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Getting To Know My New Class

Everyone feels a little jittery and nervous during the first few days of school. The best cure..let the kiddos focus on what they know! And what topic are they more comfortable and well-educated on than themselves!? That’s why I love loading them up with fun-filled all about me activities during the first week of school. Not only does it ease those jitters, it helps me get a first glimpse of their interests, likes, hopes and dreams so I can start building a strong foundation for class-building and strong student-teacher bonds. My favorite activities can be found in my All About Me Back To School Activity Pack. Here’s a peek at one of the activities included in the pack – the All About Me Survey. I have formatted this survey so it includes a variety of multiple choice, short answer, and fill-in-the-blank questions. I also incorporated a few questions that simply

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Core Inspiration Classroom Portable Tour: A Garden-Themed Classroom Design

I put the finishing touches on my classroom seconds before my new third graders arrived on Wednesday morning. One of my favorite moments of the year is seeing their nervous and excited eyes take in the scene of their new third grade world. Here is a peek at what they saw on their first day. One of the focal points of my classroom is our library. It is ready to use on the first day of school. Even though the students aren’t perfectly trained on how to keep the library organized, I let them check out books immediately. I value easy access to books far more than a  perfectly-organized library. How can I resist letting them get their hands on a book when they are chomping at the bit?! Since we spend a great deal of time in the library for read alouds, class meetings and classbuilding activities; it is also

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Back To School Blog Hop and Giveaway

Right around this time each summer, I start to feel antsy and excited for the first day of school. (I literally have those little bursts of excitement that make me want to squeak out loud). As I set up my classroom, my mind starts to wonder who will be in my class, what the first day will be like and what the most memorable part of the upcoming year will be (hoping it will be a moment of hilarity). I find that my antsy feelings are eased a bit when I write out my plans for the first week back. Planning for the first week can be a bit daunting if you don’t have an organized plan of attack. I like to consider myself a bit of an organization pro 😉 so I am excited to share my super-systematic-organized-first-week-of-school-planning approach! Here it comes… I always, always, always save my plan book from

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Back To School Features Coming Soon :)

This blog is currently under construction. To receive an update when it goes live, subscribe at my Facebook page. Features coming soon: Teaching Lessons and Freebies Classroom Design Tutorial Back To School Essentials Thank you for your patience as my blog is being designed.  

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Getting To Know My New Class

Everyone feels a little jittery and nervous during the first few days of school. The best cure..let the kiddos focus on what they know! And what topic are they more comfortable and well-educated on than themselves!? That’s why I love loading them up with fun-filled all about me activities during

Read More »

Back To School Blog Hop and Giveaway

Right around this time each summer, I start to feel antsy and excited for the first day of school. (I literally have those little bursts of excitement that make me want to squeak out loud). As I set up my classroom, my mind starts to wonder who will be in

Read More »

Back To School Features Coming Soon :)

This blog is currently under construction. To receive an update when it goes live, subscribe at my Facebook page. Features coming soon: Teaching Lessons and Freebies Classroom Design Tutorial Back To School Essentials Thank you for your patience as my blog is being designed.  

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