Wain, Wain, Go Away! You're Wuining Wecess!

Posted by debraallenellis February 27, 2018
One of my favorite things about moving back home to KY is that I can enjoy all four seasons here, including a halfway decent winter. During the time I lived in eastern NC, it seemed to me that 15% of each year had temperatures that were a tad cool, while 85% of the year was full-out HOT. I don’t think I ever bought a new winter coat during my 12 years in that state. It rarely got cold enough to wear one and I could probably count on one hand the number of times we were blanketed with a measureable amount of snow. I really missed that fluffy white stuff.

Classroom Behavior Management, Tattletale "Elfs," and the Fine Art of Cat Herding

Posted by debraallenellis December 11, 2017
Elves on Shelves – never had one before, but, as an elementary school teacher, I have DEFINITELY heard my share of stories about those little buggers. Every school morning, between Thanksgiving and Winter Break, half the class or so comes barging in the door to tell me about their elf’s latest prank at home. I wish I had a dollar for every time a breathless child (or 12), rushing across the room, has urgently bombarded me with, “Guess what my elf did today?” This year, a few of those kids wrote persuasive letters to me, asking for a classroom elf. So, I did the only logical thing a person could be expected to do in response to children who were actually writing something willingly, without being forcibly coerced—I went straight to Amazon. [More]