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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!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Planning Time

A teacher has a million things to do every day and getting things accomplished during any small bit of planning time is the key to having your day run smoothly. Here are some suggestions for how to organize your non-teaching time to make the most of the time you have!

Your teacher planning time is short, and the list of tasks needing you attention is long. Check out these suggestions for making the most of your non-teaching planning time, and grab an exclusive free Planning Time Checklist to help you get organized today!

How to Encourage Independence in Your Classroom

How you set up and manage your classroom can have a huge effect on how your students behave. I've seen many classrooms where the teacher acts as a "rescue ranger", doing everything for their students, even the things children are perfectly capable of.

I've got some ideas for how you can foster independence in your students by carefully setting up your learning space and managing your classroom routines.

Help your students develop independence in the classroom with the ideas and resources in this blog post! Learn how to effectively set up your learning space and manage classroom routines so the children in your class can manage without your constant help and guidance. Exclusive FREEBIE included!

How to Have an Amazing Classroom Library Without Going Broke

A well-stocked classroom library is absolutely critical in elementary school, no matter what grade you teach. If children are going to learn to read, they need to have books in their hands. The problem is, more and more teachers are walking into empty classrooms and not given budgets to fill them.

A 2016 report by Scholastic found that 56% of teachers purchased books for their classrooms out of their own pocket. They also found that the average elementary school classroom contains 362 books.

I'll give you a moment to consider the cost of this.

Pretty significant, isn't it?! Chances are, at least half of the people reading this blog are purchasing books for their classrooms, so I want to share some tips for finding good-quality books without breaking the bank.

Building a classroom library on a budget is possible, if you know where to look. Check out this teacher's favorite places to find bargain children's books and build a library of great kids' books for your classroom without breaking the bank!

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