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Classroom Management

Digital Stickers to Motivate and Engage

When did digital stickers become a staple in our classrooms? We use them to express our pride in our students’ work. To motivate. To encourage. To improve the mood of the classroom. We use them to express gratitude and show appreciation. We use them to decorate, show personality, and generally

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5 Ways to Ease Back in After Winter Break

5 Ways to Ease Back in After Winter Break

The holidays are buzzing and winter break is near! It’s time to start thinking about what you want the spring semester to look and feel like in your classroom.  You’ve been planning all of your pre-winter break activities. Many of which you may have even found in our blog post

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Why you should review classroom procedures after break!

Why should we review classroom procedures after break? I hate to break it to you, but the honeymoon period is officially over. You all know what I’m talking about. Those blissful beginning weeks of school when behavior issues are at a minimum and students seem to be genuinely excited to

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Early Finisher Ideas

Early Finishers in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Early finishers…I don’t recall being taught about them in college but the struggle of what exactly to have them work on is REAL. Teacher Struggles with Early Finishers When I first started teaching, I would just have them read if they finished something early. Seemed easy enough. But some students

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Student Accountability During Centers

Before teaching 5th grade for 10 years, I taught Preschool (3-year-olds). So, using centers to teach and engage learners has always been a part of my lessons. It wasn’t until I taught 5th grade, though, that I knew I needed a student accountability piece during centers. During the time that

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Indoor Recess: 20+ FUN Ideas to Save Your Sanity

There are many reasons that you may need to resort to having indoor recess. Rain, snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures all can put a big damper on going outdoors. I personally hate indoor recess; the noise, the moving around, the close quarters, the inability for the kids to get their

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Fit Brag Tags into Your Already Busy Day!

I’m back with my third and final post about Brag Tags or Braggin Badges…for now anyway 🙂 This time I’m talking about how I squeeze Brag Tags into an already busy schedule.  We’ve already talked about how to get them started and organizing them in my two previous posts.  So now

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