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5th Grade Classroom Reveal 2016-2017

I am thrilled to finally be sharing my classroom set-up with you after weeks and weeks of getting everything ready! This is my very first year teaching 5th grade (7th year teaching), and not only that, but I'm also at a brand-new school in a brand-new area, so everything is new for me this year! I just love starting from scratch when putting together my classroom decorations and bulletin boards :)

Organizing My Weekly Schedule

When I was first given my weekly schedule, I quickly realized I was going to have to sit down for a while and figure out when/where each subject I was going to teach would end up. As a first-time 5th Grade teacher coming from Middle School and High School English, the thought of having to break up the day to fit all of the subjects perfectly into a specific number of minutes for each week gave me a bit of a heart palpitation.

Setting Student Goals: How To Do It

How to effectively set student goals in your classroom - great way to build positive classroom culture and classroom management

Like any teacher, we both want to instill in our students a sense of pride in working hard to achieve goals that they set for themselves. What we found though was that in the day-to-day craziness of running a classroom, it can be super difficult to remember to check in with students about their goals. Unless you have a solid, organized system in place, student goals can quickly fall to the wayside. Not something we want to happen!

Writing Claims: Three Crucial Components

In our experience there are THREE crucial components students must master to gain confidence and skills in writing claims (also known as a thesis statement).

  1. Understand and explain what a claim actually is. 
  2. Differentiate between claims and statements. 
  3. Find appropriate evidence to support their claims. 

Back to School Night Tips and Ideas

Back to School Night can sometimes be stressful, especially if you're a newer teacher wanting to make that awesome first impression for your parents. We've compiled a quick list of tips to help get you through your first or twentieth Back to School Night.

How to Collect and Pass Back Papers

A great and easy way to collect and pass back student papers in your classroom! Such an effective classroom organization tool and idea. A definite must-use for teachers!

We must admit, it took us quite some time to discover a method to pass back and collect papers that worked seamlessly, efficiently, and effectively. But!! we think we've found it ...!