Organization for new teachers can be very difficult. In this blog post we will identify the top 5 organizing tips for the school year if you are a new teacher. By no means are these the only five, but they will get you started on having a great year. Make a list... A teacher's best friend can be a list. Make sure to start making lists of items you need to buy to decorate your classroom and things you want to do once you are in your room. If you are a new teacher, you will want to make your classroom your own. This would involve making a list of the decorations that you will choose to use for the school year.  Your list should also have the supplies you will need to get your classroom up and running. Click here or on the picture below for a free checklist that you can use to get started in your classroom. Have a calendar/planner... If there is one thing that a teacher cannot live without, it is a planner. This is your lifeline to what is happening in your classroom and ...
One of the most important times of my school day is our independent reading time.  It's sacred--and we have even been given the directive from our district office to support that.  All elementary students MUST have 30 minutes of independent reading per day.  That means if they are pulled for interventions or small groups, they cannot be pulled from independent reading. We all know that students learn to read by reading.  End of story. That being said, once in a while, it's fun to shake things up a bit!  Whether you've had a long string of indoor recess days or just need to bring in a little fun, maybe some of these activities will be just what you need! Lights out, flashlights on! One thing that students of ALL ages love is reading with flashlights!  You can ask for donations or watch for sales...but turning out the lights and snuggling down with a flashlight is a ton of fun.  Not enough for everyone?  Combine it with buddy reading!  You could even project ...
It happens every school year. Students rush out of the doors that last bell before summer break. And for most, that is the last time for a few months that they will be near anything remotely education related. So all those gains you saw in your students start to whittle away as summer slips by. But it doesn't have to be this way. There are many things that your students can be doing over summer vacation that will help them continue to learn in a fun and engaging way. We have broken down our 5 ways into the 5 core subjects in school. This, by no means, is a final list, but it is a great place to start! Reading 1. Read With Someone Reading can be fun when you read to someone else. It could be a friend, younger sibling, or even a pet. Taking the time to ready with someone else will put a smile on their face. 2. Reading Calendars Make reading fun by having students track their minutes over the summer. Then next school year have them stop in for a treat from you! It coul...