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Erin Condren Teacher Planner 2017 Walk-Through

Let me start by saying that I'm not great with day plans. I've tried creating my own templates and putting them in a binder. I've tried the online planning tools. But I always stop writing things down at some time during the second half of the school year. #thatcanbeourlittlesecret

Can you relate?

For the last two years, I've been using the Erin Condren Life Planner and I absolutely LOVE it! It is just so bright and colorful that I have no problem using it daily to keep my life organized.

Sooo... I thought if the Life Planner appeals to me enough to stick with it, maybe the 2017-2018 Teacher Planner will do the trick at school!

Get your teaching plans in order with this beautiful Erin Condren Teacher Planner, and get $10 off your first purchase!

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!

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