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this lesson plan is SERIOUSLY AMAZING. what a great way to get kids beyond the "drama." | YourKids Teacher: Erasing Meanness

Neat idea for an exit slip - "Give Me a . and a ?" at the end of a lesson. Students have to write a quick statement about what they've learned and question they are not sure about. If they don't have a question they can create a quiz question.

I actually did this lesson on the first day of school in conjunction with teaching my classroom rules/expectations. I was afraid that my jr high kids would think it was stupid- but they liked it and I actually had kids with tears in their eyes because of this lesson. Already seen a change in attitudes

5th grade blog - I love these ideas for the beginning of the school year. It builds classroom community and begins setting up the expectations for the classroom.

The Dare to Differentiate wiki offers a wealth of resources for teachers implementing differentiated instruction in the classroom. These include understanding by design, planning, creating a supportive environment, knowing the learning, pre-assessment and continuous assessment, and more than a dozen strategies. LOTS OF MENU BOARDS AS WELL!!!

Creating a Classroom Constitution is a great activity for Constitution Day. :) Jodi from The Clutter-Free Classroom

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Building Classroom Community

Building Classroom Community |

Parts of a Plant from Lakeshore Learning: Kids identify the parts of a plant and learn how plants grow!

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Greeting Students

Ideas for greeting students to Increase Engagement and classroom community

First week of school activity-have each student decorate a puzzle piece to describe themselves and then put together on a wall. Love this idea for creating a classroom community.

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Organize Your Weekly Plans

Organize Your Weekly Plans! - The Organized Classroom Blog