Bow Tie Guy & Wife Blog

  • Coronavirus Distance Learning & Virtual Teaching Tips

    School closings due to COVID-19? First, we want to send a virtual hug and a giant THANK YOU to you. As if your job wasn't already stressful enough, having less than a week to prepare for indefinite long distance learning certainly adds another badge of honor on your hero cape. If you’ve been encouraged to develop plans for e-learning or your classes or already canceled, let’s help load your ever-growing teacher toolbox with some ideas and tips. Buckle up, incentives for those who make it to the end of this post!
  • Five Tips for a Successful Back to School (For Teachers)

    Sports fans know the feeling.  A new “season” is rich with the unknown, opportunities, and change that stimulates us! Back to School is sort of th...
  • Why Leveled Texts?

    Teachers are busy, busy, busy. We are overwhelmed. We have trouble fitting everything in. When James & I taught third grade, we did not have enough time to cover the standards, meet our TKES (GA Teacher Evaluation System), and make our students our number one priority. After struggling with what to do, we realized that leveling texts was a way we could ensure we were meeting our students' needs....along with all the other teacher stuff. So, Bow Tie Guy was born and we began researching, writing, and differentiating passages. We were thrilled to see the success in our own classrooms. Our students loved ditching the outdated textbooks that were written way too high for many of them anyway. Our administrators were happy to be able to visually see our differentiation as part of our teacher evaluation. Enough about us. Let's talk about you!
  • Youtube for the Classroom

    Technology (especially video) is changing at break-neck speeds that I cannot even keep up with.  I find myself keeping an eye on the app stores for the newest technology that I can use to engage my students.  Teachers are in such a weird place in history where the students know more than the teachers...well, at least in the arena of technology.  My perpetual goal is to not let that happen.  I am always open to anything new, but I'm going, to be honest, it's irresponsible not to be literate in technology and still teach students in the 21st century.  They deserve it. 
  • Back to School and Social Studies - 2017 edition

    Back to school time is always a joy of mine. Excitement fills the air.  Nervousness plays peek-a-boo behind every smile. Meeting the teacher starts the beginning of a rewarding marathon that will inevitably change the lives of many.  I had the opportunity to be available for my students for a few hours and knew that this year was going to be special for a variety of reasons.  Teaching social studies in five blocks to one hundred and eight students was my assignment for the year.
  • Where I Come From: An Educational Bio

    Education requires the most fervent of servants to accomplish goliath expectations.  Teaching is not a job or a career to me. It is a lifestyle and it is what motivates me. Passion for what is done as educators is something that is ignited from a fuel that is manufactured in the labor of love that IS education. It is a passion that must be nurtured so that it does not waver because the classroom is a battlefield.
  • A Step Back In Time

    The Wax Museum was a fixture of the first six years of my professional career.  I played the role of observer, bystander, an active participant.  Like Junior Great Books and the utilization of the shared inquiry, the Wax Museum was an equal opportunity for all (even the academically disadvantaged) to shine.       
  • Kid-Approved Columbus Day Videos & a FREEBIE!

    Are you in school on Columbus Day? Our students are out and it is a teacher in-service where we are! We will still be studying about Columbus because I teach fourth grade in Georgia and he happens to be one of our standards. How do you navigate Columbus Day? Do you think he should be celebrated? These teacher & kid-approved videos about Columbus, his life, voyages, and more will be great lead-ins for some great conversation, debate, and critical thinking! Enjoy!


  • Kid-Approved Constitution Day Videos & a FREEBIE!

    September is here and one of the first holidays that most schools across the country celebrate is Friday, September 16, 2016. It is Constitution Day! Let's be honest. Besides a possible demonstration of the Constitution with creating a Classroom Constitution, there isn't a lot we can do to make something that happened so long ago relevant today. Students don't always understand it. But they should! Understanding our rights and freedoms is a responsibility that we have. So, I've done the hard work and teacher & kid-approved several videos to help you celebrate Constitution Day with your students!
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  • Rethinking Homework: The Great Debate

    Bowtie Guy's Take
    What to do about homework?

    Before I begin, it is imperative that I mention that homework has always had a funny taste in my mouth – as a student and teacher, and it will eventually as a parent, I'm sure.

    Why do teachers give homework? When should teachers give homework? What is good homework material?

    I have never held a tried-and-true method concerning homework because I have developed an epiphany about it. Homework doesn’t work for everyone. It is homework – not parent work. This leads me to my point – why give homework?

    Is homework a necessary evil? I have long had parents fall into two clear categories concerning homework: a.) love it b.) hate it – very few fall into the apathetic category.
  • Peek at My Week! Part II: Inuit Native Americans

    I always joke with my students on the first day that there will be no curse words used in my class. They all giggle and I tell them the "curse word"...Indian. As I have become even more obsessed with Native Americans and their culture over the past few years, "Native American" just sounds like a more dignified term that I encourage students to use. Native Americans are my second favorite unit, besides-you guessed it-the American Revolution. I always get excited to introduce the tribes that we study here in Georgia. My classroom library is chock full of resources for us to use to supplement our learning. Read below to see this week's first tribe of study-the Inuit.