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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.

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.

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Managment: If you are having classroom management problems, take a look at this article, which explains what NOT to do, and the more effective practices you should try instead.

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Managment: If you are having classroom management problems, take a look at this article, which explains what NOT to do, and the more effective practices you should try instead.

27 Tips For Effective Classroom Management - a great info graphic as a quick reference on how to be an effective teacher with classroom management.

Classroom Management

27 Tips For Effective Classroom Management - a great info graphic as a quick reference on how to be an effective teacher with classroom management.

Get a return postcard from Disney characters! This is a fun idea for reluctant writers.

Handwriting Practice for Kids :: Make Writing Fun

10 Picture Books That Inspire Kids to Write -- with short descriptions of how and why.  Now I want to read My Map Book!

10 Picture Books That Inspire Kids to Write -- with short descriptions of how and why. Now I want to read My Map Book!

Love this idea! Synonym Garden - paint chips/boring words/thesaurus. Boring word goes on palest color, more interesting words go on vibrant color. Make a bulletin board out of all the words to be used throughout year when writing/speaking.

Love this idea! Synonym Garden - paint chips/boring words/thesaurus. Boring word goes on palest color, more interesting words go on vibrant color. Make a bulletin board out of all the words to be used throughout year when writing/speaking.

Story Bags- Put random stuff in each bag and have them make up and write a story based on what is in the bag. Great for fictional writing.

Story Bags- Put random stuff in each bag and have them make up and write a story based on what is in the bag. Great for fictional writing.

FREE! Writing Narrative Endings Printable anchor chart- Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

FREE! Writing Narrative Endings Printable anchor chart- Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

Writer's Notebook Organization!  This is a great, very well explained idea for using a standard spiral notebook to create a really useful writer's notebook. Whether you use it for a classroom or an individual budding writer, this inexpensive idea will be a hit.

Writer's Notebook Organization! This is a great, very well explained idea for using a standard spiral notebook to create a really useful writer's notebook. Whether you use it for a classroom or an individual budding writer, this inexpensive idea will be a hit.

FREE Printables to create your own Family Response Journals.  Kids and parents write back and forth all year.  GREAT end of the year gift!

FREE Printables to create your own Family Response Journals. Kids and parents write back and forth all year. GREAT end of the year gift!

After my students write a piece I have them leave it on their desks when they go to lunch or special area classes. I place a Skittle on each correct punctuation mark (and I usually put one or two one if they indent a paragraph). Let me tell you, Skittles are the great motivator!

After my students write a piece I have them leave it on their desks when they go to lunch or special area classes. I place a Skittle on each correct punctuation mark (and I usually put one or two one if they indent a paragraph). Let me tell you, Skittles are the great motivator!