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3 Ways to Manage a Take-Home Book Checkout System

3 Ways to Manage a Take-Home Book Checkout System

I’m a big believer in letting kids take books home. Yes, some of your books may get ripped, or lost, or drooled on by baby brothers. But this is a small price to pay in exchange for the incredible value that take-home books provide! As I’m sure you already know, some of the students in your…Continue Reading

3 Ways to Save Time In The Classroom with Trello

3 Ways to Save Time In The Classroom with Trello

One of the things I love most about teaching is the variety. Every day at school is different. Especially working with primary kids – you know there is never a dull moment! That said, there are still some things that, as teachers, we have to do over…and over…and over. We make copies, assess kids, grade papers,…Continue Reading

This Week in Intervention:  Teaching In The Hallway

This Week in Intervention: Teaching In The Hallway

Happy Saturday!  It has felt like a really long week, even though we had Monday off on account of the giant blizzard that hit Illinois.  This week I really got rolling with my Kindergarten interventions (in this post, I shared that I’ll be working with only Kindergarten students for the rest of the school year).I…Continue Reading

My Homemade Planner

My Homemade Planner

Hey there!  I’m on Day 3 of no school due to the cold…meaning that we’ve had school for a grand total of 2 days during the past 3 weeks, thanks to winter break!  Eesh!  Going back for a full week next week is gonna be rough.  Assuming, that is, that the temps actually climb above -300…Continue Reading

Time to Get Organized!

Time to Get Organized!

Happy Sunday!  Today I spent some time getting my teacher binder ready for the school year.  I use a regular 3-ring binder and then make a cover that I put inside the plastic.  I put my full name on it, but I also made a set to share with you! Click on the picture to…Continue Reading

Making the Most of Bulletin Boards

Making the Most of Bulletin Boards

I have to confess – I was never one of those teachers who loved doing bulletin boards. When I was in my teacher training program, I never longed for the day that I’d put up my own butcher paper, borders, and die-cut letters.  Not me!  I’ve always thought bulletin boards were a little bit of…Continue Reading

Magnet Clothespins

Magnet Clothespins

Ah, clothespins…what teacher doesn’t have a good stash of them in her cabinets?!  I’ve used them for so many different things in the classroom.  When I had a “stoplight” behavior chart, I wrote the kids’ names on them and had them move the clips between colors.  When I taught PreK, I wrote letters on clothespins…Continue Reading

Are your desk name tags falling off?!

Are your desk name tags falling off?!

Are your desk name tags falling off yet?!  I know in my classroom, the tape was usually half peeled off and the tags were just gross-looking by this time in the year!  Not this year, though!   At the beginning of this year, a teacher friend showed me how to just write on the kiddos’…Continue Reading