Building a Classroom Library on a Budget

Everyone knows reading is important in school, but just how many books does a teacher need? Although that answer varies, on average students read 3,600 minutes each month. That requires a lot of book! The problem is books are expensive. No matter how many books you...

12 Items That Might Be Missing in Your Classroom

You’ve spent countless hours planning, organizing, and creating an inviting learning environment. You feel a sense of pride as you step back surveying your room while at the same time thinking to yourself “What did I forget?” It is kind of like packing for...

Getting Ready for a Substitute

Imagine you are a substitute teacher. A scary thought for many of us. There are two classroom doors in front of you. To the left is a clean, organized classroom. There is a single stack of papers on the table. Detailed lesson plans are followed by clearly...

Prioritizing Piles in the Classroom

Most of us became teachers for reasons like wanting to share a love of learning, not because we loved paperwork. Yet it seems the average teacher is inundated with growing piles of papers and files. Even organized piles can leave you feeling frustrated as you try to...