The Turkey Bandit Strikes Again!!

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For years now, the “Turkey Bandit”  has made an appearance around our campus leaving a bag of treats for special classrooms during Thanksgiving time.  It is really simple and easy to do. The receiving class reciprocates, passing the cheer along to two other classes who have not been “struck” yet.  It continues until all of the […]

Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas {Space Theme}

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Check out this space theme bulletin boards! I am so excited that my classroom is finally taking shape… which is a GOOD thing since school starts on TUESDAY!  YIKES!  I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going with a space theme this year, reusing some of the props I have used before.  These […]

Organizing A Classroom Library

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Organizing a classroom library can be a challenge. As a former teacher-librarian having an organized, yet functional classroom library is near and dear to my heart. I have tried over the years to find a system to that is manageable, easy for the students to use, and keep clean and tidy. This is the best […]

Tips for Dealing with Tattle Tales in Your Classroom

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  I think we have all had them. The angelic little ne’er-do-wells who are so deeply concerned with reporting the mishaps of everyone else instead of taking care of themselves. The tattle tales. For the most part, tattle tales are really trying to do well by the group. They are the do-gooders. The rule-followers. They […]

Fun, Easy, and Free Egg Carton Math Games

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Egg cartons are such an inexpensive and overlooked teaching tool. There is so much you can do with them. We have this amazing place in the Phoenix area called Treasures 4 Teachers. They are an organization founded to help teachers get supplies they need at little cost.  They have a huge warehouse chock-full of teaching […]

Themes… Going BIG!

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I L-O-V-E teaching and decorating my classroom with themes. It started back in in the “Whole Language” era (yeah, I am that old!) but came back to life for me during my years in the library. A dear friend offered his talent and expertise to help me create my visions using insulation styrofoam sheets to […]

Rules of Life- Things I Learned from Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

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It is still amazing to me that what has started as a hobby has opened my world to so many wonderful opportunities. Blogging has enriched my life in so many ways, I feel truly blessed. I recently had the honor of being invited to Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration #DisneySMMC that was held at Walt […]

5 Things to Do Now to Get Ready for Next Year

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As I am enjoying the lazy days of summer, I always feel a step ahead if I get a few things ready to go now. Here are my 5 must do projects to complete before the end of the year. 1. Covering composition books We use interactive notebooking as a tool to track student learning, […]

Disney Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas

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Have you seen the latest Disney classroom decor from Eureka School?  It SPEAKS to me, friends! I have been WAITING, what seems like FOREVER, for Disney themed classroom decor.  It has FINALLY come! That is why I am so excited to have the opportunity to freshen up my space, show my Disney Side, and give […]

Making Test Prep SNOW much fun!

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So, here in the desert it doesn’t snow. In fact, quite a few of my students have NEVER even seen snow. Imagine their surprise when I told them we were going to have a snowball fight in our classroom… HA! To motivate my kiddos during our last stretch of test prep, whenever we were finished […]