Never Run Out of Tissues Again – A Bright Idea!

It's Bright Idea time again... and I have to admit.. this is totally not my Bright Idea but one that was shared with us at school one day and SO worthy of sharing with the world!!  We all work with so many amazing teachers who don't blog or share on social media but...

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Pocket Chart Behavior Tracking – Bright Ideas Hop

I have searched high, I have searched low, but the perfect way to track behavior in my class always seems to be on my mind! I am not a fan of the traditional card systems.  IDK... I tried it one year where they turned their cards to the back but I never really felt as...

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D and B Reversals – Bright Ideas Hop

D and B Reversals – Bright Ideas Hop

It's Bright Ideas time again!  So here's an easy idea to help kiddos with the common error of switching d's and b's! I actually have 3 doors in my small room!  Two of those doors we use every day.  So we now have a d door and a b door!  (We used to just have a d for...

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A Peek in my Poetry Rack!

It's poetry month!  So I thought it would be fun to give you a peek in my poetry rack! My rack is a clothing rack from IKEA.  I have had it for about 8 years and it has moved with me about 4 times.  It's one of those pieces in your classroom that you have to tighten...

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Always Oh My Gosh & Not The Other Way!

Oh my gosh… three little words that can make a conversation so much more polite and less offensive! When me and my students "OMG" we are 100% "Oh My Gosh"ing! As a teacher… I correct kids and I tell them why. And I will be completely honest here… I am not a...

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Passing on the Positive

Classroom management is something that is ever changing and evolving.  For me I have found that my students (and I) get really bored with the same old way to recognize positive behaviors.  I often change it up… one day I will do a little this and another day I will do...

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Bright Idea: Goodbye Carpet Squares, Hello Dollar Spot

It's all about Bright ideas today and I am super excited you stopped by to say goodbye to those old, ugly carpet squares and hello to these fun inexpensive carpets from Target's Dollar Spot! That's right… it's a hop for Bright Ideas and I have several bright ideas on...

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Why Fake Plants & Who’s Missing!

I have SO MUCH STUFF that I have just reached the point in my career that I use what I have to make things that work for management and organization! One thing I have an abundance of in my classroom is fake plants! I have always wanted to be THAT teacher and have live...

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Quick Management Tips & a Freebie!

Back to school means trying trying to wrap my brain around the next few months and making sure I am organized and ready to go.  Part of that is making sure my space and some management structures are just the way I like them… so I thought I would share some of my...

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New Year’s Resolution Freebie!

I have to admit.. I am not one for New Year's Resolutions!  To be honest.. I never really understood this as a holiday... but don't get me wrong I will use any reason I can to get together with friends to celebrate! But I have big dreams and big goals and I am working...

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Management, Decor, & Organization… Oh My!

These long breaks are a great time for some reflection!  It's easy when you are teaching to think... oh this needs to be changed or that needs to be changed but who has the time do it when you are teaching?  Certainly not me!!! Before I left in December I admit.. this...

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Another Giveaway Item – Vista Print Hall Passes!

Just a quick post to list another giveaway item and a some great hall passes that are really inexpensive! I worked with Kinder Alphabet to make these fun images on Vista Print to put on luggage tags as hall passes.  You attach the rubber luggage tag to a arm band and...

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Giant Wiggly Eyes & Elfs & Ornaments!

There is no other term for this post except randomness!  Ornaments & Elfs & Eyeballs! This year I decided I wanted to try something different for my parent presents. Aren't they just beautiful! So I got these great little cardboard ornaments at Michaels at...

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Warning… Teacher Eats Candy!!!

Just a quick freebie to remind your students to leave candy at home!  I don't know about you... but confiscated candy is REALLY hard to resist! Located in my Random Freebie file on TpT!  

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Conference Freebie & Simple Tips

Conferences are this week so here's a few things I do to keep sane: 1.  Sticker the kids with reminders twice!  I always put a sticker on the kids the day before saying my conference is tomorrow at this time.  Then the day of they get a sticker with just the time nice...

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Letter Naming Fluency & Small Group Strategy!

Students have some great letters below their belts and are ready to start reading for fluency!  It's never too soon right?  So here are some resources and ideas to get your kids reading letters more fluently! How about a freebie first?  Have you downloaded my Letter...

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No More Classroom Cupcakes… We Can Do This!

Yes you read the title correctly... no more cupcakes at school for me!  Our nutrition department this year visited at back to school and gave us an approved list of things to eat and guess what... those delicious cupcakes and sugary frosted cookies were not on it! I...

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Management Tip & Poster!

Nothing bothers me more than when I am giving directions and the students are playing with their papers, putting things away, or whatever.  So this year I made a fun little rhyme to keep their hands away from the fun so they can hear my directions. Click here or the...

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Back To School – It’s No Joking Matter

That's right!  Serious business here - this back to school stuff! So my Freebielicious friends and I are lightening the mood a little! I am already in school and so I am sort of past the stress prepping and meetings and am already in a daily routine.  But the one...

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Duty Sign Freebie from Simply Kinder

I always write my duty on a yellow piece of construction paper and post it somewhere near my computer.  I try to make it all cute by cutting it crazy and outlining it in black.  LOL.. I think I am a little more creative with my computer than a pair of scissors. So I...

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Race Car Themed Room & Freebie

So I come from a racing family... grew up at the track.  My sister is a second grade teacher and her room is all race car themed.  She asked me to make her some cuteness for her bulletin board and so I told her only if she would let me share her AMAZING classroom!  So...

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Partner Up For Fun, MpM Giveaway, and Some Winners!

This last week one of my main goals was to get my tables set! Have you used the plastic desk pockets before?  Oh-Em-Gee they are amazing and I am not sure how I ever lived without them!  Goodbye box tape!  You basically just affix the pocket to the desk and then you...

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Cubby Makeover by Simply Kinder!

I am so excited about my cubby makeover I did last year! I like everything to be bright and colorful and let's face it... the first picture is dull and drab!   I started by putting a regular old name tag label (with no student name) on a normal size construction...

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Free Pacing Guide for Any Grade Level

Free Pacing Guide for Any Grade Level

I am convinced that one of the most important things you can do to have a great school year is to be organized.  This Free Pacing Guide will help you plan out your school year and help keep your teacher heart very happy. What is a Pacing Guide? A pacing guide (or...

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