State testing season is officially upon us. A time of year that every teacher would prefer to be eliminated from the calendar, but the reality is that it's part of our job. I’m going to tell you what I tell my students: this is not a defining moment. Sure, these tests...read more
When I first began my career as a teacher I'd landed a job in Kannapolis, North Carolina. It was the absolute best place to start a career because this was a middle school that truly represented a staff that lived like family and educated students as if they were...read more
Eating a healthy, filling lunch can help bring more energy to make it through the school day. Learn tips for planning and preparing better teacher lunches.read more
Professional development can happen in your free time while scrolling through social media. That is where I found this fantastic idea for building stronger relationships with students during the holiday season. A high school colleague of mine posted about her newest...read more
Papers. Papers. And more papers. Sometimes it can feel like teachers are drowning in papers. With the addition of technology that allows us to communicate digitally, we can significantly decrease our use of paper and single-handedly save the trees. Using digital...read more
After just one school year of weekly blogging in the classroom, I'm convinced that this is the best way to engage students in writing. Blogging has also been a fantastic way to build relationships with my students. The most beneficial classroom management tool for any...read more
About the author
Carly has been teaching middle school ELA since 2001. She fell in love with finding ways to integrate technology into lesson plans and continues to look for the best ways to do this. Starting blogs with her students has become her favorite way to give students a louder voice and keep parents informed.
In 2014, Carly married her teacher husband. They now have two children; one boy and one girl…for now. Learning how to balance life as a wife and mother is the journey that inspired this blog and its resources.