Category: teacher tips

Easy Tips for Staying Organized at School

One of my favorite things about being a teacher was being extra organized. I am an organized freak, to say the least… Just ask my friends! I love to make things easier by being organized and I love to share these tricks with other teachers. One of my favorite organizational tools this

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Managing Bathroom Breaks at School

I recently uploaded a new packet to TpT called: Classroom Management Made Easy! Ever since I finished this packet, I’ve had classroom management on my brain. I’ve really been reflecting on how I’ve done things for the last four years in my own classroom. One thing, in particular, that I’d

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Classroom Schedule Freebie!

I love planning out my classroom schedule during the summer. I spend wayyyyy too much time on it and it’s something I am always tweaking! Even after the first week of school, I move things around… making a schedule is a continual process for me. Here is a free download

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I can listen! {Freebie!}

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you all are having a great school year! I am loving my new group of kids. We are already into our third week of school and the wiggles are coming out! (It doesn’t help that it is still so nice and sunny outside.) I’ve been

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Organize Your Reading Supplies!

Shoo! It has taken me nearly 3 years of teaching to figure this out, so it’s something I definitely need to share with you all! I’VE FINALLY FIGURED OUT A STRESS-FREE WAY TO ORGANIZE MY READING SUPPLIES!!! I love the way I organize my reading supplies now, and I love

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A Teacher’s Plan Book

I have so many summer projects going on, and I am excited to show you my first finished product! This Teacher Plan Book will help you get organized for the upcoming school year and can easily used from year-to-year! It is also affordable, practical, and ink friendly. All the planner pages come in B&W

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Free Testing Printables

My students start taking their end-of-level test next week (EEK!). Since the rest of you are either testing already or getting ready to test, I thought I would share a few things that I am doing to prepare. All of these printables can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers

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Getting Ahead of the Game

My first year of teaching, I literally lived and planned my lessons day-by-day. It was hard for me to think ahead and/or get ahead. My second year was about the same, because I started over in a new grade. Now that I am in my third year of teaching, I

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No Nose-Picking Zone! (Free Poster)

Cold season is just around the corner and my little first graders can’t seem to keep their fingers out of their noses!! I have made this little poster that we will be talking about on Monday. Hopefully this will remind my students to get a Kleenex instead!!

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DIY Teacher Planner

Do you have a teacher binder? What important things do you keep in it? In my teacher plan book I like to keep my weekly planner, curriculum information, student data, important school documents, and parent volunteer information. It is so nice to have all of these important documents all in

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DIY student rulers {without spending a penny}

Have you ever noticed that most {if not all} furniture stores have paper rulers all over the place?  AND they want you to take them! Why else would they put them around every corner? My co-worker/mentor snagged a set for the whole second grade and it didn’t cost us a

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Mini Classroom Tour

Remember when I first posted about my reading beads? (BTW: reading beads are a GREAT way to track home reading minutes!!) Well, let’s just say that my students are totally obsessed with them! They have to read 100 minutes to get a bead and I occasionally offer special beads for special challenges. There

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teacher tip: permanent markers & whiteboards

Hello sweet friends! I hope you are having a good week. 🙂 I wanted to share a little tip I learned from a friend that involves a permanent marker and whiteboard. You are probably wondering what these two things have in common… because who in their right mind would use

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book boxes

Today I am loving my book boxes.  I love how my students can keep track of the books they are reading,  while taking good care of my classroom library at the same time.  It also allows my students to bring books from home and they don’t get lost anymore!  Some

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Mini Friendship Booklet

As a first year teacher, I am trying to figure out ways to keep my students engaged/entertained these last few weeks of school. My students are sooo done with school and I *ahem* amdonewithschool, too.   My Problem: I am finding it difficult to engage my students and keep them with

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POW! A Zeno Sight Word Game

This FREE activity takes regular, boring flashcards and turns them into a fun, competitive game. Your students won’t even realize they are learning!