Back to School

15 of the Best Books for Back to School

Back to school season is upon us! One of the best parts of planning the first week of school is deciding on which books to read. Today, I’m sharing all of my favorites with you! Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olson Why I love this book: Shannon, the

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Place Value Game: How to Play Trash Can Math:

Are you ready for THE BEST beginning of the year math game ever?! In this post, I’m going to teach you how to play Trash Can Math–a place value game!  I learned this game two years ago when I was filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.  We got

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First Week Plans Activities and Read Alouds

I LOVE planning for the first week of school. It might be because I have an ample amount of activities and books to choose from. I have shared my first week plans in the past so some of these read alouds and activities are the same. But I have updated

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The BEST Name Tag Hack Perfect for Flexible Seating

Deciding on name tags is such a big deal! Before stepping into the classroom, I would have never guessed that something as simple as attaching name tags to desks could be so complicated! My first year of teaching, I got these HUGE name tags from some fancy teaching store. They

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First Three Reading Lessons of the School Year

I am really excited to wrap up my “First Three” blog series with my first three reading lessons. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a passion. I now have my Master’s in Education in Reading and have completed the requirements

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My First 3 Math Lessons of the School Year

Planning for the beginning of the year is so important for setting the tone for your classroom. My first 3 math lessons of the school year, I ask myself “What do I want to communicate about what is valued in our classroom in this subject area?“ In math, I want

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Simple & Efficient Open House Organization

Simple & Efficient Open House Organization I have officially made it through my first two days back to school. Last week was busy and exhausting! Teachers started Monday with our district-wide kick off assembly. Then we headed back to our respective schools where our school did a team-building activity which

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My Classroom Evolution Before & After

Wow! I am getting ready to start my 4th year teaching 2nd grade at my school. (It will be my 7th year teaching.) I have been so fortunate to stay in the same classroom throughout that time. Decorating/organizing/setting up my classroom was one of those things I looked forward to

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20 First Day of School Resources & Freebies

The first day of school is a delicate balance of establishing a sense of order (routines and procedures) while also creating a friendly, welcoming and most importantly, safe classroom environment. You can check out how I schedule and plan my whole first week here: First week Plans First Day of School

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