Getting Started with Bucket Filling in the Primary Classroom

Have you heard about Bucket Filling?  I first heard about it a few years ago when a colleague shared the book How Full is Your Bucket for Kids.  I fell in love with the book.  It is a great story that illustrates how much words and actions impact others but in a kid-friendly way.  After sharing the book with them, they were eager to share about ways their bucket has been filled AND dipped.    

Mailbags - The BEST way to Manage Home - School Communication

Are you looking for a better way to deal with home/school communication and ensuring that everything gets to where it is going?  I am sharing what works and what DIDN'T work, from experience.  Read on to find the best way I have found to send things home as well as get important papers back.

using mailbags to manage home - school communication

Tips for Surviving the Last Month of School!

How do you acknowledge the end of the year with your students?  Are you feeling the end of year stress set in?  Do you have a million things to finish up and submit?  Are your students "done" and your classroom is too hot to work in?  If you answered yes to any of these, you are not alone.  The last weeks of school are a challenge!  This post is for you!  Read on to find out my tips for surviving this last month of school  I promise that it doesn't add to your already full plate and total teacher exhaustion.

This post is full of tips to help you survive the last month of school.  These ideas will help you enjoy your final weeks with your students while not adding to your stress or you constant state of teacher tired.

A Simple Way to Motivate Young Writers!

If you are a primary teacher, then you know teaching writing to young children can be HARD.  Writing is an elusive skill for many of our little ones, and they often lack the motivation to persist when it is hard.  I want to share with you a writing activity I do around this time of the year that really helps to motivate my students and get them writing more.

Help your students set goals during writing.  Work together to establish goals based on their own writing and then use this bookmark to help students keep track of their goals.  Grab a free writing goal setting bookmark to use with your students.