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Professional development for teachers includes ideas for goal setting in the school, lesson planning, books suggestions, grant ideas, and other examples of ways teachers can protect their mental health in such a high pressure career.

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For all the science lovers out there, this is a fun student-led project they will love! Building a working magnet doesn’t require a motor or fancy equipment. Students will be wowed with the steps of the scientific method while they are creating their project in small groups or as a whole group lesson. Science Learning […] The post How to Make an Electromagnet (minibook freebie included!) appeared first on Organized Classroom.

How to Make an Electromagnet (minibook freebie included!)

For all the science lovers out there, this is a fun student-led project they will love! Building a working magnet doesn’t require a motor or fancy equipment. Students will be wowed with the steps of the scientific method while they are creating their project in small groups or as a whole group lesson. Science Learning […] The post How to Make an Electromagnet (minibook freebie included!) appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Figurative language will make your students better writers. But, teaching it, especially to littles, can be a task. Learning the differences between idioms, similes, and metaphors can be tough for students who have trouble with abstract ideas. Let’s find some ways to make it fun, engaging, and memorable! I have always LOVED to use the […] The post Free Figurative Language eBook appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Free Figurative Language eBook

Figurative language will make your students better writers. But, teaching it, especially to littles, can be a task. Learning the differences between idioms, similes, and metaphors can be tough for students who have trouble with abstract ideas. Let’s find some ways to make it fun, engaging, and memorable! I have always LOVED to use the […] The post Free Figurative Language eBook appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Today, I decided to create a super easy and inexpensive bookmark made from jumbo paperclips and ribbon!  Fun!  You seriously won’t believe just how easy it really is to create these!  Plus, they won’t break the bank if you want to do a class set (as is usually the case with most things). The video […]
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Clipping Up a Good Book!

Today, I decided to create a super easy and inexpensive bookmark made from jumbo paperclips and ribbon! Fun! You seriously won’t believe just how easy it really is to create these! Plus, they won’t break the bank if you want to do a class set (as is usually the case with most things). The video […] The post Clipping Up a Good Book! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

I love using fun math games in the classroom for a variety of reasons:  differentiation, brain breaks, indoor recess, or even as a behavior party reward!  Students are learning and having fun – that’s a win-win combo for sure! There are so many different ways to incorporate math games into your daily routine and students won’t […]
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5 Fall Fun Math Games

I love using fun math games in the classroom for a variety of reasons: differentiation, brain breaks, indoor recess, or even as a behavior party reward! Students are learning and having fun – that’s a win-win combo for sure! There are so many different ways to incorporate math games into your daily routine and students won’t […] The post 5 Fall Fun Math Games appeared first on Organized Classroom.

How about a super easy library checkout system for your classroom bookshelves? So simple, it will blow your mind you didn’t think of it before! It’s probably easier than trying to label tons of books, have barcodes, have a checkout system, have a form to fill out to check. Really, I prefer the KISS method. […] The post Easy Peasy Classroom Library Checkout System appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Easy Peasy Classroom Library Checkout System

How about a super easy library checkout system for your classroom bookshelves? So simple, it will blow your mind you didn’t think of it before! It’s probably easier than trying to label tons of books, have barcodes, have a checkout system, have a form to fill out to check. Really, I prefer the KISS method. […] The post Easy Peasy Classroom Library Checkout System appeared first on Organized Classroom.

In this episode, you’ll learn about a strategy that lets you keep track of your professional goals by creating an easy-to-update website. You’ll also hear some tips for narrowing in on which goals to focus on this school year.

Quick Tips for Keeping Track of Your Professional Goals

In this episode, you’ll learn about a strategy that lets you keep track of your professional goals by creating an easy-to-update website. You’ll also hear some tips for narrowing in on which goals to focus on this school year.

They say you can't go home. However, a resilience strategy that really works asks you to do just that. Reach back to why you started in education.

Go Backward to Move Forward - A Resilience Strategy to Motivate Educators

They say you can't go home. However, a resilience strategy that really works asks you to do just that. Reach back to why you started in education.

While many teachers and schools in the United States are not in session for the Independence Day holiday in July, lots have their own kids at home, might be helping to teach summer school, or even a few are part of year-round school schedules and could be in session. Even more perhaps will be tutoring […] The post Fourth of July Free Printable Pack for Kids! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Fourth of July Free Printable Pack for Kids!

While many teachers and schools in the United States are not in session for the Independence Day holiday in July, lots have their own kids at home, might be helping to teach summer school, or even a few are part of year-round school schedules and could be in session. Even more perhaps will be tutoring […] The post Fourth of July Free Printable Pack for Kids! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

File folder games can be easy to put together and make learning fun your your students! Not sure where to find file folder game printables? Look online for resources that are books which have file folder games to print and go. Setting them up is even easier! Grab some basic file folders, open them up […] The post File Folder Game Organization appeared first on Organized Classroom.

File Folder Game Organization

File folder games can be easy to put together and make learning fun your your students! Not sure where to find file folder game printables? Look online for resources that are books which have file folder games to print and go. Setting them up is even easier! Grab some basic file folders, open them up […] The post File Folder Game Organization appeared first on Organized Classroom.

This section is for class sizes of 26 or more students. While all the photos show options for 26 students, feel free to place additional students on the end of groups, or add additional groups, if needed. Team competition will be possible with this seating choice.  Teams can compete for neatest, quietest, and most cooperative. […] The post Classroom Seating Chart:  City Street appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Classroom Seating Chart: City Street

This section is for class sizes of 26 or more students. While all the photos show options for 26 students, feel free to place additional students on the end of groups, or add additional groups, if needed. Team competition will be possible with this seating choice. Teams can compete for neatest, quietest, and most cooperative. […] The post Classroom Seating Chart: City Street appeared first on Organized Classroom.

I figured many of you are home with the kiddos this summer and of course you need to throw in some learning fun – right?  Of course, it’s in our teacher blood! What’s on your refrigerator?  I bet you have a set of magnetic letters on there!  Are they holding up various works of art […] The post Magnetic Letter Fun! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Magnetic Letter Fun!

I figured many of you are home with the kiddos this summer and of course you need to throw in some learning fun – right? Of course, it’s in our teacher blood! What’s on your refrigerator? I bet you have a set of magnetic letters on there! Are they holding up various works of art […] The post Magnetic Letter Fun! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

As I have been working on creating more beach themed items for the Beach Theme Category at the store, I realized that many of the items within the clip art were actual items I could go to my local Walmart and buy.  Well, of course that got me to thinking as to how I would […] The post Beachy Keen Learning Ideas! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Beachy Keen Learning Ideas!

As I have been working on creating more beach themed items for the Beach Theme Category at the store, I realized that many of the items within the clip art were actual items I could go to my local Walmart and buy. Well, of course that got me to thinking as to how I would […] The post Beachy Keen Learning Ideas! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Maybe you can relate to the following: “Sue” is a sweet student, albeit a little more than a little scatterbrained from time to time. She is very excited to learn, but doesn’t really have organizational skills when it’s time to clean up and move on to something else. So everything gets dumped into her desk. […] The post DIY Pencil Pouches appeared first on Organized Classroom.

DIY Pencil Pouches

Maybe you can relate to the following: “Sue” is a sweet student, albeit a little more than a little scatterbrained from time to time. She is very excited to learn, but doesn’t really have organizational skills when it’s time to clean up and move on to something else. So everything gets dumped into her desk. […] The post DIY Pencil Pouches appeared first on Organized Classroom.

I don’t know about you, but there are certain times when I have taught a lesson when I could tell from the glassy looks that I was speaking a foreign language to a majority of my class (can we say double digit by double digit multiplication usually brought that on?)  And there were other days, […] The post Emergency Exits! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Emergency Exits!

I don’t know about you, but there are certain times when I have taught a lesson when I could tell from the glassy looks that I was speaking a foreign language to a majority of my class (can we say double digit by double digit multiplication usually brought that on?) And there were other days, […] The post Emergency Exits! appeared first on Organized Classroom.

It’s time for another edition of The Organized Classroom Blog’s Terrific Teaching Tools!  This week, I am going to admit something:  I am a bit of a pocket chart junkie.  Whew!  It feels better to have just said it out loud. In all honesty, I have loads of pocket charts, with most of them still […] The post An Ode to Pocket Charts:  3 Ideas appeared first on Organized Classroom.

An Ode to Pocket Charts: 3 Ideas

It’s time for another edition of The Organized Classroom Blog’s Terrific Teaching Tools! This week, I am going to admit something: I am a bit of a pocket chart junkie. Whew! It feels better to have just said it out loud. In all honesty, I have loads of pocket charts, with most of them still […] The post An Ode to Pocket Charts: 3 Ideas appeared first on Organized Classroom.

Staff Morale Solutions Digital Book

Need some new ideas for staff morale in your school? This 81 page digital book has you covered! Includes 14 articles from Organized Classroom, including topics such as: Work/Life Balance Tools Destress Hacks for Those Extra Tough Days A Fun Teacher Daily Schedule That Hits Close to Home Top 10 Survival Tips for New Teachers …