Join My Mailing List

Join my mailing list and for a LIMITED TIME receive a FREE copy of my ebook: The Simplest Way to Win Over the Tough Kid!

Privacy Guarantee: I will never share your
e-mail address with anybody else

Published on Corwin Connect: 3 Classroom Management Tips to Build Students Up

Published on Corwin Connect: 3 Classroom Management Tips to Build Students Up

Need a few easy but effective classroom management tips to build your students up? A few weeks ago, I was invited to be a featured author in Corwin Connect. In this article I explain a few simple adjustments we can make in the classroom tomorrow to have a huge impact on student learning and classroom culture. 

We Are Teachers (Interview and Article): 5 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Until the End of the School Year

We Are Teachers (Interview and Article): 5 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Until the End of the School Year

Do you find yourself struggling to keep your students as engaged as they were in the beginning of the school year? In my latest interview and article I was invited to do with We Are Teachers, I give a few creative ideas that you can transfer to your classroom. I’m excited to say that this interview was viewed by over 46,500 teachers!

Guest Post: Applications that Will Make You a Rockstar Teacher

Guest Post: Applications that Will Make You a Rockstar Teacher

Last week I was contacted by mobile and content writer, blogger, and former teacher Jake Lester. He asked me if he could write an article for my blog on tech tools that can help make us rockstar teachers in the classroom. Of course I had to say yes. In this post, Jake gives a helpful description on 4 Applications that will set us apart from the rest. Enjoy. ~Serena

My article published in Smartblogs: Here’s an idea: Kindness Meters

My article published in Smartblogs: Here’s an idea: Kindness Meters

Greetings subscribers! As most of you know, I was selected to travel to Botswana on a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Grant. I’m actually sitting at the airport waiting to get on my flight to Gaborone, Botswana and wanted to spread the word that my second article was just picked up by Smartblogs. Thank you to all of you- my subscribers. I appreciate your ongoing support.

My article published in Smartblogs: Priority for Schools in 2016: Character Education to Prevent Bullying

My article published in Smartblogs: Priority for Schools in 2016: Character Education to Prevent Bullying

Every year we come back from our winter break with fresh ideas and new perspectives for our schools and classrooms. Although one of the biggest issues facing schools, we still do not have a universal answer to bullying prevention — perhaps until now. As a teacher for 10 years, the sad truth is that it was inevitable that I would witness bullying.

My Guest Post: Let Students Make Mistakes (A 4 minute read)

My Guest Post: Let Students Make Mistakes (A 4 minute read)

Can you think of a time in school when you made a mistake? Was it a learning experience or just humiliating? The title of this blog may make some of you cringe, recalling some of your biggest mistakes in your own classroom experiences. Allowing for mistakes to be made is much different from how many of us were taught growing up.

Students Speak Out: Why Do We Like Some Teachers and Not Others? (caution: sensitive material): A 4 minute read

Students Speak Out: Why Do We Like Some Teachers and Not Others? (caution: sensitive material): A 4 minute read

Teaching is difficult. Excellent teaching is even harder. Building a strong connection with students, along with pedagogy, best practices…and sometimes a magic wand, is the foundation to any lasting teaching. During my first few years teaching, it bothered me that some students just didn’t seem to like me.

Standardized Testing: These 4 Slight Adjustments Could Actually Make a Big Difference: by Serena Pariser

Standardized Testing: These 4 Slight Adjustments Could Actually Make a Big Difference: by Serena Pariser

In most schools, the students take at least one standardized test teach year, if not more. One of the most frustrating aspects about standardized tests is that often students have a difficult time putting all of their brainpower into a test made by strangers a.k.a. Common Core gods or the state, however many times the scores are a measure of your performance as a teacher. How many times have you heard the question, “Does this count for our grade?” If you reply no, forget about any motivation. If you answer yes, you are flat out lying.