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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unique (and inexpensive) Birthday Gifts for Students

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Want to give your students a birthday gift they’ll use and remember? Check this out! You might recall last winter when I was so excited about my Send Home Science Kits. They have become one of my favorite things to give to students, and EVERY TIME… the kids go nuts for them! They think they […]

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 […]

Classroom Job Wheel- Putting Kids to Work

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Woo Hoo!  It is another Bright Ideas Link-A-Roo!  I have blogged a bit about my job wheel a few years ago, but I thought it was worth another share.  I LOVE my job wheel!  I got this idea from my mentor teacher a mere 21 years ago during my student teaching.  I have had this […]

My Clip Chart- The Nuts and Bolts

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It is Throwback Thursday, and I thought it was a good time to share more about the clip chart system I use in my classroom. The last time I blogged about my clip chart was shortly after I started using it, and I can say it is still the most powerful management tool I have […]

Compliment Chain!

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I “teach-lifted” this idea from my friend Deirdre a million years ago, and still use it everyday. I maintain a compliment chain to record the compliments we receive for walking in line and for our behavior in specials.  The class receives one link for every compliment.  When the chain hits the floor, they receive a […]