Classroom Organization Tips for an Easy End of the Year

Classroom Organization Tips for an Easy End of the Year | Closing up shop at the end of the school year can be time consuming and a bit overwhelming. However, following a few organization tips several weeks in advance can dramatically reduce and ease your workload. Here are six steps for classroom organization at the end of the year and a free printable tool to help keep you on track. | everythingjustso.org

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Why Choosing Substance is Always Better When Celebrating Holidays

It’s easy to choose cute over substance when celebrating school holidays. But our students deserve more. Here are three reasons why choosing substance over fluff is always better when celebrating holidays in the upper elementary classroom. Plus help finding teaching resources to bring both meaning and fun when planning holiday activities throughout the year.

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10 Super Simple Resources to Encourage a Love of Poetry

10 Super Simple Resources to Encourage a Love of Poetry | April is National Poetry Month. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas to use in the month of April or all through the year, these ten simple resources will help encourage a love of poetry in your upper elementary students. Use these popular children’s books, teaching resources, and other materials to broaden students understanding and appreciation of poetry. | everythingjustso.org

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My Simplest Way to Celebrate Read Across America Day

My Simplest Way to Celebrate Read Across America Day | On Read Across America Day, move the focus from Dr. Seuss Week to its intended purpose – encouraging students to celebrate reading. Rather than focusing on one author, it’s the perfect time to create a reading day for exploring diverse children’s literature from multiple writers. Here’s how I celebrated Read Across America in my upper elementary classroom in the simplest, but most effective way. | everythingjustso.org

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How to Improve Spelling Accuracy with Fluency

How to Improve Spelling Accuracy with Fluency | Learn how to deliver spelling help for students who struggle with high frequency words. A trusted Orton Gillingham practice, Spelling Fluency provides a multisensory approach through which students learn to spell the words they use most often in their reading and writing. If you’ve struggled with how to teach sight words, Spelling Fluency is for you. | everythingjustso.org

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The Best Way to Help Students Spell High Frequency Words

The Best Way to Help Students Spell High Frequency Words| An important part of a rules-based spelling program is the inclusion of an approach to teaching high frequency words. Oftentimes these words are rule breakers and require a bit more spelling help than words that follow predictable patterns. This Orton Gillingham technique is perfect for any student learning to spell sight words that appear most frequently in reading and writing. If you’re wondering how to improve spelling in your classroom, this approach is for you.  | everythingjustso.org

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The best tool for art projects I have ever seen

I love crafts and incorporating them into my lessons with students. But, I’ll be honest - I hate the mess. So working with paint was almost never an option for me – ever.

Then came Kwik Stix. Have you heard of them? They’re an ingenious invention from some friends I’m sure you already know well, The Pencil Grip, Inc.  

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The One Tool that Keeps my Business Organized

The One Tool that Keeps my Business Organized | Wondering how to get organized and keep your online business running smoothly? This one tool works to organize it all – blog post planning, resource ideas, sales and promotional data, tax information, and more. No need for multiple tools – get organized with this one business planner. | everythingjustso.org

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Top Six Reasons Why You Should Attend This Teacher Event

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Attend this Teacher Event | Are you in need of some rest, relaxation, and a little appreciation? Then I have the event for you! Designed with teacher appreciation in mind, this weekend retreat is the perfect remedy to end of the year stress and overwhelm. Here are my top six reasons why this teacher event should not be missed! | everythingjustso.org

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One Simple Way to Boost Positivity During the Holidays

One Simple Way to Boost Positivity During the Holidays | The weeks surrounding the holidays can be hectic and busy to say the least. Schedule changes, special events, and classroom parties can make classroom management difficult. This free tool is the perfect resource for boosting positivity and is one of the easiest classroom management strategies I’ve used. It’s easy to implement and super effective in turning students’ attention to others during the holidays. | everythingjustso.org

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Five Little Resources that will Save You in December

Five Little Resources that Will Save You in December | These five teaching resources will help you get organized and keep students engaged during school holidays. Don’t let the hustle during the holidays overwhelm you. Let me help you with organization tips, writing activities, and holiday activities perfect for upper elementary students in the month of December. | everythingjustso.org

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5 Important Reasons to Ditch Timers and Parent Signatures

Five Important Reasons to Ditch Timers | For years, students have been asked to sit beside timers, complete reading logs, and ask for parent signatures while reading independently at home. If you're still using timers and parent signature lines, I would encourage you to ask yourself why. I ditched reading timers and parent signature lines from my weekly reading log years ago and never looked back. Here are five crucial reasons to stop using both for your students' nightly reading. | everythingjustso.org

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Free Tools and Tips for a Successful School Year

Free Tools and Tips for a Successful School Year | A collection of organizing tips, classroom tools, and teaching resources to make this year’s back to school a success. Learn how to get organized, pick up a few classroom management strategies, find getting to know you resources, and more. | everythingjustso.org

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Six Simple, Proven Ways to Reach Your Most Difficult Student

Six Simple, Proven Ways to Reach Your Most Difficult Students | Looking for behavior management techniques that will reach even the most difficult students? Here are six classroom management strategies that will bring positive results with upper elementary students. Also included are a few free teaching resources to support you along the way. | everythingjustso.org

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Three Resources for Help to Ease Your Workload

Three Resources for Help to Ease Your Workload | As teachers, we often try to function as islands at school. Doing everything ourselves instead of asking for or accepting help. However, this superwoman mentality can only lead to isolation and burnout. Rather than trying to do it all yourself, utilize these three sources of help to simplify your workload and maintain a work-life balance. | everythingjustso.org

While that approach worked well in filtering distractions and getting my work done, it also resulted in severe fatigue and isolation. Not so great when trying to go the distance in a 35 year career. This week, I share with you three simple tips for simplifying your work load - organizing help.

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What Happens When You Create and Stick to Routines

What Happens When You Create and Stick to Routines | One of the best pieces of advice I could give to any teacher is to establish daily routines at the very beginning of the year. Not only will creating routines help you manage all there is to accomplish in the classroom every day, but it also provides much needed structure for your students. Let me share with you a few tips on how to organize your day, how routines benefit you, and advice for sticking to them. | everythingjustso.org

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