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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alphabet Stamp Storage Idea!

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Hello bloggy friends!  Summer has been super busy and super HOT here in the southwest.  Just wanted to share a quickie idea with you. I have acquired a few alphabet stamp sets here and there over the past few years, and LOVE this storage idea which was shared by a scrapbooking friend YEARS ago.  I […]