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Off to the Right Start

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Amy Kines No Comments

As I’ve been traveling around to various school districts, I’ve been asking teachers to tell me what’s working.   At both the elementary and secondary level, what I’ve heard most often is “routines.” Starting the year off with clear routines in place can make all the difference in the world.  Amanda Manoel, first grade teacher at Fallsmead Elementary School in


Reflecting on 2015

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Amy Kines No Comments

I always love the end of a year and a new beginning.  (Maybe it’s because I have a January birthday!)  It’s important to take a few minutes to reflect on the year that’s closing, as well as planning the year to come. In thinking about your life as a teacher, what are you proud of this year?  What successes did you see?  In which children did you see a spark?  Sometimes in the


Almost There!

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by Amy Kines No Comments

Where has the time gone?  Many of you are in the final weeks of your school year.  Congratulations!!!  As you close out the year, take some time to reflect; on things that went well and on things that didn’t go ‘as planned.’  What would you do differently next time?  This can be a really powerful time of year and an important opportunity for us to make notes to remember.  


Consistency…. kind of…

Posted on: July 5th, 2014 by Amy Kines No Comments

How consistent are you?  Very consistent?  Kind of consistent?  Almost always consistent? There really are only two choices; consistent or inconsistent!  There is no middle ground.  If I’m not consistent 100% of the time, then I’m inconsistent.   And students will read us like a book, won’t they?  They know who is consistent, and who will “crack” if they keep at


Routines Now More Than Ever

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Amy Kines No Comments

Are your students more and more distracted as the weather warms? This last month of school can be difficult, but let routines ease your classroom life. Ask yourself, what am I nagging students about? What do I wish they would just DO? It might be copying homework into their agenda books, getting into groups for a cooperative activity, or even just getting unpacked in the morning or transitioning to