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Classroom Mailboxes

The end of the day in an elementary class can be so chaotic without the use of specific classroom routines. When I first started teaching, part of the end of the day routine was passing out all the papers that I had graded or that needed to be returned. We also had numerous school papers from the office that needed to go home. I am a huge fan of using the students as helpers, but when it ... Read More about Classroom Mailboxes

Top 10 Classroom Supplies

It is time to start thinking about next year already. Maybe admin has given you money to spend for next year, or you need to make a classroom supply list for the student's families to purchase, or you still have left over money to spend. I like to plan ahead for next year. Each school is different in the way they handle supplies and each socio-economic level of your population will factor in on ... Read More about Top 10 Classroom Supplies

How to Teach Project Based Learning

I was introduced to Project Based Learning several years ago. I had takensome time off of teaching to be a mom and when I came back to the "Worldof Education" it was a little nerve wracking because so much had changed.Technology was more widely used, behavior was worse, common core was in most schools and the ways to teach were all so much different than I had done or was taught. I knew going ... Read More about How to Teach Project Based Learning

6 Reasons to Teach Character Education

Student behavior in the Spring always seems to get worse. It happens every year! I have a few theories: Winter was way too long!They have gotten really comfortable with their classmates and they feel they can be themselves more.They know what to expect each day.Classroom management has gotten too laxed.Teachers are starting to expect more out of students because it is well into the school ... Read More about 6 Reasons to Teach Character Education

Animal Survival Project

What if I had animal teeth? Could I eat my morning cereal? Would I be able to brush them all? We have our teeth to help us eat and survive and animals have special teeth to help them survive. This Unit on "What if I had Animal Teeth" helps students to research various animal teeth and decide how that animal's teeth help them survive in their habitat. I love starting this unit off with the ... Read More about Animal Survival Project

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