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Easy Halloween Ideas for Upper Elementary

Halloween fun for upper elementary classrooms
You don't have to do anything elaborate to bring some Halloween fun to your classroom. Sometimes we forget that simple things can really make a difference to our students. Here are some easy ways to incorporate a little Halloween into your week and still stick to your grade level content. Because big kids love holidays too!

3 Ways Teachers Can STOP Bringing Work Home

Simple tips to help teachers stop bringing work home!

No matter your teaching situation, one thing is universally true: Teachers do not have enough time to get everything done during the day. How would it feel to totally stop bringing work home from school? Pretty amazing, right? It can be done. In fact, I did it! For the last three years, I completely stopped bringing home lesson plans & papers to grade, with two exceptions: the first 2 weeks of school and bringing home books to read for my novel studies.

Here's how I stopped bringing work home from school...

Flexible Seating is not about yoga balls.

Flexible seating isn't about yoga balls... and other common flexible seating myths. Find out the truth about how flexible seating works in a real classroom.
Flexible seating is everywhere. And it seems like everyone has a really strong opinion. You either love it, you're thinking about it, or you're vehemently opposed. If you're on the fence, this post is for you! I'm tackling some myths and sharing some truths about flexible seating. 

5 Ways to Keep Reading Centers Running Smoothly

Proven ways to keep your reading centers running smoothly so that you can teach guided reading or small groups without interruptions!

Whether you do guided reading, literature circles, reading conferences, or some other small group model, one of the biggest struggles is managing the rest of the class during small group instruction. Well, struggle no more... today I'm sharing my top tips for smooth sailing during reading rotations!

How to Organize your Supplies with a Teacher Toolbox

Organize all your teacher desk supplies in a (new + improved) Teacher Toolbox! #teachertoolbox #teachertoolboxlabels #classroomorganization #teachertoolboxdiy

Teachers have about a million little supplies that we use daily. I don't know about you, but I always seemed to end up with at least one cluttered, unorganized desk drawer full of supplies. Pens. Stickers. Paper clips. White out. Extra staples. Post it notes. Tape. Binder clips... The list could go on and on. Whether you're thinking of ditching your teacher desk, or you're just trying to get organized, a teacher toolbox is the perfect answer! Today I'm sharing how to make a teacher toolbox that's durable enough to last.
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