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 […]

Pick My Pocket! A Permanent Center for Your Classroom

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You all know I just love sharing some of my favorite things from the “WAY BACK FILES” and this is another one. ¬†For this months BRIGHT IDEA, I thought I would share my “Pick My Pocket” board. It is so simple. There are no gimmicks or magic buttons. It is just a large, laminated poster […]

Ten Tools Every Teacher Needs in Their Classroom

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So, let’s face it.  Sometimes if you want something done, you just have to do it yourself, right? On my campus we haven’t had full-time custodial help in a long time and besides… I am a bit impatient.  If I decide I want a job done, I usually just figure out a way to do […]

Incentive Charts: More than a Marble Jar!

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It is time for another Bright Idea Linky Party and I am EXCITED! This is going to be another great month of awesome teacher tips and ideas! It is no secret that I am a bit of a hoarder and like to pull out ideas that I have used in my ¬†classroom for years. I […]

Student Engagement Stoplights (June’s Bright Idea!)

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Since it is summer and we don’t want to work too hard, I wanted to share this quick idea that we use to raise engagement and help us with assessing students quickly during a lesson. These are mini-stoplights that I made from an index card and punched circles. They are glued on in traditional stoplight […]

Using Restaurant Supplies in the Classroom

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I’m so excited for another month of Bright Ideas, and this month’s linky party is a great one! Back in the day, I taught Home Economics for 4 years. We would organize a mock restaurant for the teachers each year where the kids would apply for jobs, cook the food, make the menus… the whole […]

Duct Tape DIY- Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

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I’m so honored to be a part of the Bright Ideas Blog Hop! I thought I’d share some of the funky, yet practical, ways I have been using duct tape in my classroom. Colored duct tape has been gaining popularity over the past year or so, and it is EVERYWHERE!! I just love it! Spirit […]