If I were to survey my students and ask them where their favorite spot to hang in my classroom is, hands down they would all say our classroom library. I couldn't keep them out of it and I wouldn't try to. They love the series of books they find there. They love that there is a cozy corner of the room to relax and read. Best of all, they knew how to find the books they were looking for. However, my class library didn't happen overnight.  It's always a work in progress. I've changed the way I organize it, the types of containers I use to hold the books, and most importantly the books I choose to put in it. So if you're looking for a way to get your kids to love your class library too, then look no further! Where can you buy books for your class library? One hot spot to snag books for your library.....are you ready for this? Goodwill!  You can't beat their prices!  You'd be surprised at how many great books and series I found there! Harry Potter,...
Congratulations! You received your first teaching contract and your first instinct is to want to go out and buy everything you see in the teacher store and the Walmart back to school section.  I was there! I couldn't wait to get into my new classroom and start putting my room together.  However, I want you to put a pause button on that and wait. Don't go crazy purchasing items for your classroom until you know what you will receive from your school.  I suggest getting in touch with your principal and asking if there is someone on your team or someone at your school that can fill you in on what materials will be given to you first. Then, you can start prioritizing what essential items you will need to put together for your classroom.  You can use the following list to help guide your priorities.  Office Supplies My last school gave new teachers a stapler, a pair of scissors, some pens, highlighters, and a staple remover. Before you purchase office suppli...
Congratulations! You should be very proud of your accomplishments and your new job. I probably don't need to tell you that teaching is not an easy job. Showing up every day for your students will, at times, be exhausting and overwhelming. There will be times where you feel like you are buried in to do lists and not making a difference in the classroom. Something that you might not realize though is that it is those tough days, those challenging moments and those failed lessons- that will push you to grow into a passionate and highly proficient teacher. Nothing worth having is easy. And, my friends, being a teacher is so worth it! You are about to become a role model to children who have never had someone to look up too. You are about to show a child that they are infinitely smarter than they ever thought. You are about to grow your family by 25ish kids every single year. Sound cheesy? Sorry. I hate sounding like a graduation speech, but I need you to hear this: T...