A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And ...

Following Directions and Listening Game: Teacher Says! from Coffee Cups and Crayons

FREE Classroom Posters For Every Teacher, because we all teach Character Education! From Light Bulbs and Laughter.

Pixar Short Film: For the Birds (This one is great for the beginning of the year, especially to infer important ideas about friendships, tolerance, bullying, and more. Great "moral to the story.")

median mode mean range - LOVE THIS!!!!

Empathy/Kindness Lesson... read a short story, tearing off pieces of the heart. After the story, lead a discussion about putting the heart back together, and ask students about kind things they can do for others. As they discuss acts of kindness, pick the pieces off the floor. Then glue the pieces on a poster as a reminder to have a kind heart.

use wrapping paper or fabric to decorate an ugly metal desk. Love this idea!!

Math Coach's Corner: Literature Link: Too Much Glue. What a fantastic book to read aloud as you introduce your math journals! Includes a FREE printable your kiddos can put in their journal.

OMGosh! Excellent video on keeping voices down in the classroom. This guy is stinkin hilarious! Could use this one when teaching sing/speak/whisper/shout

teaching circumference and area with paper plates

Smart Teaching - very interesting infographic.

Snowball Fight...kids write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper. They do not write their names on the paper. Wad it up and on your command, have a "snowball" (or baseball) fight. At the end of 1 minute, each student grabs the nearest snowball and tries to guess who wrote it. Would be great at the beginning of the year!

enforceable statements vs. commands - a slight change can make all the difference

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!!

Behavior Punch Card!

TEACHERS ---- this is great :) I LOVE this! I can't stand the shoulder shrug and "I don't know" response.

Love these tips for helping preschoolers and kindergartners learn to write!

Hello Mrs Sykes - Resources for Teachers: When You Talk to Your Child's Teacher...

Crumpled paper bullying lesson. How we get our students to understand the lifelong affects that bullying has on a person

Every teacher needs this in their classroom... to remind them of what they truly do.

Tuesday's Tip for Teachers: Need a creative class management tool that's a bit different? When the class works well together, they get a piece to a puzzle. When the puzzle is complete, they earn a reward! This not only promotes teamwork and togetherness but you can also use the puzzle as an example of many pieces coming together to create a whole, just like a class full of students.