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Maintain a Clean Classroom (with Student Help!)

It can feel challenging to maintain a clean classroom. But, a tidy environment is essential for both the teacher and the students. It’s important to have a space that is conducive to learning, and it’s also important to be respectful of the people who will be spending time there. Fortunately,

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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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5 Low Prep Substitute Teacher Activities

Prepping for a sub got you down? Check out these 5 go-to, easy, low prep activities you can use over and over again for a substitute teacher! You know, those beautiful crates wrapped in ribbon with a matching label “SUB TUB”. I envisioned it would sit somewhere near my desk

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How to Have the Best Teacher-Mom Summer

As much as I love the anticipation of the end of the school year, sometimes the transition to summer can be tricky. I remember the first summer after becoming a mom of two. After 3 days at home with a 2-year-old and 9 month old with very little napping and

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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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Quick and Fun Time-Fillers for the Classroom

Let’s talk about quick and fun time-fillers for the classroom. As teachers, we know that our days are full of unexpected changes, disruptions and obstacles. No matter how much planning we do, it seems inevitable that we have to pivot.  In the words of Marcia Brady “Something suddenly came up.”

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How to Play the Game Zip, Zap, Zop in your Classroom

When we first starting Zooming, figuring out how to lead class meetings that were fun was my top priority. At that time, I didn’t realize how much teachers everywhere would be looking for solutions for the same thing. As online and hybrid teaching models took over the school year, being

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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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