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Updated by JoJo Collins on Feb 11, 2015
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How to manage your first time teaching

Tips on managing your first classroom
Fun ways to remind students about classroom rules and procedures
Students love funny memes. Here are five ways you can bring that humor into your classroom (and school) to connect with students: 1. Class Rules, Expectations, and/or Procedures: Instead of your traditional class rules poster, use memes to deliver your message with humor. Better yet, have students create what they think proper rules and regulations should be.
Creating a Positive Classroom Climate |
Creating a Positive Classroom Climate "If you have a child's heart, you have his head" - Flip Flippen On the day I was hired at Randolph Jr/Sr High School as a special education teacher, the principal, Bill Caldwell, informed me that part of my professional development for the year would be to attend a three-day training titled "Capturing Kids' Hearts."
Effective Strategies for a Efficient Classroom
Robert Marzano, an educational leader, conducted a meta-analysis of instructional strategies to determine which were the most effective.
Motivating Students
To visit my new blog to see more ideas, visit I am BEYOND excited about this idea...lemme tell you! How many of you have ever lost count of how many "late assignments" a kiddo has? Um, ME! (Raises hand).
Motivating Students
I am so excited to be participating in the Bright Ideas Blog Hop! Instead of focusing on products or freebies, we are showcasing wonderful classroom ideas! This blog hop is full of amazing ideas. Be sure to hop around and visit all of the blogs!
Involving parents
I am so happy to have finished making my Family Response Journals! We use these every week. The kids and parents just love them! These journals are for parents and kids to write letters back and forth. In the beginning of the year, we brainstorm a letter that we can all write about - "Dear Mom, We are learning about bugs.
Managing Classroom Materials
I always read about desks versus tables for first graders. I know it is all in a preference for what the individual teacher wants to use. However, I thought I would share with you a wonderful addition to my desks/tables. I built small shelving units to go between desks to hold the student's individual book boxes, tissues, hand santizer, etc.
Overcoming the 3 biggest obstacles in relationship building with kids
So the 2x10 "miraculous" behavior management strategy really resonated with a lot of teachers. It's a simple method for making the nebulous goal of relationship building much more concrete and achievable-simply spend 2 minutes a day for 10 consecutive days talking with a challenging student about anything she or he would like.