Memorial Day Poem

Not much to share this week.  Just wanted to leave this here for you to have for your students.  Click the image above for a PDF that you can print out for students to decorate.  They can draw American symbols, or even write a thank-you letter to a soldier who …

Paper Plate Frog Kid Craft

Well hello there! Spring is the time of year when we learn about plants and animals.  You may be in the process of learning about life cycles of animals.  For Fun Friday, we’ve decided to share this little gem with you.  This paper plate frog kid craft is just perfect …

5 Practical Mother’s Day Gifts for Mom

Happy Friday Teacher Friend! So Mother’s Day is coming up, along with pages and pages of Pinterest posts about Mother’s Day gifts for your students to make.  It’s difficult to decide what’s best, not to mention difficult to find the time to search, am I right?  So, to make your …

The Very Last Assignment You’ll Have to Grade This Year

Well howdy and welcome back to Monday, I know you’re probably still reeling from the Teacher Appreciation Week euphoria and wishing you could just sit and be appreciated for the rest of the year.  You may be finished with testing or getting ready to start.  If you have not begun, …

An Earth Day Activity Just For Mom

Why hello there! Happy Fun Friday to you.  Today we will be sharing a fun activity for both Earth Day and Mother’s Day.  We are all about maximizing the little time you have in the classroom, so here it is: First of all, you will be using milk cartons that …

How to Get More Out of Your Earth Day Centers

Hello There! As it is the middle of Spring, I’m guessing you’re in one of two places: 1)  Dear Lord, will this testing ever end?? 2)  Dear Lord, how many days until summer again?  Either way, you’re exhausted, doing 1000 things at once, and praying your students don’t drive you …

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Learning Centers

Hey there you Friday party person! So it’s Fun Friday again and what could be more fun than centers??  Maybe you disagree, so let me shed some light on how fun they are.  Kids have fun, work independently, and free you up to be more effective as an educator.  When …

5 Tips to Curb the Chaos of Indoor Recess

Hello There! Happy Monday to y’all!  After our long, thinking-intensive How to Be an Educational Superhero series, I think we both need a little break.  Today I want to share with you some practical ways to keep from pulling your hair out on those rainy indoor recess days. 1. Get …

6 Steps to Being an Educational Superhero

Happy Monday To You! If you have been following along the past several weeks, you’ve noticed a trend in our Monday blog posts.  First, I must apologize for being absent last Monday.  My guess is many of our readers were on Spring Break and not in the mood for anything …

Helping Students Thrive Giveaway

If you participated in our #HashtagHunt, you saw pieces of this image all over our Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other sites.  The full hashtag was #STThrive.  Now I’m sure you might be wondering, Why the heck would they choose that as a hashtag? Well, in true S.O.L. Train Learning fashion, …

3 Good Reasons to Celebrate Failure

“F.” There it is, bold and unyielding, in bright red pen at the top of the paper.  This single letter brings with it so many connotations; I screwed up, I’m stupid, I’m such a loser, and most prominently, I failed.  No one likes failure.  It’s a reminder of our humanity …

Fun Friday Scavenger Hunt

Hey you! Just popping in really quick to share our Fun Friday treat.  We’re doing another Scavenger Hunt and it’s sure to be a lot of fun.  This hunt is not based on who answers first so you have plenty of time to contribute.  Also, we’ll just share a little …