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Dropbox: A Simple Classroom Management Tool

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Dropbox: A Simple Classroom Management Tool

Mornings in our classrooms can be a little crazy: Students are coming in and getting started on their morning work. Attendance needs to be taken and recorded.   Homework needs to be checked or turned in.  That one parent reeeeaaaallllyyyy needs to talk to us even though we have 1,000 kids surrounding us.  Sound familiar?  I found a simple and easy tool that can help cut down on the chaos. Enter the Dropbox. All it is is a container with a label. Simple, right? Its purpose is to help cut you out of some of the morning and daytime craziness....

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My Weekly Math Block

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My Weekly Math Block

I often get questions about my schedule. One of the questions I get most is what my math block looked like. It can be confusing and overwhelming to plan out your math schedule. It seems like every year more is added to out plate: weekly math prompts, progress monitoring, Student Learning Objectives, and more! Trying to fit everything in can be a challenge. While my schedule did change slightly from year to year, I tried to keep the overall structure the same the best I could. I am going to show you how I set up my math block as...

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5 Activities for Your First Week of School

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5 Activities for Your First Week of School

The first week of school can be a daunting time. Not only are you getting a brand new group of students that you need to get to know, you are dealing with paperwork, classroom organization and management issues, AND your specials usually haven't started yet. This means that getting into a routine can be T.O.U.G.H. I have five activities that can help make that time a little bit easier.  1. Guess Who? This is a fun activity to get to know your students and create a safe space in your room. Pass out a Guess Who? card to each student....

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10 End of Year Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

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10 End of Year Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

Approaching the end of the school year can be maddening! First off, us teachers are exhausted. Not just from the long school year, but from the grueling testing season. I think it’s safe to say that we all desperately need a well-deserved vacation. But wait! Before you head for a day at the beach, or a late night filled with binge watching your favorite Netflix shows, you still have at least a few weeks left in your classroom. And on top of that, your classroom is sure to be filled with students who are probably even more excited for the...

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Story Elements Bookmarks

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Story Elements Bookmarks

Finding new and exciting ways to keep our kids engaged during guided reading can be a challenge. Doing the same things day in and day out can be exhausting and, let's face it, boring. I loved switching things up by using these story elements and genres bookmarks. They are easy to use and the kids loved them! WHAT ARE THEY? Now you might be asking yourself what makes these bookmarks so special. Not only are they print and go (which saves your sanity), they are also a great springboard to get your students to dive back into the text.  There...

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