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  • 5 Easy Early Finisher Activities Your Students Will Actually Like

    One thing I always struggled with as a teacher was keeping my fast finishers busy. This was by far the biggest issue with my classroom management – those who finished quickly would start talking and distracting others who were still working. This is because they either didn’t know what to do, or didn’t want to do it. I didn’t have engaging early finisher activities for them! My go to is always “read a book.” But not all students like reading or have a book on hand they’re interested in. Over time I’ve learned about the power of choice to help keep students engaged. If students have a choice of what…

  • The Most Effective Classroom Management Plan I Ever Used

    It’s that time of the year when I always had to take a step back and evaluate my classroom management plan. Toward the end of the semester, things that worked earlier in the year seem to become less effective. This is probably because both teachers and students are tired and getting antsy! If you’re looking for way to switch things up, I thought I’d share with you the most effective classroom management plan I’ve ever used. Of course, every teacher and every class is different; but at the very least, I hope this can give you some fresh ideas and inspiration as you work on a new classroom management strategy…

  • How to Write the Best Sub Plans

    It’s that time of year when you’re probably starting to plan a few days off from work. Or maybe you’re not, if you’re like me. I hated writing sub plans so much, that I didn’t take off work unless I had to! Writing sub plans can be a stressful and daunting task. It’s actually easier to just show up and teach than it is to write a plan for a substitute teacher. However, there are times when we simply don’t have the choice and must get a sub. I’m sharing with you some practical tips to writing great sub plans, so that both you and your substitute can feel at…

  • Why Student Reward Coupons Are the Best Thing Ever

    Ah, student incentives. I honestly cringe just hearing that phrase. I’m personally not a huge fan of using any kind of external incentive in my classroom management routine. But on top of that, it can be incredibly hard to manage and sometimes even expensive. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that at some point in our teaching careers, we will need to give students a tangible reward for one reason or another. For this reason, I started using student reward coupons 3 years into my career. I couldn’t handle the treasure box – too many distracting trinkets lying around all the time. Plus, my wallet wasn’t such a fan either. Student reward…

  • How to Build a Strong Community with Classroom Jobs

    Do you use jobs in your classroom? They can be a really great way to build classroom community! Classroom jobs instill a sense of responsibility and belonging in students. They understand that everyone has an important role to play. However, classroom jobs can also be a pain point for many teachers. It’s just one more thing to have to keep up with! I know personally, as I was on that struggle bus for several years before I came up with a solution that worked for me and my students. I’m sharing with you how I used jobs in my classroom last year, and why it worked! Ditch Classroom Jobs for…

  • Math Toolboxes: How to Make One For Your Students

    Math toolboxes are a game changer in my classroom. Once I made commonly used math materials readily available to my students, they took charge of their own learning. It was amazing! Using a math toolbox is a great way to teach your student independence and responsibility. And, they’re so easy to make! Here’s a peek at how I make and use math toolboxes in my classroom. What Are Math Toolboxes? A math toolbox is a small container filled with frequently used math manipulatives and reference materials for students to access. Math toolboxes can be made from small photo boxes, buckets, pencil boxes, or other containers. Why Use Math Toolboxes? As…

  • Teacher Organization Part 6: More Teacher Organization Tips

    To wrap up our organization series, I thought it’d be fun to do a compilation of some amazing tips from other teachers! So, I reached out to some teacher bloggers and Instagrammers, and they’re kindly sharing helpful ways they’ve gotten organized in their classroom. Here are some of their favorite teacher organization tips! Library Organization Tips Library organization can be tricky! Here are a few teacher organization tips for keeping those books organized. “Using the app BookBuddy has saved my life when it comes to classroom libraries! The app is user friendly and is so easy to check books in and out of your classroom library! I used to have…

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    Teacher Organization Part 5: Time Management for Teachers

    Happy Tuesday, friends! I can’t believe this is the last week of our teacher organization series! Today’s post is a little different as it is all about time management for teachers. We’ve mostly been focused on getting our classroom organized for the new school year, but time management is such an important part of staying organized as well! I wanted to make sure to spend some time talking about this before the series ended. As you know, I pride myself on my organizational skills as a teacher. But I also consider myself a really great manager of my time. Time is EVERYTHING as a teacher! We have a countless number…

  • Teacher Organization Part 4: Teacher Storage Ideas

    Welcome to part 4 of my teacher organization series! Today we will be talking all about teacher storage ideas! We’ve talked a bit about storage options in other posts, but I want to really hit it hard today and specifically talk about systems that worked well for me. Remember, what works for me may not work for you, so take my ideas and make them your own! My goal is to inspire and give ideas, NOT to tell you that this is the only or best way to do it. Teachers have a lot of different materials in their classrooms. It is important to have a strong storage system in…

  • Teacher Organization Part 3: How to Organize Paper Clutter

    Between papers to grade, data to review, and documents to file, teachers have to deal with A TON of paper! Aside from that, paper is also one of the hardest things to get organized. Which is why today’s post is all about how to organize paper clutter! Unfortunately, paper is kind of a necessary evil in the teacher world. Maybe your district is working on moving over to doing everything electronically, and that’s great! But chances are, you aren’t quite there yet. Which means stacks to grade, hundreds of copies, student portfolios, paperwork, and more are all lying around your classroom. If that sounds like you, and it’s driving you…