It is no secret that I love using brag tags to reward my students for positive behavior and meeting academic goals. I think that brag tags are the best classroom management system out there! They motivate kids to work harder. You can read more about how I use brag tags in the classroom by clicking HERE . Yup! Brag tags are the bomb dot com! I like that they can be used in grades PreK-5! Using brag tags means that you will have stacks of small pieces of paper. You definitely need an organizational system. Lots of teachers ask for brag tag storage suggestions and so I am here to give you some brag tag organization ideas! Here are four easy ways to store your brag tags.... 1. The Toolbox A toolbox, often used for nails and screws, is the perfect container for those brag tags! The tags fit nicely in the drawers. (Take a tag with you when you. go shopping because all of the tool boxes have different sized drawers.) I love knowing what tag is in each drawer...
The most asked question I get from teachers using my math centers is, "How do you store and organize the centers?"  Let me show you just how I organize them, as well as some other storage ideas that I came up with while shopping the container aisles at every store in my town. #iamaddictedtocontainers Plus, I made some FREE labels for you! There are two things that I have to organize when it comes to my math center materials . First, I have to have a place to store the sets of centers that my students are not currently using. Then I need a way to store the ten centers that my students are working on. Organizing Centers Not in Use I have a total of nine different center units. Students will only need access to one unit at a time. Therefore, I need a way to store those units that are not in use. Students don't need to access these boxes. They are just for the teacher to keep center materials organized. Plastic Containers My very favorite way to ...
Do you use book clubs during guided reading or your reading centers? If not, you need to check out THIS post to read about why book clubs are the bomb digity. Are you ready to implement book clubs? I have ten tips that will transform you into the book club guru! Let's get started... 1. Differentiate Differentiate your book clubs by choosing different books for each group. The book should be a good fit for the the group's reading level. Even your lowest level of readers can participate in book clubs if you find the right book! 2. Get Books Make sure that every student has a copy of the book to read from. When you ask students to share a book, it is very easy for students to get distracted. Since every group is doing a different book, you probably only need 5-6 copies of each book. Check your school and public library. I also suggest stalking the Scholastic book club order fliers. If you are 1:1 or have enough technology for one group, you can get the Kindle for...
Book clubs are the bees knees! No really! My students loved book clubs and were excited to read. That is a major teacher win! (I never had a kid get excited to get out their reading text book.) I use book clubs during my guided reading groups. My students are ability grouped and come to meet with me for 30 minutes every other day. (You can read more about my reading centers by clicking HERE .) When they come to meet with me, we choral read from their book club book. We generally read for about 20 minutes and write for the last 10 minutes.  Let me tell you all of the reasons that book clubs rock! 1. Easy to Practice and Spiral Standards What standard or skill are you focusing on this week in reading? Instead of printing worksheets and passages just for that skill, you can use the book club text to practice. If you are working on summarizing, have students summarize the chapter. If you are working on main idea, have students find the main idea and supporting details of...
Are you looking for a positive classroom behavior incentive? Brag tags are my go to way to reward students for their behavior and for meeting academic goals. They are the bomb digity! Isn't it funny that kids will work their butt off just to earn a small piece of paper? #lol I think what they love most might actually be getting recognized. Plus, they kind of like collecting things.  I often hear about people who make brag tags too difficult. Then they end up giving up on them half way through the year. I am here to give you tips that will make your brag tag experience simple and effective.  Brag Tag Prep Prepping brag tags is super easy. It takes some time, but can be done in front of the TV. I recommend prepping for the whole year all at once so that you don't have to think about it again.  Decide on the tags that you want to have available. Print the tags on cardstock for extra durability. I choose to print from home, but if you print at an office s...