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The Best Way to Keep Track of Completed Work

As a Third Grade teacher, I am caught in a place between overflowing paperwork and the struggle to keep track of it all. I don't love to give worksheets to my students all the time, but to be honest there are just some things that work better with a piece of paper in front of my students. I would love to pretend that I can deliver 100% of my lessons paperless, but our school is currently not a 1:1 device school so that just isn't an option for me. There is also the added factor of assessments. Having something concrete to look at that shows what your students have learned during the units that we as teachers spend 18 million hours prepping and creating for them. 

Multiplication Fact Fluency - 5 EASY Ways to Encourage Student Success

Who loves it when their students know their multiplication facts by heart?


We all want to see our students being successful in the memorization of their facts and learning the strategies to help them to learn. Here are a few ways that we practice fact fluency and how I have helped my students to become fluent in multiplication at school by using several different methods that encourage them to know their facts!

How to Print EVERYTHING in Color while on a Teacher Budget!

If you are anything like me, you like to print your games, centers, posters and other amazing teaching resources in COLOR! The problem that we usually face as teachers is that ink is EXPENSIVE! It's way too costly for us to print everything that we want to in color. Right?

What if I told you:
  • You could print in color to your heart's desire 
  • You do NOT have to worry about spending hundreds of your hard earned dollars
  • You didn't have to worry about running out of ink
  • You will always have extra ink on hand - just in case
  • It would only cost you a measly $3.99 per month!

Would you believe me?

It's true. I promise. 

Here is how to do it...

Teaching the Difference between Toys and Tools

We all have those days. Picture this...

So, here I go again. I give students a mini whiteboard and a marker and then I turn around to draw something on my whiteboard only to turn back around and see that ½ of my students are drawing pictures of cats wearing funny hats and actually not paying any attention to what I'm doing or saying.

Do you have this problem too? 
I have finally discovered a way to verbalize my expectations of the wonderful tools that I in my classroom!

No Prep SMARTboard Bingo Games

I LOVE playing games in my classroom. Love! We play games for many of the concepts that we learn or for reviewing things that we have already covered.

One of our favorite games is SMARTboard Bingo! You don't even need a smart board to play it on as long as you have a projector in your classroom.

I MOUSTACHE you to read this post!

Hello Sirs and Madams...

Tomorrow, my school is having our monthly spirit day. While I do normally put in a decent effort, tonight I decided to go all out to get ready for Moustache Day!! My class is as classy as it can get with 'staches all over the room. I'm a naturally competitive person, and we win certificates for the amount of fun and effort that we put in. I love winning, I mean certificates showing my students how much fun school can be!

I love spirit days for many reasons. Firstly, we really build our classroom community on these days. We spend time together laughing and having fun together. The best part though is probably the amount of stress it takes off of everyone. Myself included. We focus so much on 'chasing down curriculum outcomes' that sometimes we just get tired as teachers. Maybe you don't, but I sure do.

Here are some of the fun things that I have done in my room to make our Moustache day just a little bit more special for my kiddos.

5 Ways to Choose a GoNoodle Champ!

If your class is anything like mine, they love, love, love GoNoodle! Every time we bust it out on the big screen, the classroom is filled with excitement. Really, I can't blame them. I love GoNoodle and I really believe that it is a positive way for my students take a break from all the work that we do, or to refocus them when we get off task.

As a whole class, we love choosing our new champ together once we have maxed the last one out. The only problem with this is that every student wants to be the one to pick the next Champ that we play. They all want a turn. They all want to be the one who chooses the next transmorgifing champion that fills our classroom with joy.

Here are a few ways that I have taken the GoNoodle Champ selection process and kicked it up a notch in my classroom.

Draw your Champ out of a Hat - Bingo Board

This Bingo board was created for my class to have up on the wall.

1.) I like to print off 2 copies of this bingo board. I print one colored and one black and white (both included in the download).
2.) Post the black and white one on your classroom wall.
3.) Cut up the colored one into individual characters and put it in a hat (or something similar).
4.) Whenever you need to choose a new champ, draw one out and glue it to the board. Then you can tell which ones have been played already with a quick glance at your bingo board.

Pick a Student to Choose your New Champ

Currently there are 25 GoNoodle champs available to play. I only have 16 students in my classroom.
Another way that I choose the next champ is by drawing a student name or number out of a hat. I have a popsicle stick system set up where I can draw names of my students that I use as well. This is so useful to help it to be fair between the students in the room. The only down side of this one is that you really need to keep track of who has picked their Champ already.

*Tip - Use the bingo board (that can be downloaded above) and ask students to write their name on the character that they have picked so that you remember who has already had a chance to pick one.

Play this FREE GoNoodle Champ Selecting Game - SMART or Interactive Board 

If you are looking for something a little more interactive, I have also created this GoNoodle Champ picking game for your SMART board.

It's super easy to play. 

Each of the champs are hidden behind a set of cards. Choose a number or allow one of your students to choose a number. Once you select your number, the champ will be revealed and you can go on from there and play your new champ! 

Have Your Students Take a Vote!

If you usually just have your students vote on their favorite Champ for GoNoodle, then I have wonderful news. I have created a quick Champ Voting sheet that will help take some of the pressure off when you vote for a new one. 

If you would like to download these voting sheets and the voting graph, click on THIS LINK!

Do a Survey!

Have your class go around and survey other students in the room, or in the hallways. You can use the sheet below to create a survey to decide what order your champs will be picked! 

Here's a pinnable image so that you can find this post later on. :)

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