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Category: management

5 Things I ALWAYS Do On the First Day of School

The first day of school is a mix of excitement and anxiety, both for students and the teacher! Putting in the effort to carefully plan the first day of school helps me start the first day with confidence and calm. After many first days of school, I have a list

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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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14 Days of Love: Day 11

Remember how I like to have students recite the monthly poem aloud during transitions? Another thing I like to do is sing skip counting songs. Just like reciting the poems, the students know they should be to the carpet or in line before the song is over. It's also a

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14 Days of Loves: Day 9

  We already wrote once about the Secret Scrap, but it's definitely one of our favorite loves. Here's the re-post: 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

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14 Days of Loves: Day 5

At the end of the day, it's great to send your students home on a positive note. When the bell rings to go home, we all line up at the door. On their way out they can say goodbye to me with their choice: a hug, a handshake, or a

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14 Days of Loves: Day 3

 Photo credit: Patouche When Heidi and I changed our classroom themes to a pirate theme, I wanted a new pirate-themed attention-getter. This is what I settled on. Teacher: All hands on deck!Students (while saluting):  Aye, Aye, Captain! The kids were totally gaga for it. It's hands down the best attention-getter

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Get it Done!: Token Economy

Here's another of our mom's summertime plans. One summer she set up a "Token Economy" for our summer jobs. It had a few simple parts. – There was a set of jobs we each were required to do daily. Each job had a set amount of money associated with it.–

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Get it Done!: Choose Your Job

Heidi and I were discussing our theme this week we recalled some of the summer plans my mom came up with to keep us busy during the summer. She remembered one I had forgotten where you got to choose your own job. The plan went like this. Everyday you had

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