"If you can't line up quietly, then we will sit back down and try again." I know I've said it over and over again. After 8 years of teaching I've come to a realization that lining up quietly isn't always the best way to line up (because you don't even want to know how many times … [Read more...] about Classroom Transitions
Each year I seem to settle into one signal to regain my students' attention throughout the day. Last year, I would say "class, class" and they would respond "yes, yes." I fell into a routine of using the same attention signal all year long and my students started to dread the … [Read more...] about Classroom Attention Getters
We all know that students react far better to positive reinforcement than negative interactions. With this in mind, I created SHOUT-OUTS as a way to acknowledge the positive behavior and academic achievements of the students in my classroom. When my students are cheering … [Read more...] about Classroom Shout-Outs
Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an … [Read more...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
5 Upper-grade read-aloud stories with a focus on building character in the classroom! Our first bundle of upper grade read aloud lesson plans strategically align with book titles to help students build character while also focusing on ELA standards. We've selected five … [Read more...] about 5 Interactive Read-Alouds for Building Character