Bright Ideas: Class Dojo

 It's about that time of year when we all start pulling things out of our "bag of tricks".  Class Dojo is a great resource I use every spring to re-motivate my kiddos.  All you have to do to get started is head over to Class Dojo and create a free account.  Once you have a "teacher" account, you can access all of their wonderful tools.  They just added a parent communication resource!

My primary behavior management system is a clip chart.  I use Class Dojo for my table groups.  Each table group works on earning points and the table group that has the most at the end of the week gets to pick from my binder rewards.  Here are some pictures of my kiddos...

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Wordless Wednesday: Classroom Library

Today I'm joining in a fun and easy link with Sugar and Spice!

How is your classroom library organized?

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Sunday Funday!

I'm linking up with Deidre form A Burst of First for Sunday Funday!

I would like to tell you that I had a fabulous week and my cherubs were wonderful...BUT it wasn't.  In fact, they were crazy.  Not all of them, but kiddos who haven't struggled behaviorally since the beginning of the year reverted back to their old ways.  I'm also getting my masters and I had a TON of work to do on that, on top of report cards.  I have never been so thankful for the weekend, but enough whining from me!

Despite all of the drama this week, we did get some things accomplished!  I send my kiddos data notebooks home with them every nine weeks with their report cards.

My kiddos are responsible for holding a conference with their parents.  They help their child make goals for the next nine weeks.  This gives the parents and students some responsibility.

My kiddos begged for gumball math quizzes, too.  I usually give them Thursday afternoon, but we ran out of time.  I love, love, love that they BEG for a math quiz, lol.  Every child is on their own level, some are on addition and some have moved on to subtraction.  Ohh what 1st graders will do for a piece of gum!

My best friend from Teaching with a Smile came out for a visit yesterday, we went to the Beef House for a fantastic lunch and time to catch up.  

I spent the rest of my Saturday night watching the old seasons of Dallas with my hubby and working on a little guided reading pack.  I'm always searching for easy activities to work on with my kiddos during guided reading.  It is also hard for me to keep track of 1,000 little pieces!  I'm working on some simple activities that my kiddos will love.

That's it for my Sunday Funday-I'm off to church with my hubby!

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Spring Blogger Meet-Up!

Thanks, Dana...I am your newest follower! 

I spent the last weekend of my Spring Break getting rejuvenated at the Spring Blogger Meet-Up!  

It was at the fabulous French Lick Resort.  My hubby and I had been at the resort in college for a formal, so it was a little nastalgic.  Here's a little throw back for you! 

When we arrived at the meet-up Holly had everything put together beautifully using Schoolgirl Style's decor.  It was ADORABLE...I cannot wait to use her stuff this fall!


Take a look at all these goodies!
A big shout-out to Vera Bradley, Erin Condren, SDE, Jamberry, Schoolgirl Style and Scentos...THANK YOU for supporting teachers!


The teacher tool swap was so much fun!  I was lucky enough to get full page labels.  HOW did I not know that these even existed!?  There are endless possibilities here.  Look out color printer, here I come! 

Check out what I won from our give-away...

LOVE the shirt Schoolgirl Style, thank you!

Here are my top 3 takeaways from our Tips & Tricks Session:
1.  Instagram is even better than I thought!  Check out the app "A Beautiful Mess" to add images and text on your pictures like the one above.  You can follow me on Instagram  here.
2.  Stop spending time thinking about the perfect topic to blog on and just blog!  Start sharing your experiences in the classroom and the rest will come.
3.  Collaborate.  Never underestimate the power of collaboration, it is an amazing thing!

I love, love, LOVE meeting other teacher-bloggers.  It's so fun to be with people who "get" you.  I had the opportunity to catch up with some old friends, Annie from 20 Something Teacher Tales, Heather from Teaching Through Turbulence, Jenny from Luckeyfrog's Lily Pad, Cierra from Adventures of Room 129 and many more.  I also met some great new friends, Stacey from Teaching Ever After and Mel from Seusstastic are two of my new friends that are pictured below.

Are you wishing you came to our meet-up to snag some of these goodies?  

Well, I have good news!  There is a HUGE give-away at the end of our hop!  Keep hopping through to find out where you can enter!

Hop on over to Kristen's Kindergarten to see more about our meet-up!


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