Staying Organized with Erin Condren

Organization for me is a necessity. Call it Type A or OCD, regardless of the nametag I seriously cannot function without it both in the classroom and out of it! I’m a visual kind of girl–I need to see it all laid out and have what I need right at my fingertips. Whether it’s organizing my classroom […]

Quick, Easy, and Effective Informal Assessment

Ongoing assessment is SO important in our classrooms! The goal of all instruction is student success and ongoing assessment is vital for me to see how my students are doing and how I need to adjust my teaching. I am always trying to fill my teacher toolbox with quick, easy, and effective informal assessment tools. I love […]

You’ve Got to PROVE IT! {a FUN song to show understanding!}

Hi my name is Becca Foxwell and I like to sing. It’s true. And as a result my kids sing. Everyday. We are constantly incorporating music into our learning! My love of music is not the only reason I utilize it in the classroom. There are so many benefits to integrating music into your classroom–but […]

We Like to Move It, Move It with Bouncy Bands!

When you have a classroom full of 6 and 7 year olds and need to keep them engaged and motivated to learn you have to get them MOVING!! We move and groove all day long with gestures, songs, and brain breaks. We’re on the carpet, we’re at the small group table, we’re in centers, we’re […]

The Power of Appreciation

Words have power. We talk a lot about this in first grade as we learn to be respectful–treating others the way that you want to be treated. Being respectful also just so happens to be the 2nd rule in our classroom:  Words can build up or they can tear others down. When we talked about […]

Appreciation Gift Tags! {Set 1-Miscellaneous Gift Tags}

Who doesn’t love receiving a thoughtful gift?! A little gift can truly make someone’s whole day!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you heard about my latest product (and hopefully entered into winning a copy before you could buy it)! I love giving gifts and showing people how much I appreciate them! And a […]

Using Table Leaders to Build Leadership Skills

Students need to be equipped with skills to succeed and one of the areas that I love helping students grow in is in leadership skills. One of the ways that I build leadership skills in my classroom is by utilizing table leaders. If you haven’t used this idea before, I hope that today’s post will […]

Embracing Spring Fever

It was almost 80 degrees on Monday! 80 degrees felt so heavenly compared to the bitter cold winter we are still recovering from. My hubby and I went to visit family over the Easter weekend and we got inches of snow on Easter! Inches people!! Yes this would have been wonderful in December, but it’s […]

Keep Family First & a Date Jar Freebie!

Today is my last day of school before we have off Friday and Monday for Easter Break! With lots of family time on the horizon this weekend, I figured there was no better time to share a non-teaching tip that is close to my heart. So this tip is one that we all know, I […]

Easter Gift Tag FREEBIE

Happy Sunday! I know that some of you are coming off of or heading into Spring Break, but if you are like me we still have 4 days of school this week before enjoying Easter break! So today I am stopping by to share a little freebie that I made for my students and co-workers […]