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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.


10 Must-Have Items for the Classroom Writing Center

10 Must-Have Items for the Classroom Writing Center

Writing centers are an integral part of the classroom.  When setting your writing center up, whether it is for back to school or mid-year rearranging, try adding ten must-have items to the space.  Not only will these items keep your students engaged, they will also ensure student success.    


#TeachChat Archive: Small Group Management and Center Ideas – July 24th, 2013

#TeachChat Archive: Small Group Management and Center Ideas – July 24th, 2013

  You know it has been a good #TeachChat when you have typed so much that Twitter puts you in “Twitter Jail” and will not let you post for awhile. That is exactly what happened during the July 24th chat while we discussed small group management and ideas. Take a look at the amazing ideas
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Students Transition While They Work

Students Transition While They Work

Idea by Caitlyn, Kindergarten Teacher, University Place, WA At the end of the school year, we conduct a “26 Day Countdown” to the last day of school whereby we celebrate one letter/theme for each day. “Y Day” is “Year-end Cleaning Day” and my kindergarteners help ready our room to receive the new students next year.


A Clear Solution

A Clear Solution

Idea by Nicole, 1st Grade Teacher, Burlington, IA Clear tubs are my secret solution. I use them to store my Word Work materials and they work just as well as my students’ book boxes. I organize my books by theme: food, holidays, farm, ocean animals, etc.,and store them inside baskets, clear shoeboxes, and a mobile
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How to Create a Writing Workspace Center in Your Classroom

How to Create a Writing Workspace Center in Your Classroom

As more and more teachers strive to introduce the concept of centers in their classrooms, the nitty gritty details about what to include and where to include it can be overwhelming. If you are excited to start a writing workshop center in your classroom, but are not sure what you need or where to begin,
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Learning Station Success

Learning Station Success

Idea by Paula, a 2nd Grade Teacher, in Bethel, MO. Each year, I set up and maintain five workstations: computer, listening, spelling, writing and phonics.  I stock the stations with online computer reading activities, writing prompts, graphic organizers and Really Good Stuff® learning games. I change the activities in the stations on a weekly, unit
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Rack and Roll Your Center Supplies

Rack and Roll Your Center Supplies

Idea by KT, a Teacher, in Mossville, IL. To keep my learning centers organized, I bought a garment rack on wheels (less than $20) along with several trouser hangers (the kind with the clips).  I use the rack to hang self-sealing plastic bags full of index cards, manila envelopes of worksheets and entire pocket charts
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Visual Center Solutions

Visual Center Solutions

Idea by Laura, a 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher, in Windsor Locks, CT. To organize my reading groups and centers, I use colored file folders and Really Good Stuff® primary colored boxes.  I tape an easily recognizable symbol or icon representing each center to the front of its box. The same icon appears on my
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How to Make Your Classroom Library More Muchier or What to Put in a Classroom Library by Pam Margolis

How to Make Your Classroom Library More Muchier or  What to Put in a Classroom Library by Pam Margolis

  by Pam Margolis, Guest Blogger Did you ever hear the Alice in Wonderland quote “You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness”..? Well sometimes, classroom libraries can lose their muchness. Classroom libraries can often be a hodgepodge of old and new books: some missing covers, others containing spilled coffee stains, crayon markings,
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