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Kids brainstorm what a terrific teacher is, does, says, and is not. Great ice breaker for the first week, maybe as a carousel activity


To do on the first day of school. Change the questions to be used in high school. "What do you want to learn?" "What do you need to work on?" "How can I help you succeed" "Set three goals for yourself." etc... Keep in the classroom year-round as a reminder to students.


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Students need to feel safe, respected, and cared for by the teacher and classmates. Here are five ways to establish and maintain a positive classroom community throughout the school year.


Great way to emphasize rules as a means of helping everyone get the most out of school, NOT as a punishment!

from Edutopia

The Science Behind Classroom Norming

The Science Behind Classroom Norming | Edutopia

Flipped Classroom: Math Circles...Discussion Groups...Collaboration...You get the idea


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Growth Mindset Posters- Upper Grades

Thought this would be great to post within the classroom as growth mindset rules to demonstrate to students that it is more important to grow for the future and understand concepts oppose to solely working to get a grade on a test and forgetting the information afterwards. This may be difficult for students to understand in younger grades but it is important for an educator to create a positive, growth mindset classroom where students are encouraged to take chances and strive for success.

from More Than a Worksheet

freebie friday and good character bingo

Character Chart~ This chart packs a lot of important information onto one, easy-to-understand display. It's part of a post from Using My Teacher Voice on playing Character Bingo with the class. I plan to make a chart like this and place it in a prominent location in my classroom!