relationships and friendships with teachers around the country. I have organized meet-ups with fellow teachers and bloggers in my area and quickly realized the wonderful social media world of teaching!  So here I am...joining the blogging world at the end of the school year - ha ha!

A little about me:
I was born and raised in NJ.  Although, it has been many years since I have lived there, part of me will always think of myself as a "New Yorker" because my childhood home is so close to the city.  Most Sundays as a family, we would venture in to explore.  I think I have probably seen every museum NYC has as well as eaten in every restaurant in China Town and Little Italy. Tricia's Tip - If you can find Jorge at Puglia in Little Italy... you won't be disappointed in the food or entertainment!

I journeyed to The University of Rhode Island for college where I spent just one year.  One of my dearest friends still lives in RI and I have made it a tradition to head back each summer with my boys for a wonderful visit.  Tricia's Tip - If you haven't had the chance to visit Rhode Island in particular Newport...it is a "must see"!  Gorgeous historic mansions, beautiful bridges, and peaceful relaxing small beaches with amazing enormous rocks to climb on.  Did I mention the yummy seafood?

I needed to go "big" after URI, so I was watching the Rose Bowl in 1988 and Michigan State just called my name.  I didn't know a soul in the entire state but it was the most incredible experience of my life.  I grew up in ways that completely changed me. I had the opportunity to live at Disney World and become a cast member while at State, joined a sorority where I developed life-long sister relationships and cheered as a fan at every sporting event that involved MSU!

After MSU, I ventured solo again a long way from home to Florida. My first teacher job was almost a block from Daytona Beach and it was truly a memorable experience.  At this school, I was the only Second Grade teacher and my classroom was located on the second floor.  When I opened my classroom door, I stepped outside to an beautiful outdoor verandah.  I loved my little classroom not only because it was lovely at this school but also because it was my first "grown-up experience".  One of my most memorable days was when I had to ask some of my students to chase a chameleon out of the classroom!  A northern girl does not touch chameleons - ha ha!  To this day, I can still list all 33 of my students in alphabetical order.  Those little 7 year olds were my "first babies" and I will never forget them and the memories we created together that year.  (PS they are in their late 20s now...eek!)

After a few years in FL, I came back to Michigan where I have been teaching ever since.  I have taught First Grade, Second Grade and now I am a math teacher for students First-Fifth Grades.  Some of the highlights over the years, include teaching a 1/2 split, being part of an awesome team that opened an elementary school, receiving 4 grants and having an amazing teaching partner for 9 years.

I am a wife and mother now of 3 young boys and that is another "game-changer" because I understand little boys in a whole new way now.  Becoming a mother has also helped me develop great empathy and compassion for families that I never understood before.  Lastly, my middle son has special needs involving physical impairments and developmental delays in many areas. He has taught me many lessons but most importantly, I strongly believe that as a parent you are your child's greatest advocate. 

So that is "me", in a few short paragraphs.  I hope you will come on my blogging adventure where I can share some of my teaching successes and challenges! Let's GO!