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  • Summer Guest Post: 10 Teacher Organization Tips For the New School Year

    Michele has been a teacher for 7 years and is currently teaching 1st grade. She loves sharing tips with fellow teachers on her blog Teaching with Mama Owl. Michele loves spending time with her husband, son, and their dog, Bentley. She also enjoys traveling, finding the latest deals at Target, and finding new ways to be more organized. If you’re like me, being more organized is one of the things you want to focus on this school year (or…every year). Organization skills are critical for any efficient teacher. In my seven years of teaching, I have discovered and refined many different organization methods and systems. Being organized helps me to…

  • Teacher Organization Part 2: Organization on a Budget

    Welcome to part 2 of my teacher organization series! Today we will be talking all about organization on a budget. Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on large storage items or fancy containers to be organized. You can easily create a functional, organized classroom on a teacher’s salary! As you are planning out your classroom, think about what items you need. Remember – you want to use what you already have first! You probably don’t need to buy as much as you think you do. Once you have things organized as best as you can without buying anything, make a list of the items…

  • Summer Guest Post: 5 Teacher Organization Hacks for Your Space

    I’m Allie, also known as The Gypsy Teacher! I teach abroad, and am currently in Tanzania, East Africa. I’ve been teaching elementary school for five years. I love helping teachers build strong classroom communities and engage all of their learners! You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, as well as on my website! We all need more teacher organization, right? Sometimes I feel like I have all the bins, folders, and containers, but I don’t consistently use them to keep my teacher area organized. Whether you have a teacher desk, a teacher area, or a teacher table, I’ve got five teacher organization ideas to keep your space organized…

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    Teacher Organization Part 1: Organization Basics

    One of my top skills as a teacher and the thing I probably pride myself the most on is organization. I cannot function in a disorganized room, and firmly believe that staying organized is crucial to your success as a teacher. I know a lot of teachers consider this a strength of theirs as well; however, I have also met many who struggle with teacher organization skills and have run into problems because of it. I decided to focus my blog this month on helping teachers prepare their classrooms for the upcoming year with a teacher organization series. Every Tuesday and Thursday in August, I will share a post focusing…

  • Meet the Teacher Handout & Tips for Success (+ FREEBIE)

    Meet the Teacher Handout & Tips Meet the teacher day/night can be a super exciting but also super stressful time. Exciting because you’re meeting your new students for the very first time, but stressful because you’re also meeting their parents and you want to make a good first impression. You may also have a lot to prepare – such as getting a meet the teacher handout ready – in addition to all the other beginning of the year stuff on your plate! There is a lot to think about when preparing for meet the teacher. I’m sure all schools do it a little differently, but in my opinion, meet the…

  • Summer Guest Post: Liberating Your Classroom with Student-Centered Learning

    If you’re intrigued by the concept of student-centered learning but don’t know where to start, you sound like I used to.  My name is Jenn Breisacher and I am the CEO of Student-Centered World, your new favorite professional development website that helps teachers move to a 100% student-centered environment in their classroom (yes, even yours….and yes, even with your students!).  You can check out our website or follow us on Instagram! When you ask someone why they became a teacher, many times the reasons are similar: they loved school themselves, they want to make a difference with children, they have an innate desire to teach, etc. As time has moved forward, we know…

  • 9 Things I Learned as a First Year Teacher

    I have a special place in my heart for first year teachers. I had absolutely zero idea how hard my first year of teaching was going to be. I knew it was going to be hard, but it was so much harder than I imagined. I don’t want to scare anyone! Admittedly, I was way underprepared and had a lot of things working against me. I’ll save that story for another day, though, because right now I want to focus more on the things I learned as a first year teacher and turn that into advice and encouragement for anyone going into their first year teaching. So, if you’re a…

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    Summer Guest Post: How to Create a Butterfly Garden in 5 Easy Steps

    Hello Friends- I am Tina from Teach the TK Way. I am the mom of 4 almost grown children, an Early Educator, and Teacherpreneur. I have been creating classroom environments for over 23 years, specializing in outdoor classrooms and bringing natural environments to indoor learning spaces. I can be found on Facebook and IGTV with my weekly “Mentor Minute”, where I share nature-based curriculum ideas with other educators. You can find me on ALL social media as Teach The TK Way; I look forward to connecting with each of you.  Butterfly gardens, hummingbird plants, and saving the honey bees- OH MY! When I embarked on my outdoor classroom journey I…

  • Summer Guest Post: Creating a Successful Classroom Management Plan

    Cassie, from www.adventuresinbehavior.com, is a special education teacher in Texas and has worked for the past 5 years in an elementary behavior classroom for students with behavior disorders or autism.  She has a Master’s degree in special education and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Cassie is a self-proclaimed behavior nerd and loves to talk about all things related to behavior, coffee, and Harry Potter. We’ve all heard the horror stories of teachers being driven out of their classrooms and out of the education field because of student behavior!  It seems like these stories are popping up across social media more and more these days and it can be so…

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    Summer Guest Post: Five Things To Do When Designing Your Classroom

    Katherine Rowe has taught high school science for five years and runs her blog, The Online Instructional Coach, on the side.  Whether you are returning to the same classroom you’ve had for years or, like me, are switching to another classroom for the seventh time in a row (in five years), it’s that time of year when we start thinking about what we want to do with our classroom space. Pinterest abounds with ideas for themes from Harry Potter to Dr. Seuss, but if you really want your classroom to work for you, you have to go beyond the theme and think about the practical cues that will help your…