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Effort meter; excellent to help them self-evaluate - love this freebie!

Peachy Speechie: Effort Meter

End of Year Turtle Compliments - Have students each tape a "shell" on their back. Then they walk around and write down a compliment to each of their classmates. This is a silent activity because turtles don't talk. Finally, they can take them off and read them.

HoJos Teaching Adventures: End of Year Turtle Compliments

Information about quiet signals and timers for the classroom as well as tips for using them effectively

A Dozen Ways to Wrap Up the School Year - from Laura Candler's online file cabinet

End of the Year Activities

Dry-erase vinyl circles - Pinner wrote: I have had these for two months now, and they still look great! Kids love solving problems on them!

FlapJack Educational Resources: Vinyl Dry-Erase Circles

A Bright Idea for Classroom Management: Using table "spots" to assign responsibilities and get things done! from Finding JOY in Sixth Grade (blog)

Managing and sending home student work is a snap with foldies and unit overviews! Parents love 'em! All you need is construction paper and a stapler!

Book Raffles for distributing books new to your classroom!

5 Reasons to Love Student-Led Conferences...a very real post that gets to the heart of why we teach.

Read the book "There" to help students create their overall goals for the school year.

* I think it is great to have a set of daily rules for your students to follow when you are there but establishing a set of rules, behavior expectations, and consequences for when you are NOT there is an amazing idea! Anchor Charts - Sub Rules

Substitute cheat sheet-- create something similar with your own procedures

Musical Scoot: basically kids dance around the room until the music stops; then they find a task card and do what it says. Great way to drill many different skills/work with different manipulatives/instruments, etc.

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Free Printable Abstract Coloring pages- loved these in art class growing up

Famous Failures--inspiring stories to share with students FAIL - first attempt in learning!!

This is a great way to greet the students on the first day. The teacher gives each student a Meet the Teacher page and a goodie bag. There is also a student info sheet on each desk. This could be a great first assignment for students to begin working on as soon as they enter the room.