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If you do fewer teacher-directed activities, that means the kids will naturally do more talking, doesn't it?  Not necessarily. I have often found myself talking almost constantly during group work and student-directed projects because I’m trying to push kids’ thinking, provide feedback, and help them stay on task. Even when the learning has been turned over…

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more

Coloring pages for grown ups! I so want these!

Coloring Pages for Adults

doorway to classroom.

To-Do List...I like this being on the main clipboard instead of in a binder so I could add to it as the day progresses. Much better than in a binder like the original idea that I saw.

Argyle & Polka Dots: To Do List- Teacher Style!

Investigating Nonfiction Part 2: Digging Deeper With Close Reading |

haven't seen this one before class rules

Discussion tables. Pick a passage from a book you are reading {read aloud, book club book, etc.} and glue it to the center of bulletin board paper and have the students write their thoughts about the passage and respond to their classmates.

Start your own "Wow! Notebook" -- a morale booster! When a staff member receives the notebook, they read the wonderful message that someone wrote for them. They, in turn, write a note to another staff member to encourage, give a boost, or to just say how much they are appreciated. At the bottom of the page they write, "Don't forget to pass it on....."

Hanselor the Counselor: WOW!

Parent Reading Tips

Parent Reading Tips

Play tic tac toe with spelling words! Awesome idea!

Great example of why students should vary sentences.

Simply 2nd Resources: Writing Foldable for Journals - BaDaBing!

No More Name Plates - this teacher writes the students names on their desks with sharpie paint pens and when the names need to come off you just cover with an expo dry-erase marker then wipe off with a kleenex and viola! So smart!

Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls: No More Name Plates

Use detergent caps and strips of velcro to keep pencils in place on desks. | 35 Money-Saving DIYs For Teachers On A Budget

35 Money-Saving DIYs For Teachers On A Budget

Class roster on a lanyard; easy attendance in case of emergencies. Nice! {image only}

Great idea for storing paper or magazines. Cardboard magazine boxes from Ikea

Des boites à archives pour ranger du papier

LOVE this! Hide Common Core questions under their seat and announce 'hot seat' sometime during the day. Whoever has a question under their seat has to answer it. Perfect way to review/have fun! This is an idea from kindergarten that could be used in ANY grade!!

Kindergarten Smiles: Common Core

Group work trick: Each student writes their own answer on a post-it, they bring the answers together and write a group answer in the center.

Runde's Room: Five For Friday - Test Prep and Angry Birds

This small Tupperware container is perfect so the students can still "roll" dice and I don't hear a sound or lose dice!

Cardigans and Curriculum

Ideas of how to make a standards checklist

What the Teacher Wants!: Common Core GALORE!

Felt chair footies keep floors from marking the floor and making too much noise. | 25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers

25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers

21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding - InformED


Edward Howell Designs: Grammar Posters

BATTLESHIP SPELLING PRACTICE~ In this 2-player, each students inserts his or her word list in spaces going across. Players take turns guessing coordinates. If they miss, they mark it on their board. If they hit a letter, they keep guessing until they miss. If they sink a word, the player marks it off of his list. The goal of the game is to sink all of your opponent's words. Fun and great practice!

E is for Explore!: Spelling Battleship

A great idea for silent reading time: Turn all lights on, then turn one off every five minutes to give students have a visual cue of how much time they have left to read.

Common Core Standards Mini-Posters - ELA 6th Grade

Common Core Standards Mini-Posters - ELA 6th Grade