Bow Tie Guy & Wife Blog

  • Teacher Joy in 2020

                                               Confession: I am a hoarder.  Specifically, a digital hoarder documenting my teaching career.  I try to c...
  • What's My Favorite Children's Book?

    “Being true to one’s self,” in my opinion, encompasses one of life’s greatest principles.  Being unapologetically proud of who you are, in my pers...
  • Nonfiction Texts in the Elementary Classroom

    Does your classroom library make the cut? With the introduction of the Common Core, the common collective of grade level objectives, teachers were then suggested to ensure that students were reading genres of 50% literature (fictional) and 50% nonfiction (informational).   Integrating nonfiction (informational) literature into your curriculum is a nonnegotiable in classrooms today!
  • 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 Our students loved ditching the outdated textbooks that were written way too high for many of them anyway.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!
  • Music in the Classroom

    Our classrooms have extraordinarily, perfect diverse compositions – and every child learns in a different way – at their own pace.  Putting a smile on a kid’s face is half the battle sometimes in the marathon of a school day, and I have found that singing, smiling, beat-boxing, tapping, makes the learning process and life for that matter, a much more colorful, rewarding, and effectual experience.
  • 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!