How many times have you heard the question "What do I do now?" It has been the bane of my existence in the classroom for going on 28 years now. No matter how many times I tell the children what they can do when they finish their work, they just can't seem to do it. I've seen these "fast finisher" boards and whatnot around for a while now. But when I look at them, they just seem to hard for first graders, especially at the beginning of the year. Also, a lot of them involve me checking work ... Read More about Fast Finisher Board – Do you want a Fantastic Freebie ?
It is back to school time which means planning routines and procedures such as effective lining up to create a positive classroom environment. Do you find transitions and lining up disruptive? Things are going well and then it is time for a transition. Kids get excited, noisy, and sometimes upset when it comes to changing activities. Making transitions and lining up can be very stressful. It is important to create some classroom routines and procedures to avoid behavior problems and ... Read More about Free Lining Up Tips For Positive Classroom Management
What do teachers secretly do all Summer? Read to find out and grab your FREE To Do List too!I find it hilarious when my "non-teacher friends" ask me what I could possibly do all summer while we're out of school. Really? Did you just ask that crazy question - we all know they are just a little bit jealous . OMG! If we didn't have the summer to recharge, I don't think most of us would even begin to come back in August. LOL! :) Oh, and keep reading because I also have a FUN FREEBIE just for ... Read More about 12 Things Teachers Secretly Do in the Summer & FREE To Do List
A name tag glyph is a great getting-to-know-you activity for the first day or first week of school. I will show you how to make one here (or if you just want a free one, scroll down to the bottom! I will never know!) A glyph is a picture or symbol that gives information. Name glyphs are great for elementary aged students and I have even used them successfully with high school ESL students. What you need: paper (card stock works best but is not necessary), markers and crayons and a ... Read More about Back to School Name Tag Glyph
It is hard to believe that some of you have been on summer vacation for a month or more already! I taught until the end of June. If you have your own kids at home this summer, are tutoring or homeschooling, you may like this freebie! It is a free sample from my Swimming into Summer Math Pack.In the freebie, you get one of the pages from my "No Summer Slip and Slide" printables and the answer key. The full pack has 8 of them, one for each week of the summer, plus tons more activities. If you ... Read More about Summer Mixed Math Practice