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Classroom Management

6 reasons to use digital resources

6 Reasons to Use Digital Resources in the Classroom

These 6 reasons to use digital resources in the classroom prove that a healthy blend of digital and physical resources in the classroom is key to good classroom management, helping reduce waste, and keeping kids engaged. We live in a digital world, and I am a digital girl… I know

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Tips for Playing Games

Tips for Playing Games in the Classroom

Playing games in the classroom doesn’t have to result in chaos. Try some of these tips to help set expectations as you get started with games in your classroom. When I mention playing a game in your classroom, what is your gut response?  Are you excited, joyful, cautious? Lots of

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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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