Posts in Seasonal
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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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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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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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 Resources that Will Organize Your December

Free Resources to Organize Your December | The weeks leading up to a holiday break can be hectic in the classroom. These organizing tips and free teaching resources will help you get organized and keep your classroom running smoothly during the month of December. | 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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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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Back to School Community Building Resources

Back to School Community Building Resources | Looking to establish a strong classroom community at the beginning of the year? These back to school resources allow you to learn about your students while building a positive environment where community can grow throughout the year. Help students connect with new classmates while practicing important reading and writing skills. | everythingjustso.org

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How to Get Organized Now and Reap the Benefits Later

How to Get Organized Now and Reap the Benefits Later | Join me for a blog series on organization. Each week I'll teach you different ways organization can simplify your work life and help bring balance. Learn how to organize daily schedules and routines; teaching resources, and classroom supplies; and how to use best practices for lesson planning. Series includes guide sheets to help you organize it all. | everythingjustso.org

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The One Flexible Necklace You Need as a Teacher

The One Flexible Necklace You Need as a Teacher | Stay cute and safe with these fun, flexible necklaces from The Jones Market. Part of my Teacher Appreciation Week Series on My Favorite Things. Win some of my favorite teacher things including teaching resources for your classroom. | everythingjustso.org

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The Amazing Jewelry Maker You Need to Know

The Amazing Jewelry Designer You Need to Know | Fight human trafficking while shopping for funky, unique jewelry from Fancy Freedom Designs. Part of my Teacher Appreciation Week Series on My Favorite Things. Win some of my favorite teacher things including teaching resources for your classroom. | everythingjustso.org

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The Best Source for Free Teacher Fonts

The Best Source for Free Teacher Fonts | Looking for cute, free fonts to use on the teaching resources you create for your students? Look no further than KG Fonts! Part of my Teacher Appreciation Week Series on My Favorite Things. Win some of my favorite teacher things including teaching resources for your classroom. | everythingjustso.org

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My Go To Resource for the Best RtI Resources

My Go To Resource for the Best RtI Resources | Meet my go-to person for quality, research based RtI resources: Jen Jones of Hello Literacy. Part of my Teacher Appreciation Week Series on My Favorite Things. Win some of my favorite teacher things including teaching resources for your classroom.  | everythingjustso.org

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The Biggest Little Museum You Absolutely Must Visit

The Biggest Little Museum You Absolutely Must Visit | Do you love children’s books? Do you love artwork from children’s literature? Then this is the spot for you! Discover rare pieces of art, listen to popular authors and illustrators, and attend meaningful professional development. This treasure is simply a must-see for educators, artists, and anyone who loves children’s literature. | everythingjustso.org

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Five Resources that will Make You a Children's Book Guru

Five Resources that will Make You a Children's Book Guru | Improve your ability to match your students with books they love simply by expanding your knowledge of children’s books. Staying current on what’s new in children’s literature can be overwhelming with the vast number of books published every year. These five resources will keep you current and help you make book recommendations like a pro. | everythingjustso.org

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