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Have your students practice their use of punctuation with these adorable Punctuation Posters. Each poster includes an explanation of the punctuation type as well as examples of how the punctuation…

Have you ever had that moment where you ask students to begin writing and one student says, “But I’ve got nothing to write about.” Sometimes students find it difficult to…

I’m going to share with you some of the best, time-tested class games that you can use to re-energize your students and get them back on track for learning. I…

Get in the spirit of Halloween with this Halloween Classroom Job Charts pack.  The pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have…

This Olympic Games theme pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have more students than jobs, then you can have 2 (or…

This Spring theme pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have more students than jobs, then you can have 2 (or more)…

The Best 21 Classroom Management Tips And Tricks

The Best 21 Classroom Management Tips And Tricks

Doesn’t every teacher dream of an efficient classroom where no problems occur and lessons run smoothly? Yes, I know probably not a reality, but I believe there are definitely strategies and processes that you can put in place to assist with the smooth running of your classroom. You’re probably already doing some of these classroom…

What Does It Mean To Be An Outstanding Teacher?

What Does It Mean To Be An Outstanding Teacher?

When you think back to your first year of teaching, what is the one word you would use to describe that first year? Some of the words that teachers have shared with me include: confusing, overwhelming, and intense. It’s not nice having that overwhelmed feeling and it can not only be stressful, but it can…

How To Take Charge Of Your Unruly Class

How To Take Charge Of Your Unruly Class

I didn’t have the best start to teaching. Actually, I would say that I had a bit of a disastrous start to teaching! I was told to be more consistent and that I was doing fine, but what does that even mean…..to be more consistent? Many new teachers experience a similar beginning, and often they’re…

What Do New Teachers Need? The Essentials Checklist

What Do New Teachers Need? The Essentials Checklist

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it, I have a job! But, they want me to start on Monday….How am I going to organize everything and plan lessons so that I have something to teach next week? And all this in just four days! I was on my way to Port Hedland (about 1630km north…

What’s Next? How To Engage Early Finishers

What’s Next? How To Engage Early Finishers

You’ve set a great lesson and your students are quietly working through it…..but then you hear, “Miss, I’m finished.” What do you do with your early finishers? It would be unusual for all of your students to finish each activity at exactly the same time. You’ve probably found that you have some students that finish…

Classroom Tools: Why You Need a Binding Machine

Classroom Tools: Why You Need a Binding Machine

Do you have a classroom binding machine? I love my binding machine as it helps to keep papers organized, create books and bundles for students that last, and generally makes my life easier. I don’t have anything too fancy but it definitely helps to create well-organized documents that are easy to store and use. There…