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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The end of the school year is near! Are your students getting excited, or have they "checked out" of learning? Are you struggling with keeping students focused and engaged? If so, Educator Helper has the answer!

When I taught seventh grade, the most anticipated project of the year was comic book writing! It kept students busy as I finished up end-of-year paperwork. Be advised, though, that this unit might consume every spare minute of students' school days. Teachers in other disciplines complained about the unit because it is the only project students wanted to work on! However, comic book writing can be used across-curriculum to teach just about any kind of skills. Here are some examples from my students:

Although some teachers prefer to use technology with comic book writing, the old fashioned draw-it-yourself books are best! There are no drawing skills needed to do these projects, so don't let students bombard you with "But, I can't draw..." complaints. Stock your classroom with I Can Draw books, everyday household items, and black and white pictures that students can use to copy or trace. You'll need lots of blank paper, colored pencils, and erasers. Then, be prepared because this unit will become the most popular project in your school!

Are you ready to get started? If so, start by downloading the complete how-to guide with everything needed to get started:

If you are not quite ready to take the plunge and let students create their own full-blown comic books (I promise it's an easy student-centered project!), then try one of the ready-made, fill-in-the-blank templates:

Let me know how Comic Book Writing works in your classroom.

Happy comic book writing!
Beth, Educator Helper

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is the day to celebrate MOM in all her glory! Let me tell you what is great about my mom:



Take time to honor MOM today by making a gift that she will treasure forever!

Happy Mother's Day!

FREE Mother's Day gift to let the kids make and give:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mother's Day Reflections

It's almost that wonderful time of year when we celebrate "Mother's Day"! 

There's so much to celebrate about moms, who play so many multifaceted roles in children's lives. Moms don't have to be biological parents but instead are those people who love and take care of others. I'm a "Mom" to many, and with each one of those, a special bond has been forged. Educators take on the role of "Mom" in their classrooms, and it is teachers who often reinforce gratitude and manners on a daily basis. For some students, teachers and "Mom" are synonymous. If you are one of those educators--                                             THANK YOU! 

It takes a village to raise a child, and you are a "Mom" in a special kind of way!

Happy Mother's Day!
Beth, the Educator Helper 

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so it's time to celebrate educators! Some districts host breakfasts, give out gift bags, and set up massages on off periods while parents organize afternoon teas, put together luncheons, and hit up merchants to donate free items to give away. Yes, some districts go all out to ensure their teachers are greatly appreciated. But, what if your school overlooks Teacher Appreciation Week? If this happens in your district, get students involved in celebrating the week of appreciation. 

Students can help by making Teacher Appreciation Cards for their teachers. This is a great way for students to increase their emotional intelligence and writing skills. It helps them reflect on teachers' dedication and loyalty to make sure all students learn and succeed. 

Make this week special--celebrate teachers and make them feel appreciated by printing and completing the Teacher Appreciation Cards below:

For the full set of cards, click here or click here to visit my TpT Storefront!