Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meet The Teacher: Who is Sheila Jane Teaching

I heard there was a Meet The Teacher Blogger Party going on over at Falling into First.  I think I am WAY beyond fashionably late.


I hope there are still some wild party animals out there! Anybody?!?!

Instead of typing my questions in blog form, I like to think of this post as a remix.  I took the questions and video taped my responses.

I like to call it: Get To Know The Teacher VLOGGER.

Think of vlogger as a cross between video and blog.

I hope you enjoy my video!

I promise you lots of cheesy singing and a big announcement.

Also, don't forget to comment below and let me know your favorite song!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Confused, Overwhelmed, and Unsure About How To Meet Special Education Student's Needs? Listen To This.

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I have often said that Special Education might be my true calling.

The greatest teaching ah-has, successes, insecurities, and sleepless nights have come when I think outside of the box to meet a child's needs.  These students keep me on my toes, make me laugh and grow as a teacher.

As much as I am drawn to this realm of education,  I too am overwhelmed by the numerous acronyms, concerned parents, paper work, confusion, frustration, transitions, trial and error etc.  

I sought out an expert in the field to help answer our questions and give us successful ideas to implement for these students right at the start of school.

Gabrielle Dixon has served students with a range of special needs.  She has run her own resource room and has co-taught with several teachers.  She is currently an elementary Autism teacher.

In this podcast Gabrielle will simplify the world of Special Education.  She will be that boost of confidence and provide just the tips you need to ensure all your students succeed this school year!

Today's show notes are located at the bottom of the post.  Everything Gabrielle mentions in the podcast is linked and ready for you to access!

Teachers Tweet It Out!
Tweet: A child with special needs will inspire you to be a special kind of person. @teachhappynow

Gabrielle and I want to hear from you!

Share with us a treasured memory of when you taught or interacted with a special education student and witnessed light bulb go off.

We need your comment below to create a loving community of teachers who support one another by sharing experiences.

You never know the positive impact your comment could have on a teacher that really needs a boost.

Be sure to share this podcast with your teacher friends.

Sending you love and happiness always,

Sheila Jane

Show Notes:

-What made you decide to become an Autism teacher?

-What does your daily schedule look like?  Do you have any schedule recommendations for and autism class with 4 year olds.   Nap time?  

-How do you take data?  Do you have a special system, app that you use, way to keep track of the data?

-What are your favorite apps and technology that work effectively with your students? - I use this website to “shop” for apps for my students based on their needs. Although I try not to use the Ipad or the computer too much.

-For classroom teachers what is the best way to track accommodations made for a specific student?

-How does a school and classroom teacher help parents become informed advocates for their special needs child? 

Educate them through websites, parent nights, etc. I list a lot of different websites here:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Your Classroom Decorating Wishes Come True With School Girl Style

Do you ever compare your classroom design to the beautifully decorated classrooms on Pinterest?

Do you doubt yourself?  Is chevron print still in?  Is it out?

Or maybe you are overwhelmed in Target, Walmart, or Michaels.  Should I change my theme?  What are my colors this year?  I have no money for this!

The Back To School season is upon us.  The overwhelming stress of  decorating a classroom weighs heavy on teacher's mind.

You don't need this kind of pressure!  You have plenty of other back-to-school prep and to-do lists to complete.

What if I told you that I have the secret to a beautiful classroom--all on a teacher friendly budget?

Enter the Classroom Fairy Goddess, otherwise known as Melanie from School Girl Style.  Melanie joined me for a very juicy chat recently.

Click play to find Melanie's hottest classroom decorating trends, mistakes you don't want to make, and how to design the classroom of your Pinterest dreams!


Tweet this School Girl Style wisdom out to all your teacher friends:
Tweet: A little goes a long way AND that includes chevron print too! @teachhappynow

Now it's your turn.  Melanie and I would love to hear from YOU in the comments below.

What is a classroom decorating tip or trick you are going to try this year?

Tell us about your classroom design vision.  Share the juicy details.   Plus, your classroom ideas might be just the inspiration another teacher needs.

I have even included a Classroom Photo Linky Par-tay below so you can link a blog post that includes pictures of your beautiful classroom!  If you link up please use the image below in your post and make sure to comment on a few other people's beautiful classroom photos.  Spread the love!  This Linky will run through August and September so please come back and link up at your convenience.

Join the Classroom Photo Link Up Party Here!

You spend a TON of time in your classroom.  You deserve a classroom  that is a true home-away- from-home.  A classroom that brings you great happiness and joy.

On a side note:  it feels great to be back from my summer vacation hiatus and to start blogging again.

I have missed you and the community of teachers that gathers here on my blog.  Your thoughtful comments make my heart sparkle and your ideas bring me such inspiration and joy!

Sending you lots of love and happiness,

Sheila Jane

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Date With Ryan Gosling and Go Noodle- Episode #03 With Kristen from Easy Teaching Tools

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After a long day he always has the right things to say.

He notices when I rearrange my student's seats and separate the talkers.  He thinks it's cute when I have dry erase marker on my fingers.

Ryan Gosling.

Where did I find such an amazingly supportive actor who understands the ins and outs of my teaching career?  Thank you, Kristin Walker, from Easy Teaching Tools.  

Ok, maybe Kristin did not introduce me personally to Ryan, but she does occasionally share the best "Hey Girl" pictures on her Instagram feed.

Tweet The Happy Out!
Hey Girl, Teaching is hard. Everything is going to be OK. Love, Ryan Gosling @teachhappynow

Finding Kristin through the Instagram teaching community was my lucky day.  Her interesting posts always have take aways.

Kristin brings not only humor, but she also offers teaching stories and expertise over on her blog.  Plus she has many successful products on Teachers Pay Teachers.

In today's podcast Kristin discusses many useful teaching tips that are just in time for summer!

"Go Noodle" is taking the teaching community by storm.  Is it worth the hype?  Do students really respond well to "Go Noodle" as a classroom management tool?  Should you take the time this summer to prepare "Go Noodle" for next school year?

Kristin piloted "Go Noodle" this last year and gives us the 411.

She also shares her best kept secrets to running a successful Word Study program.

And the topic teachers dread this time of year--- interviewing for a teaching position.  Kristin shares the interview tips that just may land you the job.

Summer is a teacher's time for rest and relaxation.  

Why not kick back and let Kristin take the guess work out of these hot teaching topics. 

With Kristen's help you could have something easily prepped and ready before the school year even starts.  Win! 

After listening to the podcast, Kristen and I want to hear from YOU. 
Share a teaching interview memory.  Funny, scary tidbits or a question you were asked.  Let us know!  We want to hear your interview story in the comments below.   

The Sheila Jane Teaching Community of teachers are kind and creative.  Your voice and participation is important.  Who knows your comment could be just what another teacher needs to hear.  

Please share this podcast with your teacher friends and colleagues who could benefit from Kristen's info.  

With love,
Sheila Jane 

Interview Links:
Word Study This is the book Kristen uses for Word Study. She has created power points to go with each sort. Keep your eyes peeled this week because she will be bundling and posting on TpT.

Go Noodle

Teacher Interviews
Combo Class

Monday, May 26, 2014

Behind The Scenes

I will always be real with you.  Today there are no classroom craftivities, no bright colors and classroom creative lesson plans.  No new ‘Teachers We Love’ video interviews.  Just a real teacher story and heartfelt post.  

I have been asked: How are you always so happy?  You are Miss Congeniality.   You are such an amazing teacher.  

My Sprinkle Teaching Magic blog, pictures on Instagram, happy posts on my teaching Facebook page, special teacher interviews all tell part of my teaching story.  But there is more. 

Let’s take it waaaaay back.  

I’ve taken what I loved doing as a child to my adult life.  I used to play teacher in my mom’s 8th grade classroom.  I would stick paper clips on my fingers, write on the chalk board, and teach a classroom full of stuffed animals.  Those stuffed animals eventually  turned into real students, and I have taught grades K-5.  

As a young girl, I had a trusty cassette tape recorder and a video camera, and pretended I was a radio and television host.  Now I produce shows on my YouTube channel offering free tips and teacher interviews.  I also host a monthly Teacher Radio Show.  

You need to know that I am by no means the “perfect happy teacher”.  In fact I am far from.  I hope the more honest I am about my own teaching struggles the more I can help you.  I have had life and career ups and downs.  

There was even a time I almost walked away from teaching, my true calling.  

More recently, I had to leave my teaching position three weeks before the end of the school year.   This was with great heaviness of heart.  I have often shared on this blog how wonderful my students are.  I love them with all my heart and I am so proud of the growth and successes we have made this year.  

Ultimately, there are many things that go on behind the scenes in a teacher’s life and at a school.  Relationships, loss, health, grief, and life priorities come up.  Educational dysfunction/bureaucracy compromises a teacher’s values and philosophy. Everyday this depletes the teacher.  Put on a brave face.  Be there for your school.  Your students.  Your parents.  What happens when a teacher needs to be there for themselves?  What boundaries does a teacher keep?  Putting ourselves first can come across as selfish and confusing to those not walking in our shoes.     

I am not happy every moment in the classroom or every moment in life.  This is not a reality.  In fact I struggle daily with some anxiety.  I have spent years observing teachers, interviewing teachers, reading about education, and trying out happy practices.  Some have worked and some fell flat, but I will always continue to focus on teacher happiness. 

We all know that teaching is a noble profession and meaningful career.  

The heart of education is the students.  This I know, but what about you, the teacher?  Over the years I see how myself and my colleagues give and often give to their detriment.    
Are there enough people advocating for you?  Supporting you?  Listening?  Understanding?  And shining light on amazing teachers who keep going despite the dysfunction that exists in education?  

Teachers are truly grateful for the appreciation and love given by the school community and students.  And often, the community, students, and administration do not know what goes on behind the scenes or daily struggles a teacher may have.  Teachers must have a voice.     

I decided my true passion and calling lie beyond my classroom and to a larger community of teachers.  

I think about the darkest times in my teaching career and how in those fragile moments I wish I had something or somebody in education to turn to.  I needed a community that focused on the positive, but yet shared the nitty-gritty, real life teaching stories.  I didn’t need another classroom idea; I needed a pep-talk, a “I’ve been there, I get it, you are still an amazing teacher and you don’t have to be perfect all the time.”

I carefully and thoughtfully create every video, blog post, and radio interview to support you and to give back to the profession I love.  If I can help a teacher I am indirectly helping students.  

I’m here to be a “connector” among all of the fabulous teachers in the world.  I will bring you stories of hope, inspiration, and courage.  

I am here to increase your potential for success and to give you meaningful teacher connections.  

Taking what I have learned and sharing it with you brings me the greatest joy.

I hope to boost and refresh your spirit when the work load of teaching is overwhelming.  

You are in the right place.  I hear you. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

No More Late Nights and Work Weekends Get Organized with C.Jayne Teach

Let me know if this sounds familiar…

You strive to have an impact on students using every instructional minute.  You wonder, are my reading groups running efficiently?  You spend hours browsing Teacher Pay Teacher and Pinterest in hopes of finding the perfect craft, organization idea, or piece of curriculum that will make life easier and make learning come alive for students.  The more you browse, the more the ideas start piling up. Overwhelm and perfectionism sets in.  How will I prep it all? How will I fit it all in? The classroom quickly starts sucking up all your time. 

Even after close to 10 years of classroom teaching, I still struggle with this challenge to balance my work time and personal time.  

In my first years of teaching, my administrator handed me my personal walkie talkie.  I was that newbie teacher staying at school until 11:00 pm working in my classroom.  He felt the walkie talkie ensured safety. He said to contact the night janitor if I needed help.  Pathetic!  Roger That! Sometimes the janitor would leave before me.  Every minute of my time was consumed with school.  I was desperate for a teacher intervention.   

If your desire is classroom success, organization, and a balanced personal  life, then this SheilaJane Teaching episode is for you.  Chandra from C.Jayne Teach offers her field tested organization ideas and tools.   Chandra shares with you how she makes time for her adorable family, business (a teacher entrepreneur), and teaching.  

Did this quote that Chandra shared in the episode speak to you?
Tweet The Happy Out
"Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle." @teachhappynow

Instagram or Pin It Out

In Chandra's episode of "Teachers We Love", she mentions the "Happy List" idea.  She keeps a Happy List in her Teacher Anchor binder (a must see!), on her desk for easy access.  When life and work becomes overwhelming, Chandra looks at her Happy List and completes one of the items to boost her spirits.  Works like a charm! These Chandra's teaching secrets will save us.

Chandra and I want to know your Happy List.  Please share your list in the "comments section" below.  Your happy list will help other teachers by boosting spirits and making  life a bit easier.  

Thank you for reading, watching, and participating in the juicy teacher talk discussion.

Sending you love,



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Episode #02 with Ramona Recommends: Make Your Reading Instruction Successful

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Imagine (gasp) an ORGANIZED classroom library just the way you have always dreamed it could be.

Picture all your students cheering for books, especially your struggling readers. 

Want to make every student fall in love with the magic of reading?  

Join us as Courtney shares not only her reading expertise, but also strategies to successfully guide reading instruction in your classroom.  

Courtney is a teacher blogger at  She holds both a Masters Degree in Reading Education and has her Reading Specialist Certification.  

Not to mention she has over 1,200 children's books sitting in her office.  This teacher know her stuff!

After listening to the podcast, Courtney and I would love to hear from you. 

What children's books made YOU fall in love with reading?  

Courtney and I can't wait to read what your special books are in the comments below.  

Think about the amazing list of books we could generate if everyone answered. 

Looking forward to hearing from you,


Interview Links

Ramona Recommends on Facebook

Courtney (Ramona Recommends) Children's Literature Resource Guide

Molly (Lessons with Laughter)  Classroom Library Organization System

Catherine (The Brown Bag Teacher) Classroom Library Organization System

Storyline Online

Scholastic Warehouse Sales

Barnes and Noble Teacher Reward Card

Classroom Organizer

Common Core Ap

Classroom Book Recommendations 
A Bad Case Of Stripes by David Shannon

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor

Princess Pigtoria And The Pea by Pamela Duncan Edwards 

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Teacher Recourses 

Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller
Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller, Susan Kelley
Rick Morris 
Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst