Category: Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas June!

Hello all!  I am here today to tell you about a Bright Idea for a free reading resource for your classroom! I know that my main goal for reading is for kiddos to enjoy it!  So, I try to get as many different types of reading materials I can for my classroom. Every year I have a few kiddos who are LEGO crazy! Did you know that you can get the Lego Club Magazine for free? I signed up and had it sent to my classroom. You do have to sign up for the Lego Club, but then they send

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March Bright Ideas: 3 ways to make setting up your class calendar easier!

Hurrah!  March! It’s almost Spring…I can taste the warm weather!  Are you ready? I’m back with a fun bright idea for your calendar this month! 1.  Stikki Clips!  I use Stikki Clips to put up the days on my calendar! I love these things!  You can stick them up anywhere and insert a piece of paper and Voila!  They are awesome! 2. I mark what day it today with a clothespin and a bright orange sticker.  This was a spur of the moment, oh!  I have to mark the date…what can I use… types of inspirations and I love it!

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Bright Ideas Roundup!

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link-  Up! This one is a little different! Over the past 10 months, we   have shared thousands of great ideas through our monthly  Bright Ideas event. This month, we’re re-capping all of those great ideas, just in case you missed any! Below you will find some of my bright ideas from the  past several months (just click on the pictures and they will take you to the original posts):  I love to promote positive behavior in my classroom with my “Boasting Box”.  I try to recognize students throughout the week in my

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Bright Ideas! Volunteer Spot

Howdy y’all!  I am so excited to share with you a new website (okay, so it is new to me) that a colleague of mine shared!  It is called: This is a free online sign up sheet!  Oh my goodness! You can create sign up sheets for volunteers or classroom donations.  Parents go on-line and sign up for a spot using their e-mail address (they don’t have to create an account), and then, Volunteer Spot will even send them a reminder  e-mail!   So, I am trying it for our upcoming pumpkin math. It only took about 5 min. to set it

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Bright Ideas! Easy Tabs!

I LOVE using binders in my classroom!  I didn’t love buying tabbed dividers, or trying to figure out ways to make my own.  Then, I had a brain wave one day and here is what I came up with!  Easy peasy.  I was a tad bit nervous because I could see the kiddos not getting it, but they did and it has worked beautifully!  Here you go:  I have a circle punch from my scrap booking collection. This would be even easier with a Circut or Silhouette machine. Each kiddo needs 2 construction paper circles. They put glue on the

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Bright Ideas! The kiddos took over!

I don’t know about you (or okay maybe I have an idea) but I am exhausted by the end of the school year!  So, last year I decided to let the kiddos have a turn!  I sent home a short letter explaining to the kiddos that it was their turn.  If they would like to teach a short lesson, fill out the short slip (they just had to let let me know what they wanted to teach) and return it to school. This year I had 18 kiddos who wanted to teach.  I sorted the kiddos so that 5-6 were

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Bright Ideas: Boasting Box

Welcome back!  I am so excited to be linking up with other amazing teacher bloggers to bring you so more “Bright Ideas!” We are a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports).  I am always looking for ways to point out Positive Behavior in my classroom. One way that I do this is in my weekly newsletter.  I have a “boasting box”.  Each week a few students are recognized for something positive.  I call it my “Shout Out” box.  The kiddos love seeing their name on our newsletter!  It assures me that at least that part of my newsletter is

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Bright Ideas! The New Book Box!

I am so excited to be linking up with such a great group of bloggers to share ideas!  Isn’t this fun?I am a huge buyer of books.  I do a monthly Scholastic Reading Club order.  My husband gets me children’s books for gifts, I shop at the book sale room at the library.  Consequently I have a lot of new books every month.  The new books always seem to be the most popular ones, plus I want the kiddos to get familiar with them before I put them out into the classroom library.  So, the New Book Box was born!

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In case of emergency…

Are you required to wear your identification badge while you are at school?  We are.  Our card also lets us access the copy machine, so it is handy to have it all the time.  Another neat safety feature that our school has implemented is that our classroom keys (we can only unlock our own classrooms) can LOCK any room in our school building.  So if I am in someone else’s room and there is an emergency, I can lock their door using my key!  That being said (an me being super paranoid), I keep my keys on my lanyard as

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