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 […]
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Over the past year our district adopted a new reading series. One of my favorite components is a unit inquiry project in which students self-select a unit-related question, research information, and compile it in a finished presentation. We have had a blast trying out new digital tools to present our findings. Here are some of […]
I have a great group of students again this year, great in so many ways. But, they are not so great at picking partner groups! I have a number of students who always want to work with the same people, some people that are actually fought over, and some people who are never chosen. I […]
I was not introduced to Google Drive until I entered the blogging world, and I have realized that I was missing out on a wonderful free technology resource for teachers! When school started this year, it became apparent in my building that very few people knew what Google Drive was. Some teachers are still only […]
Hello Organized Classroom Readers, It’s Kristy from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog. A few years ago I realized that it was important to help teach my students organization skills. It did not matter how pretty and organized my classroom was, if my students were struggling to find the papers I gave them regularly. […]
I want to show you how I solved my Computer Traffic Jam problem in my classroom. If you are like me, I only have 3 computers and 26 kiddos who want to use them for various reasons. At our school we do Accelerated Reader, Math Facts in a Flash and Dreambox. So, the kiddos […]
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 […]
I am so happy to be here on Charity’s blog sharing one of my favorite item to use in my classroom: Binder Rings. I know, they are not new or high tech but I am loving them this year and wonder why it took me so long to start using them. Here is how I […]
I’m about half-way through the school year, and two weeks back from winter break. Behaviors I worked so hard to fix-up and manage are now creeping back after the time away. It’s time to bring back the behavior trackers and send those negative behaviors packing! Do you use behavior trackers to help reward positive student […]
Do you ever feel that your students would rather watch a video than listen to you? Children are so engaged by technology that we must find ways to use it to our advantage. Voki is a free online program that can help you in a variety of ways. The image of the male Voki was […]
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 […]
If you remember my post from last month, I said that I multi-purpose a lot of things in my Kindergarten classroom. This month I wanted to share something with you that is very simple and easy to do. I decided to share this because I was so surprised (happy – because I love […]
Hello again. I wanted to share with you an idea I found on Pinterest (of course) this summer and knew I just had to try in my own classroom. It is a guided reading crate. Previously I had all of my materials at my desk in baskets for each group and I would change up […]
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 love when students learn from one another and I hear the buzz and hum of engaged learning conversations. When partnerships are successful, it’s amazing what learning occurs! It’s taken me awhile to adjust, and readjust how I form learning partnerships. In my classroom, I assign long-term partnerships in math, writing, and reading. These partners […]
As a primary teacher, one of my biggest challenges throughout the school day is Center Time. My kiddos are still learning what it means to be an independent worker and often need a lot of support to make smart choices and move their learning forward. One center that I find particularly challenging is our technology […]
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 […]
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I love this quote from Daniel Goleman, “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able ego mange your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” This quote justifies the […]
Last month we covered the clean-out process. Today we’ll start putting those supplies away Common-Core style. We begin with our non-paper supplies…those hands-on items that support student learning in a variety of curriculum areas. Having supplies organized and at the ready is a timesaver that lessens prep and stress. It also makes it super easy […]