About the Books

Crisscross Applesauce

and Shut the HELL Up: 10 Reflective Lessons for New and Seasoned Teachers

Among district demands, peer expectations, and a fierce schedule in a sometimes thankless industry, it’s understandable how teachers can lose the love of teaching. It’s time to take a breath and reflect.

With Crisscross Applesauce you’ll learn what you can do to progress as an effective teacher for the sake of both you and your students. It’s set up in familiar, quick lesson plans—perfect for the busy teacher. Each objective illustrates a relatable story followed by advice and examples that will help you examine your own experiences as an educator. Reflection questions at the end of each lesson help you answer the question, “How can I further develop my teaching style to rediscover the fun in teaching?”

The Burn Book
8 Key Strategies to Recognize and Extinguish Teacher Burnout

Teaching is without question one of the most rewarding vocations in the world. It can also be one of the most challenging. Meeting state standards, pressure from peers and parents, school and district expectations, and sometimes just the grind of trying to keep afloat – all of these are challenges teachers face throughout their careers. Sometimes the combination of these factors can really bring you down and even make you lose sight of WHY you became a teacher in the first place. Burnout can hit hard and fast – sometimes without you even realizing it. But burnout doesn’t have to derail your mission as an educator! Let’s not forget why we got into this in the first place – to serve the kids. The Burn Book will help you to recognize and identify the signs and symptoms of teacher burnout and provide you with invaluable strategies to combat the flames and get back on track with your WHY.

The Silly Writing Monkey

The Silly Writing Monkey, loves to write! His goal is to help bring the love of writing back into the hands of children everywhere. This silly book encourages teachers to bring joy into writing and allow their students time to monkey around with the five elements of writing.