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Category: CLASSROOM SETUP AND DESIGN IDEAS

HOW TO SET UP A SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION AREA

Small-Group Instruction Area The small-group instruction area is where the magic happens. It is in those guided groups and 1:1 student lessons that the those “lightbulb moments” happen. It is there that you will constantly be reminded of the reasons you love your job. You need to set up for

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BACK TO SCHOOL

GET THE FREE BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCE: It doesn’t matter if you are a first year teacher wondering how to set up your classroom for the first day of school or a veteran teacher who still wonders if you remembered everything you need to be “back to school ready,” this

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6 Problems with Flexible Seating in the Classroom

In education there will always be trends and Pinterest certainly fuels that. The latest obsession with teachers everywhere is “flexible seating in the classroom.” But, is an alternative seating classroom best for every student or teacher? Flexible seating success completely depends on how strong the teacher’s classroom management skills are,

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End of Year Activities for Elementary Classrooms

Hey friends, The end of the school year is quickly approaching and summer vacation is so close you can taste it!  Today I surprised the members of the Clutter-Free Classroom Email Club by sending them a 15 page, no-prep, printable End-of-Year Memory Book. I’ll be adding these books in the Clutter-Free

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BLACK POCKET CHARTS in the CLASSROOM

A few years ago I wrote a post about why a clip chart behavior plan had been successful in my classroom (side note: I later wrote another post about the reasons why a clip chart is not the best option for some classrooms). Anyhow, the point of my story is that as soon as I

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PRINTABLE CLASSROOM JOBS CHART DISPLAY and IDEAS

As teachers, we know that offering students responsibility and a sense of community is very important. It absolutely is. But so is your sanity. As a result, I created this classroom job chart for student jobs and have compiled my best tips for managing student jobs in your classroom. This

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STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOR STUDENT BAGS AND COATS in the CLASSROOM

Especially during the colder months, student backpacks, lunchboxes, coats, snow pants, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, and winter boots are stuffed into the small space (lockers, cubbies, hooks, coat closets, etc.) you designated for their personal items. This space is an ideal location for germs, lice, and bedbugs. Read below to find

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HOW TO DISPLAY ANCHOR CHARTS

I had mentioned in an earlier post that while I love making anchor charts with my students AND while I find that they reference them all the time, I don’t always know where to put them.  Because real estate is at a premium in any classroom and spots are often

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