Beginning of Year Activities

Organizing Your Classroom Library, Part Two

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It’s time for a little motivation!  I’m so excited to be teaming up with some of my Firstie Friends to bring you a little motivational series. This week is all about tips for organizing your classroom libraries. So… let’s get motivated!   Organizing your classroom library can be such a daunting task.  You have to […]

School Supplies You Didn’t Know You Needed, Until Now!

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I get so excited during the summer when the Back to School sales start. I think it goes back to my childhood when my folks would take me to get my school supplies. We went to a store called Smitty’s and I would get to pick out a new pencil box, crayons, and a fresh […]

Disney Classroom Ideas

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I expanded my Disney theme to include some new ideas and jazz up my classroom, and I was tickled with the result! The kids loved it and I was able to start the year off on a fun, upbeat note, Disney style! Inside Out Bulletin Board I loved Inside Out. I made this board to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Astronaut Training Kits: Space Themed Goody Bags for Students

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Since I am going with the space theme, made up some cute goody bags to have on the student’s desks the first day of school, and suddenly  the “Astronaut Survival Bags” came to be.  I got some free lunch sacks from our lovely cafeteria manager, and splatter painted them in purples, yellows, black, an some […]

Clip Charts and PBIS Behavior Management

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Are you using clip charts or thinking about starting to implement a clip chart into your behavior management system? Let me tell you why what I do is different, even PBIS friendly!  I love my clip chart system. I use it in a POSITIVE way. The language is explicit and motivating, and it sets high […]

The “May” Basket- A Classroom Management Idea

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I’m super excited to team up with 150 bloggers for another month of bright ideas!  My bright idea is a super quick classroom management idea about how to handle the “stuff” kiddos bring to school.  I have a basket in my classroom called the “May” basket. Mine is just an old Easter basket, but any kind […]