If you have a few extra manila file folders hanging around, think about making a few of these. When working on nonfiction writing, my students love to use these research folders. The kids love that they get to take notes on 3x5 cards and write on the folder with Expo marker (very exciting for third graders!). I love that they work on breaking their research down into subtopics and organize, and reorganize their notes. Once students have their notes written and organized ... Read More about Two Uses for File Folders
I love these lanyards! I bought three for my teammates a year ago as a back to school gift, and my colleagues loved them so much we ordered 40 more for our staff. I bought one for my fantastic mother-in-law whose nursing colleagues all ordered them too. Now I have them for my yearbook staff and (of course!) I now have three in different colors (brown/green polka dot, black ribbon with hot pink lettering, pastel paisley) and fonts (I like the "Love Letters" one) to match my mood and outfit. I ... Read More about Personalized Lanyards — Great Gifts!
I am still working on getting these bulletin board items ready for others to download, but I've been looking around at tons of teaching blogs and have been loving (and pinning!) all of the cool classroom pictures, so I wanted to put up some of my own. This is what my reading and writing workshop bulletin boards look like at the beginning of the year. I'll get some updated pictures soon -- since we're now at the end of the year. Exciting! ... Read More about Readers and Writers Workshop Bulletin Boards
Need an easy classroom management idea you can implement TODAY? Use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy. These work wonders with 2nd and 3rd grade students! This idea goes along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and comes from a fantastic college professor of mine. In his room, he had a table reserved as "Australia". If one of his students was having a ... Read More about Simple Classroom Management: The Magic of the Australian Flag
I should probably label this post Classroom Decor 3001 since my friend Jaclyn is an advanced classroom organizer and decorator. She has turned "the cave" (a.k.a. the classroom with no windows) into the coolest classroom space I've seen. Since one of my favorite things to find on classroom blogs are actual pictures of classrooms, here are some pictures of Mrs. Workman's second grade classroom. I would love to hang out here all day!I love her cool wall posters and fun fonts!How's ... Read More about My Favorite Classroom — Decor 101