Category: Classroom Management

Organizing Your Classroom Library

So, if you have been around here at all, you will know that I am a children’s book addict enthusiast.  My classroom library is more of a library that has a classroom in it.  This year though my classroom library was starting to become a point of stress in my classroom. What do I mean?  Let me show you. It may help you with organizing your classroom library! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. Before my Classroom Library Makeover: A lot of my book boxes were stored on these metal cubes.  They worked FANTASTIC for the first few

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Teacher Hack: One SUPER SIMPLE thing that I do everyday to help my teacher sanity!

So, I have to tell you honestly, I almost feel silly writing this post.  But, teaching is HARD and anything that I can do to help make it even a little easier is always a good thing! This teacher hack is really kind of a no-brainer, but I didn’t put it into practice until last year and it has really helped with my teacher sanity!   Read on! Super Simple Teacher Hack! So, here it is!  I won’t go home at the end of my teaching day until my desk is clean!  No matter what is going on, I always make sure

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Organizing reading and writing conferences

Organizing for Reading and Writing Conferences

So, let me start by saying that I am NOT the most organized person on the planet. That being said, this is what works for someone who is organizationally challenged! Let me help you to get organized for Reading and Writing Conferences!     This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase (with no extra cost to you). For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link!  I do reading and or writing conferences almost every day! I usually start with small

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Reading Conference Forms Writing Conference Forms

Conferring with your students for reading and writing just got a little easier!

Looking for a quick way to help manage your Reading and Writing Conferences with your students?   Look no further! I will admit, I LOVE doing individual conferences with my kiddos for reading and writing! I will also admit, that sometimes I am at a loss for what to say, or what to teach next. I needed a way to help me focus!       So, I created these Reading/ Writing Conference Labels, Forms, and Rubrics. They help keep me focused on what I am looking for, plus give me space to take a note or two. When I sit down

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Positive Classroom Management Idea

Positive Classroom Management: Behavior Buddies

I am always looking for ways to promote good behavior in my classroom!  This is a fun, inexpensive way to help kiddos see and understand when they are doing the right thing!BEHAVIOR BUDDIES! I LOVE “catching” my kiddos doing the right thing, and so do our Behavior Buddies!Meet R2, Dwight, and Stormy! Here’s how Behavior Buddies work in my classroom:Each day I choose a Behavior Buddy to pass around our classroom during the day.He gets passed around during our morning meeting so we know who’s turn it is to talk.If I see someone doing the right thing without being asked,

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Positive Classroom Management Idea

Positive Classroom Management Idea for the New Year! with a fun freebie!

This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase (with no extra cost to you). For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make my student’s classroom experience more positive!  One of my Teacher Goals (or shall I say resolutions) for this year, is to try and catch more of my kiddos being good! My kiddos LOVE stickers! Like crazy LOVE stickers. So I thought, let’s put that

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Fostering Independence in the Classroom

Let Them Do it! Fostering Independence in the Classroom!

We all want our students to be independent.  We want them to figure out a solution to the problem, to get their work done, to make sure that they put their things away, and not lose their homework.  Check out some ways that I am fostering independence in the classroom! So, I figured out the other day that I have been teaching for 17 years.  Sheesh, that seems like such a long time, but it has really flown by! One of the things that I have always had some trouble with is being a control freak, perfectionist,  little reluctant to relinquish

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best classroom seating arrangement

Best Classroom Seating Arrangement?

  What is the best classroom seating arrangement? Today I wanted to talk about seating.  I have seen TONS of blog posts, Instagram pics, and Facebook Posts about flexible seating in the classroom!  It is all a buzz in the teaching world! So, what is the best classroom seating arrangement? Whatever works for you! Here is what is going on in my classroom. I have wanted to try flexible seating in my classroom for years! The problem? 1.  Storage.  There was no place in our schoolhouse to store all of the desks that I didn’t want. 2. We have recently

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easy classroom management idea

Easy Classroom Management Idea

I love it when I have a brilliant idea (well, I think it’s brilliant)!  Who doesn’t right?  Easy Classroom Magagement Idea for your Writing Center! In my room, we use a lot of paper.  A LOT OF PAPER.  I am often having to replenish the forms that the kiddos use the most.  My “ah ha” moment came accidentally.  One day I left the original with a sticky note with copying instructions on the bottom of a stack of forms.  I forgot all about it.  When one of the kiddos found that sheet (it was the very last one) she asked

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