The Schoolmarm with Charm blog is a blend of my personal and professional writings about living and teaching in a small town. Here are all of my articles at a glance to help you easily find what interests you.
Small town, small school, multiple grades – that’s my life in a nutshell. I grew up in a very small mountain town. During that time I went to a extremely small private school in a camp cookhouse by the river. Now my husband and I raise our six children in the same small town where they attend a small public school.
I love to hear from others who enjoy living in small communities or teach in small school situations, whether it be private, public, or home schools. Contact me with questions, comments, or writing ideas.
I love my small town life. Each town is unique, but residents of small towns around the world can relate to the experiences and stories that make small towns wonderful. This is where I share stories and experiences from my neck of the woods.
This is my outlet for reflecting on my lessons and discussing the blessings and challenges of teaching in a small, rural school. I have a very rich background in small schools as a student, parent, and teacher.
Working with Volunteers in the Classroom – In this three part series I discuss how to recruit volunteers, tips for managing them, and helpful resources for creating an effective volunteer program at your school.
Multiple Grade Teaching – Not every teacher wants to teach more than one grade level at a time. It certainly isn’t easy, but there is nothing more rewarding than nurturing the next generation of local community members. I love teaching lessons to mixed age groups. One of my favorite units included Planning a Pioneer Day and lessons from Little House in the Big Woods series. We even included our Mother’s Day gifts in this unit when we hand stitched journals. Check out the great pictures I took showing the highlights from Pioneer Day at my little school.
Reflections of a Learning Teacher – As a new teacher (I’m three years into this adventure) I’m learning as I go. By nature I’m constantly in reflection in every area of my life. This comes in handy in my profession since reflecting teachers are growing teachers. One reason I love blogging so much is that it conveniently keeps my thoughts in a searchable format where I can revisit and rethink. I also love to hear from others who are educators, whether in private, public, or home schools, to deepen my understanding and grow in my practice.