Meet A Word On Third

My name is Marla, and I'm the teacher behind A Word On Third! The 2017-2018 school year will be my 7th year of teaching. I love that teaching provides me with the opportunity to make school a safe and loving environment for my students each year. I use Responsive Classroom strategies to build a positive classroom community and culture, teach my students how to be self-directed and empathetic learners, and connect with families. I'm a die-hard fan of the Teacher's College workshop model, flexible seating, and bringing critters into the classroom. In fact, I raise Monarch Butterflies in my classroom every September; this teaches my students important science skills while helping a nearly endangered species. That's why you'll find a Monarch Butterfly in my logo! 

I grew up in Central New Jersey, just a short drive away from Princeton, and I actually teach at my husband's old elementary school. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a crazy dog lady, and my two pups are my fuzzy babies. You'll usually catch me doing something with them when I'm not busy teacher-ing. They keep me active, which is a big part of my life. Wellness is a huge passion of mine, which I try to sprinkle into this blog when I can. I am a firm believer that those who focus on wellness and self-care are happier and more effective educators.


I opened my Teachers Pay Teachers store shortly after I started teaching third grade because many resources I wanted were nowhere to be found! You can tell by looking in my store that I am not a fan of boring, traditional worksheets--I'm much more interested in building relationships with students and families, using a balanced literacy approach in reader's and writer's workshop, and differentiated math labs.

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