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 […]

Tips for Dealing with Tattle Tales in Your Classroom

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  I think we have all had them. The angelic little ne’er-do-wells who are so deeply concerned with reporting the mishaps of everyone else instead of taking care of themselves. The tattle tales. For the most part, tattle tales are really trying to do well by the group. They are the do-gooders. The rule-followers. They […]

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, […]

Making Test Prep SNOW much fun!

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So, here in the desert it doesn’t snow. In fact, quite a few of my students have NEVER even seen snow. Imagine their surprise when I told them we were going to have a snowball fight in our classroom… HA! To motivate my kiddos during our last stretch of test prep, whenever we were finished […]

Do you tell your students you love them?

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I do. A recent thread on a Facebook group has really stuck with me, and I thought I would take some time to reflect and get your thoughts. Through the years, I have moved around through various positions and grade levels, but in every position one thing remains constant- my love for my students. Whether […]

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 […]

Post-it Note Matchbooks

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I wanted to share what I have been working on for the past few weeks… yes weeks, because I am making A LOT of these puppies to giveaway at the upcoming SDE conference in VEGAS!  I am SUPER EXCITED to get to go another year! We made about 1200+ to give away, but I also […]

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 […]