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, …

5 Days of Teacher Treats

In lieu of the traditional candy or stationary, we would like to offer you our appreciation in the form of a few things we KNOW teachers need.  Tune in for a new treat each day! Day 1:  We are joining some friends to bring y’all an opportunity to win a …

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 …

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 …

What a Bouquet of Dandelions Really Means

“Oh crap, here comes another one,” you think as what seems like the 100th child today brings you a bundle of weeds.  She smiles wide as her innocence has blinded her to the true nature of the dirt-caked monstrosity she’s handed you.  Your very first bouquet was just so sweet. …