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    parent-teacher conference reminder notes

    What a great idea for conferences~! This teacher makes a board of some handouts perfect for practicing at home, because so many times the parents want to help but aren't sure how (or don't have the materials). Brilliant!


    Research has shown that our brains work better after even minimal activity. Start your day off right with morning stretches!

    Mrs. E Teaches Math: Dollar Store Finds for the Secondary Classroom

    plastic crates zip tied together and hung in closet to store folded clothes - sturdier than the fabric ones

    Project Based Learning 3rd grade social studies. New School Brochure -- mapping skills heavy!

    Inspiration for Education: 10 Best Read Alouds for 3rd Grade

    no more running and pushing in line! What a fantastic idea!

    Simple, FUN game to practice spelling words!

    Write lesson plans per month. Keep Lessons and Materials in Binders. Build on lessons from year to year. Love this idea!!

    Create goals for the class based on behaviors that need to be reinforced. When a student doesn't follow the goal, simply point to the board. This would be really good for the beginning of the year.

    homework incentive - Each night 100% of the class does their homework, put up a letter in the homework banner. If the class gets every letter in the banner, the whole class wins a no-homework pass!! But if one person doesn't do their HW? The WHOLE banner comes down!

    Love this bulletin board!!

    Think-pair-share is an easy, simple cooperative learning strategy that quickly adds more student engagement to a lesson. These tips will help you get the most from it.


    The Teaching Tribune:A 5th Grade Classroom - by Terry

    Stellar Students: A Little Inspiration and a couple of End of School Year Ideas

    Fun for a Sea/Ocean theme

    The Open Door Classroom: 3D Landform Maps!

    3-2-1 ELA English Language Arts Reading Closure Activity - could be used for any 2nd language learning (translate and use for Spanish language building)

    Camping dramatic play- A great idea for bringing the outdoors in, especially during the winter months when camping is months away. Adds to the room as well making it feel more like home rather than a classroom. Did this set up with children in the gym for the day, they loved it!

    I love the idea of telling stories around a campfire! Here's one you can make for indoors!

    Cute idea - would be cute when talking about careers - have them draw a picture of what they want to be when they grow up - caption, "My future is so bright I have to wear sunglasses!"

    Mother’s Day is coming in just a few weeks – May 12th to be exact. The gifts I love the most are the ones which come from the heart, or that my children take the time to make themselves. ...