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I remember several of my “first days of school” very vividly. When I think back to my own school days, I remember walking into a new classroom, smelling of fresh paint and floor polish. The walls w…
Free Rewards & PBIS
Our school has adopted a program called PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The idea behind this program is that you use ...
Teaching Students about Adjectives!
Learning about Adjectives We saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to teach our students about adjectives. The students had to find at least 20 words that describes themselves. They had a great time working on this activity and they learned that adjectives are describing words. This was also an encouragement to the students because they realized that they have some great qualities to share with the world.
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Positive Behavior Rewards
I have posted before about my "Secret Student" before but I am posting about it again to include in in What the Teacher Wants Behavior Management Linky Party! Get over there and get yourself some good ideas! These last few weeks have been hectic and crazy. The kids in my class have been real troopers through it all. We went from three first grades to two first grades after the first two days of school. Yeah, that was interesting to say the least and I think we are all finally getting into…
Before you speak think classroom wood sign
This was a fun little creation that came from some of my wood scraps. I love the way it turned out. These will be individually made using wood blocks, so sizes and color of individual block will vary. I will keep the same look and color scheme. I would love to send a picture before shipping so that you have a "right of refusal" ;)
Tattle Tale Tips
Have you ever had a class where you feel like they couldn't get along with their own shadow? In reality, it's only a handful of students who want to "report" every infraction, but it's exhausting
5 Important Team Building Games For Kids
Team building games are not only fun to play but also give kids an opportunity to learn new and useful things that can take their lives to a higher level. Team
Let's give them something to talk about...
Finally classroom pictures are here for your viewing pleasure! I told you I would be changing the theme of my room to a Rock Star Room! Luckily, Abby at The Inspired Apple had chosen the same theme! So I used her idea for the behavior chart, as well as some of her titles for areas in the room. I also, created an I-Pod similar to hers (mine will be used as a reminder of our morning procedures). I really am happy with the outcome of my room! It is WAY truer to my personality (because I…
How to Build Classroom Community and Teach Mindfulness
How to Build Classroom Community and Teach Mindfulness in your classroom using the book Ishi! It's a simple activity that you can refer to all year long. Mindfulness is a great way to create a calm classroom, help students manage stress and control their attention.
Valentine's Day Center - Mrs Lodge's Library
Here is a quick and easy Valentine center I started using in my library this week. I put out a sign and paper hearts (some cut with our die-cut machine and some cut by hand because the die-cut ones were pretty small!). The kids write a reason they love our library on one of the hearts. I’ve seen a pretty wide range of reasons the kids love the library and it’s always interesting to decipher first grade spelling The hearts would make a very sweet Valentine’s Day bulletin board, maybe along…