Are you having trouble getting your students to work together? Back in the day, we had kindergarten classrooms that were mainly focused around play. And while today that might be looked at as a bad thing, it was the what we needed. This is where we learned to work together. With less and less time to figure this social skill out on their own, teachers are having to find time to make it work within their lessons. Here are some tips to help you and your students be successful with working together. Squeeze a mini lesson into your day WHAT!? Squeeze something ELSE into our day? I know that seems daunting but hear me out... We all know that … [Read more...] about Getting Students to Work Together
Back to School
Back to School time is daunting. You need to get your classroom together, attend professional development, meet with your team.... basically the list could go on and on. So while you are in charge of all of those shenanigans, I have got you covered when it comes to organization and prep for the first couple of weeks - and better than that, it is all FREE!Say whaaat?! Stay on track with parent communication from the start Newsletters and Calendars make parent communication easy. With editable features, you can easily plug in your information, print, and go! Organize yourself with behavior documentation If I had to pick my all time … [Read more...] about Be Prepared for Back To School!
I have such a fun post lined up this week. I often get questions on what teachers should buy for their classroom so today I created a list of some of my TOP Classroom Management Must Haves and all of them are from Amazon! Because it doesn't get much easier than buying from Amazon! This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for supporting my website! Anchor Chart Tablets and Markers Anchor Charts has always been one of my favorite learning tools. They were fun to create with the class and always were a great reference point in whatever we were learning! Large Tablet paper, especially the sticky kind, is the perfect tool to build … [Read more...] about Classroom Management Must Haves from Amazon
This week we NEED to talk about parent contact. While student connections are oh-so important, do you ever stop and think about making connections with the parents too? Parents need the connections too I learned pretty quickly that it is essential that you communicate with parents. For me, just chatting at the pick up line seemed okay my first couple years, but after getting fed up with being bombarded with emails and phone calls made me reevaluate what I was doing. Sure, I was sending home quick notes that our school would mass produce that let parents know important events coming up but they weren't effective. Bottom line is that parents weren't … [Read more...] about Parent Contact Made Easy!!!
Are you ready for some back to school madness? I am teaming up with some AMAZING bloggers to give you some of our top back to school tips so you can start the year off right. Oh, and make sure you keep reading – you MIGHT find a chance to win yourself a $100 TPT gift card. How it works: Each blogger is writing a tip that they think is GREAT for back to school. Make sure you head to each blog to read all of the tips! Here, we are going to talk about Student connections With building student connections, I truly believe that you need to have a talk about FAMILY. No, I am not talking about your family or your students’ family. I am talking … [Read more...] about Student Connections
It is inevitable that all of us will be getting new students throughout the year. Do you just wait for this to happen or do you have a plan? For a continued smooth sailing year, it is best to have a plan! Make New Student Bags One of the best ideas that I saw on Pinterest years ago was to make "new student bags." Right now you are probably busy making copies and getting things ready for each student. Do yourself a favor and make a few more. Our school was a revolving door. Students seemed to come and go weekly! Apart from the extra few I would get the first few days of school, I could always count on getting about 3-4 new students by the end of … [Read more...] about Preparing for New Students