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!

Preparing Your Classroom Part One (Planning Your Minutes)

Learn how you can prepare your classroom to save you time all year. This is the perfect blog post for new teachers who are excited to get to work on their classrooms but don’t know where to start. Part one of the series shows teachers how to plan time for individual subjects each day. There are also suggestions for resources that will keep your students on track in grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and math facts without driving you crazy.

Stretching Sentences

See how you can use parts of speech to help your students stretch their sentences to make their writing more interesting. These concrete steps are perfect for students who struggle with writing.

Storytelling in the Classroom

Our brains are designed to pay attention to stories. Using stories in your classroom will help your students remember and understand what you are teaching. Read all about using storytelling in your classroom to increase engagement and achievement.