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I love this timer and it's only $11.00 at

Accountable talk strategy - each table group gets a ball of yarn; one student recalls a fact from the text (can tweak for whatever strategy their working on) and then rolls the yarn to another student who can recall a fact; continue rolling the yarn to make a web of knowledge

Good Morning Mrs. Rubie

This is a "Shout Out Wall" where students can shout out their success in school, home, work or activities

Good night, Posterous

chalkboard signs on clothespins - these are terribly clever! Would be great to display prices.

Goin' Over The Edge: Making chalkboard tags ala Stampin' Up!

LOVE this! Students are given an answer, THEY write the question!

Library's 'Iron Chef' competition sends teens into battle with Twinkies

Ideas for classroom organizing

37 Insanely Smart School Teacher Hacks

FacebookTwitterPinterestE-mail It’s Bright Idea time again… and I have to admit.. this is totally not my Bright Idea but one that was shared with us at school one day and SO worthy of sharing with the world!! We all work with so many amazing teachers who don’t blog or share on social media but is …

Never Run Out of Tissues Again – A Bright Idea!

Create you sub plans as a video. Students get instruction directly from you and makes the life of the guest teacher so much easier.

Make an Electronic Sub Plan - Instructify

The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the story.

Fun (and free!) countdown timers for the classroom! Read this blog post on Corkboard Connections to find out where to download these timers and more and some tips for using them in the classroom.

Corkboard Connections: Fun Countdown Timers for the Classroom

"Table Texting" is a fun, interactive strategy you can use to get students to talk about whatever topic they need to discuss but are reluctant to.


Clever idea! Use wall pop vinyl stickers on a table as a personal dry erase board.

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Acrostic Poems Using Students' Names: What a simple and sweet gift for them.

Exit Ticket - great idea! Use a dry erase board with the question. Have students line up and whisper answer to teacher on the way to lunch! No paper!

Fresh & Fun First Grade: Exit Ticket

Request to Retest, put the ownership back of the students. Love this!

Math = Love: Free Downloads

Students can put them in their pocket as a reminder that someone thinks they "rock"!

Entirely Elementary...School Counseling

Use hula hoops for an interactive venn diagram! Love it!

Easy strategy for assigning partners

A New Way to Introduce the Color Wheel | The Art of Ed

tutorial for 3d lettering - so neat!!! For spell books

PitterAndGlink: Give Thanks Art

How to clean your microwave in 5 minutes or less - www.classyclutter...

Use carnival tickets for classroom reward system...and use a free-standing toilet paper holder as a dispenser!

I've Got Class: That's the Ticket!

Story Stones are a Creative Way to Tell Stories and Also Offer Sensory Play Experience. Learn How to Make Story Stones and Use them to Facilitate Storytelling - driven by the kids themselves.

How To Make Story Stones and Facilitate Group Storytelling

Make a four-pocket folder by combining a folder with brads with a plain two-pocket folder. | 25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers

25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers

10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids!

I.N.K.: 10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids