Classroom Management Archives - Elementary Education

40 Free and Fun “Would You Rather” Questions for Kids

Would you rather have 100 friends or 100 dollars? That’s the $100 question. For me, it’s 100 dollars because 100 friends is a lot of maintenance. I’m all about quality over quantity. But I’m asking because this is the type of question posed to my students every Wednesday for our…

How to Celebrate Student Birthdays (Without Draining Your Bank Account)

I blame it on my mom. Every year, I looked forward to my birthday because she had a way of making it the most special day for us. We got to help decorate our cake any way we wanted, and she hung up one hand-drawn birthday sign for every year…

Morning Meeting Slides + More: What’s In My Morning Meeting Toolbox?

It’s no secret that I’m the #1 fan of morning meeting slides. Slides in general have transformed my classroom and I would turn everything into a slide if I could (in fact, I pretty much have). However, that doesn’t change the fact that I still want a tactile experience for…

10 Useful Morning Meeting Ideas

Listen up, teacher friends. When I say I’ve tried, failed, tested out, scrapped, kept, loved, hated–you name it–all the morning meeting ideas…I am *not* lying. I was a walking, breathing morning meeting guinea pig for many years. The bad news is, this resulted in a lot of morning meeting fails.…

4 Vital Morning Meeting Components You’ll Want to Include

Morning meetings aren’t new. We hear about them all the time but what do they *actually* involve? Maybe you’re a brand new teacher trying to navigate all of the must-dos, or maybe you’re a veteran looking to hone your skills. No matter what, today we are breaking down morning meeting…

The Sight Word Hub I Made For My Classroom (And Why It’s Never Leaving)

It all started when I unearthed the plastic set of drawers from our basement. A quick clearing of cobwebs, a brief dusting, and dishwasher run for the drawers, and my sight word station was as good as new. Hello, old friend! A quick back story first, though.  This year, I…

3 Best Getting-to-Know You Activities for Kids

Call me crazy, but getting to know you activities are one of my favorite parts of back to school time. And here’s the thing: we don’t have to stop doing these activities once back to school season is over. We are constantly learning new things about each other through conversation,…