Brag tags are a simple and fun way to reward and motivate students to meet academic, character and behavior goals! Brag tags give me the opportunity to help my kids to feel proud rather than rewarding them with junk from a treasure box. I use them to focus on improvement rather than grades in our classroom. My students must earn the tags. They are not just given out (with the exception of the first day of school tag). I started by deciding which tags I wanted to offer. I chose some brag tags that students would know exactly what they must do in order to earn the tag such as math facts, reading hours and sight words. I also like to have some character trait and positive behavior tags on hand. I award these based on observations. There is no one magic way to earn it. Even my strugglers can earn these tags because I base them on improvement.  The first thing that we do on Friday mornings is our brag tag ceremony. Any child who has earned a tag during that week...
I love to teach social studies. More specifically, I love to teach about american history and government. I have a degree in American Political Studies with an emphasis in the American Legal System. After college, I worked as a lobbyist for the state supreme court. It was the perfect job for me at the time. After having four kids, my heart changed and I found myself longing to spend my days with kids. It was a long path, but I eventually found myself teaching third grade. It is exciting to share my love for government and history with my students. However, I find that it is the subject that is most often cut due to the lack of time and an overwhelming number of standards to teach. I work hard to squeeze it in as often as possible. The last thing I want, is for social studies to be boring for my students. I go out of my way to include hands-on learning activities that excite my students. They are well worth the extra time. My school does not require the third grade to teach a...
I LOVE interactive notebooks! They have been a regular part of my classroom routine and something that my students look forward to. That being said, I receive questions from other teachers nearly every day. This may be a long post, but I wanted to answer ALL of your questions in one place. So grab a glass of wine and get comfy! First, I have to give a public service announcement. The answers to the following questions are my own personal thoughts and opinions and  do not necessary represent the thoughts and opinions of all INB users. Not following my advice will NOT lead to increased blood pressure or depression. You do NOT need to consult a doctor before the use of interactive notebooks. What are interactive notebooks (INBs)? Interactive notebooks are a hands-on way to practice or show mastery of any subject or skill. The notebooks become a collection of the students' learning through the year. Interactive notebooks include student output and are NOT just a collec...