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  • 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…

  • Five Tips for Teachers Changing Grade Levels

    As teachers, so much is constantly changing in our career. State standards, professional requirements, our students…there is so much change to anticipate from year to year! And sometimes, for various reasons, we even change the grade level we are teaching. For some this might be an exciting change; for others, not so much. I’ve changed grade levels twice in my career. I taught kindergarten my first year teaching because, well, it was a week before school started and that was the only job offer I had. I wasn’t really in a position to be picky! I had zero experience with kinder, and much preferred upper elementary. A year in kindergarten…

  • Building a Strong Classroom Community + FREEBIE!

    One thing that I never did much of until this year was focus on building a strong classroom community. I felt like I had good relationships with my students, but I realized I wasn’t very good at fostering my students’ relationships with their peers. How important that is! If students aren’t valuing and respecting each other, then it can be really hard to get much accomplished during the day. So this year, after learning more about Responsive Classroom and building classroom community, I decided to put that at the center of my planning. Allowing time for my students to interact with each other and encourage each other during class was…