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Welcome to the Always A Lesson Website!

 Whether you are teaching a lesson or learning one yourself,    this website is for you!

Go ahead and take a look around; we hope you stay a while. You will find a blog, podcast, educational resources and consulting services available.

  • Blog- where readers can see inside Gretchen's classroom. Read each post to get the "inside scoop" on what is currently happening in our city's classrooms. Each post ends with a question; don't be shy, interact! Watch as Gretchen grows from teacher to teacher leader in 3 years' worth of unpolished and real classroom experience posts. Check out the Blog page for more details.


  • Podcast- where listeners can have access to the Always A Lesson audio blog called "Empowering Educators" podcast. It is geared towards teachers of all experience levels: tips and tricks for new and aspiring teachers, hot button topics for career teachers, and motivating reminders to transitioning teachers. Check out the Podcast page for more details.


  • Consulting Services- where educators of all experience levels can receive individualized and/or group virtual mentorship and coaching to increase their instructional effectiveness in the classroom. Check out the Consulting page for more details.


  • Educational Resources- where teachers can find excellent instructional resources available on Gretchen's  TeachersPayTeachers store. (Click here to sign up for your own store using her personal affiliate code!) She targets elementary teachers, especially in grades 3-5, in all subject areas. Reviews are welcomed. Check out the Resources page for more details.


  1. Carolee Daly on 05/12/2012 at 1:17 AM

    Gretchen, your blog sent me back to several “special” classes I had in my teaching career. I was lucky enough to loop with them, so I had them two years. Good thing, cause I was not ready to let them go!
    I know the end of the year will be bittersweet for you. It sounds like they have been equipped not only educationally, but also with the necessary lifetime skills needed for success. I know I still follow my former students(who are now adults!), which only proves we carry them in our heart ,the rest of our lives! hoping you have a wonderful summer. (I’m impressed with your national certification.)
    Way to go!

    • gschultek on 05/30/2012 at 10:13 PM

      I have always wanted to loop. This surely would be the class to do it with! The end of the year is here and you’re right- it is bittersweet. Teachers truly carry their students in their hearts. Have a great summer too! Thank you for visiting my blog! :)

  2. Jessica Carlton on 07/04/2012 at 4:02 AM

    Love your blog! You have so many great ideas!

    I have given you an award…come on over and check it out!

    The Polka-dotted Teacher

    • gschultek on 07/04/2012 at 12:55 PM

      Thank you Jessica! I appreciate you stopping by. I’m very excited to be chosen for that award! :)

  3. Mallory Glaisyer on 08/12/2012 at 4:18 AM

    Hi there! I just saw your comment (I’ve taken a little hiatus before summer ends!) and can’t wait to read your blog! Thank you so much for following me! I’m looking forward to collabo-ing with you! :)

    • gschultek on 08/12/2012 at 12:22 PM

      Thanks Mallory! Enjoy the rest of your summer. Chat soon :)

  4. narniabooks on 08/19/2012 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks for the comment on The Things You Can Read-http://thethingsyoucanread.blogspot.com/ I’m glad you had fun playing with the The Newspaper Snippet Generator. Did you try any of the other tools? I’d love to know how you end up using it in the classroom or on your blog. Feel free to share the post (http://thethingsyoucanread.blogspot.com/2012/08/extra-extra-read-all-about-it.html) with anyone you think might find it useful.


  5. Elisabeth on 09/16/2012 at 4:24 PM

    I am so upset i didnt get to talk with you yesterday! I was looking forward to meeting you and somehow it didnt happen!

    • gschultek on 09/16/2012 at 4:27 PM

      You are very sweet! Im going to put together another Blogger Meet Up in Charlotte in the Spring. Hopefully we can meet and chat then :)

      • Elisabeth on 09/16/2012 at 5:15 PM

        Ohhh Keep me in the loop about the Charlotte Meetup!

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  7. Diane on 06/29/2013 at 7:02 PM

    Thank you for hosting the blogger meet up! It was so much fun!!! I really enjoyed all the festive things you did to for the meet up. It was great meeting you all, and I loved learning lots from you all. Hopefully we can all get together again! :)

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