Cool School Ideas

Cool School Ideas

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guided reading table with dry erase circles - Great for math stations with me.

Last Chance & Cribs: Classroom Edition

27 Creative and Fun DIY Back to School Ideas. Good ideas, but no directions or list of materials.

37 Awesome DIYs To Make Before School Starts

5 easy set-up centers for your classroom - I can see this being used for sight words!

5 Easy Student Learning Centers

Password to enter the room: letter, shape, number, sight word, names Could also have a password journal where the kids write it each day

Kindergarten Rocks!: Classroom Pictures...Finally!

Put an interactive anchor chart in your small group centers! Kids will love being "the teacher" and you'll love the structure, engagement, and learning they provide!

Interactive Anchor Charts- My New Obsession

The Thinker Builder: How to Organize Your Small Groups to PREVENT the Headache

How to Organize Your Small Groups to PREVENT the Headache

Hot glue ribbon to the back of journals to use as bookmarks. Great idea!

Week One...Done...and a Whole Bunch of Fun!

LOVE LOVE LOVE! kindness wreath | add a ribbon for each act of kindness you catch a student doing throughout the year

How do we Teach Kindness?

Use the metal lunch kits as learning stations - all the cards, tasks, pieces go inside & stack easily. A funky twist on the envelope or file folder. FUN & FUNCTIONAL :D

Photo Sharing!

Bookmark for interactive perfect is this?

Posts about Science Notebooks on Kristen's Kindergarten

Book Tasting. This could be fun for the beginning of the year. Have the kids "taste" different books and fill in their reading notebook with what books they want to read that year.

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Ice Breakers | Community Post: 15 Awesome Classroom Ideas For Teachers

Community Post: 15 Awesome Classroom Ideas For Teachers

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

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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!

What is the Question?

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

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37 Insanely Smart Classroom Hacks

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.

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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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