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Managing Middle School Behaviors with Google Forms

I have a new principal this year and I’ve noticed that she uses Google Docs quite often to survey the staff. I really liked the idea and it seemed very easy to collect data from the teachers. Then my grade… Continue Reading →

Speeding Ticket

I always have students who rush through their work or the writing is so sloppy that I have a hard time reading it. I few weeks ago I saw a post from Teach 123 which mentioned using a speeding ticket… Continue Reading →

8 Easy Tips to Help You Survive the End of the School Year

Mardi Gras has ended and spring break is around the corner.  The weather is getting warmer and the students are ready for school to be OVER!  (The teachers are ready too!)  Teachers Get Ready for End of the Year Survival… Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Improve Rigor for Administrative Walk Throughs

Last year, my principal was trained on a new “walk through” evaluation system that looked for ways to improve rigor in the classroom. As a result of his training, a teacher friend and I were the two lucky teachers who were used… Continue Reading →

Classroom Management Tips that Work

Every teacher has their own classroom management style that works for them.  I know I have mine and it is different from the teacher next door but we do share some classroom management styles that work in both of our… Continue Reading →

What is Your Classroom Management Style?

Classroom Management Style All teachers adopt their own classroom management style. The style usually tells you a lot about their personality and their personal beliefs on how students should be taught. Whether you are a beginning teacher or a seasoned… Continue Reading →

While You Were Out Form

Students will miss class from time to time.  I’ve found that it is very helpful to give a while you were out form to a student helper at the beginning of class to complete for an absent student. The student… Continue Reading →

Parent Teacher Conference Form 2

I really enjoy parent teacher conferences. I learn a lot about students and I can usually make a connection with the parent so that we can have an open line of communication.  I’ve always used a parent teacher conference form… Continue Reading →

Individual Behavior Documentation

Keeping track of student behaviors is beneficial for parent conferences and evaluation for special services.  On a daily basis, I use my check sheet.  It’s quick and only takes a second to document a student’s behavior. Sometimes I am required… Continue Reading →

5 Easy Tips to Help You Become a Super Substitute

Five easy tips to help you become a super substitute teacher!  When I cannot be at school, I feel much better knowing I have a good substitute.  I really don’t expect the students to do a lot of work but… Continue Reading →

Classroom Camping Theme Blue Bird Template

I am giving my classroom a complete makeover! I am going to have a classroom camping theme. I love to hike and camp. My students are always asking questions and want to see pictures – this was my motivation. Yesterday, I… Continue Reading →

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 →

Incomplete Homework Notice 1

I keep a stack (or folder) of incomplete homework notes on my desk.  When a student fails to complete their homework, I have the students complete the form and log it on my check sheet.  The student must get the… 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 →

IEP at a Glance

If you have ever read an IEP, you know it can be difficult to keep up with all of the modifications you need to make or the services you must provide. I had a hard time with all of this… Continue Reading →

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