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Back to School Made Easy with Forms, Checklists, and Printables

Back to School Made Easy with Forms, Checklists, and Printables

Getting ready for a new school year can be stressful. Meetings, planning, professional development, classroom setup - the list goes on. One way to make things a little less hectic is to use forms and checklists to help keep you organized. These printables can be used...

How to Customize and Set Up the Perfect DIY Teacher Planner

How to Customize and Set Up the Perfect DIY Teacher Planner

Many teacher planners available on the market are quite expensive and not customizable. If you want a lesson planner that is tailored specifically to your needs, then you may want to consider creating your own. This guide is filled with tips and tricks and will show...

How Using Positive Notes for Students Made Me a Better Teacher

How Using Positive Notes for Students Made Me a Better Teacher

It’s far too easy to get stuck in a funk mindset where the smallest things can irritate you. By mid-year, I’d start to feel that little nag in the back of my mind that would start focusing on the ridiculous things my students were doing. It made me miserable. Adding...

3 Simple Ways to Save Time During the School Day

3 Simple Ways to Save Time During the School Day

Teachers have enough on their plates every day. Finding ways to make tasks easier and more efficient will help save time during the school day. In turn, it will help you get out the door at the end of contract hours a little bit faster. The ultimate goal is to start...

7 Ways to Make Your End of Day Routine Stress-Free

7 Ways to Make Your End of Day Routine Stress-Free

It's never too late in the school year to establish an end of day routine in your classroom. Having predictable procedures will calm the chaos and ensure you get everything done before students head home for the day. In each of the three schools I taught at, the...

A Whole Class Reward System That Works Like a Charm

A Whole Class Reward System That Works Like a Charm

Individual student recognition is great, but there will always be students who have difficulty earning even a small amount of positive reinforcement. A whole class reward system can be the answer to turning your classroom management around when you need a change. It...

5 Great Things You Can Do With Class Newsletters

5 Great Things You Can Do With Class Newsletters

Every school year, no matter what grade I was teaching, I sent home weekly class newsletters. I firmly believe that communication between school and home is essential when building a bond between the two. Even if you have parents who don't bother to read it, there are...

What Teachers Need to Know About Curriculum Mapping

What Teachers Need to Know About Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum mapping is a process that helps teachers understand what students must know and be able to do after teaching, how content will be taught, and how learning outcomes will be assessed. Creating a curriculum map at the beginning of the school year allows...

3 Simple Ways to Save Time Lesson Planning

3 Simple Ways to Save Time Lesson Planning

The first few years that I was in the classroom, I spent far too much time lesson planning each week. For some reason, I thought the more time I spent planning, the better of a teacher I was becoming. If you scroll far enough back in my Instagram feed, you'll see...

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