Guest Post by Jenny Wise No one likes being stuck inside, especially kids. To keep them occupied, it’s good to have some plans in your pocket to keep them from climbing up the walls. Not being able to go outside and run around and play to burn off energy can negatively impact attention spans. … [Read more...] about Indoor Recess Activities When It’s Too Rainy To Go Outside
Setting up your classroom as a first-year teacher can be overwhelming and stressful! There are so many things to consider...storage, layout, organization, to name a few. But there are some simple ways to have an effective classroom management system that runs smoothly all year. Let's look at five … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Set up Your Classroom for Success
There are many important things that make up a modern classroom. In addition to having great curriculum, you need to have the tools and centers necessary for proper learning. Interest centers, or learning centers, are spaces that are set aside in the classroom to provide your students with access … [Read more...] about Creating Interest Centers for the Modern Classroom
Classroom management is a very important part of a teacher’s daily work. You may already know that sometimes the focus will be on managing the entire classroom, and other times, it will be focused on managing just one student or a smaller group of students. There are some downsides to focusing your … [Read more...] about Use Learning Contracts as Learning Tools
As a teacher, you know that there are many different ways to teach your students. It’s important that you are flexible as a teacher to different strategies that can help make learning easier and more fun for your students. Because students learn in different ways, you need to remain in tune to what … [Read more...] about What’s the Deal with Differentiated Instruction?
It's official. . .winter is here! Even though it made be freezing outside, you can still enjoy this season. Just bring the fun inside the classroom by learning about winter animals such as penguins, polar bears, and caribou. Students will love learning about these cool creatures! One of the best … [Read more...] about 5 Simple Anticipatory Sets That Make a Big Difference
Yoga is a state of mind. It helps relax and still the body. In this relaxed and focused state, you can direct the mind toward a particular goal or outcome with little distractions. Setting the stage with an “I can do it!” attitude helps inspire and motivate your students to work toward a specific … [Read more...] about Three Brilliant Ways to Use Yoga in the Classroom
The way that a classroom is organized speaks volumes about a teacher. There are some simple tips and tricks that can help you transform your organization skills so that you can mainly focus on the teaching and learning process. Read on to learn about five ways you can organize your classroom with … [Read more...] about 5 Teacher-Tested Ways to Organize Your Classroom
Ikea is one of those places that people, including myself, just love to go to! In fact, last Saturday my hubby and I went there for date night! We always go on interesting date nights. But we had a blast at Ikea! I was on a mission to go there and find some steals and deals for my classroom … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Organize Your Classroom at Ikea for Under $5
Group work is been proven to improve student retention and enhance student learning. In fact, our whole culture is based on team work and working together to solve problems. It makes sense that when people work together (more brainpower) they come up with more ideas, suggestions, and solutions to a … [Read more...] about Role Playing Equals an Effective Strategy for Group Work!
"Discussion Partners" are partners that work on an activity, reading assignment, project, or other assignment together and then discuss what they've learned or complete a written activity. Why use Discussion Partners? Research has shown that students not only need to read and write but … [Read more...] about Make History Come Alive with Discussion Partners!
Part One: The Awesome Project Self-esteem is the one of the most valuable tools for students to succeed in school. As teachers we are instrumental in making this happen. But how do we make it happen? Teachers have a lot of power! Do you remember your favorite teachers? The ones who made a … [Read more...] about Building Self-Esteem in the Classroom