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What to Do on the First Day of School

I'll never forget my first-ever first day of school as a teacher in my own classroom.

I'd had three great practicum placements as a teacher candidate, worked full-time for 8 months of the following school year (beginning in November), and did a whole lot of substitute work the year after that.

But none of those experiences really prepared me for that first day in front of my own class, and as the day approached, all I could think was "What do I do on the first day of school?".

Planning for the first day of school is a challenge when you are a new teacher. Take a look at how I organize my first day: Teaching classroom routines and expectations, ice breaker getting to know you activities, character education, and grab a FREE editable classroom scavenger hunt!

How to Effectively Track Student Progress in Guided Math

Study after study has proven that Guided Math is a powerful approach with big results in the elementary classroom, but many teachers are hesitant to get started because they lack the necessary background knowledge to pull it off effectively. I get asked all the time about how I track student progress in Guided Math, so I thought I'd share three things that make this tracking process simple!

Thinking about trying Guided Math? Getting organized to track student progress is important for Guided Math success. Learn how to easily and quickly collect data during hands-on student centers and teacher-directed lessons in this final post of a three-part Guided Math series.

How to Accomplish Differentiation in Guided Math

Study after study has proven that Guided Math is a powerful approach with big results in the elementary classroom, but many teachers are hesitant to get started because they lack the necessary background knowledge to pull it off effectively. Differentiation is a necessity in today's classroom and a Guided Math structure actually makes it very easy to do. Here are two ways you can accomplish differentiation in Guided Math.

Thinking about trying Guided Math? Differentiation is a huge benefit of the Guided Math structure. Meet the needs of your students by differentiating in small groups and targeting specific needs. This blog post details how you can differentiate your independent centers and teacher-directed lessons.

How to Get Organized for Guided Math

Study after study has proven that Guided Math is a powerful approach with big results in the elementary classroom, but many teachers are hesitant to get started because they lack the necessary background knowledge to pull it off effectively. Getting organized for Guided Math is a critical first step. Here are four things you should consider when setting up your classroom for Guided Math.

Thinking about trying Guided Math? Organization is a critical component for being ready to use Guided Math in your classroom. This post contains ideas for how to organize your Guided Math centers, how to create and organize student groups and how to ensure those groups manage working independently.

Celebrate Donut Day in the Classroom

Who can honestly say that they don't love donuts? If you say you don't... I think you just haven't tried the right kinds. 😉 June 2nd is National Donut Day in the United States, so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of fun donut-themed activities that you can use in your classroom on Donut Day, and beyond!

Celebrate Donut Day in the classroom this June 2nd! This round-up post of fun Donut Day activities, crafts, books and donut treats is all you need. Healthier donut-themed treats and seasonal ideas are also included!

Special Ways to Count Down to the End of the School Year

The end of the school year is such a special time. Time to reflect on the fun things that you've done as a classroom "family" and a time to enjoy one another and have some fun without the stresses of data collection and reporting. I love to count down to the end of the school year with my students. These are a few of my favorite Countdown To Summer ideas!

These special ways to count down to the end of the school year will be a hit with your students as the countdown to summer vacation begins in your classroom. From a balloon pop countdown to ABC countdown, these end-of-school countdown ideas will make the end of your year special!
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