Looking back…

When I initially started this blog in January it wasn’t something I wanted. I was nervous and definitely NOT excited. I didn’t think I had anything important to say or anything relevant, at the least. Looking back I realize how silly all the worry and fuss was. It gave me an opportunity to learn more about not only myself but my peers.

My 1st Blog Post…

It was a very slow start…trust me. I took my laptop, sat down and stared at my computer screen. My mind went blank and I had no idea where to start. But then inspiration hit me…Ms.Frizzle my educational guru. I mean, who DOESN’T aspire to be Ms. Frizzle. I was so nervous but so proud of how my first post turned out. I was confident and ready for more.

Moving Forward…

    Moving forward I plan to utilize the skills I’ve acquired through blogging and blogging itself in my future classroom. Blogging is an effective tool to store in your teacher toolkit to successfully and effectively communicate with parents. Especially with times that include distance learning it can be one of the only means of staying in touch as a class.

Dining Room to Classroom: A Guide to Distance Learning

The New Beginning of the End

You’re nearing the end of the school year and summer is just in your reach. Your students have finally began to mold into their daily routine and boom. Everything has been flipped upside down. You’re forced to teach all of your kiddos from home…. now what? You’re forced to face new technology struggles on top of tending to your family as well as teaching your children and their parents how this is all going to work.  It’s a hard and difficult time filled with many emotions and struggles. Challenges will come but like usual, we will overcome them. Teachers are important. Teachers are heroes. Teachers can do this!


The first and most important thing that as a teacher you need to do is get into a routine. Treat this time as you would the beginning of a normal school year because it kind of is. Your kids are entering a new virtual classroom, a new learning dynamic, etc. A routine can be the foundation of your peace of mind. When your home becomes your classroom it can become quite overwhelming to get everything done. Make schedules a day or

even a week in advance to give yourself time to fully prepare. Most importantly when creating your routine don’t forget about mealtimes and self care. If getting up early, getting ready like you would for a normal work day and getting to work makes you feel better, DO IT! If sleeping in a little and wearing comfy pants with a nice top to your virtual meetings and classes feels good to you, DO IT! It’s important that you can get the hang of your routine so you can give your kiddos the best virtual education ever. It’s a learning experience for us all. Break it down, day by day. It’s important to remember that we’re all going through this and learning together. Below I dropped a link that provides tips and tricks to establish an online routine:

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Teaching from Home

Teaching from the comfort of your own home can be both rewarding and challenging. You get to snuggle up in your favorite sweats and blankets while working but you don’t get to see your kids and for some of them be their safe place. It’s okay though. We will all get through this together. We are far from perfect but we are trying and our kids know that. Below I’ve provided multiple resources to help ease your transformation from classroom to home.

Setting Up Your “Classroom”

How to Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success

Spread the loveWhether you teach entirely online or have a physical space, your digital classroom needs to facilitate successful learning. There is no one right way to arrange or present education to your students. However, there are markers and go to ideas for a healthy digital learning environment.


What to expect

Peer advice for instructors teaching online for first time

“Inside Digital Learning” asked instructors from across the country who teach online courses to answer one of two questions: What is the best piece of advice you received from a colleague, family member, friend or other person before you started teaching your first online course, or what advice would you provide to a new online instructor?

Getting Started With Distance Learning | The TpT Blog

As school closures increase in the wake of the coronavirus, we’re partnering with our Teacher-Authors to help administrators, teachers, and parents support student learning remotely. In these unprecedented times, teachers are stepping up to the plate in powerful ways, and doing everything they can to keep their students on track from afar.

Resources to continue learning

16 Ideas for Student Projects Using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces.

Talking to your students

Your students are young. They currently are struggling to understand why they can’t see their friends, family, their teachers, etc. Help your students by discussing their feelings, discussing the world and its turmoils. You, as their teacher, are where their knowledge and understanding is driven. Help them understand. Some students come from a relatively poor background and struggle with emotions, hunger, inability to access technology from home. They all need you. Below are links provided to help you build a solid foundation to begin a conversation with your students.

Staying in Touch: Why Kids Need Teachers During Coronavirus School Closings – MindShift

Raff’s priority in communicating with students has been to ensure that they felt “safe, heard, loved and understood.” Many of her students who emailed her said they missed school. “I really didn’t want school to close. I knew that I would miss you too much and I do.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Remain calm and reassuring. Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others. Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Make time to talk.

How Teachers Are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus

At the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School in Detroit, DaJuanna Travier’s 5th graders can raise any topic on their minds during their Friday restorative discussion circles. This past week, they wanted to talk about the coronavirus. They asked Travier if the virus is man-made, or if it was purposefully created to hurt people, she said.

The ultimate kids’ guide to the new coronavirus

Editor’s note: You can download a PDF of the guide . A new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 is spreading across the globe. Kids like you are likely wondering, “Will school be closed?” and, “Should I be worried about getting sick?” To help guide you through a confusing situation, here are answers from science to all the questions you may have.



Additional Resources

Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers

Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise Disclaimer 1: This post was written in the Spring of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so a lot of the information here is discussed through the lens of distance learning launched by a global pandemic.

Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators-teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners-who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.







Mr. Dad and Mrs. Mom: Homeschooling 101

From Parents to Teachers

It hit you like no other…one day you had your normal day job along with your job of being a parent. Then suddenly you’re hit with a third completely unexpected job…home school teacher. That’s right..a teacher. One job  that you probably feel totally unprepared for and lost. How are you suppose to juggle your job (if you’re potentially still working), attempting to control chaos, keep your home straight and orderly as well as teach your students on content that you haven’t thought about since you were in school? Throughout this post I’ll drop a few tips and tricks to help lessen your daily chaos.

Setting a Schedule

In means to help you keep your sanity I highly suggest setting a schedule for not only your kids but for you as well. A schedule has the ability to help you hold a sense of consistency and normality. Through utilizing a schedule you will feel a sense of ease rush through your home. Your children are used to a daily routine and schedule during their regularly programmed school days so implementing a schedule at home should be a breeze. The question is what should the schedule look like that is both beneficial and realistic? Because lets be honest…kids are crazy and throwing in a new dynamic of school at home doesn’t help but nevertheless we shall persevere for the sake of our sanity.

Obviously these schedules can be used a simple guides to set your own or feel free to utilize the ones I’ve created!

Time to Shine… Teaching Kids Resourceful Skills

You’re stuck at home 24 hours a day with your kids with no where to go. What should you do? That’s easy! Introduce your children to a world of practical life skills that will be fun for them and can also be very helpful for you. I mean lets be honest, with all these extra little bodies and hands hanging around why not make them useful? These are skills that your child can carry throughout their entire lives and be especially helpful to you through these trying times with extra hands to get things done. Through the practical use of free time you are able to introduce your child to life skills such as:

Self Care

Nine times out of ten parents get so caught up in trying to keep control of the chaos that they neglect their personal care and health. How do you expect to take the absolute best care of your children if you don’t feel your absolute best? That’s right, you don’t! Your self care matters! Now I know what you’re all saying… I don’t have time or I’m to busy or the infamous…. I’ll do it later (knowing darn well you won’t). So the real question is…

what self care tactics are easy and quick but also meaningful for me?

The answer to that is simple. Self care isn’t something that is intended to be stressful, it’s actually quite the opposite. Self-care can be as simple as sitting on your front porch and enjoying your morning coffee (or tea, whatever your preference may be) while everyone in your house is still peacefully asleep. Self-care can also be as complex as locking your self in the bathroom leaving your significant other to fend off the grumpy, sleepy children on their own while you enjoy a nice long bath with your favorite face mask. Oh, and don’t front to have music playing to drown out the pleas of your significant other. Nonetheless, whatever you do just do it for YOU and enjoy it.


Thought your child’s teachers may have given you additional resources to fend through these trying times I’m posting a few more just to help you out.

Learning at Home and Free Educational Resources for Distance Learning

Make learning at home easy with our list of free educational resources, printable worksheets and activities. Keep kids engaged when they aren’t in school.

Learning Resources is not only a great site to buy educational toys and materials but it’s also a great site to go to for tips and tricks about distance learning!

20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures

The current wave of school closures across the United States are leading parents and teachers to search for quality educational activities and online resources for children and students of all ages to continue learning at home.

Swing Education is a great resource that provides teachers, students and parents resources they need to survive unexpected crisis’ such as COVID-19.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus | Child Mind Institute

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be.

Child Mind Institute provide hundreds upon thousands of resources and help for families experiencing traumatic events, alcohol/drug abuse, divorce, military families, etc.

Does recess have an effect on student learning?

As the children begin their day by eating breakfast and going through their daily routine of centers they engage in stimulated play. After the centers and structured learning is done, it is time for recess. In my observations, on days where the weather doesn’t agree with outdoor activities the students will wander down to an indoor room that is used for martial arts. The teachers provide the students with a bag of balls and room to run. On nice days, the students take a brief walk to the towns hockey rink. This is where the children proceed to simply run around the empty rink with no stimulation for creative play.

Afterwards, the class heads back to the classroom they have a seat on the carpet and listen to a story until its time for lunch. Children seem to have difficulty sitting still and paying attention. Could the possibility of low stimulation during recess cause difficulty in the classroom? Should schools be required to provide a stimulating playground or at the very least, stimulating outdoor toys?

Is Recess Important For Kids Or A Waste Of Time? Here’s What The Research Says | TIME

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Run, run, run…but is there any learning being done?

As I stand and occasionally run alongside the children during their 30 minute recess I can’t help but to think of how boring this all is. There are always a handful of the 3-5 year olds standing against the wall all because there’s nothing to do but run. With such low stimulation and motivation to play my thoughts all come back to whether or not this takes a toll on the students learning abilities. The amount of development that takes place during recess is overwhelming but does that change when the environment is less than stimulating?

Research Shows…

Research has shown that along with physical benefits, recess can have emotional and social benefits as well. Have you ever noticed that everyday adults in the workforce are required to take at least one break a day but more and more adults are pushing for no breaks for students? There is an importance of needed brain breaks that are stimulating and nourishing to the overall well-being of the child. There is also research that shows that the type of play equipment or environment in which recess is held can have an effect on children’s behavior.


Brez, C., & Sheets, V. (2017). Classroom benefits of recess. Learning Environments Research20(3), 433–445.

Chmelynski, C. C. (1998). Is recess needed? Education Digest64(4), 67–68.

Kercood, S., & Banda, D. R. . (2012). The Effects of Added Physical Activity on Performance during a Listening Comprehension Task for Students with and without Attention Problems. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies13(1), 19–32.

Venable, S. (2017). Recess and Academic Achievement. National Teacher Education Journal10(1), 75–78.

Educational Gurus

Growing up I always, always loved school. I don’t remember a moment where I didn’t want to be a teacher. The person who sparked my interest in becoming an educator was the one and only Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. A cartoon character can be a guru, right?! Ms. Frizzle always amazed me with her wild (but unrealistic) adventures she had with her students. Ms. Frizzle fully submerged (quite literally) her students into each and every lesson she created. I always thought that if only I could engage my students HALF as much as she did my students would learn so much. Yes, I realize some of the teaching strategies Ms. Frizzle utilizes are very unrealistic (obviously, it’s a cartoon) but if you look at the bigger picture you’ll see the importance of hands on, fully immersive teaching.

As an educator there is an overwhelming amount of theorists and theories to choose from. The main theorists’ pedagogy that I would say has helped shape me as an educator today would be Abraham Maslow. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs describes the different levels in which a child needs to achieve to succeed in school. The base of the hierarchy is the child’s basic needs in order to survive. These needs include air, water, food, sleep, shelter, etc. As the child achieves these needs they then move upwards towards safety needs, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Without achieving these steps the student will struggle to succeed in school. A child cannot move from one step to another without fully satisfying the previous level. In other words, if a student does not have the food/nutrition that they need then they will not feel safe and so on.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Thankfully, I have amazing professors at Millersville University to teach me the ins and outs of being an educator. They share insight on their experiences and fill you with so much resourceful knowledge. But, I can’t give them all of the credit.  On February 10th, 2017 I was blessed to start my job at an amazing early learning center (ELC). I have 2 amazing bosses, one being a 2007 Millersville grad. It’s really resourceful having a boss who went through the same education program and knows exactly what you’re going through. When I started at my ELC, I was initially placed in the toddler classroom which really allowed me to understand and focus on child development (spending 9 hours a day with toddlers 5 days a week can drive you nuts but also teach you a lot). I was then honored to accepted the position of PreK teacher in our building. I have had that position for the last two years. Being a PreK teacher in my own independent classroom with 10 children while going to school has advanced my education far beyond belief.  Here, at the ELC I have began developing new truths and insights with the guidance of my director, Katie. Aside from school, at my job I have learned how to create real lesson-plans based on my students needs, built skills in parent/teacher communication, positive behavior reinforcement techniques, general classroom management, working with others, collaborating with director and owner, etc. I am beyond thankful for the job I have and the experiences it has given me. I can only imagine who will help me along the rest of journey. Will it be my future employers? Future grad professors? We shall see!


Maslow, A., & Lewis, K. J. (1987). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Salenger Incorporated14, 987.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Bridget Anderson! I am currently a student at Millersville University. Throughout this blog we will be exploring my educational path through ERCH 496. Enjoy!