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Surviving December in the Classroom

Surviving Christmas as a teacher is challenging, but you can do it! Here are some tips for making it your best December yet.
December is here. It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most trying time of the year for teachers. Between the projects, parties, programs, and general holiday excitement, students are... shall we say... slightly distracted from the learning. Here are some tips for staying sane and surviving for those three-ish weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break.

3 Must-Try Teacher Hacks from Home Improvement Stores

3 hardware store finds you can easily repurpose to organize & use in your classroom

As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for cool new tools to make my classroom run more smoothly. I've found that some of the best tools come, not from a teacher store, but from your local home improvement store. Here are three of  my favorites this year:

Editing a PDF on your Mac

Quick video tutorial and FAQs on how to edit an editable PDF on a Mac.

If you've ever had trouble using an editable resource on TeachersPayTeachers, this post is for you! Editing an editable PDF file is very simple once you know what to do. I have a video tutorial to walk you right through it!

I wouldn't go back to school without...

4 things I wouldn't go back to school without. These are sanity savers in my classroom, especially during the first week of school!
It's almost hard to believe, but summer is coming to a close, and it's time to start thinking about back to school. Every year, I make subtle (or sometimes huge) changes, but there are a few things I can't imagine heading back to school without. Some of them are loved by students, some by parents, and some are sanity savers for me! I wouldn't go back to school without...

Power Up Your Teaching by Creating a Curriculum Map

Writing a curriculum map is powerful, and will transform your school year. Here's how to create a curriculum map for your classroom.
I have a teacher confession to make: I've never made my own curriculum map before this year. (Gasp! I know!) I've always either worked at a school that provided one for us or on a team that didn't think it was necessary. My experience making a curriculum map this year has convinced me that it is one of the best things I can do over the summer to prepare the following year. Today, I wanted to share why I think it's so important, and I have a resource to help you get started.
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