Spring Math Printables

Before this winter, I never believed in “Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder”. Now I believe it is real since I was definitely affected by it. Creating these NO PREP Spring Math Printables helped get me through those winter blues and I am happy to say that I created this freebie sampler pack for each grade level.

This FREEBIE sample pack includes printable pages taken from each of my Spring Math Pack sets for grades 1, 2, 3, and 4. Click on the links below to view the full product for each grade level.
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 1
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 2
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 3
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 4

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No Prep Fall Printables

I have been working on these No Prep Fall Printables for what seems like an eternity (okay, maybe just a couple months). I will be honest, I am sick of looking at pumpkins, apples, acorns and leaves..and it’s not even fall yet. I made these No Prep Fall Printables because it is the type of resource I always like to have in the classroom.

There is absolutely NO PREP required! All you need to do is hit print and make copies!

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Every printable is completely aligned to the Common Core. This includes Math, English Language Arts, and Writing

These printables are meant to be fun and engaging!
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I just completed the 3rd grade version and it is up and posted at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. These No Prep Fall Printables are also available for 1st and 2nd grade. Click on the links below to see full preview pages for each grade level!

No Prep Fall Printables – 1st Grade
No Prep Fall Printables – 2nd Grade
No Prep Fall Printables – 3rd Grade

When the Bully ISN’T the Student

When-the-Bully-ISN'T-the-StudentThere’s 2 weeks left of school and it’s 1 o’clock in the afternoon. I am sitting in the middle of a group of 7 years olds laughing and making geometric patterns with blocks on desks. A stern body walks into my room and positions itself at the front of my desk.

As I look up, a cold and expressionless face looks down on me and cancels my laughter. “Miss Kelly, I need to speak with you as soon as possible.” I respond, “No problem. I’m about to line the kids up for gym. I will stop by on the way back.”

As the stern body leaves my room, my throat becomes heavy and a coldness takes over my body. I already know what the news will be.

I look at the clock and it’s time to clean up.

I’m on the verge of tears as I line up my little 7-year-old angels. I keep it together for them, but I don’t know if I can keep it together for myself. As I release them into the gym, I become instantly sick to my stomach.

I gradually walk down the hall. My shoulders are tense and I’m about to fall apart.

I’m here. I look down at the floor as I open the door. I glance up at a vacant face. I extend a hello with a meek smile. It’s a broken smile. “Have a seat, Miss Kelly.”

The vacant face isn’t even looking at me as I take a seat beside the desk. “Miss Kelly, I am reassigning you next year. You will be 3rd Grade Intervention.”

My throat fills with pain as I lean back in the chair. I feel frozen. I feel hopeless. I finally speak up, “Do you realize this is my 9th assignment change in the last 2 years? Why?”

She rubs her neck with her right hand, looks out the window, and replies, “I know you don’t like this change, but that’s too bad. You’re going back to 3rd grade intervention whether you like it or not.”

All I can do is shake my head, let out a deep sigh, and get up from the chair.

I walk quickly and hastily across the hall. I enter the bathroom, lock the door, and collapse. I spend the next 30 minutes sobbing and shaking. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be.

I look at my watch and realize there’s only 5 minutes left. I have to get myself back together for the kids.

I stand up, take 3 deep breaths, and slowly make my way to the gym.

(Two weeks later..)
My mind quickly races as I look around to make sure I have taken all of my belongings out of my 1st grade classroom. The only things left on my desk are a Snapple iced tea and a school laptop. I walk over to my desk, double check all of the drawers, and turn my laptop off. As I lean down to pick up my laptop bag, I can’t help but wonder how, after 3 years, I could be this exhausted. I put the laptop in the carry bag and quietly exit the room.

As I make my way down the hallway, I pass by a colleague who recently put in her 2 weeks for a lower paying position at another school. She whispers, “Good luck. Keep in touch.” I reply with a quiet nod.

As I approach the door, my throat becomes heavy and a coldness takes over my body.

I’m numb. I’m calm. I’m now at her door. It’s closed, and there’s nobody in there except her.

I breathe in and grasp the doorknob. I open her door and take my first step in. I breathe out and position myself in the front and center of her desk. I look directly into her eyes and I’m silent. I can’t speak and I can’t look away.

Every emotion I’ve ever felt in this office is now in front of me. It’s shame. It’s fear. It’s humiliation. Then it’s pain, disgust, and anger.

I take a couple more steps around her desk.

I’m closer to her now and I still can’t look away.

With my head held high, I slowly place the laptop bag down by her feet. “I’ve had enough.”

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This post is an actual representation of my first years as an elementary teacher within the Springfield, MA Public Schools system. The experience I faced allowed me to realize that students are not the only victims of bullying. Every day, teachers (and other members of school faculty) fall victim to this type of behavior from other adults within the school system.

Good teachers are leaving the profession due to the lack of action taken on this issue. My own experience caused me to take a break from teaching.

This type of atmosphere is detrimental to the classroom environment. Not only does the adult suffer, but it also affects and influences the students.

When we discuss eliminating bullying among our students, we also need to address its existence among the adults in our schools. Adults need allies and support just as much as our students.

If kids can stick up for each other, it’s time that adults stand up, speak out, and take action.

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Winter NO PREP Math Printables

Except for shoveling New England snow, I love all things about winter! Hot soups, snowmen, mittens, scarves, hot cocoa, you name it! I had so much fun creating these Winter NO PREP Math Printables for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4! Click on the links below to view each product!
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 1st Grade
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 2nd Grade
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 3rd Grade
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 4th Grade

The great thing about these NO PREP Math Packs is that you don’t need to spend an entire prep period cutting or laminating anything! All you need to do is hit print and go! All your students need is a pencil and a pack of crayons!

If you are anything like me, you like to know what Common Core Math standard you are teaching AT ALL TIMES. This is why every page in these packs is aligned to the Common Core Math Standards. I included the standard covered at the bottom of each page. Winter-No-Prep-MathSee? :)

The 1st Grade Winter NO PREP Math pack includes the following FUN and ENGAGING printables:
Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter themed word problems. (1.OA.1)
Parts & Wholes (2 pages) – Use a part-part-part whole diagram to solve word problems with 3 addends. (1.OA.2)
Winter Addition (6 pages) – Use a number line to solve equations with 3 addends. (1.OA.2, 1.OA.6)
Snowy Addends (2 pages) – Color the 2 snowballs that make 10. (1.OA.3)
Money Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter-themed money word problems. (1.OA.5, 1.NBT.4)
Let’s Skate (2 pages) – Solve each equation, then use the code to color the skates. (1.OA.6)
Mystery Number (2 pages) – Solve the addition equations, then color the boxes to find the mystery number. (1.OA.6)
Winter Facts (2 pages) – Solve each subtraction equation, then use the code to color the tags. (1.OA.6)
True or False? (4 pages) – Determine if the equation in each mug is true or false. (1.OA.3, 1.OA.7)
Mystery Word (4 pages) – Determine the unknown number in addition and subtraction equations to figure out the mystery word. (1.OA.8)
Place Value Mittens (4 pages) – Write the number that is shown by the place value blocks in each mitten. (1.NBT.1)
Tens and Ones (4 pages) – Build each number with base ten blocks, then draw it. (1.NBT.2)
2-Digit Numbers (2 pages) – Write the number that is shown on each sign (1.NBT.2)
Let’s Compare! (3 pages) – Compare the numbers in each snowball by using the symbols >, <, or =. (1.NBT.3)
Build and Draw! (4 pages) – Build each number using base 10 blocks. Then add up the tens and ones to find the total. (1.NBT.4)
Snowy Tens (8 pages) – Write the number that is 10 more and 10 less than the given number. (1.NBT.5)
Cocoa Clocks! (4 pages) – Color the matching analog and digital clocks the same color. (1.MD.3)
Let’s Measure! (1 page) – Compare the lengths of winter objects. (1.MD.1)
Winter Shapes (2 pages) – Use the code to color the shapes in each globe. (1.G.1)

Here are a few preview pages of the 1st Grade Winter NO PREP Winter Math Pack:Winter-No-Prep-MathWinter-No-Prep-MathWinter-No-Prep-MathWinter-No-Prep-Math

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The 2nd Grade Winter NO PREP Math pack includes the following FUN and ENGAGING printables:
Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter themed word problems. (2.OA.1)
Mystery Number (2 pages) – Solve the addition equations, then color the boxes to find the mystery number. (2.OA.2)
Let’s Skate! (2 pages) – Solve each addition equation, then use the color code to color the skates. (2.OA.2 and 2.OA.3)
Winter Facts (2 pages) – Solve each subtraction equation, then use the color code to color the tags. (2.OA.2 and 2.OA.3)
Winter Arrays (2 pages) – Write the number of rows and columns under each winter array. (2.OA.4)
Winter Totals (2 pages) – Find the total of each array by writing 2 equations: one showing the total as a sum by rows and one showing the total as a sum by columns. (2.OA.4)
Place Value Mittens (4 pages) – Write the number that is shown by the place value blocks in each mitten. (2.NBT.1)
Winter Numbers (4 pages) – Write each number in written form. (2.NBT.3)
Build and Draw! (4 pages) – Build each number using base 10 blocks, then add up the tens and ones to find the total. (2.NBT.5)
Add and Color! (1 page) – Solve each addition equation, then use the color code to color the mittens. (2.NBT.5)
Let’s Subtract! (1 page) – Solve each subtraction equation, then use the color code to color the mittens. (2.NBT.5)
More and Less (4 pages) – Look at the number in each box, then use the color code to color each pie. (2.NBT.8)
Snowy Tens (4 pages) – Write the number that is 10 more and 10 less than the number in each snowball. (2.NBT.8)
Snowy Hundreds (4 pages) – Write the number that is 100 more and 100 less than the number in each snowball. (2.NBT.8)
Cocoa Clocks! (4 pages) – Color the matching analog and digital clocks the same color. (2.MD.7)
Getting Digital! (4 pages) – Write the digital time under each analog clock. (2.MD.7)
Money Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter themed money word problems. (2.MD.8)
Winter Shapes! (2 pages) – Use the code to color the shapes in each snow globe. (2.G.1)

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The 3rd Grade Winter NO PREP Math pack includes the following FUN and ENGAGING printables:
Winter Products (2 pages)- Write a multiplication equation to match the picture. (3.OA.1)
Winter Word Problems (2 pages)- Solve word problems involving multiplication and division. (3.OA.3)
Just the Facts! (2 pages)- Write a multiplication fact for each division equation. (3.OA.6)
Cocoa Products (2 pages)- Solve each multiplication equation. (3.OA.7)
Let’s Skate! (2 pages)- Solve each multiplication equation, then use the color code to color the skates based on the product. (3.OA.7)
Round It Up! (4 pages)- Color the pies that are rounded to the nearest 10 and nearest 100. (3.NBT.1)
Snowball Rounding (4 pages)- Round the numbers in each snowball to the nearest 10. (3.NBT.1)
Sum and Round! (6 pages)- Find the sum of two, 3-digit numbers, then round the sum to the nearest 10 and nearest 100. (3.NBT.1, 3.NBT.2)
Add and Color (1 page)- Solve each addition equation, then use the code to color each mitten. (3.NBT.2)
Let’s Subtract! (1 page)- Solve each subtraction equation, then use the code to color each mitten. (3.NBT.2)
Color by Number (1 page)- Solve each subtraction equation, then use the code to color the winter boy. (3.NBT.2)
Let’s Multiply! (2 pages)- Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10. (3.NBT.3)
Mystery Number (2 pages)- Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10, then color the boxes to find the mystery number. (3.NBT.3)
Getting Digital! (6 pages)- Write the digital time under each analog clock. (3.MD.1)

Here are a few preview pages of the 3rd Grade Winter NO PREP Math Pack:Winter-No-Prep-MathSlide18Slide25

November NO PREP Math Printable Packs and YOUR INPUT!

Can you believe that when you wake up on Saturday morning after your candy induced coma, it will be November?!? The year has just flown by and I am taking on the challenge of making 1st and 2nd grade math printable packs for every month in the 2014-2015 school year!

I just finished my November NO PREP Math Printable Packs for 1st and 2nd Grade. Click on the following links to view the product pages!: (You can also view a few preview pages at the bottom of this post!)
November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 1st Grade (Grade 1)
November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 2nd Grade (Grade 2)

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I am also in the process of creating seasonal language arts and math printable packs for grades 1, 2, 3, and 4! All of these printables are aligned to the Common Core standards. I include the addressed Common Core standard at the bottom of every page.

I currently have the following fall products in my store:
Fall Prepless Printables – 1st Grade Common Core Math and ELA
October NO PREP Math Pack for 1st Grade (Grade 1)
October NO PREP Math Pack for 2nd Grade (Grade 2)
Fall Prepless Printables – 2nd Grade Common Core Math and ELA
Fall Prepless Printables – 3rd Grade Common Core Math and ELA

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The only way I can make GREAT products is with your input. Leave a reply at the bottom of this post. Let me know the grade level you teach and your suggestions on the following:
1) What concepts will you be working on in the months of November, December, and January?
2) Which ELA and Math standards are your students struggling with the most?
3) What type of printables would you like to see more of on Teachers Pay Teachers?

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The best way to be notified of my new product postings is to look for the green star near the top of any page within my store and click it to become a follower. You will then receive customized email updates about product uploads, sales, and freebies within my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Here are some preview pages from my November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 1st Grade:
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…and here are some preview pages from my November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 2nd Grade:
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Thank you for all of your input!

New Teacher Tips, Part II

Hatorade must have been on sale when I published Part I of my New Teacher Tips because a couple of Crabby Abbys attacked me after reading it. Because of this, I will start Part II with the following disclaimer:

I am the kind of person who values straight up, truthful advice. I am also a bit of a realist. If you fall into any of the categories below, please X out of this blog post immediately:
-sensitive
-easily offended
-detached from reality
-lacking the part of the brain that gets sarcasm

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6. Stop Grading Everything
Just stop. Put your red pen down right now. It isn’t physically possible to correct everything without going utterly bonkers. There was a time when I thought that I just HAD TO correct everything. It got old really quick, so I made a better system.

I call it the Pick and Choose system.

The Pick and Choose system involves grading student work that is easy to correct, like my assessments below. There are 4 or 5 questions. Each question is either right or wrong. No blurry lines. No going bonkers. Yeehaw!
Common Core Math Assessments for Grade 1
Common Core Math Assessments for Grade 2
Common Core Math Assessments for Grade 3
Common Core Math Assessments for Grade 4
Common Core Math Assessments for Grade 5

If you choose to ignore this tip, that’s fine. Have fun going completely crackers as you find yourself mulling over how to grade one paper for the next 16 hours. Oh, and have fun with that helicopter parent who disagrees with how you graded the paper as well.

(I know you’re probably wondering how I grade writing. Please don’t. I can’t help you because I still don’t know how. I have been in the bonkers phase with this one for the last 3 years.)

7. Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Your Current Assignment
I’m going to tell you a little story. If you aren’t sitting down for this one, you probably should because it involves my biggest FAIL as a teacher to date:

It is a brutally hot week in the month of August. My current assignment is a 3rd Grade Academic Interventionist.

I am in great spirits considering I have just moved all of my classroom materials up and down 2 flights of stairs… for a 4th time… in the last 2 months. I find this completely acceptable though, since I overate this summer and can’t afford a gym membership anyway. To me, this is a gift.

Students arrive in 5 days and my classroom looks like this:New-Teacher-TipsThe best thing about those 5 days before student arrival is the great abundance of time you are given to prepare your classroom. I mean..I love professional development and I do appreciate the importance of number talks and inferring, but can’t this be summed up in less than 8 hours?

So I do what any sane teacher does in that week before school: Show up at 5am to work on my classroom for 3 hours before attending an 8 hour long PD session to let me know that I suck at guided reading.

It is at some point this week that I completely lose my shiitake mushrooms. My number 1 priority turns into painting this disgusting bookshelf, because I figure, “Hey, why set up a 4th classroom when I can make this bookcase pretty?”New-Teacher-Tip

Not only do I paint this bookcase, but I decide that it would be a magnificent idea to paint over every bulletin board in the room. I stay at school until 8pm every night sweating bullets in 90 degree heat. I manage to get it all done before the students arrive.

So, why was this such a fail?

Well, the principal entered my room with some wonderful news while I was cleaning up paintbrushes, folding up drop cloths, and admiring my masterpiece: “We have to open up another first grade classroom because the numbers are too high. Your new classroom will be downstairs.”

Moral of the story? Don’t get too comfortable in your classroom.

8. Have a Sub Tub Prepared/Take a Mental Health Day at Least Once This Year
Taking days off can be a nightmare for a teacher. This e-card sums it up pretty well:substitute-planningIf anyone needs a mental health day, it’s a first year teacher. There will be at least 1 day this year where you will completely question your sanity. If the 25 students in front of you start to look like a blurred carousel and/or you find yourself helplessly throwing your hands in the air, this is probably a good time to take a mental health day. Don’t fight it; just do it.

When I discovered the Sub Tub on Pinterest, I needed to make one. It took about 5 minutes to put it all together. I believe I got the white tub from Target for 3 bucks. (It’s actually a mini trash bin. Fancy, eh?)
sub-tubThe greatest thing about the sub tub is having everything set up for the sub weeks in advance. Say goodbye to those last-minute-planning-panic-attacks!

If you are confused about what you should put in your sub tub, don’t be! There are some amazing resources on Teachers Pay Teachers that will get you started. All you have to do is the following:

1) Go to teacherspayteachers.com
2) Type “sub plans” and your grade level in the search.
3) Immediately watch your blood pressure go down.

Last year, I kept my sub tub on a book shelf behind my desk. It was ready to go and I never had to worry about making plans last minute!sub-tubsub-tub

9. Be Gracious When Another Teacher Shares with You
I know there are schools out there where everyone is hunky-dory with each other and this would never be a problem, but I’m still throwing this tip out there. (Maybe it’s for my own venting purposes. Sue me.)

If another teacher in the building shares a resource with you, do not do either of the following:
1) Be a jerk.
2) Be a know-it-all.

When I was a K-5 intervention teacher 3 years ago, I had to make lesson plans for every grade in the building. Because of this, I had the opportunity to share resources with almost every teacher in my school. These resources were usually awesome printables that I found by utilizing my amazing Google skills.

What annoyed me about sharing resources was the general response I received from colleagues after I extended out this good gesture to them. It was…baffling, inconceivable even. I can only equate their response to someone showing up to my classroom and handing me a free coffee. Not only would I fail to say thank you, but I would also take a sip of the coffee, dump it all over their new Ann Taylor shirt, and tell them that the coffee sucks as they are heading out the door.

Sorry… sidetracked. How did they actually respond when I gave them free resources? Noses would turn up. Know-It-All comments such as “This is too easy”, “This isn’t rigorous enough”, and “My students are SO beyond this” would fly out of their mouths.

My response usually looked something like this:Teacher-tips

..but what I really wanted to say was, “Apparently you didn’t get the memo in kindergarten that sharing is caring….but hey, it’s okay. I appreciate the extra couple of minutes that I get to myself now because I don’t plan on ever sharing with you again.”

10. Let the Parent Speak First
I have always found communicating with parents to be one of the most frightening aspects of teaching. During my first year, I really struggled on days where I had a meeting with a parent. If the conference was in the afternoon, I would have crippling anxiety for the entire day because I was hung up on how each meeting would turn out.

I always reflected long and hard after each parent-teacher conference since I knew I wasn’t the best at them. What I can tell you is this: Talking to parents becomes much easier over time, even if you’re socially awkward like the best of us.

One of the biggest things I learned through reflection is that I needed to chill out when the conference started. As teachers, we have a lot to say about our students, but you’d be surprised at how well a conference goes when you let the parent speak first. My worst conferences were usually the ones where I was too eager to tell Mrs. Johnson about the 10 gray hairs I had developed that week because of her son.

So do yourself a favor and start the conference off by asking parents about THEIR questions and/or concerns. 9 times out of 10, they will have something they want to talk to you about. The moment I started doing this, conferences immediately became easier and less tense.

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October NO PREP Math Printables

Ahhh, I love using No Prep Printables in the classroom. With all of the responsibilities a teacher has, sometimes you just need to print and go!

Check out this 1st Grade No Prep Math Pack that I made for the month of October:
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Here are a few preview pages :)
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I also made an October No Prep Math Pack for 2nd Grade!:

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If you teach Kindergarten, 3rd, or 4th grade, don’t worry! I have some projects in the works. :)

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New Teacher Tips, Part I

Dear New Teacher:

I see that you have recently completed an approved educator preparation program and are ready to embark on a great journey called the world of education. If you have already landed a job in this economy, please give yourself a pat on the back.

Most new teachers experience some degree of struggle in their first year. Some experience a minimal degree of struggle, while others face a crippling degree of struggle. My first year started off with a minimal degree of struggle, but slowly deteriorated into a crippling degree of struggle.

Now that I have 3 years of experience, it’s safe to say that I know everything about teaching. I’m not going to sugarcoat anything or hold your hand when you’re crying. No one did it for me and I won’t do it for you. I’m not that compassionate. The best I can do is offer these tips to you. If you don’t find them valuable, I’ll still sleep tonight.
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1. You’re Not Mean Enough
The worst thing you can do is try to be friends with your students. This isn’t Billy Madison. You are not 30 years old and going back to skool. You are THE TEACHER. You are THE BOSS. Earn their R-E-S-P-E-C-T before you start asking Mary about her upcoming slumber party this weekend. Aretha hit “Respect” out of the park for a reason. It’s important.

If you think you’re too mean, believe me, you’re not. Some teachers say you shouldn’t smile until December if you want to have a good year. I never understood this. Now I do. It’s based in fact.

2. Make Rules That You are Going to Fully Enforce
Making rules is the easy part. Enforcing them is what separates the men from the boys.

For example, let’s pretend it’s the first week of school and you have been going over your rules constantly. One of the rules you’ve been gushing about is no talking during independent reading. There have been no offenders until one day…

You see Johnny chatting away with Danny in the library.

Time will stop in this moment because there will be 30 sets of eyes on you. Every single one of them is sizing YOU up. They want to see exactly how you handle this debacle for their own future reference. They want to know how firm you actually are when a couple of their knucklehead classmates are blatantly disregarding one of your rules. Are you all bark and no bite or do you actually mean business?

So you decide that you have 2 main options:
A) Ignore them.
B) Lay the smack down and take action right away.

If you choose option A, you might as well call up the cotton candy vendors now, because you just blew it. Your class is now a carnival.

The moment you let 30 students watch you do NOTHING to the offenders is also the moment you immediately become a pushover. Every time you ignore rule breakers, you let 30 kids know that your rules are a joke.

If you choose option B, you have just become a hero by instilling a little bit of fear in all.

Always go with option B and your rules will slowly gain respect.

3. Don’t Be a Know-It-All
I’m sure you are familiar with that student from your college courses. He or she was the pretentious jerk who always had the audacity to raise their hand at the end of every class just to hear themselves talk. They usually asked something completely obnoxious and irrelevant, which prompted the professor to go off on a tangent when you were supposed to be at the pub 15 minutes ago.

Here’s a little secret: No one likes the Know-It-All. No one liked them in high school. No one liked them in college and guess what? No one likes the Know-It-All Teacher. The only thing worse than a Know-It-All-Teacher is the Know-It-All-Newbie-Teacher.

No one cares about your student teaching experience. No one cares about your ideas for using technology in the classroom and no one wants to hear your suggestions or comments on managing behavior when you have 0 years in the saddle.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then YOU are probably the Know-It-All Teacher. You can usually pick them out within 20 seconds at a staff meeting. They will usually show up at least 10 minutes late with a fresh Dunkin in hand and be the loudest drinker in the room. They comment on EVERYTHING because their ideas and opinions are extremely important. They also like to make up their tardiness by making everyone else stay 20 minutes late because they never shut up. (See the similarities with the pretentious jerk in college? These people never go away.)

Now, I’m not saying you’re going to be this person. Just don’t be ANYTHING like this person.New-Teacher-Tips

4. Avoid the Dog and Pony Show Classroom
We are elementary teachers. We have always dreamed of setting up the perfect cutesy classroom. We love cute décor and matching colors everywhere. We love dancing glittery unicorns splashed all over our room. We like cute. I get it.

If one of your most difficult decisions this year has been what theme to go with for your classroom, I worry for you. The teachers who have the dog and pony show classrooms usually have a few years of experience under their belt. Mrs. Johnson can spare a couple minutes to add silver sequins to Uma the Unicorn because she knows how to run a classroom. But you? You aint got time for that.

You need to avoid all of this cute nonsense until you figure out how to run a classroom without calling your therapist. Instead of focusing on whether you should go with a monster classroom theme or a polka dotted one, focus on how you are going to set up your essential materials so you don’t have 30 kids running around your classroom destroying them.

(I also suggest avoiding centers your first year, for all of the reasons stated in this post. The setup and management involved is completely ludicrous.)

5. Don’t Be a Staff Hero
Yes. Don’t be a staff hero. What do I mean by this? Well, let me start by saying that taking on extra, unnecessary responsibilities is almost never a good idea. Actually..it’s never a good idea. Don’t get sucked into running that Donut and Coffee Committee every Friday morning because you feel the need to be initiated into the school community. This isn’t a fraternity. You don’t get paid extra, and… guess what? Nobody cares that you just signed up for 16 different committees, so let’s just stop with the people-pleasing nonsense already.New-Teacher-Tips

When that staff meeting rolls around in October and the principal is urging everyone to sign up for ridiculous committees, remember to keep your composure. Don’t be a pushover. This is a great time to quietly walk out of the room to use the bathroom or roam the halls for an extended period of time.

Don’t feel guilty about this. You already have the biggest responsibility in the building: trying to make it through your first year without quitting. If anyone has a problem with this, they can go jump in a lake. Focus on yourself and survival. Your thighs will thank you for the lack of glazed donuts.

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I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my new teacher tips. Stay tuned for Part 2 very soon! 

(A big thanks to Glitter Meets Glue for the border and KG Fonts for the title fonts.)

Fall Prepless Printables

My newest product is up! It’s a 57 page *PREPLESS* (Why isn’t this word in Merriam-Webster yet?!) Fall Printable Pack that is completely aligned to the Common Core Math and ELA standards for 2nd Grade. (Do you like the alliteration?)

The link to the full product page is here:
Fall Prepless Printables for 2nd Grade

Here is a 3 PAGE FREE SAMPLE of this product:
Fall Prepless Printables for 2nd Grade – SAMPLE

I had so much fun making this resource that I plan on making them for 1st and 3rd Grade as well! (I will even make them for 4th and 5th grade if there is enough interest!)

Check out the preview pages below. A few of the pages are included in the FREEBIE SAMPLER! :)

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Fall-Prepless-Printables

 

Common Core ELA Cheat Sheets

I was tired of flipping through 50 pages to figure out what a certain standard was, so I decided to make this 1 page “Cheat Sheet” that has every Common Core ELA (English Language Arts) standard on 1 page. .

This FREEBIE has Common Core ELA Cheat Sheets for grades K-5!!

I keep this cheat sheet in the back of my ELA Lesson Plans Binder. It has been extremely useful. I find myself constantly looking at it when I need to know what a certain standard is.

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There is one “cheat sheet” for each of the following grade levels:
• Kindergarten
• 1st Grade (Grade 1)
• 2nd Grade (Grade 2)
• 3rd Grade (Grade 3)
• 4th Grade (Grade 4)
• 5th Grade (Grade 5)

Each 1 page cheat sheet includes every standard in the following English Language Arts strands:
• Reading: Literature
• Reading: Informational Text
• Reading: Foundational Skills
• Language
• Writing
• Speaking and Listening

Take a peak at the format below. :)
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If you need the same kind of cheat sheets for math, look no further! Click the link below!
Common Core Math Cheat Sheets for Grades K-5

Enjoy!

(A big thanks to Glitter Meets Glue for the cover design, Graphics From the Pond and Creative Clips for the borders, and KG Fonts for the title fonts.)