Amazing Volunteers, Teacher Gifts, and Why isn’t PTSO Appreciation Week a Thing?

Posted by debraallenellis May 29, 2018
It’s the end of the school year and it has been 3 months since I’ve had a chance to work on this danged blog. There has been so much going on lately with testing, assemblies, special projects, testing, report cards, SNAP, Mother’s Day, testing, PLCs, Field Day, observations, PGPs, testing, special programs, conferences, TCTs, testing, writing portfolios, ARCs, committee meetings, active shooter training, awards day, PD, mapping, cleaning, CPR training, packing up the room, and a smidge more testing. Teachers are pooped. Students are pooped. Administrators are pooped. The entire school staff is pooped. The bus drivers are pooped. We’re all pooped. But our poopedness is required—comes with the territory. It’s expected of all of us. School employees get paid to be pooped. Students don’t get paid, but they do get to become brainier. [More]

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.

The Unexpected, It’s a Boy!, Field Trips, & Following Directions

Posted by debraallenellis January 17, 2018
This is a post I had really been looking forward to writing since October, when 5 of us (mostly teachers) made some exciting and unexpected plans to travel to Paris over winter break to soak up lots of art, history, and local culture. I was thinking of it as teachers on a field trip and planned to tie in our adventures with some FB posts I’ve made in the past about field trips with students. Of course, I had a marvelous time in Paris, was even able to make an incredible day trip to England, and the time flew by in the blink of an eye! I’ll get back to the wonder of our European adventure in a bit, but, first, I need to share some unexpected events that occurred before and after our journey. [More]

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]

Holiday Personal Space, Rainbow Brite Turkeys, Stonehenge, Our Mr. Thomas, and That Thing That Happened in England . . . You Know . . . With the Mayflower

Posted by debraallenellis November 19, 2017
Yesterday, we decorated our house for Christmas—put up the tree and all that other stuff that makes me feel all warm, cozy, and slightly claustrophobic. What was I thinking?! Why did I let this happen?! Just because the family is coming to our house for Thanksgiving this year, was it really necessary to make the ridiculous snap decision that we need to have a Christmas tree backdrop? Arrgghhh! Have I really allowed myself to fall prey to the annoying idea of a perpetual Christmas? [More]

It's Fall Y'all! Time for Festibuls, Favorite Book Characters, and Wots of Weading!

Posted by debraallenellis October 28, 2017
Fall is finally here! I love it--the cool, crisp weather, I mean--not all the icky pumpkin spice flavored stuff. My newly favorite part of the season is Fall Break, which is a WONDERFUL treasure for school staff and students, as it comes during the first week of October, right at the end of the first quarter of the new school year, just when we all need a little time to regroup after all the hustle and bustle of getting to know each other for 9 weeks.If your school system doesn’t have a REAL Fall Break (not one of those long weekends some school districts try to pawn off on us), you need to [More]

21st Century Email and Writing ‘Til Your Hand Breaks

Posted by debraallenellis July 11, 2017
As always, summer break is flying by much too quickly, but I’m having that wonderfully lazy summer I’ve always dreamed of having—one in which I’m staying home—mostly—and getting some things accomplished, with enough time to actually RELAX before school starts up again. Staying home means I’ve had hardly any frantic last-minute packing or unpacking to do at... [More]


Sticky Fingerprints, Boogery Papers, & Nasty Homework Folders

Posted by debraallenellis July 1, 2017
I’m a teacher who goes to school, ready to teach kids, with a smile on my face and a spring in my step every . . . um . . . most days. The kids? They come to school every day, ready to sit still, listen, and learn. Right? Yeah . . . well ... [More]