Organizing A Classroom Library

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

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

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!

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!)

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

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 […]