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Make Your Own connections Game

Making Your Own Connections Game: A Fun Classroom Innovation

Every morning, I have a ritual that kickstarts my brain and sets the tone for the day: diving into the New York Times Connections game. I’m not just a fan; I’m downright obsessed. It’s the perfect blend of challenge and satisfaction, and it got me thinking: why not bring this excitement into the classroom? Seeing

Opposite Day Activities in the Classroom! Flip the Tale!

Just the other night, my best friend sent me the cutest video of her daughter reading me a book. She’s stepping into the big world of reading, and boy, was she excited to show off her new skills! The book she picked? “What’s the Opposite.” It was one of those sweet coincidences because National Opposite

Using Mentor Sentences for Improving Writing

Improve Student Writing in 10 Minutes a Day With Mentor Sentences

Mentor Sentences A few years one of my students came up, obviously frustrated.  “I just can’t seem to get my ideas down right,” she moaned.  ELA, especially writing, often posed such challenges for many of my students. They had lots of stories to tell,  but articulating those tales? That was another story. Enter the magic

birthday ideas for elementary classroom

Classroom Birthday Ideas to Make Every Student Feel Special!

Classroom Birthday Ideas to Make Every Student Feel Special! There’s a magical moment in our classrooms that happens every so often. It’s not the “aha!” of grasping a new concept, nor is it the quiet hum of a room engrossed in a book. It’s the excited twinkle in a student’s eye when they realize that

back to school resources

Ultimate Back to School Resource Guide for a Successful Year

Upper Elementary Back to School Resources Just for You! Welcome to our comprehensive back to school resource guide, specially designed to help you prepare for a new year. Our selected resources focus on bolstering critical areas such as math and English Language Arts (ELA) skills! From interactive math games and engaging ELA activities, to innovative

grading papers, organizing work, and parent communication tips

Grading Papers, Organizing Work, and Getting It All Ready to Send Home FAST!

If you’re like me, you know that the life of a teacher extends far beyond the final bell. As much as we love igniting those little sparks of knowledge in our students, we are well-acquainted with the after-school grading hours spent buried in piles of papers. From grading student work to keeping classroom materials in

teaching place value tips and lesson ideas

Teaching Place Value So Students Truly Understand

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, it’s this: understanding place value is absolutely crucial. It’s one of the most fundamental concepts in our number system, and without it, tackling larger numbers, decimal numbers, and mathematical operations could seem like solving a cryptic puzzle to our students.

financial literacy classroom management strategy for back to school

Financial Literacy: The Best Year-Long Classroom Management Strategy

Yes, Financial Literacy Can Be the Backbone of Your Classroom Management Strategy! How many times have you found yourself searching for classroom management strategies that not only keep your class engaged but also teach them valuable life skills? If your answer is “too many times to count,” then you’re in the right place! Today, we’re

Managing Classroom Supplies: Cultivate Responsibility in Students

Managing Classroom Supplies: Cultivate Responsibility in Students

Make Your Students Responsible For Their Own Pencils and Other Supplies Let’s jump straight into something we’re all too familiar with – students misplacing their supplies.  Every teacher, at some point, has experienced the constant cycle of a pencil gone missing, the mysterious disappearance of an eraser, or the vanishing act of a pair of

music and mental health in children

How Music Can Boost Your Child’s Mental Health

Music Can Boost Your Child’s Mental Health- Here’s How! Music has some great benefits in our life! It helps to reduce stress. And also has the power to heal our mind and soul. Do you know that 92.1% of parents in the U.S. played music to their kids? Yes!  Most of us know and appreciate the

coding classes for elementary students

Finding the Perfect Coding Class for Elementary Students

Finding The Right Coding Class (Freebie included!) We live in a world that is becoming more and more digital every day. One skill that’s super important is coding. It’s not just for tech wizzes anymore; it’s for everyone. Schools are adding more classes centered around coding each year, and we are seeing coding transition from

report card comments

100+ Student Report Card Comments

Report Card Comments for Elementary Students I know personally the power report card comments can have on a student. When I was in 5th grade, my teacher wrote a comment on the back of my report card: “Cassi is a bright girl.” All these years later, I still remember that report comment and how good

qr codes attendance

Use QR codes to track attendance with Google Forms

Who’s the techy teacher??? You are!!! Let’s take a moment to marvel at the tiny marvels of technology – QR codes. These small, square barcodes full of tiny pixels and lines can revolutionize our classrooms, including the often tedious task of attendance tracking. Today, let’s explore how we can harness the power of QR codes

Ideas for Teaching Poetry

25 Great Ideas for Teaching Poetry

Ideas for Poetry Are you ready to embark on a whirlwind journey of teaching poetry that will stir your students’ creativity and boost their appreciation for this beautiful form of expression? Teaching poetry is much more than mere lessons from dusty textbooks. It’s an opportunity to instill a love for language, rhythm, and imagery in

ai fears - artificial intelligence in the classroom

AI in the Classroom: 3 Questions to Ask

In case you haven’t heard, artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over the world. Maybe not in the Skynet/apocalypse sense, but the topic has been everywhere since the release of ChatGPT in November of 2022.  As the leader of an EdTech company serving over 10,000 schools each year, it didn’t take long for me to realize

getting to know you first day of school activities

Getting to Know You Activities Your Students Will Love!

As another school year beckons, it’s time to break out the welcome mat for our fresh batch of eager learners: getting to know you activities! If you’re like me and you love the hustle of going back to school, you know that the early days of the school year can make a huge difference. In

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