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#TeachChat 

How Should You Decorate Your Classroom?
How Should You Decorate Your Classroom?

During the #TeachChat on Wednesday, August 19th, Really Good Teachers from across the country shared their thoughts and ideas about how much is too much when it comes to classroom decorating.  With the beginning of the school year here, it’s important to remember that the classroom’s decor should serve the needs of the students first
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Behavior Management 

Transition Time Ideas
Transition Time Ideas

Ah, transition times.  When you have a firm grasp on managing them, they are no problem at all. Your students know the routine, you’re confident in your ability to guide them, and everything flows smoothly.  However, when getting a handle on them is proving to be more challenging than not, transition times can be some
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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 

The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections
The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections

  The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections with Second Language Learners and Their Families Guest post by Lori Wolfe, Fun to Teach August is here and it is time to prepare for the new school year. If you have second language learners in your classroom there are many things you can do, before school starts, to
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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 

Back to School Parent Meeting with a Twist
Back to School Parent Meeting with a Twist

  It’s hard to believe, but before you know it you’ll be welcoming back students and parents.  This year, try something new to make all of your families welcome.  This idea by Heidi Samuelson of Swamp Frog First Graders is one way to do just that.  Originally posted in 2011, Heidi’s ideas hold true years
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Really Good Stuff 

The Sizzlin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt Starts Now
The Sizzlin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt Starts Now

It’s time for Really Good Stuff’s Sizzlin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt!  From July 6th to Thursday, July 16th at 9am EST, you will have a chance to win a $200 Really Good Stuff shopping spree.  The official entry form and rules can be found HERE.

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 Prep:  Keeping Students Motivated
Test Prep: Keeping Students Motivated

  It does not matter how much review you do, if your students are not invested in the testing they are about to do, they will not perform well.  Motivating your students is just as important as that last minute division review or vocabulary discussion.  In fact, nurturing a student’s motivation may be more important
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