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6 Ways to Save Your Sanity at the End of the School Year

The end of any school year is tough no matter what sort of teacher you are or what kind of class you have, but with nearly 18 years of teaching now under my belt, I have learned a few things that will save your sanity at the end of the school year!

Are you a teacher heading into the end of the year? You'll want to save these 6 ideas for how to save your sanity at the end of the school year!

10+ Fun, Inexpensive Ways to Say Goodbye to Students

It is the end of the school year. The kids are done. We were done a month ago. Saying goodbye is important, but let's face it... we are out of money AND energy for anything too spectacular. I'm here to help. Take a peek at these fun, inexpensive ways to say goodbye to your students!

How do you say goodbye to your students at the end of the school year? Check out these 10+ ideas for inexpensive gifts for kids with love from the teacher!

Taking Photos to Make Classroom Pack-Up Simple

As teachers in North America wrap up the current school year, I'd like to end this year's Teacher Tips Tuesday with a great end-of-year tip that I go back to time and time again. TAKE PHOTOS!

Looking for tips to make heading back to school simpler? Check out these 4 things you can do at the END of the school year to be better prepared for a new beginning!

Having photos to refer back to when you're setting up your classroom in the fall can be a HUGE time saver! Here are a few things that you should definitely take photos of as you go...

Teachers Supporting Fort McMurray Fire Relief

Relief Fund for Fort McMurray

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began in Alberta, Canada. That fire has rapidly swept across the area, fueled by high winds and warm temperatures. The devastation is unimaginable. Take a moment to digest these numbers:

Easily Build Telling Time Into Your Everyday Routine

Telling time is something many of us are tackling in our classrooms right now, but it can easily be made part of your regular daily routines and discussions throughout the year.


The Cutest Mother's Day Art Project Ever!

We completed our Mother's Day projects today in preparation for wrapping tomorrow and they are ADORABLE!!

Mother's Day Directed Drawing

How To Manage Your Classroom Dismissal Seamlessly Every Day

I don't know about you, but I thrive on routine just as much as my students do. Having a predictable classroom schedule and procedure for the things that happen every day just takes so much of the work out of these things. When your students know what is expected of them throughout the day, they can manage without a million questions.

My advice... decide how you want things done and POST IT!!

Dismissal Procedures for the Classroom

Empty Your Wishlist! A TpT Teacher Appreciation Linky

Have you heard?! Teachers Pay Teachers is holding a HUGE Site-wide Sale May 3-4! That's tomorrow, people!! If you're like me you'll be going through your wish list and popping goodies into your cart in preparation. I am linking up with Jen from Teaching in the Tongass to share a few of my most-wishlisted resources!


Melt Mom's Heart With 10+ Easy Gift Ideas She'll Love

There are so many fun ways to celebrate Mom on Mother's Day and hand-made by kids is far better than anything store-bought. With a week to go, check out this awesome list of super Mother's Day surprises!


How To Easily Manage Home-School Communication

Today's tip for Teacher Tips Tuesday is about managing all the paperwork and communication that flows back and forth each day between home and school. You know what I'm talking about... agenda, newsletters, field trip forms, fund raising notices... I could go on and on!

Student Mailboxes to Easily Manage Home-School Communication


Easy & Inexpensive Way to Manage Math Manipulatives

Math manipulatives need to be accessible to students, but how can you store them effectively? When I moved into my primary classroom from fifth grade nearly three years ago, I inherited a bunch of bins full of dusty, dirty math manipulatives. Here's what I've done with them.

Inexpensive Math Manipulative Storage

Sure-Fire Ways to Make Primary Students Love Math

It is no secret that independent paper-and-pencil tasks are NOT the way to engage students in the classroom. While there is a place for these, in my 18 years of teaching I have learned that the best learning experiences, the most engaging activities, involve movement and communication with others. From hands-on tasks with manipulatives to "scooting" around the classroom, here are my favorite ways to make my primary students love math.


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