Posted in Digital Paper

Rainbow Digital Papers

If you’re someone who likes to create decorations for your classroom using bright colors, fun designs, and great variety, then you should check out these rainbow digital papers. They come in a variety of colors:

Bright,

Jewel Tone,

Pastels, and

Primary.

Annnd, if you like all four, check out this bundle. You get all four for the price of three, so you get one free!

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Posted in Teacher Tools

FREE Rewards for Middle and High School

Slide1Motivating high school and middle school students can be TOUGH. I’ve found that there are a few things that motivate them – food, freedom, and extra credit. These can work how you want them to work in your classroom. BUT! These can work for all grade levels!

You may want to use them as behavior rewards, rewards for a good grade on a test, or you may just want to use them for daily use. There are bathroom passes, snack passes, drink passes, extra credit, headphones passes, etc.

I like to give out a few bathroom passes each quarter, so I use the ones from this packet to copy and give students. If a student is doing well, I may give them extra passes to use throughout the year.

Or let’s say a student earns extra credit. I’m the worst at keeping up with it. Make them responsible. Give them an extra credit slip and tell them to staple it to the next assignment.

There’s a spot on each pass for the teacher to sign and initial and to record who the pass was given to and when. This way, students don’t share passes. It’s totally up to you how you choose to use them in your classroom. Share your ideas in the comments!

Posted in Printable Decor

“I Can” Statements – English Language Arts (ELA)

Okay, let’s admit it, the Common Core standards are SO DAUNTING! Some days, I think, “YES, I FINALLY CAN!” and other days I feel like I’m reading Latin (and no, I don’t know Latin), so it’s extremely frustrating.

And as crazy as it sounds, breaking down standards and putting “I can” in front of them helps ME. I also know that I should make my students aware of the language in the standards because it helps them grasp the concept not only for me, but for their other classes. Basically, it’s a universal ELA language. If we teach our students the language of the standards, it’s easier to help them be college ready.

I mean, I can tell my kids all day long to tell me what details from the story led them to their answer, but if I use words like “cite” and “evidence” (words in the standards), I am helping them as they progress from Kindergarten to 12th grade and even into college.

Anyway, to help ME, I made “I Can” statements for my 8th graders. I use “I Can” statements on my board daily, but sometimes I felt like, “I’m sooooooo tired of writing these every day. So I worked from 12th grade down to make pretty “I Can” statements from 12th grade down. I currently teach 9th through 11th, so having them is super helpful. I just printed, laminated, and I change them out on my board daily. So much better than having something else to write. I can also do multiple I can statements this way based on what standards I’m working on that day. And when my administrator walks in and asks students what we’re working on, it gives them a nice cheat sheet to help them remember and explain.

I currently have 5th grade through 12th grade posted with plans to add K-4 in the coming months (hopefully by the end of summer). If you’re a teacher looking to make his/her life easier, check them out! There are preview images below!

There are designs to match your decor. Each grade level has the following designs:

  • Polka Dots
    • Black
    • Jewel Tone
    • Rainbow
  • Stripes
    • Gray
    • Jewel Tone
    • Rainbow
  • Chevron
    • Gray
    • Rainbow
  • Damask
  • Houndstooth