Lesson Plans

DIY Whack-A-Word Spelling Game for Your Classroom

Smartboards and projectors should be engaging! This is the philosophy of first grade teacher, Autumn Morrison, so she set out to create a spelling game to meet those needs.

“What is more engaging than using a foam mallet to whack things?” Autumn says. “The kids love the opportunity to trade in pencils and paper for mallets and moles.”

To make this happen, Autumn first found adorable clip art moles. Then she created kid-friendly (and teacher-approved) mallets using pool noodles and pencils.

“School cannot be boring when you are whacking things with a foam mallet,” she says. “It just isn’t possible. We have Whack-a-Word Wednesday every week in my class.”

Autumn uses different PowerPoint presentations to practice spelling, sight words, and more. She has a Teachers Pay Teachers store where you can pick up her different designs. (She will have a line of math games coming out soon too.) She’s also making one FREE available to WeAreTeachers right here!

Download Autumn’s Whack-A-Word Sight Words PDF and also the PowerPoint presentation to use in your own classroom.

What you need

  • Pool noodles
  • Pencils
  • Whack-A-Word mats

What to do

Step 1

Cut pool noodles into mallet shapes. Around six-inch lengths work really well.

Step 2

Push sharpened pencils through the bottom of the pool noodles as pictured in the video.

Step 3

Turn your mallet so it’s in prime whacking position, and then it’s go time.

Teacher Tip

Don’t hand out the mallets until it’s whacking time! You can control the lesson by having students follow your PowerPoint presentation. You can even have the presentation autoplay and walk the room to monitor!

Check out our video on how this all came together! And don’t forget to check out Autumn’s Teachers Pay Teachers or download the FREE PDF and also the PowerPoint presentation of sight words!

Humor

26 Summer Teacher Memes You Will Totally Relate To

Summer still has plenty of quality time left, but many teachers might have first-day anxiety at the sight of school supplies on the store shelves. It’s all good, teachers! To get in the right mindset and still enjoy some summer fun, we wanted to share these totally relatable summer teacher memes.

1. When you CONQUER summer …

 

2. When you can’t wait to get in meeting mode …

 

3. When you can’t believe the calendar …

 

4. When this is oh-so-sad but also oh-so-true …

SOURCE: Fun, Fresh Ideas 

 

5. When the retail world romanticizes BTS …

 

6. When you’re in a Pinterest coma …

 

7. When you already start stockpiling for the next school year …

 

8. When you want to enjoy sleeping in every single day …

 

9. When your summer break turns into a summer move …

 

10. When you sadly realize this is pretty close to the truth …

 

11. When you just can’t stop yourself …

 

12. When you LOVE your naps …

 

13. When it’s more of a nightmare than a dream …

 

14. When you’re just not ready at all …

 

15. When you find other things to do with your summer …

 

16. When THOSE kind of people just annoy you …

SOURCE: Fun, Fresh Ideas 

 

17. When you took too much time to relax, and now you’re behind …

 

18. When you want to stop but can’t …

summer teacher memes

 

19. When the end is near, but you don’t want it to be …

 

20. When you’re out and about, and you don’t even think about school …

 

21. When this makes you happy all summer …

 

22. When your shorts and flip flops are just fine …

 

23. When you have just a little bit (or a lot) of satisfaction from this …

 

24. When you don’t know and don’t care. You just know it’s not BTS yet …

 

25. When you’re in the mourning stage of realizing the end is near …

 

26. When you vow to make the most of whatever time you have left …

Lesson Plans

Brilliant Activities to Celebrate the Great Solar Eclipse

If you live in the United States, no doubt you’ve heard of the solar eclipse that’s happening on August 21, 2017. What can you do to celebrate, learn, and get ready? Here are a few ideas!

Learn the Moon’s path.

Now is a great time to become a Moon-watcher. Look for it during the day and notice where it is in the sky relative to the sun. As the big day approaches, you’ll have a terrific feel for where the Moon is and why it’s causing an eclipse. Try to view the daytime Moon every day if possible—no worries if you skip a day here and there.

In just a few days you’ll start to develop a sense of its movement. Visit this website and type in your city to find out when the Moon is rising and setting for each date. The Moon rises in the East and sets in the West just like the Sun. So if you’re looking for August 1, you’ll see that the Moon doesn’t rise until about 3:30 so look for it in the eastern sky after 3:30 pm.

 

Use your arms.

Each time you see the Moon in the daytime sky, use one arm to point to the Moon and the other to the Sun. Take note of the angle your arms make. If you watch through the day, you should notice that the angle stays the same even as both the Sun and Moon track across the sky. After a day or two, you’ll see that the angle between them has changed. If you’re observing during the Moon’s waning phase (from full moon to new moon), you’ll notice that the angle your arms make is a little smaller each day as the Moon gets closer to the Sun in its orbit.  If you’re tracking it during its waxing phase (from new moon to full) you’ll notice the opposite.

 

Make a lamp pinhole projector.

Solar Eclipse

Everyone talks about making a pinhole projector when an eclipse comes around, but most of us have little sense of what’s really happening with such a device. Before you use a pinhole projector on the big day, try this simple activity.

Materials:

  • Clear light bulbs (40-60w is best, dimmer ones won’t work well)
  • Foil
  • Push pin
  • Desk lamp with metal shade

Directions: Insert the bulb in the lamp and cover the shade’s opening with foil. Dim the room (it doesn’t have to be dark) and point the light at a blank wall about two feet away. Poke holes in the foil and observe. Pinholes act like little lenses and can project images on a screen if the conditions are right. (Each pinhole will make an image of the filament.)

 

Make a  solar pinhole projector.

Solar Eclipse

A safe way to view the sun is by using a pinhole projector. Building one is a snap!

Materials:

  • Rectangle of thin cardboard
  • Rectangle of white foam core board
  • Tape
  • Foil
  • Push pin

Directions: Cut a frame from thin cardboard and tape a piece of foil in the window. Make a small, round hole with a pin. Find a white piece of foam core or cardboard to use as a screen and prop it up at an angle. Hole the projector so that it’s parallel to the screen and that the sun shines through it. You should see a small round image. Just like the lamp pinhole projector made an image of the bulb’s filament, this one makes an image of the sun. Try it out a time or two so that you’re ready when the eclipse happens. Then, instead of a round image, you’ll see a bright crescent as the moon blocks part of the sun’s light. You can find more elaborate plans for a pinhole viewer here which will give you a larger and clearer image of the sun than the simple one I’ve given directions for.

 

Build a model.

solar eclipse

Once your daily observations are underway, build a model of what’s going on. Since models are a bit abstract (a stand-in for the real thing) it’s helpful for kids who are concrete thinkers to begin with the real and progress to the imaginary. I prefer to work this way whenever possible.

Materials:

  • Small marble (about ½”)
  • Piece of paper with a dot, 1/8” drawn on
  • Paper arrow to show direction of Sun
  • Small hula hoop (about 25” across)

Directions: Place the hula hoop on the ground and place the marble the middle (you can substitute a paper circle if you don’t have a marble). The hoop represents the Moon’s orbital path, and the marble represents Earth. Place paper with the dot (Moon) in the correct place for today’s date. Move the Moon every day as you approach E-day.

If you have a large hula hoop (45”) use a large marble (1”) and a ¼” dot! Using this setup, the Sun would be about 55” across and about 500 ft away! It’s very rare that you see scale models of space—can you see why? They quickly become unmanageable—either the planets are so tiny as to become hard to see, or the distances are so great that the model is unusable. But I love to build them if only to give kids a more realistic idea of what’s going on.

 

Research and plan.

From start to finish, the eclipse event will last almost three hours. So you might want to have some games or activities for folks to do while they observe.

Look up what time the eclipse will happen in your area, it will vary a bit by where you are geographically as well as within your time zone. Make some plans about what you’ll do before, during and after.

This is a helpful map—you can click on your area, and it will tell you the start and end and point of maximum for your location. The times are given in universal time (UT), so you’ll have to convert that to your local time. This map gives a more visual sense of who’s seeing what around the country.

 

Order your viewing glasses.

Consider whether or not you’ll want to use these on the big day. Safely looking at the sun requires specialized filters and significant supervision. Personally, I’d be cautious about using them with younger children or even a larger group of older children. If you do choose to use them, take care that they are marked ISO (International Organization for Standardization). If you choose to use them, make sure you’ve read and followed all of the instructions!

 

Have a backup plan!

You know what they say about the best-laid plans… Stuff happens… it could be cloudy (or even rainy). Locate a few sites that will be live streaming the event so that you can have access that if necessary.

Gaps between tree’s leaves can act like pinholes and scatter the sun’s image on the ground. Here, Monet paints them on a girl’s dress (left) and during a solar eclipse (right).

What will you do to celebrate the solar eclipse?

Career Advice

How to Deal When Your Principal Is a Jerk

Let’s face it. Bad principals happen.

And when you work for one, it can be hard to know how to deal. Do you stick it out, particularly if you enjoy other aspects of your school? Do you confront your principal about particularly aggressive behaviors? Do you go to district admin or your union reps?

We asked our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE members, many of whom have worked for bad principals in the past. Here’s the advice they had to share:

1. Document everything

And when we say everything, we mean everything. Lesson plans, all communication with parents and administrators, and any kind of problematic behavior you have in the classroom. Whether your principal is a micromanager or seemingly absentee, written proof of what you do on the job will help your case. “Communicate in writing as much as possible,” stresses Brittany N. And if your principal insists on having a face-to-face conversation, “nothing saying you can’t send an email confirmation afterward,” says Susan H.

“Communicate in writing as much as possible,” stresses Brittany N. And if your principal insists on having a face-to-face conversation, “nothing saying you can’t send an email confirmation afterward,” says Susan H.

If things are really bad? Consider recording conversations or in-person encounters, but first, make sure it is legal in your state. “We had an awful principal and he would lie like crazy when we made complaints,” says Alice H. “Finally we caught him on tape. The tape directly contradicted what he and his coerced witness had given in testimony in a grievance hearing. He is now gone.”

 

2. Keep calm and do your job

If your principal is flagrantly breaking laws or ethical codes, it may be important to speak up. But many of our veteran teachers advised that for your more run-of-the-mill bad principal, the best course of action is to stay out of the way. “I know it sounds awful, but the less contact the easier it is for you,” says Phil F.

A principal can go from bad to worse if she feels aggrieved or attacked, so try to stay calm and professional in your interactions whenever possible.

“Keep opinions and gossip to yourself and focus on the kids,” says Barbara N.

 

3. Tap your union reps

Better to go to your union before district admin, say veteran teachers. They can advise on next steps to take and stand by your side if any official complaints are brought against you. This is what your union is there for—take advantage of it.

 

4. Kill them with kindness

It might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes just being nice to your bad principal can go a long way and even help to flip his or her behavior. “I had a principal who would not even acknowledge me each morning,” says Lydia L. “So … in the most pleasant, non-sarcastic voice I could muster, I would happily say, ‘Good morning, __________!’ Eventually, she figured out that she wouldn’t get away with ignoring me and started greeting me like a normal, respectful person would.”

 

5. Get out of there, pronto

As with the corporate world, sometimes the only solution to dealing with a bad principal is to leave the school—quickly. This is especially true if you feel like your physical or mental health is suffering. “Eight months after leaving my toxic principal, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I know it sounds crazy, but I do wonder if the stress raging through my body had anything to do with the tumor,” says Lydia L.

“It can be a major drain on your health,” says Linda D. “Really, if you can, leave.”

Have you ever dealt with a bad principal? What tips would you add? Please share in the comments. And if you’re looking for more tips, here’s a post we did on building positive relationships with your principal.

Humor

15 Would You Rather Questions for Teachers

Whether you are hanging out with your colleagues over a couple of beers this summer or planning something to do with new staff members on the first teacher day, these teacher Would-You-Rather questions should spark some interesting conversation.

Teachers, would you rather …

Be honest! What would you rather do ...

Classroom Ideas

19 Classroom Management Anchor Charts

Whether you’re getting ready for back-to-school time or you need enforce a few more rules in your classroom, classroom management anchor charts can be a great solution. We pulled together our favorite charts on classroom rules, procedures, expectations and more, along with a few of our own emoji designs. Don’t forget to watch the emoji video at the end to see how we put them together!

Plus if you have a favorite classroom management anchor chart that’s not on our list, put a link in the comments!

1. Dos and don’ts

Emojis make this anchor chart easy and perfect. Draw your own or have them printed.

 

2. Basics of good listening

You can tailor this to fit your age group or specific classroom needs.

SOURCE: F is for First Grade 

 

3. L-E-A-R-N

More emojis! It’s hard to see in the picture, but each emoji has a hashtag to go with it. For instance, “Respect others” uses #benice and “Always try your best” uses the hashtag #hardwork.

 

4. Avoid “I’m done”

When you want to avoid the oh-so-popular “I’M DONE!” phrase in your classroom, this anchor chart is perfect!

SOURCE: Teacher Trap 

 

5. Learning respect

Ask your students for feedback, and include them in making the list.

SOURCE: One Less Headache 

 

6. How to be positive

Because we can all use reminders of positivity no matter what time of year it is.

SOURCE: Crockett’s Classroom

 

7. Sub rules

You might now have this anchor chart on display year-round, but it’s a good one to get out at sub time!

SOURCE: Step Into Second Grade

 

8. Making class rules

This is a great way to develop your own classroom rules while holding everyone accountable.

SOURCE: Upper Grades Are Awesome 

 

9. No excuses

There are lots of writing anchor charts to use, but this is one of the most simple and essential ones we recommend.

SOURCE: Indulgy 

 

10. Active listening

Active listening takes practice, and this chart makes it easy to remember!

 

11. Be a problem solver

Every teacher in the country could use something like this! Tweak it to match your needs or the problems you hear about most.

SOURCE: Hello Literacy

 

12. When to say something

You can do as this teacher did and also use the book to reinforce the lesson.

SOURCE: Unknown

 

13. Teacher and students jobs

When you can give yourself some accountability as well, it can really help your students respect you!

SOURCE: The Hawk Nest 

 

14. Treating books with respect

Clipart makes this anchor chart easy and perfect. Draw your own or have them printed.

SOURCE: Larremore Teacher Tips 

 

15. End of day rules

Not only do you want students to start the day right, but you also want them to end it right too!

SOURCE: Around the Kampfire 

 

16. Hall procedures

Feel free to skip this one if your students are totally perfect in the hall.

SOURCE: Teaching with Terhune 

 

17. Glue rules

Your craft area NEEDS this one. So simple and so valuable at the same time!

SOURCE: Teaching with Terhune 

 

18. The group promise

We love this idea because it really encourages students to take ownership.

 

 

19. Rockstar group work

It’ll make group work something both your students and YOU look forward to!

 

If you liked the emoji anchor charts featured above, you can download this PDF to make your own. Though you can find your own emojis online, this PDF has all the emojis that we featured. Here’s a video that shows how they all came together too. Thanks to art teacher Vicki Cowger for creating the easy PDF for us and designing the charts!

 

Humor

The Reality of Being a Teacher Spouse as Told in Memes

My husband and I started dating before I became a teacher. In our first two years together, I finished my second B.A. with a double major in sociology and English before beginning and completing an M.Ed. in English education and my first year of teaching simultaneously.

At the time, he probably thought once I was out of college, our life would settle down some. Little did he know what it meant to be a teacher spouse. Here are a few things he probably wished he knew before picking a teacher for a wife:

 

At the end of a long day of teaching, a teacher may not have the energy left for productive conversation.

Teacher Spouse

 

As a teacher’s spouse, you are now a de facto chaperone.

Teacher Spouse

 

Social events often include high school athletic events (including cheerleading competitions) and school plays BEFORE you have your own children in them.

Teacher Spouse

 

The end of the quarter, semester, or year can literally (ok, maybe not literally) bury your teacher spouse in paperwork.

Teacher Spouse

 

You may have to physically restrain or trick your sick teacher spouse into staying home from work.

Teacher Spouse

 

You will have to assist in preparing arts, crafts, and various baked goods.

Teacher Spouse

 

You will become an object of fascination for your spouse’s students.

Teacher Spouse

Career Advice

Why I Want My Students to Get Detention

Every year, I have my students write about their goals for the year during the first couple of weeks of school. And every year I have a few kids who make it their primary goal in life never to get in trouble.

“I won’t get detention all year.” “I will never miss a homework assignment.”

It’s a conversation-starter every year, because I think it’s a terrible goal, both in school and in life. I believe it’s crucial to learn from mistakes.

So here’s what I tell my students about getting in trouble:

“Some of you guys wrote that you want to make it through the whole year without getting detention. I totally get that, because detention is boring and miserable. It’s supposed to be. But I think you might want to give that goal a little more thought.

You see, if your number one goal is to avoid getting in trouble, you’re going to miss out on a lot of life experiences. I’m not talking about smoking in the bathroom—that’s an experience you can definitely afford to skip. And I’m definitely not talking about bullying or being stupid on the internet because that stuff can follow you forever.

I’m talking about laughing too loudly with your friends at the lunch table or getting so engrossed in a project that you get caught working on it in your next period class. I’m talking about feeling so strongly about what you want to say that you forget to raise your hand before you say it. Having so much fun with your friends that you slip up and forget your homework one night because you’re outside playing until it’s dark.

“If you’re focused on never getting in trouble, you’re limiting your opportunities to learn from mistakes.”

You guys are kids. Making mistakes and getting in trouble is basically your primary function during this part of your lives.

There are so many things you have to learn as a middle schooler—how to help your friend through a bad breakup. How to defend somebody who’s being picked on. How to defend yourself against rumors and gossip. And nobody, nobody gets it right the first time. You’ve got to do these things the wrong way and get in trouble and figure out better ways to cope next time, or you’ve learned nothing.

And here’s the other reason it’s important. At some point in your life, you’ll be faced with a situation where doing the right thing will get you in trouble. Maybe it’ll be at work, where your boss wants you to do something slightly unethical to make a profit. Maybe it’ll be in a relationship, where being honest with someone you love results in anger and resentment. Or maybe it’ll be here in school, when you see someone with power—student or faculty—misusing it against someone without.

“If you don’t know how to get in trouble, then you’re going to have a much harder time doing the right thing when that crisis arises.”

I never want you to get in trouble for being mean to somebody. I never want you to take the kind of risks that end in tragedy, like experimenting with drugs or gang activity. And I don’t want you to get in trouble because you just decide that homework isn’t really your thing this year.

But I do want you to get in trouble. I want you to make mistakes and drive me crazy and make my life more difficult. You’re my students; it’s not your job to make sure my day goes smoothly. It’s your job to screw up and let me help you learn.

So instead of focusing on never doing anything wrong, how about you focus on doing what’s right? Even when you’re not quite sure how, even when you go about it the wrong way, even when it gets you in trouble? A kid who never gets detention may be an excellent student. But we don’t want you to grow up to be star students. We want you to grow up to be fulfilled, engaged, compassionate, wise adults.  And making mistakes is the only way to get there.”

It’s a dangerous message to send because the kids misunderstand.

They’ll expect me not to hold them accountable when they screw up, “because I told them to.” And it’s often not a message their parents will agree with. I understand and respect that—and God knows, I appreciate it—but I also have to help these kids become good citizens the best way I know how. And one of the ways I do that is by encouraging them to make mistakes.

I’m not sure the message gets through to most of my sweet perfectionists. I still have kids who make it through the year without ever doing anything wrong. I really don’t think they’re just slick, either; they really put that much pressure on themselves to do everything absolutely perfectly. But when a kid comes to me complaining about her first detention in eight years of public school, I don’t tell her I’m disappointed or commiserate with her about how much it sucks. I congratulate her and tell her that she’s gained a new life experience because that’s what I truly believe.

Classroom Ideas

Try This Clever Pre-Writing Activity to Help Kids Brainstorm From A to Z

The time students spend planning what they are going to write about, i.e. pre-writing, is one of the most important steps of the writing process. Recently, teacher Julie Woodard shared this clever writing activity to pass on to all our teacher friends.

“This Alphabetability activity,” she tells us, “is a helpful activity for brainstorming during the planning stage of writing because it engages the writer’s brain and connects it to the topic, guides the writer in creating strong vocabulary, and helps lead to a successfully written piece.”

pre-writing activity

How to use the Alphabetability pre-writing activity:

  • On paper, in writing journals, on the computer, phone, etc., write out the letters of the alphabet vertically down the lines of the paper or screen.
  • Brainstorm words or phrases related to your writing topic for as many letters of the alphabet as possible. More than one word or phrase per letter is OK, in fact it’s helpful.
  • Adjectives, adverbs, nouns- all parts of speech, are fine.  
  • Save your list to use throughout the writing process. 

When your list is complete, you’ve not only engaged your brain and focused your thinking on the topic, you have an awesome vocabulary list to start your writing!

Alphabetability is an activity students love and can be a valuable tool for writing throughout the school year.

Life & Wellbeing

I Shouldn’t Have to Work a Second Job to Survive as a Teacher

We are teachers. We are also baristas, waitresses, tutors, and dog walkers. Teaching is an incredibly demanding job and yet, the number of teachers who need to work a second job is staggering.

Teachers cannot teach today without a master’s degree, and many are enticed by increased compensation for credits earned above that degree. So we invest countless hours of professional development every week (usually given at a time when one might be dreaming about how to invent an inconspicuous, yet portable wine bottle) in addition to the many, many hours spent in the classroom.

If our brains are worth so much, why do so many teachers have side hustles just to make ends meet?

It’s all about the Benjamins.

Many teachers have racked up mad moula paying for said master’s degrees, and we need to pay off a little something every month so as not to demolish our credit. We want to have a family, buy a home, and live out some version of the American dream. So we work a second job to earn more money.

But at what cost?

Teaching is not a job you can generally phone in. Unless you enjoy the snores from your students and death stares from administration.

In a typical day, you’ve got a kid in the middle of telling you his parents are getting divorced, another screaming and refusing to start her work, and rumor has it there is going to be a fire drill today. It’s only second period and you’re existing on two sips of (cold) coffee. Your child’s daycare may have even called regarding a slight sniffle.

Teachers are “on stage” all day. We sing, we dance, we inspire, and we go home and pass out. No wait, scratch that. At 3:00 PM, we head to Starbucks to begin taking orders for double half-caff lattes with extra foam.

Where are we supposed to find the energy for that?

“I just want to lie on my couch and binge-watch Netflix,” we cry. “I want to see my adult friends,” we wail like toddlers.

Teachers are responsible for so many people’s needs all day, we often forget about our own self-care. We work at roadrunner speed and make multitasking look like an Olympic sport.

There’s planning, grading, calling parents and updating the course website to contend with. If lunch and prep aren’t cutting the muster in terms of time, we take it home. “Wait; did that sole cracker I scarfed down during period 3 count as lunch?!”

It’s a bummer to bail on happy hour when you really need to unwind with your bestie because you have to hustle to your second gig.

If I can make more money, why shouldn’t I?

Then there are those who feel guilty because if we “get home early,” we feel obligated to work a second job. After all, we do have all those supplies we need to buy.

You don’t want to be near a teacher when they get the circular for the sales at Staples. I’ve actually heard people contemplating bottling the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and selling it as perfume (hmm…another side job idea). Bottom line, we love us some school supplies!

But why are we teachers expected to dig into our own pockets to ensure there are enough bottles of hand sanitizer to survive the plague?

Not the best idea for a number of reasons.

For starters, you begin ignoring the people in your life. You neglect your home, yourself and your sanity. You fill every waking minute with work and leave yourself without any breathing room to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

And that, no matter how you look at it, is just not fair.

Humor

What If Saved By the Bell Were Set in 2017?

Saved By The Bell has a special place for those of us who grew up in the 90s. While times have definitely changed—no one knows this better than a teacher—we can’t help but think about how Zack, Kelly, Jessie, Slater, Lisa, and Screech would fit into today’s classroom. If you were a current teacher at good ol’ Bayside High, here’s what it might look like to have the gang walk your halls.

 

Grande, double shot with an inch of almond milk.

Jessie no longer needs a caffeine pill addiction, she has Starbucks. And easy access at that …

 

Is this organic?

The gang is shocked to discover The Max is now a hipster hangout where they don’t get freebies, sodas are free-trade, non-GMO, and served in Mason jars. A round costs $20. To further the blow, this new place doesn’t allow dancing, not even Lisa’s “The Sprain.”

 

Watch out, Zuck, here’s Zack.

Zack meets the internet = Mind. Blown. He uses its powers to introduce the world to the Zack Attack Band and their hit, “Friends Forever,” creates an online business scheme selling giant cell phones as the next new, quirky-cool thing, and uses fake Facebook accounts to manipulate the world.

 

A few seconds, a lifetime of regret.

Slater tries to out-cool Zack by sending racy images of him and the girls in their Buddy Bands on Snapchat.

 

Those bangs though …

Dear, sweet eternally-perfect Kelly Kapowski remains unchanged, unflawed, and beloved. I mean, she’s Kelly! Not even a change in decades can affect her.

 

Safety first!

The gang is shocked that Bayside High stopped the Practice Being Married assignment after students requested condoms to help with homework.

 

Can you say, Fashion Blogger?

Kelly starts a trend of using school hallways as runways for 90s fashion.

 

High School MusicalThe Prequel 

At any moment, the gang breaks into dance in the halls. No one ever understands why or attempts joining in.

 

Forget SoulCycle.

Kelly, Jessie, and Lisa go all out trying to bring Jazzercise back into gym class.

 

It was weird, TBH.

Mr. Belding is fired because of his inappropriately close relationship with the gang and obliviousness to the other students at Bayside.

 

Nerd culture is in right now.

Screech meets the internet = Controls. It. Finally having found an outlet for his super brain, Screech’s weirdness falls to the wayside and is replaced by a calm, all-knowing coolness similar to that of Neo from The Matrix. He becomes the elusive, cool kid at school.

 

That hair will always be iconic.

Zack tries to use his ‘Time Out Powers’ to thwart Screech’s increasing popularity, only to realize they no longer work. His disdain for the present grows.