Teacher End of the Year Gifts – The Erin Condren Way!

Erin Condren End of the year teacher gifts -180 Days to HappyAs a teacher, I will admit the end of the year is the toughest. Our student’s “true colors” are showing, my sweet sixth-graders have become mini 7th graders (with attitude and all) and we get to say goodbye to our sweet and grown-up eighth graders. In the midst of it, I always get so emotional as a parent who send her child to school and has entrusted him to a group of teachers to encourage his growth. This year, just like the others, my son has been blessed with a set of phenomenal teachers so in gathering my teacher end of the year gifts, I had to take extra care. Continue reading






Why being a teacher sucks, and I love it!

Why Being a Teacher Sucks & I love It 180 Days to HappyCan I just be honest? I don’t like my job every day. I don’t enjoy dealing with students and paperwork and testing and meetings and fire drills and the list could go on (and on and on). BUT… I love my job! Continue reading






Next Lesson & Google Apps

Next Lesson & Google Apps- 180 Days to Happy

It’s so funny how fast time truly flies when you’re having fun. This week,  students were able to act as  employees & are moving right along using the Who’s Watching PBL we began from Next Lesson! Since my standards require me to teach a suite of products to include word processing, publishing, presentation, and spreadsheets it was important to me to incorporate each of these while we worked through this task. In the past, I only taught using Microsoft Office but I thought it would be a good time to try out Google Apps since we are a newly minted GAFE school. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint!  Continue reading






Project Based Learning & Hiring My First Student

Project Based Learning & Next Lesson- 180 Days to Happy

This week, I hired my very first student. Yes, you read that right I hired a student. I am almost positive their look of surprise matched yours as you read this post. No need to fret, I was quick to shoot down their requests for a raise (they hadn’t done one minute of work yet) and let them know their $115, 750 salary would be significantly more than mine in the real world. However, I am proud to say that each of my nearly 100 Movie Marketers are fully engaged and they have not one clue of their upcoming job tasks!  Continue reading






5 Ways to Shake Up Tech in Your Classroom

 

5 Ways to Shake Up Tech in Your Classroom-180 Days to HappyIt’s just over 3 months into the school year and I’m finally finding my groove; it feels good. Now that my norms have been established (and reestablished), I’ve switched LMS’s, and my students have memorized all 70 of their passwords they are finally learning the awesomeness that lies within technology in education. Although they are now comfortable, we now enter a new challenge – not getting bored!

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