Why I ditched my prize box

As a beginning teacher, I knew that it is important to recognize and reward positive behavior, so I adopted a prize box for the same reason I added “Go to the principal’s office” as number 5 on my list of consequences, well, because that’s what my teachers did. Those first few years, I didn’t really put a ton of thought into developing […]

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Class Routines–a list of 40 things to consider

As you prepare for a new school year, or even for your very first class, you will probably find lots of advice telling you how important routines are. Add this post to the list! In my opinion, class routines are THE most important part of teaching because they help your class run smoothly. And if your class doesn’t run smoothly, it […]

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prize box confessions and free class reward ideas

  Prize Box Confessions First grade me! (I LOVED that outfit!) I remember in first grade, my teacher had a prize box. I don’t remember the exact deal, but basically, if you were good for x amount of days, you got a prize. Well, I was always good, and I always got prizes. Mwah ha ha. So one day, my […]

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freebie friday and good character bingo

The world of blogging has opened my eyes to so many resources. For example, I just discovered Freebie Friday hosted by Teaching Blog Addict. Every Friday, teachers post FREE activities. You should definitely check them out. So many activities. This is my first Freebie Friday post ever. Enjoy! This is something I created to try to encourage positive behavior in my […]

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the fifth grader who meowed

  Here’s one to add to the “things they didn’t teach me in college” file. It was the first day of my second year teaching.  I was abounding with the confidence of having survived my first year and was thrilled when my new fifth graders came pouring into my portable. The students, still in first day honeymoon mode, were quiet […]

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