The New Year is a great time for a fresh start! While you’re putting away the Christmas decorations and setting your personal goals to practice self-care more often in the New Year, don’t forget to also think through your classroom goals. It's sort of a time when everyone could use some classroom management tips. Winter break can be like a time machine that transports students back to a time ... Read More about Classroom Management Tips for After Winter Break
I don’t know about you, but Groundhog Day was always one of those “holidays” in first grade that would sneak up on me! Especially if it fell on a weekend! Like I’d be laying in bed on Thursday night exhausted but unable to sleep (do you ever struggle with teacher insomnia too?), and all of a sudden, I’d think, “Oh no! We have to make our predictions tomorrow before the groundhog comes on ... Read More about 4 Simple Groundhog Day Activities for Kids
I can still remember when I bumped into Kevin’s Kindergarten teacher in the bustling cafeteria one week before school started during our first teacher-in-service day of the year. Like most teachers, I had excitedly awaited my class list with a permanent marker in hand so that I could begin labeling all kinds of classroom items! When Kevin’s teacher asked about my class roster and saw his name, she ... Read More about Classroom Behavior Expectations Examples: What to do When You Get The “Bad” Kid
Weirdly, there is a connection between comparison and self-care tips for teachers. It may seem strange, but hear me out. One of the first-grade math standards is to teach students how to compare numbers. Teachers do lots of fun things to make the abstract more concrete, like using manipulatives to build the numbers as well as using alligator mouths as symbols. There’s even a catchy song you can ... Read More about Leave Comparison in Math Class: One of the Most Beneficial Self-Care Tips For Teachers
“Mrs. Foxwell, I love coming into your classroom because I never know what I’m going to find!” one of my classroom aides said this to me as she walked in on my students and me exercising during math class. We were in the middle of our place value unit and were counting out numbers by doing high jumps for tens and squats for ones. One of my many educational classroom brain breaks. I laughed ... Read More about Easy Ways to Get Your Students Up and Moving with Classroom Brain Breaks and Other Methods!
Communication with parents. The part of teaching most teachers dislike. But with these communication strategies for teachers it can be positive and effortless. Every year, on back-to-school night, I would have an apple on each student’s desk. On the apple would be a note that would talk about how excited I was to partner with the families in their child’s success. I explained to the parents that I ... Read More about Communication Strategies For Teachers: Making Parent Communication Effortless!
What are Classroom Management Strategies? Are you in dire need of classroom management strategies that work for you and your students? I have been asked a lot during my teaching career, what are some simple yet effective classroom management techniques? I am going to dive WAY in today and tell you the 6 classroom management strategies that worked for me in my first grade classroom room. It all ... Read More about 6 Classroom Management Strategies that Work
How Do You Get Students Interested in Writing In The Classroom? How do you promote writing in the classroom? It can be challenging to get a classroom full of students all motivated to write. If you struggle with this too, then you're going to love this simple way to get your students not only excited to write, but also motivated to do their best writing--by turning their writing into class ... Read More about How to Promote Writing in the Classroom
What Resources Do Teachers Need Most for Back to School? Are you a new teacher wondering what back to school resources teachers really need to have? Or, are you a seasoned teacher who wants to streamline your back to school system? I've got 3 back to school items that are simple, effective and LOW PREP to share with you today. It is always my goal to help teachers everywhere streamline their ... Read More about 3 Back to School Resources Teachers NEED!
Can Groundhogs Predict the Future? Are you frantically looking for a last minute groundhog activity for your primary students that is fun and engaging for February 2? This Groundhog Activity and Craft is fully ready to go and just what you need! You can use it for opinion writing, math (graphing) and even have a cute and easy bulletin board ready for the month with the groundhog craft! Plus, ... Read More about The Easiest Groundhog Activity and Craft