Ice Breakers: Get Students Talking

Ice Breakers for All Year: Build a Positive Classroom Community

In my post about the “All About Me” Bag, I wrote about the importance of having a whole group ice breaker at the beginning of the year so students can begin to feel safe talking in front of the whole class. However, small group and partner ice breakers can have an even bigger impact on the environment of your classroom. …

Whole Group Ice Breaker: All About Me Bag

Free All About Me Bag Labels

Ice breakers are great for any large group of people that are getting to know each other, including elementary classrooms. Organizing ice breakers for the first few weeks of school, and then continuing them throughout the school year, is a great way to help build a positive classroom community. The All About Me bag is a great option for a …

Classroom Pencil Management: Solving the Pencil Problem

Pencil Management - Solving the pencil problem in the classroom

Classroom pencil management for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students is much harder than the general public thinks. Non-teachers do not and cannot understand how difficult it is for upper elementary students to keep up and take care of pencils. Working in a low-income school, many of my students would come to school with very few school supplies. …

The First Day of School: A Practical Schedule

First Day of School Schedule

I was always surprised at how quickly the first day of school would fly by. One minute I’m greeting students, the next, I’m exhaustedly sitting at my desk wondering where the day has gone, why my feet are so tired, and how I could have gone the entire day without doing anything of things I had planned. Over the years, …