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Classroom Management

Fool-Proof Tips for Teaching Procedures and Routines

Fool-Proof Tips for Teaching Procedures and Routines

Guest Post by Jessica Murphy and Jennifer Zoglman, Astute Hoot You know that feeling of excitement you feel when you spot a cute new idea on Pinterest? Those all-too-familiar thoughts run through your mind. “It looks so easy, there aren’t that many materials, how hard could it be?” Yet despite your best intentions (and a
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Establishing Classroom Rules

Establishing Classroom Rules

Finding out what works and what doesn’t work at the beginning of the school year is always a tricky proposition.  Each class is so different and each student brings something new to the table that you may not have experienced before.  One of the keys to creating a successful year is establishing a strong set
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Is a Flipped Classroom Right for You?

Is a Flipped Classroom Right for You?

Flipped classrooms are most commonly associated with upper middle school and high school grades, but could they work in your elementary classroom?  During the #TeachChat on January 21, 2015, Really Good Teachers from across the country talked not only about what flipped classrooms are, but how they might (or might not!) work in their classrooms. 
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End of the Day Classroom Routines

End of the Day Classroom Routines

Each day you look forward to the moment when the final bell rings for the day.  Unfortunately, that end of the day routine never quite goes as smoothly or as quietly as you had planned.  Last minute dashes for book bags, frantic pencil picking up, and line formation look more like a free for all
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Character Education

Character Education

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Just as all children do not come to school with the same background knowledge and foundations for reading, children do not come to school with the same upbringing and values. As educators, we must provide foundations in all content areas, as well as character education. We must decide what is
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Literacy: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach

Literacy: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Not all students learn the same way or at the same rate. To ensure that students will receive the instruction they need, a balanced literacy approach is implemented in my classroom. The following information is in my 2nd Grade Handbook so that families understand and support the various components that
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Small Group Management Ideas for the Classroom

Small Group Management Ideas for the Classroom

Managing small groups can be tricky.  In younger grades, students may need more assistance or have more questions about what they need to complete.  In the upper elementary and middle grades, minimizing distraction is key.  Three really good teachers shared their expertise and ideas for managing small groups instead of letting them manage your classroom.


Pick-a-Pocket Folder

Pick-a-Pocket Folder

Idea by Farrah, Kindergarten Teacher, Nanuet, NY I organize my folders according to alphabet letters, numbers or themes. I also color-code my entire collection of folders (one color for each category).


Solution Sunday: Folders That Fit Those Backpacks

Solution Sunday:  Folders That Fit Those Backpacks

The Problem:  Papers that go back and forth from home to school have really taken a beating this year.  It is not that students are being careless, the problem seems to be that the folders are not quite fitting in those backpacks – especially those smaller backpacks in the lower grades.  No matter how you
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Solution Sunday: Keeping Hall Passes Germ-Free

Solution Sunday:  Keeping Hall Passes Germ-Free

The Problem:  Your hall and bathroom passes have become germ central.  Between the colds and sicknesses that have been running rampant in the classroom and the less-than-stellar hygiene of some students, those passes are a mess.  No matter what you try – laminated cards, sticks, or bracelets – keeping them clean and stopping the spread
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