Guest blog at Minds in Bloom!

I’m so excited that Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom has allowed me to guest blog on her website! Her task cards saved me quite a few times when I was teaching middle school.

Classroom Management Tips from a Tiger Teacher

I offer 5 tips about how to keep your kids in line, but still maintain at atmosphere of respect and learning. I’ve found that even though I am firm, sometimes unbending, the kids end up appreciating it. Check it out!

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Teaching decoding when nothing seems to work


All teachers have a general toolkit of ideas that works for majority of kids. But once in a while, you’ll encounter a kid who just can’t seem to make sense of reading. As a special ed teacher, I need to pinpoint strategies for the 5% of students who have needs that general education teachers can’t meet. That requires me to think outside the box. One of the reasons I wanted to start a blog is to share out ideas. If something worked for me, then it might also work for you. Learning is such a complex endeavor, and we could all use fresh ideas.

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Where has time gone?

I really wanted to devote more time to my blog, but my first quarter at my new job has been quite time consuming! I love it at my new school, and I have plenty of opportunities to develop new materials that I am adding to my TpT store. I have tons of ideas for blog posts that I have brewing in my head, so I have a lot of writing to do!

Since opening my TpT store, I created a board game called The Land of Oz. Right now there are expansion packs that range from kindergarten to 5th grade level for reading sight words. In the near future, I am creating expansions for mental math.

For now, keep in touch! Email me at, find me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Ainslee Labs at TpT.