How I Turned My LEAST Favorite Time of the Day Around

Dismissal. My absolute least favorite time of the day. 10 minutes or so of what has the potential to become total chaos. Anyone else out there feel that way?

For years- even after tirelessly practicing our end of the day procedures- those last 10-15 minutes of the day always came with the possibility of spiraling out of control. We could have a great day... and then after going through the process of getting ready to go home I would feel beat down and in total survival mode by the time the bell rang and I got them out the door. 



Have You Read This? A Castle on Viola Street

When I was at the library the other day I happened on two "new to me" books. First I picked up A Castle on Viola Street by Dyanne DiSalvo. I was familiar with Dyanne DiSalvo's work- as her story City Green was one that I really enjoyed in our reading anthology. 

I stood in the shelves and opened A Castle on Viola Street- I was hooked after reading a letter located at the beginning of the book. This is a book with an important purpose. I tucked the book into my library bag.


Food Chains- Teacher Time Saver!

A few weeks ago I published a post with books to use if you are teaching a unit on food chains. I love finding great books to go along with different units of study- it is one of my favorite teachery things to do! 

So after coming up with the list of food chain books- it really made me start thinking about the huge AMOUNT of TIME it takes teachers to plan out their units- from books to videos to websites to anchor charts to student resources... and on and on. 

And an idea was hatched...

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