Make Music a Classroom Staple

At the beginning of the year I purchase musical instruments such as percussion egg shakers, maracasrhythm band sticks, and bongo drums, for my classroom. I always pull them out when something musical comes to mind.

Whatever age you teach, students love to come out of their shell when there is music in the classroom. Encourage students to tap their shakers as they create their own jingles to remember the seven social sciences of social studies, or the features of civilizations. They can bang on a bongo as they write a rap song to remember why we study history. Students can sing the rap cabinet battle from Hamilton when discussing the Federalist period, the lyrics to Oklahoma when you’re teaching about the expansion of the west, or Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds when teaching about the rise of the suburbs in the 1950s. Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is a big hit for the Cold War. Finally, you can even show your students how to Charleston in the 20’s , Conga through the 80’s ask them to teach YOU how to”Dougie” for a modern twist.

Especially at the end of the year when students are bored after the state assessments, its a great time to pull out those instruments and move it, move it!

How do you infuse music into your classroom?


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Amplify your Google Classroom

As I clean up my cluttered classroom I am so happy that I also have a virtual classroom that needs no cleaning! My google classroom is so fun that every few days I always change up my borders and themes! It is so easy and I have so many bundles available in my store – check them out here! Which ones are your favorites?

My hearts?
US History?
Gingerbread Men?

Can’t decide?
Try a bundle!
Fun Pack!



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Think Outside the Box! Top Teacher Gift Ideas! (2018 Edition)


As the school year winds down, I am refreshing my Teacher Gift list for 2018. This list is perfect to turn to if you need a gift for a teachers or for graduates of teaching school. Are you ready to nix the normal mug, stationary, key chain list? Well get ready and look into the world of gift boxes… subscription gift boxes that is.

These boxes are so easy! You can simply send them to your house and hand it to the teacher  or surprise the gift by sending it to the address of the school (or their own home if they are willing to give up their privacy!)

Here is my foxy, boxy, top 10 box gift list:
Remember when you were young and loved getting mail? When this comes in mail/ your teacher opens it, they will go NUTS! This box is my absolute favorite gift to give to teachers! A box is $49.99 but with my code (see link above) you will receive $10 off making it $39.99!  The Fab Fit Fun box  has so many awesome goodies that are perfect right in time for the summer. Everything is included from makeup to jewelry and I couldn’t wait to get my box in the mail. Check out what I received in my box:

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Monday – What my teacher MADE

As many of you already know, I love to cook! I infuse baking in my teaching whenever I can – (see The GREAT “HOLIDAY” Baking Challenge! and The Great Cookie Challenge!) if you haven’t already tried doing so! As we inch closer to the summer I’m going to share with you some behind the scenes of what Monday looks like and how I prepare my meals for the week at school. Mondays I will share with you exciting recipes I make to make sure I feel full at the long day at school when I’m on my feet.

I’m kicking this series off with my delicious spinach- blueberry pancakes. Filled with anti-oxidants and greens these bad boys will energize you and are perfect for your entire household (including those picky toddlers!) and heading out the door and on the go!

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Throwback Thursday


Every Thursday we will be running a new series to throwback to our favorite Teaching lessons. Make sure to check them out to liven up your classroom as you head into summer!

Today we are featuring our Hamilton lesson plan.
Here is a chance for you to bring music and history into the classroom. We have a free lesson plan in our TPT store for you to download here and  our entire post on why we choose to implement this lesson in our classrooms here.

Don’t let your students miss out on a chance to be in the “room where it happens!”

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

It is no surprise that Mother’s Day closes out Teacher Appreciation week!

Today we celebrate all of the hardworking mother teachers. Too often teachers are like mothers to their students coupled with raising their own family once they get home. They miss their own children’s mothers day events, parent teacher conferences and plays just to be at work with their students.

“Here’s to strong women – may we know themMay we be themMay we raise them.”

Happy Mothers Day


“I appreciate your teaching SO MUCH oh by the way…

I need a recommendation (for college, my summer internship, my clothing store application…”

This is always the week students ask me for recommendations for the summer and for next year! They think they can butter me up during teacher appreciation week and then come to me for a recommendation… and they are RIGHT! I always give in!!

Does this happen to you too teachers?!!

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