How long have you been teaching?

This will be my 15th year of teaching.  I have taught K-5 art, 3rd grade, and 1st grade.  1st grade is definitely my favorite.

How do you manage your time?

Oh, goodness!  I don’t do it well most of the time.  You have to remember that blogs, Instagram, Facebook, etc. are all highlight reels of life.  The only thing I can say is that I don’t sit still very well.  Once my kids go to bed, I am in serious multitasking mode.  I can’t just sit and watch t.v. or a movie, I have to be doing something else as well.  It’s the perfect time to blog or work on a product.  In all honesty, blogging and Teachers Pay Teachers is a LOT of work!  If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t do it.  It’s my creative outlet.  It truly is a second full time job.


  1. Quick question. How do you fit all your fun activities in? Like the comprehension and fluency lessons? I'd like to try some of these things, but there's just no time with the way our days are set up.

  2. Hi, I was just wondering what software you use to create all your workbooks and worksheets? Is it very time consuming? I will be graduating and beginning my teaching career next summer and I would like to create my own workbooks and worksheets but I wasn't sure where to begin in the graphics side….

  3. Howdy! I have a question about your whole group instruction. Does administration pick your "purposeful" read aloud's or are you allowed to pick out your own read aloud's and create a common core aligned lesson with them?

  4. Hello There! Is there another way to download the "Tips for Parents…How to Help My Child Succeed' files without a Facebook? I love it and I certainly need it. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  5. Hi there,

    Love your blog. I am being observed for a potential first graded position. Need a lesson and lesson plan that shows differentiation. One that would interest the students and impress the observers.


  6. Hi 🙂 I live in Canada and I love your daily activities! I was wondering if there was a way I could get the template. I'm more than willing to purchase one month of activities, but we have different curriculum, so I would have to adapt your template. my email is mldavy@cbe.ab.ca
    Thank you so much!

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