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Activities for Your First Day Teaching Middle School

Fun, engaging and easy back to school activities for your middle school classroom! These activities are a great way to start your year off on the right foot!

The first day of school. It's a whirlwind few hours that leave us ready for bed by 7PM and longing for the carefree days of July when all your "worries" revolved around finding a beach towel and some sunscreen. But, let's face it, that first day of school is also incredibly exciting! We certainly get a rush from showing off our semi-"Pinterest Perfect" classroom to our new students. We love passing out our stack of syllabi and having students place them in their brand-new binders! Honestly, all those school supplies make us feel like it's Christmastime! And many of us are all too familiar with those night-before dreams/nightmares and lack of sleep.

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.