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Morning Meeting with Upper Elementary Students

Every morning after the students arrive in the classroom, we designate about 10 minutes to morning meeting. Morning meeting is a really great way to start off the day. It sets a positive tone in the classroom. This year, my morning meeting is completely student run! I used morning meeting to help empower students, improve vocabulary, teach character education and build a strong classroom community.

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Classroom Management Compliment Chain

I use a “compliment chain” to promote positive behavior, respect, and responsibility within my classroom. This super simple management technique has made a huge difference this year! All you need is some construction paper, marker, and a stapler and you’ll all set!

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Get to Know Your Class Using Poetry and the Common Core

The first few days of school are typically spent getting to know your students through various ice breaker activities and projects. This poetry writing activity is not only engaging for all students, but it also allows you to incorporate the common core standards as well! We wrote “The Important Thing About Me” poems using “The Important Book” by Margaret Wise Brown as inspiration.

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Interactive Twitter Bulletin Board

This interactive bulletin board is a fabulous way to quickly assess your students learning and individual needs during instruction. They love the fact that it involves social media as well so they are actively engaged and have a strong desire to WANT to tweet. Perfect for all subjects and a variety of grades!

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Launching Reader’s Workshop {Guidelines & Expectations}

We just finished our second full week of school and have fully launched into our Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop.  My district adopted the Reader’s and and Writer’s Workshop model of instruction last year.  In the past, we used elements of the workshop in our teaching, but last year we were provided with thorough professional development […]

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