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Bell Work Freebies

I feature freebies that fit the Middle School readership of this blog. This week I am featuring products along the theme of bell work.  Bell work is a great classroom management tool because it gets your students focused and on…

How I Organize My Classroom

My focus this week in my classroom was organization, de-cluttering and finishing up units so we start new after March Break.  My progress was captured in the photos below. Many of my anchor charts were looking very tired as…

Share your Passion! Classroom Management Tip

Part of being an effective middle school teacher is knowing your students, but also having them know a few things about you outside of teaching.  In the classroom, I will often share stories of my crazy pets (cat, dog,…

Report Cards for the Teacher

Twice a year (February and June), students in my class are given the opportunity to give me descriptive feedback on how they feel the year is going in our classroom. I align these times with when I hand out their report cards. …

The Magic of a Homework Pass for Classroom Management

I surprised all of them this morning with a HAPPY NEW YEAR homework pass. I rarely hand out paper homework passes because I am trying to cut down on my class’ paper consumption. This year students have received only…

Organization 101 – The Rotary Classroom

Middle school classroom organization is not always discussed online. I see a lot of really cute primary classroom ideas, but not a ton for middle school. As a middle school teacher trying to keep three classes of 30-35 students…