Hi! I’m Katarina, an elementary teacher running her classroom on a whole lot of coffee and a whole lot of love.
With every class and grade I have taught, I’ve come to realize that teaching is far more complicated and multi-layered than it was made out to be in college. Curriculum, classroom management, student relationships, parent communication, assessment, IEPS, accommodations, report cards, test scores, engagement, emotional support and so much more. Safe to say I cried a lot of tears in my first year and wondered if this was even for me.
Thankfully though, I didn’t throw in the towel. I put my thinking cap on and figured out a way to solve the problems I was having, one step at a time.
Now, I have a classroom that feels like it runs itself, students that come to school happy & eager to learn AND a little something called work-life balance. Which, if you’re a teacher, you know doesn’t always come easy.
I would never keep my secrets to myself so this blog is my little space for sharing my tips, tricks and resources with teachers who are facing the same struggles I was. You’ll quickly realize that a lot of my solutions are rooted in the following philosophies or principles:
- Relationships are EVERYTHING
- Meaningful and memorable learning experiences are a game-changer
- A little organization and classroom management go a long, long way
- things don’t have to be complicated, expensive or time-consuming to work
So, if having a fun, easy-to-run classroom and creating some work-life balance sounds like your thing – grab a cup of coffee (or better yet, a glass of wine) and let’s do this together!