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How to Handle No Name Papers in Your Classroom

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How to Handle No Name Papers in Your Classroom

No name papers can be really frustrating to deal with. It affects our grading, how we handle missing assignments, and more. Sometimes we can identify the handwriting of our students and pass them back their paper or sometimes there is only one no name paper and we know exactly who it belongs to. However, for those moments (cough **beginning of the year** cough) where you have multiple papers without names, or you can't recognize (or read) the handwriting, I want to show you about the No Name Board. WHAT IT IS: The No Name Board is a place to keep...

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Using Fidgets To Keep Students Focused

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Using Fidgets To Keep Students Focused

As teachers, we have long known about the benefits of letting our students move in the classroom. The research backs us up. But what are some ways that we can encourage students to move while they work? WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS: In a 2008 study done at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, researchers found that children actually need to physically move during a complicated task to be able to focus. They found that all children (and especially those with ADHD) moved more when a problem or task required them to work through complicated problems. They noted that this...

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Classroom Library Organization Made Easy

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Classroom Library Organization Made Easy

Are you tired of classroom library chaos? I was too. If you're like me you want to manage all the books that come in and out of your classroom library in an easy and efficient manner. You are sick of messy shelves, torn books, and general chaos when looking for or returning a book. I was too. That's why I completely redid my classroom library. When I first started teaching I had two shelves from Walmart that I stacked books on. I separated each shelf into a different genre. That gave me six different genres to work within. I quickly...

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Absent Folders

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Absent Folders

If you are like me, having an absent student was almost a daily experience. For some reason or another at least one student is gone practically every single day. So now while I am in the middle of attendance, grading, teaching, planning, and generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I now have to compile the papers for the day for each absent student. This didn't sound like very much fun to me so I created Absent Folders. I created these cute cover pages to put on each folder. I laminated the folders because I basically...

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Wall Folders for Classroom Management

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Wall Folders for Classroom Management

One thing that I have LOVED using in my classroom is wall folders. Wall folders seriously saved my sanity over and over. They help with classroom organization, collecting student work, grading, entering grades, managing late work, classroom procedures and more! I really have to give a shout-out to my site teacher when I was student teaching. She is the one who gave me the idea (one of many). How to make wall folders: 1. First, you take colored folders. I used the thicker ones for durability. 2. Add your students names. This can be done in many different ways. My...

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