How do you organize everything you send home at the end of the day? I am going to share my FAVORITE method: using take home folders. What are take home folders? Take home folders are where I housed everything. This is where the parents knew they would find anything I send home, including behavior calendars, AND where they knew to send anything to me such as a note. In it, I had a space where it was any paperwork that needed to be returned to school (such as forms or picture money). I also had a space for papers that were meant to stay at home like school info and such. What all do you need for this? A 3 prong folder I buy mine for … [Read more...] about Take Home Folders
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It's all the rage these days: Flexible seating. What is flexible seating? Flexible seating is where you give multiple options for your students and where they want to be seated. Some might choose to sit at a desk, others might choose to sit on a couch if you have one, others might even choose to sit on a bean bag. There are no more assigned seats and it is supposed to give you classroom a new level of comfort. The whole basis behind this is, kids probably don't want to sit in a hard chair at a desk all day. With flexible seating, you are eliminating that and giving your students options. What do you use for flexible seating? Stools … [Read more...] about Flexible Seating – Is it for you?
Happy Classroom Management Monday friends!!! This Monday I am so excited to share with you something I have been working very hard on. I have created a Classroom Management Guidebook just for you. As much as it pains me to say it, the new school year is inching closer. While I know you are probably soaking up every bit of relaxation you can get, it is important to start thinking about some sort of plan for next year. I used to fly by the seat of my pants when I first started teaching and for the most part, it worked okay for me. That was until I got a class of students who REALLY needed some structure. That ended up being the worst year I have … [Read more...] about The Classroom Management Guidebook
Now, we have discussed behavior charts... do you use them in your classroom? Like I mentioned before, I am a bit impartial to them. I don't think you HAVE to have them, nor do I think you HAVE to take them down. I think you need to do what is best for your students. For the past five years, whether my behavior chart was up or down, I have always used Behavior Calendars. What are behavior calendars? They are something I created to get rid of the charts I was filling out daily. When I started teaching, my principal at the time had us send home daily updates on behavior to the parents because our district was BIG on parent … [Read more...] about Using Behavior Calendars In Your Classroom
Today I am so excited to talk about one of my favorite topics:CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT! I have said it before, classroom management was something I worked REALLY hard on over the years. One year I had the worst year of my life when it came to teaching and I vowed to never let it happen again. That summer was spent researching strategies. There were trial and errors after that, I feel like my next years were the best after implementing my strategies. I think I can thank Ron Clark for that! I used a lot of this methods and let me tell you. THEY WORK. Here is what I did to create a great classroom management plan: 1. On the first day of school I … [Read more...] about Classroom Management Madness!!
Today I am linking up with Just Reed, Pawsitively Teaching, and Inspired Owl's Corner to share some of my Pinterest finds for back to school finds. . I came across this post when looking for ideas for my daughter to change up her lunch a little bit. I am horrible at lunch ideas. Seriously though, I wish I had this when I was teaching. Forget the kiddos... I am the one that wants to eat these lunches. LOL! I was always looking for ways to save money setting up my classroom. I was also a huge fan of themes!!! How freaking cute is this?!?!? There are also SO MANY possibilities with this booklet!!!! I can't … [Read more...] about PICK 3!