Meet Adventures of a Schoolmarm

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.

My name is Beth, and I am so glad you are here. If you have made it to this section of my blog, it probably means we share a common passion — teaching kids!  Connecting with colleagues around the world is one of my most favorite things, so THANK YOU for stopping by. It means so much to me.

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.
I have worked in a variety of settings for the 12 years I have been teaching. I began my career in Indiana as a middle school teacher for students with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities... and yes, I LOVED IT!!! I learned so much from my first students about the importance of individualizing instruction so that everyone was engaged. I also learned that LOVING your students trumps any level of expertise. (Seriously. Research agrees!)

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.
After 5 years in that setting, I really missed my family, so I moved back to Ohio. I taught for two years in a VERY small, rural school. I was 30, single with no prospects, and working in a village. Hence, the nickname "Schoolmarm" was born! I worked as an intervention specialist again for one year. The district was really supportive of giving my students opportunities for hands-on, real-world experiences that would be meaningful to them. The grant funding for that position ran out, so the next year, I was moved into 4th grade Math and Science. I met my teaching soul mate (yes, YOU, Mandy!)... and I channeled my best British accent to make coordinate planes and decimals more interesting. (Anything for the kids, right?!)

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.
Alas, budgets got cut, and so did this newbie, which brings me to my current district.  I taught third grade at a 100% poverty, Title 1 elementary school for the next 3 years.  Being a teacher is hard no matter where you work, but friends, it brought hard to a whole new level for me when I began fighting against extreme poverty. I need to shout out my Title 1 teacher peeps! I may not know you, but I want to hug you! I have been there. I have come home crying every night for months on end. I have been robbed (literally), beat down (figuratively), and to the edge of exhaustion like I've never experienced before. I have felt demoralized, defeated, and like nothing I do really makes a difference. I have asked myself if I went into the wrong profession. I have wanted to just quit. But the beauty of the mess is that it brings people together to strive towards a common goal, and together we achieve more than we ever could have on our own. If you come to that place this year, please reach out. I promise you are not alone. CONNECTION is the CURE for teacher burnout!

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.
During those three years, I was blessed to be selected to mentor several new teachers. Once our district decided to hire mentors full-time, the teachers I worked with assured me I really needed to apply for that job. When they called to offer me the position, I was elated! I do miss having my own classroom and students, but I love being able to encourage teachers, help them try new strategies, and be a listening ear when they need to vent.  I am humbled that I get to be a part of so many other classrooms. I consider it such an honor to help teachers stay motivated and encouraged amidst the current culture that seeks to defeat them. I love, love, LOVE it!


Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.

It's hard to be a teacher or a student in this modern era of standardized testing overload. As a society, we run the risk of losing an entire generation of learners if we don't change this broken system. Our students don't have a voice in the government, so WE need to be that voice. Teachers Pay Teachers empowers each of us to BE that voice.

Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.
I began developing curriculum for my Teachers Pay Teachers store in November 2013 as an opportunity to share resources with other teachers looking to save time without sacrificing rigor and engagement. Ever since then, I simply can't stop gushing about it! Teachers Pay Teachers empowers educators around the world to be advocates for their students. It has inspired me to become a teacher leader, to stay up-to-date with educational research, and to continue to invest in children despite overwhelming adversity.  I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with so many teachers around the world through this giant Professional Learning Community. Teachers, we are a force to be reckoned with, and together we will change the face of education for our children!

Research projects can often be overwhelming because they cover such a variety of standards. It is my hope that this Common-Core aligned, 90-page resource will help streamline the process for you and your students so that it is both educational and enjoyable! // Adventures of a Schoolmarm Your students will love these 40 unique reward coupons, and you will love how much money it saves you! These reward coupons focus on rewarding students with privileges that make them feel special, increasing intrinsic motivationand making your classroom run much more smoothly. // Adventures of a Schoolmarm This editable teacher planner will help you stay organized all year! It includes yearly, weekly, and monthly calendars (with holidays included). The binder also has an entire section of helpful documents to create for a substitute teacher and common classroom forms. // Adventures of a Schoolmarm


Adventures of a Schoolmarm is an elementary blog with practical strategies to help teachers develop a positive classroom culture, increase student engagement, and minimize stress.
I will let you in on a little secret! Even though I am an introvert through and through, I LOVE to connect with others on a real and personal level. If you would like to connect, too, you can follow my accounts listed below. Looking for quality teaching ideas? Pinterest might do the trick. Want to keep updated on my latest releases, interesting educational articles, and things that will make you laugh? Facebook is the place! And if you want to see behind the scenes pictures of life, and let's face it, my RIDICULOUSLY CUTE dog, then Instagram is probably the place for you! Be sure to say hello! 

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  1. I just found your blog through the #littlefishteacherblogger linky. I was reading the About section and was amazed with your different experiences in teaching. I teach near Columbus! I'm sure it is hard to leave the classroom, but being a mentor is so important. Glad I found your blog!
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