Math TIME: Rotations At Their Pace

I have attempted to get math rotations going in my 5th grade class for years now. I tried different acronyms and setups, but I could never remain committed to them.

It all felt too rushed...the students would settle into an activity and then it would be time to move on again. Those who needed more time had to abandon a task. Others who were ready to move on turned to socializing instead (!) and it just didn't feel like the best use of time.

This year, I was determined to implement rotations with success in my classroom. As it turned out, I just had to make one simple adjustment to make rotations work for our class...

Making Beautiful Plans with Planbook.com

Tips for color-coding a beautiful and easy-to-read online plan book.
I've been using Planbook.com for a couple of years now and I just love everything about it. From attaching the printables I use every year, to linking websites we'll need in a lesson, to setting up templateseverything about this site is convenient and saves me a great deal of time when lesson-planning.

And it's beautiful.
(Which is important to many of us, isn't it?)

Keeping Track of Everything with Checklists

As teachers, we often joke about the "things they didn't teach us in college". From classroom management systems to organizational techniques, teaching can get pretty overwhelming.

There is just so much more to do than "teaching" the class. We must keep track of EVERYTHING going on in our classrooms.

And I've always found this to be one of my greatest challenges. Keeping track of everything—keeping my finger on the pulse of my classroom. 

Halloween Table Settings for Busy Teachers

It seems like we are busier and busier each year, doesn't it? More tests to score, data to track, work to differentiate...the list just never ends.

And that busy schedule can make it hard for me to plan special events for my class. Yet I want to make those holidays memorable for my students, like the holidays I remember from when I was in elementary school.

Do you feel the same way? 

If so, I'd like to share a few time-saving printables that will dress up a festive and fun Halloween table in no time!

Organizing with Color: Extra Supplies

 
Hello dear friends! These beginning weeks have just flown by and today I realized I haven't stopped to share any classroom pictures! I hope to post a classroom tour very soon but, in the meantime, I wanted to share a quick idea that has been working very well for our class.

You know that beautiful moment that happens so often in our classrooms? The one where all of your students are happily immersed in a project and you can just feel all the creative energy flowing? It's the best, isn't it? But sometimes that creativity can be interrupted by searching for supplies...
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