classroom management

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 Destroy Your Classroom Community in 4 Easy Steps

Obviously, destroying your classroom community is not on any teacher’s list of to-dos. But, there are some big mistakes that can have a negative impact on your classroom, your relationship with students and their relationship with one another. One of the biggest mindset shifts we need to overcome is not

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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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7 Activities for Engagement in December

December is straight up crazy! The excitement and energy surpasses any other month in the classroom. Balancing learning and fun is key! Get in the holiday spirit with some festive dress-up days. My advice–don’t overcomplicate it and it becomes easier for students to participate. Try to be general (green day)

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10 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Online

                                            You’re teaching virtually. Using both  synchronous or asynchronous (are you sick of those words yet?), there are proven instructional strategies and best practices to take into consideration while

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15 Easy Reward Ideas to Use in the Classroom

 So, let’s talk rewards. Now, before anyone jumps on me about rewarding kids for expected behavior, I get it! I agree! But, everyone deserves praise and recognition for a job well done. Incorporating classroom rewards encourages teamwork and builds morale. You will always have students who will be motivated intrinsically.

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Why Guided Math isn’t Always the Best

Guided math has become one of the new “trends” in math professional development. It’s like as soon as these buzzwords arise, leaders are quick to want to shift immediately. But, like any new educational trend, we need to really evaluate whether or not the instructional strategy is the best fit

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Setting Up A Writing Center

Preparing a writing center always felt extremely daunting. Where will I store everything? How do I keep it stocked? Am I going to be able to teach students not to blow through all of the supplies? Will they even look at the examples, vocabulary words, writing ideas? Who will keep

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