building classroom community Archives - Elementary Education

THE Back to School List for Teachers: 100+ Steps to a Better Year

Back-to-school time is one of my favorites, albeit the most stressful time of the year as a teacher. So much of it stems from nostalgia–the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, hallway floors waxed so nicely you can see your reflection in them, and most of all: the first week of…

April Fools’ Pranks For Kids That Aren’t *Too* Mean

I’ve never been a fan of pranks. In fact, I never thought I’d be writing a post about April Fools’ pranks for kids; yet here we are. True story: there was a year in my childhood where my siblings and I got several broken bones and cuts requiring stitches. To…

30 Unique Morning Message Ideas to Use In Your Classroom

I’ll be totally honest, I hate writing morning messages. It is such a seemingly easy task that can actually get quite cumbersome. Over time, I learned ways to make writing those morning messages much more bearable, and I’d love to share that with you. There’s no complicated formula: It all…

10 Morning Meeting Questions to Better Know Your Students

Kids love to talk. So much so that a lot of our time in the classroom is devoted to ways to get them to stop talking. It’s just the truth. Today we are flipping the script and exploring things you can ask your students to encourage them to talk. Today…

10 Morning Meeting Activities Kids Are Bound to Love

One of my favorite quotes of all time is “If you want students to move mountains you must first let them get out of their chairs”. And to that, I say preach. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons I love morning meeting oh so much-becausd of its abiito to do…

10 Ideas for Morning Meeting Greetings Students Love

So much goes into planning a morning meeting, and I love having go-to ideas for what we are going to do each day for each of the morning meeting components. Today I’m bringing you 10 morning meeting greeting ideas that you can cycle through in your own classroom meetings. You…