Teacher Tricks!

I love to learn new tricks to help teachers manage their classrooms. The more unique and witty tricks make me rub my hands together with glee and snicker at how skillfully teachers can mold their students’ behavior. (You can add a maniacal laugh in there to enhance the visual.) Unfortunately, a lot of classroom management…

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Competition in the Classroom

I’m feeling a tad bit tired this morning. I don’t usually stay up past 10 o’clock, and last night,  even though our North Carolina Panthers, were losing, I couldn’t give up on the Super Bowl. This morning, my tangled hair is clasped firmly behind my head and my beverage of choice—since I don’t drink coffee—is…

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No Name

How annoying is it to receive a nameless student paper? It’s incredibly annoying. But, as a teacher, it wasn’t one of those serious management issues that I felt I needed to tackle immediately. I mean, teachers are busy, right? There were a million and one things on my list. Coming up with a method for…

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses? Whiskers on kittens? Bright copper kettles? Warm woolen mittens? These are great favorites but not the kind I have in mind for today. I’m talkin’ some classroom favorites for the month of December! Check out these suggestions for keeping students engaged and on task during the holiday season. Jingle Bells: Swap out…

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First Friday Giveaway

Happy first Friday, y’all! Ready for the long weekend? Me too! But first, we need to get you entered in this month’s giveaway! Today’s topic is pencils—you know that school supply that can bring a teacher to tears. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating. However, teachers face pencil predicaments on a daily basis. “Where’s my pencil?” “My…

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Heave Ho!

It’s a brand-new school year—a fresh beginning. This makes it the perfect time to update, replace, and give things you no longer use the ol’ heave-ho. My good buddy, a fourth-grade teacher, gave her desk the ol’ heave-ho. As she explained to me, she rarely uses the desk, which takes up valuable classroom space. And…

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