Classroom Management

Here are 6 strategies for grouping students. Perfect flexible grouping methods for differentiation, projects, and team building activities.

Grouping Students – Strategies that Work

No matter how entertaining you are, your students still need to move around and talk during class. Here are some great ways to get students moving, talking, problem solving, and interacting with different classmates. What’s the perfect size for grouping students? Students often struggle in groups. One student make take over and do all the […] Read more…

Need help preparing emergency sub plans? Here's a quick guide to preparing for a sub.

Emergency Sub Plans for Middle School

Plan for a substitute by creating emergency sub plans for your middle school ELA classroom. What’s worse than missing school? Planning for a sub! Even if you have the luxury of planning ahead, preparing for a sub is often more painful than just being at school! Here are some ideas to get you ready! ūüĎČ […] Read more…

Fun and easy teacher gifts that won't break the bank!

13 Unique Teacher Gifts

Looking for a unique gift for a teacher?  Most teachers have plenty of mugs and candles — but here’s a list of some thoughtful, fun, unique items that would make wonderful teacher gifts — any time of year. This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here. 13 Unique Gifts for […] Read more…

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Nine Ways to Organize Your Classroom

This is going to be the year, right? ¬†The year you are really, really going to get organized! ¬†No more paper stacks, lost copies, or overflowing file folders. ¬†No more wondering where those thirty glue sticks are or if there are enough colored pencils! This is the year, and these inspiration ideas can help you […] Read more…

What are some of the best ways to create an awesome teaching team? Here are seven tips to help you and your team collaborate and thrive. Don't forget number 4!

7 Tips for Creating a Dream Teaching Team

Teaching teams are wonderful. ¬†They offer an opportunity for teachers to collaborate, share, problem-solve, and create friendships that extend beyond the school building. That’s the theory, anyway. ¬†They can also be dysfunctional, negative, ineffective, and destructive. ¬†The truth is that great teaching teams just don’t happen — they must be intentionally created and nurtured. Whether […] Read more…

How to help students self-assess their growth.

Student Self-Assessment

Each January, my husband and I measure our kids and mark their growth on the doorframe. ¬†The kids huddle around the door to see who has grown the most — such a gratifying experience! ¬†My son told me one year, “I didn’t think I’d grown at all this year. ¬†But I did!” The joy of […] Read more…

How should you handle homework in middle school? Here are some tips for creating meaningful assignments. Free homework scorecard will help streamline assessments.

Is Homework Important?

Should you assign homework? Should it be graded? How should it be managed? Here are some ideas to help you make those decisions. Some schools have done away with homework altogether. Is that right for your school? Your students? Should middle school students be expected to complete homework? ūüĎČ You can find free homework score […] Read more…

Six easy ways to make "Meet the Teacher" night painless.

Six Tips for Making Parent’s Night a Piece of Cake

“Meet the Teacher,” ¬†“Curriculum Night,” ¬†“Parent’s Night” ¬†whatever you call it, it can be stressful. ¬†Parents you might not see for the rest of the year are going to visit with you for maybe just a few minutes…yet they’ll be judging what kind of teacher you are! No pressure, right?! Here are a few hints […] Read more…

Organize and manage time better by using checklists in your classroom!

Checklist Manifesto for Teachers

If you’re feeling overwhelmed even though school is just beginning, read the ¬†“Checklist Manifesto” post I wrote for the Middle School Mob Blog. Get your Checklist On! I just love a good checklist (or two…or three…). ¬†And using them will help you stay organized. ¬†Plus, they help ensure you won’t miss a step in a […] Read more…

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