A Google Drive Seating Chart

Tips on using an interactive classroom seating chart in Google Drive.
Ah, seating charts...such a joy to formulate each time.
Or not.

If you are anything like me, you hastily sketch out a new plan at the absolute moment of necessity (those seats MUST be changed now!!) on a random piece of scrap paper lying nearby. And forget at least two names. Then recount how many are on the plan. And proceed to scratch out and move names again and again. Then perhaps lose said plan once or twice before finally rearranging the actual seating...

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Designing Beautiful Google Docs

So I know I've blogged many times about how much I love designing printables in PowerPoint. 

And I really do. 

But this year I've been learning more about creating documents in Google Docs. There are so many reasons to create in Google Docs... 

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Time-Saving Tips for PowerPoint Printables

Time Saving PowerPoint Tips
PowerPoint is pretty easy to use once you get used to it. But, like any designing process, it can become quite time-consuming, can't it?

So I'd like to share four fast tips to help speed up things up a bit...

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Using PowerPoint Tables for Math Printables

Tips on using tables in PowerPoint to make math printables.
I love making printables for my students in math...but setting up number lines and fractions? Not so much. It can be SO time-consuming to line up all those little textboxes. Since a great deal of our school year involves number lines and fractions, I wanted to find a way to set them up more quickly. 

So I turned to tables! 

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Using Precise Colors in PowerPoint

I learned a new trick today that is going to be very helpful in designing printables in PowerPoint, so I wanted to share it with you!

Have you ever used the eyedropper or magnifying glass tool to get the perfect text color in your PowerPoint?

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Quick Tips for Back to School (A Quick Giveaway!)


Our students don't start back until September 6th this year, but I am definitely feeling the crunch to get things done. And I'm pretty sure everyone is feeling that same crunch right now, whether you are back in class or working hard to get your room set up for a new year. So I'm very excited to share this news with you...and it's going to be QUICK to save you some precious minutes this weekend! I am teaming up with some of my friends to share some quick tips for the new school year, as well as a chance to win a $25 gift card to TpT (just in time for the big, one day sitewide sale on Monday!).

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Color Code and Organize Your Google Drive

Color Code and Organize Your Google Drive
It seems like I rely more and more on my Google Drive each year of my teaching. I upload my favorite resources to folders, create docs for my students to use in Google Classroom, store maps for Social Studies, upload photos of our Science experiments...there is just so much you can do with the drive. And I really love how easy it is to organize your files.

But, truth be told, I was never a big fan of the layout and colors. 

A sea of gray folders is never really helpful when you are a busy teacher trying to find docs on the fly. And, while you can colorize the folders, there is only so much control over the order they can be displayed.

Or is there?

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Organizing Shelves with Color

One of my favorite part of our classroom is actually a pretty large one, but it is truly is the hub of our classroom—our shelving units.

Last summer I was on the quest for shelving I could use throughout the classroom. I knew I wanted materials to be available for my students to access with ease...and I wanted something that would tie the whole room together and give it a homey, craft room feeling (I'm telling you, I can spend literally hours browsing craft rooms on Pinterest!). 


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Making Beautiful Plans on Planbook.com (Part 2)

During the past school year, I started adding some more features to my planbook.com lesson planner. I wanted the text to stand out more, so I could quickly see what I needed for a lesson. You can read more about this in a previous post:

This worked out very well and I found my plans much easier to read. However, I started to wonder. Was there a way to make them even more clear? A way to use some of my favorite fonts to make the plans really pop?
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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...
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