By Bethany Petty The classrooms of today have the potential to look vastly different than those of the past. Many teachers have access to a vast array of technology tools that can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement.

By Bethany Petty The classrooms of today have the potential to look vastly different than those of the past. Many teachers have access to a vast array of technology tools that can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement.

This "I wish my teacher knew" exercise is the most invaluable thing you will ever do for your students. Perfect for back to school. Downloadable freebies. Just print and go!

This "I wish my teacher knew" exercise is the most invaluable thing you will ever do for your students. Perfect for back to school. Just print and go!

Connect your students to great authors and titles! Blog post with 40 titles for middle school readers from TeachingELAwithJoy.com

Fabulous Authors and 40 Book Recommendations for Middle School Readers

Fabulous Authors for Middle School Readers Infographic - Fabulous Authors and 40 Book Recommendations for Middle School Readers

Are you a middle school or elementary teacher who is frustrated by lines of students wanting your attention? You are going to want to check out this post containing an easy strategy that both you AND your substitute teachers will love!

How To Manage Students Who Are Demanding Your Attention

Holiday FREEBIE -Are you a middle school or elementary teacher who is frustrated by lines of students wanting your attention? You are going to want to check out this post containing an easy strategy that both you AND your substitute teachers will love!

I wanted to share this simple and inexpensive idea with you! I made these "we're ready" light buttons to use next year! (Even though I haven't finished packing my classroom! ) I plan to use them to hold all students in each group accountable for getting ready to learn! I'll use them to signal when groups are ready to share their thinking, when they all agree on something, or ready for transitions. #teachers #iteach #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacherspayteache...

I wanted to share this simple and inexpensive idea with you! So groups can signal when they're ready to learn, ready to share answers, or ready for transitions.

Number of the Day completely updated - first grade math $

Place Value Back to School Activities Number of the Day Morning Work

Tape a ribbon into your interactive notebooks to help students find their place.

Every notebook needs one of these…all it takes is duct tape and ribbon! No more searching for the last entry.Every notebook needs one of these…all it takes is duct tape and ribbon! No more searching for the last entry.

This is the best shoe tying hack ever! Teach your kids the fast and easy way to tie their shoes. It takes about 2 seconds!

the fast + easy hack to tie your shoes

Hacks: This is the best shoe tying hack ever! Teach your kids the fast and easy way to tie their shoes. It takes about 2 seconds!

Are you having trouble figuring out how to Launch Guided Math in your classroom? If so, look NO FURTHER! This 87-page FREE RESOURCE will give you Step-by-Step instructions on How to Implement Guided Math in your 2nd Grade Classroom! Check it out!

Get Your GROOVE On With Guided Math

Are you having trouble figuring out how to Launch Guided Math in your classroom? This FREE RESOURCE will give you Step-by-Step instructions on How to Implement Guided Math in your Grade Classroom! Check it out!

Background tunes for quiet work times. Here are 16 of the best classroom Pandora stations as recommended by our teacher community.

The 16 Best Classroom Pandora Stations, As Recommended by Teachers

Background tunes for quiet work times. Here are 16 of the best classroom Pandora stations as recommended by our teacher community.

These are some of my favorite books for teaching students main idea, details, and theme! Head on over to the post to read about how I use them in my first grade classroom.

Books to Teach Main Idea and Theme

These are some of my favorite books for teaching students main idea, details, and theme! Head on over to the post to read about how I use them in my first grade classroom.

Book Drop for classroom library is a great idea to have in a classroom for the students to drop once they are done reading a book.

Book Drop for classroom library is a great idea to have in a classroom for the students to drop once they are done reading a book. Might be easier than having the kids remember which tub it belongs to, then my classroom librarian can put them away.

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference (Book Units Teacher)

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference If you are looking for some high interest activities, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short film “Lonely Isl

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