Behavior Management Made Simple

Behavior Management systems are a touchy subject. It makes sense that they are. We all have different beliefs on what is the best way to do nearly everything. And, there is validity to just about everyone's point of view.

What it comes down to is what works for you. More importantly, what can YOU implement well without driving yourself nuts and damaging the little synapses, neurons and personalities (fabulous, quirky or otherwise) of those little peeps with whom you spend the majority of every single week day.

Building Phonetic Mastery!

It's difficult for me to narrow down my favorite thing to teach in 1st grade. Some days it is reading, some days it is writing - other days math. 

Mostly, though, it has something to do with ELA. The simple fact is we cover a LOT of language arts standards in 1st grade and the growth is so measurable! The reward is great for both the kiddos and the teacher! Even after all these years, the growth still amazes me.

Goofing Off with Owls and Common Core

I go back this coming Wednesday. I can't even believe it. Where did the time go?

Our official work days will be Wednesday and Thursday. They are filled with our staff meetings, Meet Your Teacher morning, Back-to-School night, getting our class lists, finding out if we have a combo or not, and setting up our classrooms. The kids show up the following Monday.

Yikes! So soon!!

Back to School Necessities


I wanted to share some of my Back-to-School must haves with you. TpT's annual Back-to-School 8/3 & 8/4 sale is a perfect time to stock up! 

"I Have" Morning Wake Up!



I like "I Have - Who Has" games. In fact I have a free one for short vowels in my store! It's a fun way to learn about all kinds of concepts! 

The Freebielicious girls have decided to play the I Have Who Has game with a few of our recourses. Tammy's post gave you a hint about what "I Have" in this little game.

Crayon Cubbies

Some things that define me:
Organization freak.
Obsessed with keeping things simple.
Clutter despiser.
Lover of graphic balance.
Seriously annoyed by lost and loose crayons.

School Family Library

I was at school a few weeks ago when my assistant principal received a package she had happily been anticipating.

It was like Christmas morning.

Vegas Teacher Blogger Meet Up - OVER $55,000 in Goodies GIVEN AWAY!!!



The meet up that we held in Vegas last week was AMAZING!! There really isn't many other words that could describe it. Picture 1100 teachers in a room together, having fun, meeting new people, and winning lots of prizes. We were all smiling so hard that our cheeks hurt. It was a great night and we appreciate all of the many teachers and bloggers who came and had a fabulous night with us. 
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