🍎YEAR 18-FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! . Happy First day of school to all those back today-If you haven’t returned, enjoy these last few days and weeks! . Wishing you all an AMAZING year!
💡FOCUS WALL-UPDATE . I wanted to share some of the things I added to my brick focus wall! . History growth mindset posters-These are from @highmountainhistory and I’ve had them up in my room for a few years, and I love them! . My focus word for the year in American History is IMPACT-We will use this word to guide us through each unit throughout the year . Sorry for the glare-I have been wanting to implement a class calendar of some sort for many years- @mathwithmsyi inspired me to go for it this year! I found this laminated poster on Amazon, and it fits my space perfectly-Excited to have a centralized place for all of our class happenings throughout the year . As an American History Teacher, we reference the Presidents all year long. I have been wanting to put up something with all of them for YEARS! I got this set from @survivingsocialstudies and super excited to have it as a reference point this school year-I only have 1-22 up right now, the other 1/2 will get put up later this week! . Everyday I update the schedule board-It correlates with my Google Agenda Slides that I use on a daily basis . This is a throw back to my elementary days where we’d use a “marble jar” as an incentive-In my middle school history class, they’ve transformed to “Ancient Coins” LOL-I have used this period by period reward system for nearly TEN years-And EVERY year it has been a SUCCESS! It’s very simple, the coins you can find on Amazon, and VERY easy to implement! I give coins for volunteers, someone adding something interesting to the conversation, finding a mistake (I actually bring the container to them and let them add their own handful)-The possibilities are endless! I also take away-When I need the class to quiet down, I just stand at their container and slowly start pulling them out-Behavior changes pretty quick-DM me if you’d like to learn more! . My Focus Wall and I are ready for the first day!👍🏼 #classroomdecor #classroomsetup #classroomorganization #backtoschool #firstweekofschool #iteachamericanhistory #iteach678 #iteachhistory #iteachmiddleschool #iteachhighschool
➡️FORGET PINTEREST READY CLASSROOMS . I know this time of year brings a lot of stresses for various reasons-Lesson plans, classroom design, bulletin boards, etc. . If you are not focusing on building relationships the first week of school then you need to 🛑 and re-focus . You can have the most Pinterest ready classroom-But if you have not put in the time to build relationships-You are going to be spinning your wheels all year long . For me, the first day is all about “survival”-Not so much for me, although by the end of the day it feels like that, it’s more for my students. They too experience those “first day” stresses of “Who is my teacher?” “What friends are in my classes?” “Where are my classes?” They aren’t ready to process rules, procedures, structure of the class, etc . For me, I do not hand out a syllabus day 1-It is more valuable and important for me to learn names and start the relationship building . So, as you are planning for your first week and your first day-Take a step back and ask yourself....”How am I going to facilitate relationship building?” And allow that to be your guiding question through everything.
🙌🏻UPGRADE . I have been wanting to put a brick wall in the front of my classroom for YEARS! Finally put the time aside to get it DONE! . What changes or transformations are you doing in your classroom this year?
🍎BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES . If you are staring blankly at your lesson plan book thinking “What in the world should I do the first week of school?”-This bundle of resources may just help you out! . I have compiled 7 of my top selling #backtoschool resources for you to make your first week planning a bit easier! . Click on the Link in Profile to check it out and add it to your #teacherspayteachers cart!
⭐️KEEP YOUR HEAD UP . I love this quote-Such a great reminder to keep your eyes on your goals, but make sure you are staying grounded and going through the steps necessary to make those goals a reality
💻DAILY DIGITAL SLIDES . If you are looking to start using Daily Digital Slides-I have 2 free versions in my store for you to use and try out! . Click my Link in Profile and grab them! . If you want to see how I use them in my class-Check out my Stories!
🏝INTRO TO CALIFORNIA BUNDLE . Just finished and posted this bundle for all of my California History teachers! . This bundle includes 3 resources that will get your California History unit started off right! . Click my Linkin Profile to check it out!
🔴 DONT’T GET STUCK IN A RUT . Sometimes comfort zones can be good-But there are some comfort zones we need to step out of and let go of . It’s not easy-But the growth that will come from it, will be well worth it...