Why Are Our Kids Depressed?

Our kids are more depressed than ever. Are we causing it? Psychologists say people need to believe they have control over their environments to feel happy. Today’s kids have less control than ever. Can we fix that with free play?

Easily Incorporate Grammar Into Your Day

A blog post all about making grammar a part of your daily language arts lessons. These suggestions are especially helpful if you use a program similar to Daily 5. You also get a suggested annual schedule for teaching grammar in upper elementary classrooms.

The Rock Cycle

This blog post is all about teaching the rock cycle. There are ideas for teaching, videos, free vocabulary pages, and more. If you are teaching your students about the rock cycle, you want to read this blog. It will save you a ton of time.

How We Sabotage Ourselves

Learn about the amygdala and how it hijacks our brains. Our amygdalas are trying to keep us safe, but they often overreact to challenges in our world. This is especially true at school. Knowing how the amygdala works helps us overcome the challenges it presents. Read more about the amygdala and how to deal with it in this blog post.

Why I Love Tidying Up

Learn how you can find happiness by tidying up your home or classroom by getting rid of what you don’t love and feeling gratitude for what you do have. Get the kids involved and make tidying up a group activity.

Take Control Back From Your Amygdala

Does it ever seem like your students are out of control? They might be! Our amygdalas are a tiny part of our brains designed to keep up safe in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, the amygdala has a hard time identifying threats in our modern society. This blog post explains what is going on inside our heads and gives us ways that we can take control back from our amygdalas.

Teaching With Students' 4 Needs in Mind: Safety

We all have four basic needs: safety, challenges, community, and recognition. Understanding your students’ needs will help you understand their behavior. Learn how to recognize the behaviors of a child who feels unsafe and ways to create a safe classroom environment. Click to read more!

Why Kids Are Mean

Learn why kids (and adults) are mean. Understanding the connection between our feelings and behaviors helps us make better choices when interacting with others. You will explore examples of mean behavior and get suggestions for talking about interpersonal relationships in the classroom. Read it today!

Morning Work Based on Brain Science

Our brains need specific conditions to learn. Read all about how to structure your morning work routine based on brain science research. You will get ideas to implement in your classroom as well as the reasoning behind them. Click to read more!