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The Ultimate Classroom Camping Theme with Sub Binder and Teacher Binder

Organization and decorating themes are the key to beginning a fun new school year! The ultimate classroom camping theme classroom mega pack /bundle contains 358 pages of printables for your classroom use. Even if you don’t have a classroom theme,… Continue Reading →

Glow in the Dark Lightning Bugs

I’m making lightning bugs for my classroom camping theme!  I’m really excited about these because they are going to GLOW IN THE DARK – Glow in the Dark Lightning Bugs!!  To make these, you will need a glue gun, plastic… Continue Reading →

How to Make Tissue Paper Birds Nest

This tissue paper bird’s nest is SUPER easy to make and they fit in nicely with my camping/hiking motif. The nests can be made well in advance of school starting. I made my nests while watching a movie in June!… Continue Reading →

What is Rigor?

What is Rigor? Rigor is… Everyone is talking about rigor in the classroom. So what is rigor? Well, first let me tell you what rigor is not. Rigor is not unfriendly. It is not boring or fun-free. You do not… Continue Reading →

A New School Year Getting it to Gather for the Beginning

Room Cleaned Materials Organized Syllabi Printed Clothes Ironed Lunches Made Bags Packed It’s a new school year!  I’ve moved to eighth grade math! I’m really excited about the move but a little nervous too. I’ve spent the last 14 years… Continue Reading →

End of the Year Survival Linky Party

WELCOME to Do We Get a Grade for This’ End of the Year Survival Linky Party! I am always so excited about the end of the year and for many reasons. First, I’m just ready for a break. Second, I… Continue Reading →

Show No Weakness!

SHOW NO WEAKNESS!  Last week, my teacher neighbor was out.  He ended up with two different subs – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  I’ll set the stage by letting you know, I work in an inner… Continue Reading →

Helping Students Make the Grade… Is this Common Core?

Is this common core?  This is going to be a very short post…  I found the panic this student was feeling quite funny and the solution hilarious! Last week, the social studies teacher had the students create a T-shirt for… Continue Reading →

20 Easy Strategies for Improving Student Engagement

It’s Spring Break but I’m still doing a little (school) work.  I went to a workshop this week on strategies for improving student engagement.  I have to say I was excited about the workshop until I had to get up… Continue Reading →

Teacher’s Most Feared Words…

It ALWAYS starts on Madhouse Monday!!! A Teacher’s Most Feared Words… Monday we had faculty meeting…  same O’ same O’.  We talked about the end of quarter tests.  We discussed the security procedures for those tests.  A few other announcements… Continue Reading →

Classroom Management Thoughts for a First Year Teacher

I remember teaching my first class like it was yesterday even though it has been 16+ years ago.  I completed all of my course work, visited classrooms of veteran teachers, and I loved children…  What more could I need?  Well,… Continue Reading →

Managing Classroom Behaviors with Check Sheets

My first year of teaching was exciting and scary!  One of my main concerns was classroom management.  I was lucky to have a wonderful team of teachers working with me and they shared many of their systems for classroom management…. Continue Reading →

Special Education IEP at a Glance

It’s almost that time again! I’m getting ready for school to start and I’m already thinking about my students who will need extra attention. Last year, I started using a special education IEP at a Glance form for my special… Continue Reading →

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