Classroom Ideas

How to Decrease Chaos at the End of the School Day

The end of the day during dismissal was one of my least favorite times of the school day ever.  I don’t know about your school but our dismissal time is 20ish minutes. Those 20 minutes feel more like 3 hours sometimes (especially on a Friday).   Problem is, I’m totally worn out from the

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How to Use Digital Memory Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to be sneaky with learning. If my students have no idea they are working their brains but yet they are fully engaged, I’ve reached my ultimate goal. When I was developing new activities for back to school this year,

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Keep Your Morning Meeting Motivating

Do you want to implement a morning meeting into your schedule? Are you already using morning meetings but looking for ways to polish the structure and get more benefits out of that time? Morning meetings are like breakfast–the most important part of the day. But, you need to get a

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5 Ways to Use Google forms in the Classroom

By my 4th year of teaching, I was fortunate to have 1:1 Chromebooks in my classroom. I used them daily for Listen to Reading during guided reading and math games during guided math. We would use them to play Kahoot from time to time or Prodigy Math which my students

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How to Play Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo

Valentine’s day, like every other holiday for the last year, will look very different. Our school is allowing a Valentine exchange with a few stipulations– Valentines have to be sent in by a certain date so they can sit before being handed out. No homemade treats (honestly, I think this

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10 Ways to Use a Virtual Library

The changes to the way we deliver instruction this year required a lot of new technologies and tools for keeping students engaged. My two passions are having fun while learning and reading every day. I always made it a goal to read at least 1 quality picture book and 1

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5 Ideas for Ringing in the New Year

Although we might not *quite* be ready for that first school day of the new year, it will be here before we know it. So while inside I am sorta, kind of dreading it #sorrynotsorry, outside I am napping prepping.  Here’s how I plan to ring in the new year in my

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Tech Tools You Need to Try This Year

One of the really wonderful things to come from 2020 was the urgency it created to learn new things. I’ve always considered myself relatively tech-savvy. I’m one of the people in my school that people come to with tech-related questions. Of course, I don’t know it all but 95% of

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