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8 Winter Writing Prompts That Will Warm Your Heart

It’s that time of year again! The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and your students are getting antsy. Time to break out the winter writing prompts! These 8 writing prompts are sure to get your students’ creative juices flowing and warm their hearts all at the same time.…

8 November Writing Prompts That Will Spark Conversation

November is a month of giving thanks, but it’s also a great time for writers to get creative–and November writing prompts can make it that much better! While many writing prompts around this time focus on Thanksgiving, there are plenty of other topics that can be explored. In this blog…

3 Halloween Writing Prompts That Are Scary Good

Confession: I’m a giant scaredy-cat–which is why it’s surprising that I love Halloween writing prompts so. darn. much. There is nothing I hate more than the feeling of being scared. But at the same time, I love scary movies (during the day) and I’ve always had a soft spot for…

Morning Work for First Graders: 3 Simple Alternatives to Worksheets

It can be tough to come up with morning work for first graders that is both fun and educational. Worksheets often feel like a chore, and they can be tedious and boring. There are, however, three great alternatives to worksheets that you can use in the morning! In this blog…

The Classroom Routine You Didn’t Know You Needed: Afternoon Meeting

It’s the end of the day and your class is restless. Your students are tired of the same old brain breaks. The dismissal stampede starts in 10 minutes and you need stability and calm. You started your day with  a smooth routine and paperless morning meeting–why not end it with a…

Sub Plans Are Ruining My Life

It’s true. And if we are being technical here, I should say: Sub plans WERE ruining my life. I’ve always been a Last Minute Lucy, and would suffer through DAYS leading up to my absence with this storm cloud of unwritten sub plans following me everywhere I went. Painful, I…

The Secret to Calm Mornings in the Classroom

Real talk: mornings are one of the hardest times in the classroom. Attendance. Lunch orders. Unpacking. Small talk. Notes from home. Announcements. Morning meetings. Morning work. And let’s not forget about the time spent prior to students’ arrival; early mornings in your classroom can make you feel like you are…