classroom management

How to Set Up A Successful 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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9 Tips to Manage a Talkative Class

Kids love to talk. I love to talk. Most people I know enjoy communicating. It’s in our nature. But, where do we draw the line? How much talking can we allow without disrupting the productivity of our classrooms? And what can we do when our students are just talking way

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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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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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December Engagement Ideas for the Classroom

It’s December! Busy, chilly, stressful, fun, frantic, fabulous December. Your students excitement is building while you are just trying to cross of your gift to do list (what do I get my parents?!) while still maintaining some sense of classroom normalcy. Keeping the engagement level high during December can be

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Ways to Get Students to Follow Directions

 Just like other executive functioning skills, we can support our students in getting better. Getting students to follow directions is one of those teaching struggles that never seems to fade. It may get better or worse from year to year (or even day to day). But while there aren’t any

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