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Today I want to share my tips for organizing your classroom library. After years of trying to keep the library organized and manageable, I finally found a system that worked for me and my students! I tried organizing my books by genre and letters and themes. That worked great for me, but did not […]
Today, we have a guest blog post from Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6 where she explains a handy little tool she uses for comprehension reading strategies and even provides a freebie for you as well! Make sure to stop by her blog to say hello! Reading comprehension is such an important skill for our […]
I admit it! I am cheap. I love to buy things for my classroom but hate spending money. That’s why the Dollar Tree is my favorite place ever! Today I want to share some of my favorite and CHEAP classroom storage solutions! Clipboards are a fabulous tool for the classroom but storing them can […]
As always, I’m so happy to pop in here at the awesome OC Blog. Today I have something short and sweet to share with you. While I was conducting some classroom walkthroughs this week, a very cool visual caught my eye. I have to admit it feels kind of original that I found this myself […]
Excellent writing skills in our modern world are important. Writing has been important since humans have evolved from the oral tradition of passing stories or information down from one generation to another. Since then, writing has been one of the most important ways we communicate with other humans. We write to communicate In today’s world, […]
Developing good writers is a process that is on a continuum. This is not something a first grader can grasp and automatically know how to do, and the process is not taught ever again within the next 11 years of school. Teaching the writing process is something that is taught every year a student is […]
O, my stars… Is it May or June? Do most of us only have a few weeks left of school? I believe that is right. The End of The Year is in clear sight. I hope you had a wonderful school year and are looking forward to celebrating all the learning that went on this […]
By now, many of you are probably familiar with QR Codes. They’re everywhere. EVERYWHERE. QR Codes, Quick Response Codes, are simply bar codes within which you can embed media, links, text, songs, videos, and more. Using a QR Scanner (there are hundreds of these apps available on both Android and iOS platforms), one can scan […]
I’m back with another cheap and easy idea for another one of those pesky classroom problems! I love using dice in my classroom! We play dice games, we have dice centers and math tubs! They are cheap and fun tools. But they are so NOISY! That noise is one of things that […]
Similes are a fun lesson when teaching about different types of figurative language. I love teaching about similes with third grade. They are old enough to understand the abstract thought and can appreciate the humor in the double meanings. An epic way to describe a funny situation when taken literally, there are many examples of […]
This is Mrs. Harris and I’m so excited to be back at the Organized Classroom with Charity. I find whiteboards to be a budget-friendly and versatile tool in my classroom. I often use whiteboards daily. Each day I like to utilize whiteboards for a different reason to keep things fresh. When I ask a question […]
I feel like I’ve tried it all when it comes to classroom jobs! At one point I had different individual jobs for each and every student that I had to remember to change everyday (exhausting!). With all the little, and big, things teachers have to do, classroom jobs should be at the very least of […]
Setting up a leprechaun trap in your classroom can incorporate science (think simple machines), social studies (the history of the legend of the lucky leprechaun), and literature in your lesson plans. The best part is that they can be as complex or as easy to put together as you like. It is usually a rarity […]
Today we have a guest blog post talking all about behavior management, which I am sure many can relate with during this time of the year. Enjoy! All teachers have had or will have an experience with an extremely challenging student. No matter the reason why, it can make for a very challenging year. The […]
In my district, our new evaluation system focuses heavily on how we deliver content to our students and especially how we gauge their understanding of that content. I’ve been reflecting upon this quite a bit. I think it becomes very easy to fall into the “timeline trap” of blindly following the curriculum map or […]
We all know one. The person who has the out-of-control classroom. I’m not talking the class where students are out of their desks, a little louder than usual, but still learning — I’m talking the class where the teacher has lost control. There are a variety of ways to prevent this or at least keep the […]
The idea of taming my paper clutter has been floating around in my mind for a couple years now, but this year I took the plunge. If you know me, you know what a big deal this is. I should probably introduce myself – “Hi. I’m Amy and I have pack-rat tendencies!” So, I’m sure […]
Today’s blog entry is from guest blogger Ally at A Fly on the Classroom Wall! Make sure to visit her blog. Enjoy! Homework agendas are used in schools everywhere. They serve as an excellent means of communication between home and school. They encourage students to become increasingly responsible for their own learning, develop time management […]
I love anchor charts, I love looking at anchor charts on Pinterest, I love co-creating anchor charts with my students. I don’t always love how they turn out – or how my printing starts to drift or squish together – but I do love anchor charts. I keep some anchor charts displayed on binder rings […]