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Category: classroom organization

The First Day of School in 2nd Grade

Back-to-school is the worst of times. It’s so stressful and exhausting (seriously it’s so, so tiring!). But it’s also the best of times! The feeling of a new beginning is absolutely exhilarating. I love that fresh start, where everything is possible and I haven’t screwed up…yet! I may be in

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10 Ways to Revitalize Your Classroom in the New Year

My favorite part about the new year is that it feels like a second chance at a fresh start with your class! Here are some ideas and tips to inspire you to take this opportunity to revitalize your classroom! 1.     Sharpen your procedures Doesn’t it sometimes feel like you come back from

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Very Pinteresting…

Do you Pin? I'm like a Pinterest fiend. Clicking that "show more pins" button is like getting a little fix. Ok, I'm not really that bad. 🙂 But I do la-la-love Pinterest! Love it to the point that I'm finding it difficult to get to sleep at a reasonable hour.

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Homework Folders (a.k.a. GOLD Folders)

Heidi and I started using these homework folders several years ago. We certainly didn’t invent the idea, although I believe we’ve made it our own and came up with our own acronym. It’s been revamped many times since we started but meet the G.O.L.D. homework folder, as Heidi is using

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14 Days of Loves: Day 2

The Desk Fairy has recently come to live in my classroom and I have to admit that I love her. The kids rush in to find out who she's visited each morning. And, even better, they are actually trying to keep their desks clean. Me + The Desk Fairy =

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14 Days of Loves: Day 1

Until Valentine's Day, Heidi and I will be sharing one of our teacher "loves" with you each day. First up, whiteboard paper!   I was first introduced to this amazing product by a coworker. My coworker used it to make little whiteboards for the students to keep in their desks

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Works For Us Wednesday: Secret Scrap

Heidi says: We were cutting a lot of papers for math the other day which, inevitably, left a blanket of confetti on the floor. It’s those moment when I’d like to kiss the person that invented “secret scrap.” I do it a little differently than Emily, so I’ll let her

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Useful Product- GoWrite!

One of my favorite products to use in the classroom is GoWrite! Self Stick Dry Erase Sheets. My coworker introduced them to me last year and I found them to be so handy. You can print on them with certain types of printers, but I never tried that. My coworker

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