Posts in Management
Ten Powerful Children's Books that Teach Kids to Be Kind

In my last post, I shared my simplest way of teaching the interconnected skills of kindness, mindfulness, and thankfulness. When teaching lessons on character skills, it’s often helpful to start with a children’s book. To support my monthly thankful for kindness writing, I compiled a list of popular children’s books that are perfect mentor texts. These are the best children’s books I’ve found for showing examples of kindness.

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One Simple Exercise for Teaching Students to be Thankful

This November, join me for a series of posts about teaching thankfulness to students. While we should encourage an attitude of gratitude all year long, November and the holiday of Thanksgiving provide the perfect opportunity for sneaking in lessons about the critical character quality of thankfulness without feeling contrived. This first post in the series asks students to reflect on ways others have shown them kindness and then write notes of thanks.

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How to Improve Student Relationships Through Simple Writing

How to Improve Student Relationships Through Simple Writing | Communication, like in any relationship, is key to building a positive classroom community. Although we know it’s important, finding the time to talk authentically with students can be difficult. However, there are a few strategies that build relationships with students and make a big impact in classroom behavior. These three classroom management strategies (and free writing resources) are simple and are sure to improve behavior management in any classroom. | 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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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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9 Unique Ways to use Digital Scrapbooks in the Classroom

9 Unique Ways to use Digital Scrapbooks in the Classroom | Nine simple unique ways to use digital scrapbooks at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year.  Perfect for both student and adult visual learners. Use digital scrapbooks to teach procedures, assist substitutes, wrap-up units, give as gifts, and so much more. | everythingjustso.org

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The Fastest Free Way to Spread Positivity in the Classroom

The Fastest Free Way to Spread Positivity in the Classroom | Proactively stop negative behaviors before they begin by incorporating positive behavior management strategies in the classroom.  Rather than being inundated with negative tattling of poor behavior, create a positive classroom environment with this free simple tool.  It’s a sure-fire way to increase positivity and reduce negative behaviors in your classroom. Let me tell you how. | everythingjustso.org

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Character Education: Free Resources for Improving Your Classroom Environment

Character Education: Free Resources for Improving Your Classroom Environment | Now more than ever, our students are in desperate need of lessons about character. Students need a better understanding of themselves as people, how to respect others who are different, how to advocate for oneself and others, and simply what it means to be a positive member of a community. To help you get started, here are five of my go-to sites for quality character education materials on social justice, social emotional learning, education equity, and more. | everythingjustso.org

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