4 Tips for Students who Say “I Don’t Get it!”

We’ve all had those students who get a new assignment and immediately say, “I don’t get it” even before they’ve taken a look at the directions. For some kids, they truly feel they don’t understand, and for others, they’ve gotten used to teachers and/or parents doing the hard part for them. We want our students to be problem-solvers, self-starters, confident […]

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Classroom Management Tips

Happy September Everyone! (How is it already September?!) This month’s topic is classroom management tips. I hope you find some good tips here, and be sure to check out the other bloggers who have linked up. Something Old Here is an old post that I did about building class community. I made this anchor chart and then we would play […]

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How NOT to Manage Your Class

Have you read the book How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson? It’s one of my favorites for back to school because it’s funny and gives kids a good reminder of what NOT to do to be a good friend. There are a ton of great blog posts and webpages devoted to giving teachers tips on what to do on […]

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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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you don’t HAVE to have class jobs

I’m just going to throw this out there in case you’re stressing about class jobs like I used to. Class jobs are great. They instill responsibility in students. They help teachers stay organized. Some teachers are really great at managing them. I was not one of those teachers, and you may or may not be, either. And it’s OK! You […]

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