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 […]

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 […]

Easy Tip for Hanging Student Work in the Classroom!

I LOVE hanging student work! It is so important for our students to feel pride and ownership of their work! My mom used to always hang our work on our refrigerator at home, but since my classroom doesn’t have a refrigerator, I had to create my own place to hang “fridge-worthy” work! I don’t have […]

Organizing and Managing Listening Center

One of my students favorite centers to go to is listening center!! While my students are at their centers they are working on and practicing targeted skills in independence while I work with students in small groups. Time is precious in the classroom and interruptions during small group instruction greatly hinder learning when “small” issues […]

Using Black Sock as Erasers

 Happy Thursday friends! Or as I like to call it, Happy Friday Eve! In my classroom we use personal whiteboards every day! They are a wonderful {and copy/paper free} tool for learning in the classroom! Students love using them to show their work and I love using them to assess their learning! I love everything […]

Reuse Disinfecting Wipe Containers for Storage

Let’s just admit it–this picture pretty much summarizes how teachers feel about containers! Lol -gotta love that baby face!When I got my teaching job I was blessed to have lots of great math manipulatives, but most of them were in ziploc bags. Talk about teacher nightmare! They wouldn’t stay sealed or sit or stack well […]

Organizing Materials and Papers for the Week

Organization saves my sanity!! Honestly, truly!! If I’m not organized and ready for the week, I stress out! Big time!! Some may call it OCD, I just like to call it being prepared! 🙂 There is so much that happens in the classroom that you can’t be truly prepared for–like when your sweet little one […]

5 Ways to Keep Classroom Control without Yelling

  Today I am going to share 5 Ways to Keep Classroom Control without Yelling.   Before we dive into the 5 ways, let’s first chat about yelling: At the beginning of every year I make a promise to my students and parents that I will not yell at my students. I make this promise at back […]