Hacks, tips, and tricks for digital organization & saving time with tech

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: The Productivity Roundtable talks about time-saving tech tips and tricks for digital organization for teachers. I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and also to share what’s working. So, I’ve […]

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15 creative + low-cost book character costumes for teachers

Last year, I shared my favorite teacher Halloween costumes based on book characters. This year, the costume ideas you’ll find aren’t limited to book characters. I picked out the costumes that seemed easiest to put together because who has time to get their hands dirty (or glittered?) while constructing something elaborate. Fortunately, low-cost and simple does not mean boring! Check it out: Minions Dressing […]

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15 easy book character costumes for teachers

What better costume for a teacher than one which promotes a love of books? I got really into the idea when I taught in a district that didn’t allow Halloween costumes and instead encouraged kids and teachers to dress as characters from children’s literature. We held a Book Character Parade around the school to show off our costumes […]

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How to deal with co-workers who constantly complain

Whether it’s in the teacher’s lounge, staff meetings, or just passing one another in the hallway, even a short conversation with a negative teacher can be totally draining. Everyone complains from time to time, of course. But what about those colleagues who never have anything positive to say and seem determined to tear everyone else […]

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101 read-alouds for creating a caring classroom

One of the best ways to prevent behavioral issues and conflicts in the classroom is to teach kids how to get along with others. And what could be a more fun approach to that than a shared read-aloud? The slideshow below features some excellent books to read aloud to children ages 3-11, not only during […]

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Simple and meaningful activities for early finishers

I can’t begin to tell you how many emails I’ve received from teachers at their wits end about this dilemma. You know the one: the whole class is completing the same simple math test, but one kid is done in less than three minutes while another child is still picking at his pencil eraser twenty […]

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What to do in the middle of your lesson when a student refuses to work

There’s at least one in every classroom — yep, I’m talking about the kid who just sits there, and doesn’t work. The one who needs constant cajoling to put pencil to paper and get started. In some cases, there’s an attitude problem and the student is disengaged from school in general, and in other cases, […]

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