The activity of reading should be about the student.

Teachers want their students to read outside of school. Some children naturally develop a love of reading, but others are reluctant. While they may not want to read at first, all it takes is one book for children to read for reading’s sake. …


Your entire life should not revolve around your job.

Jobs can be fulfilling! When you go to college, you take classes towards your degree to get your dream job. When you graduate and get your dream job, you feel elated because you finally have the job you were always meant to have. This job feels like it is your…


Summer school is meant to help struggling students, not shame them.

Some students benefit from summer school. The extended school year (ESY) gives students an opportunity to expand on what was previously covered in class, especially if they struggled in reading or math. …


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I just want my happily ever after.

As adults, we live in a society where we are told to stop believing in fairy tales because they are not real. Your prince is not coming to rescue you from your tower, and you will love many people just to break up with them, and this is an ongoing…


Group work is great, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about students working independently.

Children are social creatures. That is why, before the pandemic, teachers did so much small group work. In fact, research proves that group work is the most effective model in getting students to learn. Vygotsky’s research shows that students learn better from their peers than anyone, even their teachers. …


It helped me figure out who I am outside of teaching.

Reality can be difficult to live through, especially when you try to live in reality 100% of the time. The problem with reality is that you wait for something amazing to happen, but it never does. You wait to be excited, meet some new friends, even meet that perfect person…


If remote learning has exposed anything, it’s that our students are not self-sufficient.

I was having a conversation with the staff at the school where I work, and we were talking about how this pandemic exposed how much independence our students lacked. One of my colleagues said that our students are too dependent on us when it comes to problem-solving academically and developmentally…


What if I told you this could make students more interested in writing?

We were sitting in morning meeting. We always ask our students how they are doing today and if there is anything they want to share. One of my students shared that he is writing a book. Of course, this makes teachers really excited when their second-grader is practicing writing at…


Although the classroom feels less intimate, it has given us more revelations about our students.

Is it possible to learn more about our students on while they are at home learning via Zoom or Google Meet? I recently wrote an article about how much less intimate the classroom feels during this pandemic (which I will have linked below this paragraph). While classrooms do not seem…

Stephanie Nicole

Elementary school teacher who writes about education, children/young adult media, childhood, and disability. College graduate who rediscovered anime!

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