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Another idea is to invite your students to have a book swap! Last reply by Jdupuis - 1 week ago
First of all, the fact that you are even reflecting to ask yourself if you’re doing enough speaks volumes. Second of all, you are far from alon… Last reply by CallahansClass - 3 weeks, 2 days ago
You could possible try some alternative seating. Laying on the floor with clip board to write on, yoga balls, wobble chairs, ect. I also have a cou… Last reply by Megan - 3 weeks, 3 days ago
There are many scrap papers that you can also use as alternative materials for that. Specially, kids, loves scrap booking, coloring etc.. Just like m… Last reply by jasper - 1 month ago
When we have indoor recess we use GoNoodle a lot, this gets them and gets moving. Sometimes we also play heads down, thumbs up. We have a large c… Last reply by Megan - 1 month, 1 week ago
I try to work with them and not against them 🙂 I provide an opportunity for partner or group work at the beginning of class to let them get it out… Last reply by amummau - 1 month, 2 weeks ago
I actually have a parent volunteer from last year’s class who said she loves to clean, so she pops in about once a month and wipes down all of … Last reply by Melinda - 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my kindergarten kids come in to the classroom in the morning, they get 5 Blurt Beans. We have two jars one that we work on filling to earn a r… Last reply by Megan - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
It’s left up to the kids and parents, I allow them to bring a treat. They get a sticker from me to wear all day, we sing happy birthday and t… Last reply by Megan - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Oh my gosh, Brandi I am just now seeing this (not sure how I missed it), thanks so much! Last reply by Megan - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I do, it’s part of our Morning Meeting.
We listen to the Month of the Year song and the Days of the Week
Today is? Yesterday was? Tomorrow … Last reply by Megan - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I have a “Book Donation Box” in my classroom where parents can bring in and donate gently used books that their kids have outgrown. We … Last reply by Jenna - 1 month, 4 weeks ago
I switched schools mid-year and it was TOUGH, but it was the best thing for me and my family. I love teaching and love my students, but you have to… Last reply by Melinda - 1 month, 4 weeks ago
The best thing you can do is to do a lot of prep work BEFORE school starts. Color code, sort, organize, and have a plan before students even walk i… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months ago
I do an author study of Maya Angelou during African American History Month, so every morning we read a new poem. Last reply by Jenna - 2 months, 1 week ago
My all time favorite is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I remember my 6th grade teacher reading it to the class on occasion at the end o… Last reply by HelloKitty - 2 months, 1 week ago
Hi @staceyusf ! I use these anger management cards for my kiddos when they need help. http://www.therapistaid.com/therapy-worksheet/anger-managemen… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months, 1 week ago
I LOVE that idea, @jenna ! My parents would love to be lab assistants and it would force me to not skimp on the science experiments that my kiddos lo… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months, 1 week ago
Even though it’s above grade level, I like to read Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium aloud. It’s such a great book and the kids love t… Last reply by Jenna - 2 months, 1 week ago
Congratulations to @megan for being the winner of last week’s Giveaway! Be sure to share your advice on this week’s thread for a chance… Last reply by Brandi Jordan - 2 months, 1 week ago
Best piece of advice, don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t overthink things to death.
Last reply by igobylisa - 2 months, 1 week ago
My advice would be to meet your student where he’s at. If he’s a fidgeter, get him a fidget band for his chair or a fidget toy. Sometim… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months, 3 weeks ago
interesting indeed..by the way I read similar things from http://www.teachhub.com, http://acewriters.org/, https://www.edutopia.org and http://www.ed… Last reply by sca1een - 2 months, 3 weeks ago
I think grouping kids is a good thing because it challenges kids. For example: if a student excels in a class that is too easy, eventually they will … Last reply by MarkCollins - 4 months ago
This student may have some sort of sensory issues. Have you tried a weighted blanket or weighted stuffed animal to see if that might help him stay ca… Last reply by ppetrino - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
I wonder if it’s a sign of the times. I’ve been teaching kindergarten for the last eleven years, and this year is one of my top, possibly… Last reply by ppetrino - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Those are great ideas, @julieann and @megan ! Thanks so much for sharing!! Last reply by Brandi Jordan - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
I teach in a high poverty area so a lot of parents don’t have access to the internet. I send home a weekly progress report with their grades o… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
Freezer cooking and the crockpot have been working great for me! I also keep a stash of burgers, applegate hot dogs and homemade pasta sauce in my f… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
I have a variety of methods because of the differences in their IEP’s.
Generally, I progress monitor academic goals once a month. My school… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
A lot of my school issued furniture is blue so I’m thinking a navy, white and lime striped/nautical theme. They were supposed to paint the wal… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
Live Binders is a great way to consolidate curriculum you want to share with students. Parents can access it too for ways to help augment helping at … Last reply by millie - 6 months ago
I’m a resource room teacher, so the most important for me is how i want the students to enter and leave the room. Then i teach supplies and ou… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
I teach special ed so an actual room (not one that used to be a closet) would be a good start. :p
I would love a lot of space for flexible sesting an… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
Labels, labels and more labels Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
I store my kindles and laptops in a dish rack with a multiport usb charger near it. I store iPods in a small Sterilite drawer system with holes cut i… Last reply by millie - 6 months, 1 week ago
You could do a board with super cute letters for amazing students or winning work and then post colored paper back drops to post work later. Then jus… Last reply by millie - 6 months, 1 week ago
http://organizedclassroom.com/ is pretty cool for teachers that love to stay organized all year! Super creative ideas for classroom decorating as we… Last reply by LL78 - 6 months, 1 week ago
I have used 1-2 ipads in a reading center during reading workshop. I also have headphone splitters so more than 1 student can be on each ipad and/or … Last reply by LL78 - 6 months, 1 week ago
We have had that issue before too, our cut off date is Sept 15, not nearly as late as yours but it’s tough. We have those that could have come… Last reply by Megan - 6 months, 2 weeks ago
The past couple years we’ve read jitter juice and then make jitter juice after we listen to the story. We talk about how we felt coming to scho… Last reply by Megan - 6 months, 2 weeks ago
We love Kahoot. I also really like Moose Math and Word Wagon from Duck Duck Moose. Last reply by Megan - 6 months, 2 weeks ago
I agree. I have often seen teachers treat paras as if they were somehow less worthy of respect and kindness. Many of our paras are more experienced w… Last reply by millie - 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi! I’m looking for some new Read Across America Day activity ideas and would love to know what you do in your classroom or school to celebrate… Last reply by Jdupuis - 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Bethany asks: “Do you still have calendar time or have you dropped it? I teach first grade and while my kids seem to like i… Last reply by Megan - 1 month, 4 weeks ago
I’d love to get my students involved with a day of service and possibly extend it to a service activity for the rest of the year. What do you d… Last reply by Jenna - 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Hi! I’m hoping to get a jump on planning far in advance over winter break and was wondering what your favorite read alouds are for African Amer… Last reply by Jenna - 2 months, 1 week ago
I learned that a position in a great school is opening up in late February. It’s at a school I have always wanted to teach at and have had my… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months, 1 week ago
It’s almost mid-way through the school year and the classroom library is disorganized and in desperate need of help. How do you keep your cla… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months, 1 week ago
Question: What’s your best behavior management advice?
So many Really Good Teachers are struggling with behavior management this year. Old tric… Last reply by Brandi Jordan - 2 months, 2 weeks ago
I am so lucky this year that I have so many parents who want to help and be involved in the classroom. Unfortunately, I’m running out of thin… Last reply by Melinda - 2 months, 3 weeks ago
A huge thank you to @megan for being our top contributor! Not only is she consistently offering up great advice, but her cheerful personality shines … Last reply by Megan - 2 months, 3 weeks ago
I have an SPD child in my classroom this year and it is making my classroom management a difficult thing to crack. Does anyone have ideas as to how I… Last reply by Melinda - 4 months, 2 weeks ago
A few of our Facebook friends need help with guided reading groups! Here are some of their questions – can you help?How do you manage guided … Last reply by Brandi Jordan - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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I have a class full of talkers…..I have no idea how to tame it! I’ve tried everything in my toolb… Last reply by Megan - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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I need ideas for finding time to meet with a reading group with students who are pulled out for services ever… Last reply by Brandi Jordan - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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I have a student in my pre-k class who is super hyper active, hitting and pushing the other kids and destroyi… Last reply by ppetrino - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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I have a challenging kindergarten class. Lots of aggressive behavior. They are sweet individually but are hav… Last reply by ppetrino - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
does anyone know any nice books for a class read aloud and any websites that can be used for teaching 1st for students and teachers to use? Last reply by Jenna - 5 months ago
What’s the best piece of advice you received as a student teacher? Last reply by igobylisa - 5 months, 1 week ago
What’s your favorite children’s book? Which book (or books) would you say is a must have for any classroom library? Last reply by HelloKitty - 5 months, 3 weeks ago
How do you manage your small reading groups and all of the supplies associated with them? Last reply by Brandi Jordan - 5 months, 3 weeks ago
I have been “blessed” with some ugly green, metal file cabinets (visualize Army surplus sale). Some even have dents and rust spots but t… Last reply by dteach08 - 6 months ago
Share your favorite education blog with us! It could be one you just happened upon, a friend’s, or even your own! Feel free to leave the link! Last reply by LL78 - 6 months, 1 week ago
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I HATE having piles of paper to keep track of. If I can communicate and keep track of data digitally I … Last reply by dteach08 - 7 months, 1 week ago
Last year was a disaster when it came to getting dinner on the table for my family after teaching all day. What are your favorite quick and healthy m… Last reply by dteach08 - 7 months, 3 weeks ago
What types of tech do you have in your classroom and how do you store it? Last reply by millie - 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Students love an excuse to have a celebration with a party ( and don’t forget the cupcakes!). Birthdays are an obvious way to do this. Still, … Last reply by Megan - 7 months ago
What do you usually do for your back to school bulletin boards? Last reply by millie - 7 months, 3 weeks ago
What are some of your favorite first day of school traditions? Last reply by Megan - 7 months, 3 weeks ago