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#TeachChat 

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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Behavior Management 

3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters
3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters

  No matter where you live, those days when the words “indoor recess” are spoken over the loudspeaker there’s an instant feeling of dread.  Have no fear!  We have three really good indoor recess activities that will help you stay sane while helping your students burn off some of that extra energy.

Internet Resources 

The Power of a Book: BookMentors.org
The Power of a Book: BookMentors.org

I had bins and shelves crammed full of books for my third graders.  Books with colorful, creative, eye-catching covers strategically displayed to pique my students’ curiosity.  There were daring characters and funny stories, poetry, and tales of the Wild West.  My library was complete…until Paul* couldn’t find a book he wanted to read.

New School Year Preparation 

First Day of School Traditions
First Day of School Traditions

The first day of school is always filled with equal parts excitement and anxiety.  We asked our Really Good Teachers on Twitter what their favorite first day of school traditions were during #TeachChat on July 23rd, 2014.  They were filled with great ideas that can be found in the transcript below. After reading the chat,
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Organization & Daily Planning 

5 Tips for Creating Digital Portfolios for Students
5 Tips for Creating Digital Portfolios for Students

Creating a digital portfolio is a great alternative to keeping stacks and files of papers for your students all year long.  Not only does the digital portfolio save space, it also makes it easy to organize and customize each students’ work.  You do not need to have a lot of technical experience or digital equipment
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Parents & Volunteers 

Should Teachers Friend Parents on Social Media
Should Teachers Friend Parents on Social Media

One of our Really Good Teachers recently posed the question to our Facebook audience about friending parents and students on social media sites.  “How does everyone feel about friending parents on social media? I have always said no but have already had requests this year. One is a teacher in the district from another school.
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Really Good Stuff 

Really Good Stuff Recognized for Wellness Program
Really Good Stuff Recognized for Wellness Program

Really Good Stuff, Inc. was awarded Platinum for their Wellness Programs on February 28th, 2014 at the Annual Breakfast of The Business Council of Fairfield County at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel.

Really Good U 

2011 Really Good U:  Resources for the Common Core Standards
2011 Really Good U: Resources for the Common Core Standards

With the Common Core Standards (CCS) comes a need for lessons that meet new standards and requirements for each grade.  Getting a handle on which grades need what material can be tricky for even the most savvy educators.  Thankfully, there are new products, materials, and resources that can help educators tackle the standards successfully.

Teaching Bootcamp 

Back-to-School Bulletin Boards for 2012-2013
Back-to-School Bulletin Boards for 2012-2013

It’s that time again!  School is about to start and getting your bulletin boards in order is a top priority.  No matter what your classroom theme is, the three ideas below are sure to transform your empty boards into a welcoming display for students and families.

Test Taking 

Test Preparation
Test Preparation

  The topic of how to prepare students for an assessment can often be an area fought with difficult decisions.  It is sometimes turned into a topic focused more on the teaching institution than on students and how the results of a standardized state test can affect the revenue for a school system.  The true
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