Hello my friends! Today I am linking up with some of my bloggy buddies to bring you some great tips this Labor Day Weekend. We understand that the beginning of the school year can be stressful so we put our heads together to find a way to treat all of our amazing readers with a chance to snag some freebies, gather some time saving tips, and of course win some amazing prizes!
One of my tips for the classroom is to keep you and your students organized. I teach first grade and trust me when I say it is extremely difficult to keep track of 26 firsties and all of their things. Since keeping track of all my stuff and all their stuff is so difficult, I label everything. I use color coded folders for each subject and I make a point to label each of them so all my kiddos know where these papers belong. If you are looking for labels to help keep you organized, you can grab Regan Tunstall’s from Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits here.
If you are looking to prepare labels with students names, you can grab Elyse Rycroft’s from Proud to be Primary on her Facebook fans page here.
Let’s face the facts. Teaching is hard. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely LOVE my job but some days harder than others. When I’ve had a long hard day at work, my husband and I will make dinner, get the kids settled for the night, and then I’ll cozy up with a nice book. I’m not talking a professional development or required reading book. I’m talking a reading for the pleasure of reading. Currently I am reading the latest book by Jennifer Hatmaker called For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.
So far I LOVE this book. It is funny, honest, and refreshing. This book is a great reminder to keep perspective on what is really important and how to live in a state of grace instead of criticism and those impossible self imposed standards that we put on ourselves. If you are interested in this amazing read, pick it up here!
My last tip will definitely make your life easier. I have a tip for you to use with your parents and a bonus tip for you to use with your students. For your parents, my tip for you is to organize your communication to Parents with the Teacher Time Saver. This is not your ordinary newsletter. This newsletter acts as a behavior monitoring system, reading log, communication sheet, and class newsletter all in one. You can pick this freebie up in my TpT store. Just click the below.
Another tool I use will make it easier for students to edit their own writing by improving their handwriting skills and help students review their phonics skills. Do yourself a favor by snagging this phonics and handwriting bundle. It is engaging and fun for both boys and girls. You can use this in centers, as morning work, or a whole group activity. I just love this bundle and your kids will too.
A $100 gift card to Amazon