Happy Monday friends! Today's topic is ALL about aromatherapy for behavior in the classroom. About 10 years ago I received my first training on aromatherapy. I worked at Bath and Body Works and we sold essential oils at the time. We had a whole chart on which oils work to help aid in various parts of health. This ranged from stomach aches to behavioral issues. This was SO interesting to me! I thought it was so fascinating that certain scents could affect us in such a powerful way. And you know what? I was totally on board. I know scents affect me. Vanilla totally relaxes me, a good Fall scent brings me ALL the happy vibes, and fruity … [Read more...] about Aromatherapy for Behavior – Classroom Management Monday
Tips for Returning from Spring Break – Classroom Management Monday #4
I hope your Spring Break went well! If you are anything like me, you went home with a pile of stuff that needed attention. You were so happy that you had a WHOLE week to get it done and get totally organized and READY for the final stretch of school. Fast forward to the Sunday before returning and you are scrambling to just get your lesson plans together.... oops! Well more than likely, your students didn't give school a second thought either. So usually the week back can be a little.... hectic? messy? frustrating? You pick the adjective. So here are some tips for returning from spring break. This will make the first week or two back a little … [Read more...] about Tips for Returning from Spring Break – Classroom Management Monday #4
Manners – Classroom Management Monday #2
Happy Monday everyone! I am so glad you are here :) If you joined me last week, then you learned a little bit about why I am so passionate about helping you out. Today we will be talking about my NUMBER ONE tip. This is the ONE major thing that I stress to everyone when I talk about classroom management. We need to teach our students manners. I have told teachers this and I often times get mixed reactions. Some say "Yes, that makes sense! That is the problem; lack of respect." While others say "No, that isn't my job." Yes, we could say that it isn't our jobs. While it is true that manners used to be extremely important and usually taught at home, … [Read more...] about Manners – Classroom Management Monday #2
Classroom Management MONDAY #1
Hey, hey, heyyyy! You guys, I am SO EXCITED! Today marks the launch of my new series: Classroom Management Mondays. We all know this is a hard subject. It is a never-stopping-super-fast-revolving-door. It is something that requires constant change. It is something that requires flexibility. It is something that sometimes breaks us. I have dedicated countless hours researching all different types of classroom management for myself to make sure those hard truths listed above were easier for me. I wanted to be on top of the game when it came to this area. With more pressure and larger workloads being put on kiddos at younger ages, the socialization is … [Read more...] about Classroom Management MONDAY #1
Eliminate classroom job charts but keep the jobs! FREEBIE!
Confession: I hated my classroom job chart. Every day I would hear someone that caught my mistake of not changing the names. "Mrs. Wriiiiiiiight..... Jacob was the cubby person yesterdayyyy!!!" I always forgot to change those darn things. Then Kagan ideas came along and all of that changed. Kagan strategies are so popular in classrooms and I think they offer strategies every teacher should look into. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky ones that got picked from our school to go to a conference. Fortunately for me though, I worked with some amazing teachers that came back and shared and taught us everything they … [Read more...] about Eliminate classroom job charts but keep the jobs! FREEBIE!
Classroom Management Madness!!
Today I am so excited to talk about one of my favorite topics:CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT! I have said it before, classroom management was something I worked REALLY hard on over the years. One year I had the worst year of my life when it came to teaching and I vowed to never let it happen again. That summer was spent researching strategies. There were trial and errors after that, I feel like my next years were the best after implementing my strategies. I think I can thank Ron Clark for that! I used a lot of this methods and let me tell you. THEY WORK. Here is what I did to create a great classroom management plan: 1. On the first day of school I … [Read more...] about Classroom Management Madness!!