It is getting close to back to school time!  I have a $10 gift card that you can win to Teachers Pay Teachers!

It is easy to win...you just need to leave a comment about your best advice to a first year teacher!  I'll be compiling ideas and sharing them on a blog post in mid-August!

My advice to a first year teacher would be to focus on building a classroom community while you are also teaching your expectations.  It is so important for all students to feel welcomed and accepted at school by both their teacher and classmates.   One way I try and build a classroom community is to include the teaching of social skills.  

You can download this freebie of learning targets to help you get started!  This is just one example that is included.


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Word walls can take up quite a bit of room, so I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of them.

I try and refer to the word wall all day long.  I started putting the words on different colors, and it has made a big difference. I can say, "that" is the word that is on green, next to "so."  It has helped students find words much more efficiently.  I also find that I encourage the word wall more.

Since the purpose is to have the students take ownership of the word wall and use it as a reference, I have had them place the words on the word wall when we add new words.

Some ways to use the word wall daily are by incorporating it into a work station.  Mr. Giso's Room to Read has a great free What to do With My Word Wall set!  It has all sorts of activities that students can use during literacy work stations.

I've also had students make their own personal word wall by using spiral-bound index cards.  Back-to-school time is the perfect time to find them!  Students (or the teacher) write each letter on each page.  As words are added to the word wall, students add to their personal word wall.



I love this fun link-up - especially in the summer!

I have been very busy this summer- relaxing and catching up on house projects and scrapbooking!  I've also started a little bit of school supply shopping.
I'm hooked on Project Life App.  This is one of my favorite pages...it was from places I've traveled in 2016.
These are a few things I found at Michaels and Walmart.  My local Kroger has been having REALLY great deals!!!  I've been posting some of the bargains on Instagram!
Here are two pictures from my travels this summer...I love Colorado! I love the first picture because I'm totally relaxing!!

I love this picture, because I took it about 2 miles into a hike.  I still had a ways to go, but I made it!!



I found five easy and fun ways to help with organization in your room.  I'm always  If you click on the pictures, it takes you to the blog post.  My Pinterest Board is full of more easy and cheap hacks!

I loved this idea for dry erase markers from Brandi!  

Here is another dry erase idea from Collaboration Cuties.

Lorena at Little Treasures has found a fun and colorful way to keep track of student passwords.

Hanging bulletin board border can be a hassle, but April from A Modern Teacher has found an easy solution!  Using command hooks and binder clips is an easy way to store them!  

One of my pet peeves is "missing pieces" and boxes that get damaged (think corners split) or boxes that won't close after the students have played with the game (think Jenga).  Since it is almost back to school time, Target and Walmart always seem to have sales on their drawer containers.  






I'm savoring every moment of summer, but I am thinking ahead!  School will be here before I know it!  This month, I looked for easy classroom hacks that are inexpensive and cheap.  

I'm always looking for cool classroom hacks!  This one is perfect for summer...you just need a pool noodle!


 

Another cool idea is using ice buckets for book holders!


I love this idea!  This is easy and cheap...and books get returned where they belong!

Look at these other great ideas for July!



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