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9 Essential Classroom Management Tools

Having the right classroom management tools in your teaching toolkit can completely change your class dynamic! We all know students learn better in a well-managed classroom. How do we get there though? Sometimes it seems impossible! Here are 9 essential management tools to add a little peace and order to

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Building a Classroom Library that Excites and Inspires

A classroom library should be one of the most utilized spaces in your classroom, but stocking and organizing your library can be a challenge. Let’s talk about how to build that library, and at the end of the day, how to keep it organized. Building your classroom library I can’t

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Teacher Podcasts

The Best Podcasts for Teachers

The summer is when we teachers think about professional development and frantically searching for fresh, novel ideas to ramp up our teaching. One of the best ways to grow as a professional and set an example for our students is through professional growth and development. I love listening to podcasts

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How to Avoid the Monday Morning Teacher Blues

The Monday Morning Teacher blues are real.  I’ve been there before, and I don’t want to go back! I’m sure you have too. Monday mornings. You either love the endless possibilities that your week holds, or you hate it. There’s not an in-between. And teacher friend, I’ve dealt with the

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The Crayon Man Activity for National Crayon Day

Everyone loves crayons! Kids and adults alike.  I remember as a little child getting my box of 64 counts Crayola crayons. I was so excited when they added a crayon sharpener on the front of the box. There’s just something about a brand-new box of crayons that brings a smile

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Teaching Students to Write and Punctuate Dialogue

I love that my students love to write! They are so creative and come up with some of the best story plots with all the right elements. But there’s just one thing… They tend to overuse the word said when writing dialogue. I often get multiple stories with “he said”,

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Teaching Activities for Women’s History Month

In the past 100 years, women have paved the way and earned the right to vote. Women have made great contributions to society. We can all agree that this is huge and so encouraging for every female. We typically honor women in March.  And yes, we should be highlighting in

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How to Reach Unreachable Students

  I’m sure there has been a time during your teaching career, (and if not, hang on there probably will be) that you’ve encountered an unreachable student in the class. But what is an unreachable student, and how can they be identified? An unreachable student is one who does not

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Learning About Lesser-Known Figures in Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the Civil Rights movement with students and the impact that Black History has left on America. But what if we approached teaching it a different way? Most students are educated on the legacies left behind by those such as

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