Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back to School Bash with The Primary Pack!


Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on The Primary Pack), and 1 freebie!

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first! As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecoptor on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop.
 You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!!



Use Dropbox!
Are you tired of carrying a flash drive to and from school (I know they are small, but still!!!) or maybe you're like me...I used to email myself files that I would need access to at school so I could download them when I was there.
Use Dropbox to store files that you need access to. Just head to their website and log in when you are at school and you can download all of the files you have stored on there! I put tons of my files from home into my semi-organized Dropbox folders so I can quickly find them without having to search through my TpT purchases and re-download the product or send myself an email!
You can get can 2GB of storage using their free account. Click here to get an account if you don't already have one! 


Use table trash buckets!
Sorry, this was the best picture I could find! I usually move them out of the way when I take pictures!
I have a table trash bucket on each table. I bought the one pictured from Dollar Tree - it was a 2-pack. We recycle at my school so I teach the students to put all of their paper trash in there and to empty it in our recycling bin when it's full (or I have students who arrive early do it for each table). It's so much easier to have them clean up their scraps and put it in the bucket than to walk it across the room to the recycling/trash can!


Have a drawer with yummy goodies!
I keep a stash of chocolate in my desk drawer for those times when I need a little pick me up! I'm a chocoholic so a small piece of chocolate can go a long way in making me feel better!




Make sure you collect all the letters IN ORDER throughout this hop and then enter to win a Silhouette Cameo over on The Primary Pack!!!



 
I love using my alphabet watches as we learn our letters! I have them work on these after the playground as a calm down activity. They have to tell me the letter name, sound, and something that starts with that letter as I tape the watch on their wrist. I love these because they go home each day wearing our letter of the day!


Click here or on the image below to grab this exclusive freebie!!


Here's my letter!! Write it down and head over to the next stop!

Your next stop is Kennedy's Korner!



40 comments :

  1. Those alphabet watches are just too cute! Loving that idea.

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  2. I've never seen anything like the alphabet watches! Cute

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  3. The alphabet watches are super cute.

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  4. Buy your own Scotch laminator at amazon for your classroom.

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    1. Yes, definitely!! I have one at home and one at school!

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  5. Put things away after you use them instead of letting them pile up!

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    1. I'm soooo guilty of letting things pile up!!! I really want to be better with that this year.

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  6. make extras of everything for when you get a new kid

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  7. I use my Promethean ActiveBoard & its accompanying tools CONSTANTLY with my 1st- & 2nd-grade combined class of special ed kiddos, always using interactive games & morning meeting activities. It's fun for them & keeps them engaged. I'm also teaching THEM to "run the board" for morning meeting. They LOVE it & feel so proud of themselves!

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    1. That's wonderful!!! I bet they love being able to lead the morning meeting on the interactive board!

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  8. Join Naeir for cheap supplies.

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    1. Great tip! Just got my first order last week!!

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  9. I zip tie my desks so they stay in the spot I set them in!

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  10. I love using brag tags! Great motivator~!

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  11. Be flexible so when things don't go as planned it will be okay.

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  12. This year I'm writing a tomorrow to-do list at the end of the day before I walk out the door. Not only does this help me remember what needs to get done the next day (imagine that!) but it also helps me leave at a reasonable time of day as I am not running around trying to do all of those "It'll only take one more minute" things that manage to turn into 15-20 minutes. Sometimes it is ok to leave things until tomorrow.

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    1. This is such a great tip and idea!! I'll have to try it! I do my best to leave at a decent time and not stay late except for maybe once a week to get all my planning done. This idea could definitely work to keep me on track!

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  13. Have "New Student" bags ready to go for a new student that pops onto your roster!

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  14. Love the Alphabet watches :) I could "bling" my kiddos with alpha watches and hats!

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  15. Make connections with your students! It will set you up for a successful year!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. So true! Hope you have a successful year! :)

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