Classroom Management: Using Class Dojo

Class Dojo – Awesome Classroom Management Tool

Hi, I’m Stacy from over at Funky Fresh Firsties, and I am so thrilled to have the chance to be a guest blogger while Rachel is away!  I wanted to do my post on a behavior management tool that I’ve used for two years now.  I have used Class Dojo in my 4th grade classroom, as well as this year in 1st grade.  The results in both settings have been AMAZING

test review

Help Students Review with Colorful Sticky Note Tags

I love this guest post from Addie Williams and I know you will too! My students often struggle reviewing for a test or other type of formal assessment.  I think they get overwhelmed with all of the information that they are required to know and therefore don’t use their study time effectively.  This summer while browsing through an office supply store I saw a package of

Do your students need practice expanding their sentences? Rachel Lynette created three sets of task cards to help you how to do just that! These Super Sentences Task Cards teach students how to make their sentences more descriptive and interesting to read.

Super Sentences Task Cards

Seriously, would you read this post if it started out like this? Students should write good sentences. They should use good words. They should write long sentences. Clearly, learning to expand sentences and choose more precise words is an important part of becoming a good writer. Not only that, but these skills are also part of the Language Common Core Standards. That is why I

The 100th day of school is an exciting day in elementary school! You can still celebrate the 100th day in the upper elementary grades with the help of this freebie. Click through to download your copy!

100th Day Challenge Freebie (For Big Kids)

I know the 100th Day of School is a big deal for many primary classes. They get to count 100 things, make 100 things, eat 100 things, and who knows what else. Now those of you who teach the upper grades can join the fun! This 100th Day of School Challenge printable will get your kids thinking in all kinds of ways. It requires a

Positive reinforcement is almost always more effective than negative reinforcement. Try out random reward in your classroom and see how it reaps the benefits for classroom management!

The Power of Random Reward in Your Classroom

  Random reward is a huge motivator. It’s why many adults play slot machines and why many children with inconsistent parents whine endlessly (because, every so often, the parents give in, and they get what they want). If you reward a given behavior every time, your students are likely to get bored. Further, since you are rewarding often, the reward itself is probably not all

Teaching Contractions

For words that are supposed to make things easier, contractions can make things a whole lot harder, until your students understand how to use and spell them properly. Here are some ideas that can help. Be sure your students know what a contraction actually is. The word “contract” means to make something smaller – and that is exactly what a contraction does. Explain that the

Post It notes are an incredibly useful tool, especially in classrooms! Check out this list of 35 uses for Post It notes to help you discover even more ways to use them!

35 Uses for Post It Notes in the Classroom

Who doesn’t love Post Its (which is actually a brand name…sticky notes is the generic)? They come in several sizes, many colors, and best of all….they stick! I always put Post Its on my student supply list because they are just so handy. Here are some nifty things you can do with Post Its: NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. As a

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