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 […]

A few labels to start the summer…

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Now that summer has begun, I have a HUGE list of things I want to get done.  First on this list is cleaning up my desktop.  It is cluttered with links and documents and things that just plain need to be put in their place!! Below are a few things I found that might be […]