The Teacher Test…What is YOUR Score?

We spend a lot of time testing our students. Ahem. I mean collecting valuable data used to drive instruction. It’s time for teachers to take a test of their own. Read the questions and add up your own points to determine your score. 1.You own a Christmas sweater. (5 points) -You own sweaters for other holidays (2 points each) Look at […]

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reading doesn’t always mean chapter books and Freebie Friday!

One thing I always like to stress in my classroom is that reading doesn’t always mean chapter books. I think about myself. Yes, I can comprehend Shakespeare, and with a little help from Spark’s Notes I got a great big B in college Shakespeare. I love to read, and I read all the time. Well I used to before I […]

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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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spotlight student

I don’t know about you, I am all about easy in the classroom. Many of my classroom management, behavior, and reward ideas centered around two key words: easy and cheap. You don’t need to spend a ton of time or money to establish great routines that work in your class. For me, Spotlight Student was perfect, and I kept it as […]

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class games

I use class games as part of my behavior system. When students spell AWESOME, we play a class game. It provides a nice brain break, too! Here are some of the favorites from my classroom: Heads Up Seven Up Choose seven students to come to the front of the room. Say, “Heads down, thumbs up.” Everyone else puts their heads […]

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