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Use a cover slip when collecting assignments. Grade the assignment, record the grade on the cover slip, then pass the papers back to students. No alphabetizing papers for the grade book.

Divide the inside of a file folder into boxes that are slightly larger than small sticky notes. Write students' names in the boxes in alphabetical order, one name per box. Whenever you want to make a note about a student's progress, jot the information on a sticky note and then place it in the appropriate box. Periodically move the sticky notes to students' assessment folders. You'll have valuable information at your fingertips when it's time to prepare report cards.

Friday Journals--kids write a note on Friday to their parents telling what they learned that week. The parents write a short response back to their child, and the child brings the notebook back Monday. Each parent response earns a sticker for the cover. Love it--a great way to practice letter writing, and to get parents involved. Helps the children ingrain what has been taught into their memory too.

You should SEE EVIDENCE of your students' learning EVERYDAY. Exit Slips are an excellent way to ensure that your students are reflecting on their learning as well as a way to keep tabs on their progress.

Classroom layout has such a big impact on the students' experiences and learning in the classroom. Here are some the things I took into consideration when planning my classroom set up, along with the different arrangements and their pros and cons.

I use these Whole Brain Teaching attention getters on a daily basis with my ELL students. These attention getters are a great way to improve your classroom management. I usually pick one or two to teach the class at the beginning of the year. Then every month or every few weeks, I introduce a new attention getter, which my students can't wait for!!

A Teacher's Dream Grader!!!!! Wow. This has made grading just as the app suggest, a "Zip!" ZipGrade: Grade paper tests using your iPhone's camera

Instant Data idea AMAZING! Graded my students math test and today I went over it with them. I cut this paper up I made and gave each student a strip. As we went over each question, I had students color in the square if they had that question wrong. Once we were done with the test, I took each strip and taped them to a manila folder.

Interesting way to have children assess their work: Novice, Apprentice, Practicioner, Expert. Avoids negative connotations of rankings (like 1 being poor work, 5 being great work). Also avoids children giving themselves "A's" or "F's"