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How you start your year off can really make a difference in the success of your year. Teaching procedures effectively those first few weeks of school is so important (second only to building relationships and setting high expectations for behavior). On this post, I will share lots of tips and activities to help you create and teach your classroom procedures, including ... Read More

Because it always seems that I have such limited time for science instruction, I like to dive into my grade-level science content as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year. However, there are a few science activities and lessons that I like to do beforehand. This post will share the free back to school science activities that I use the first week of science ... Read More

Amazon Prime Day is over for 2019 but will be back in 2020! If you are a teacher and love Amazon shopping, keep reading because I have taken the top 10 best selling items during the sale and listed them below. I love seeing what other teachers are buying for their classrooms. And you never know, they may go on sale again throughout the year. This post contains ... Read More

Each year, I like to incorporate a few new back to school activities during those first few days of school. However, I do have some tried and true favorites that I pull out year to year (or have on standby if we have extra time). On this post, I will share some of my favorite printable back to school activities (with a link to download them for free!). I "Mustache" ... Read More

My favorite back-to-school activities are the ones that get students up and moving and/or have them talking and sharing with others. This post will share a free back-to-school reflection activity that has both of those qualities (depending on how you use it). About the Back to School Reflection Questions This free back to school reflection activity (available to ... Read More

The first day of school is always an exciting time (and sometimes scary time ;) ). My first principal would always say that we couldn't leave the day before the first day until we had that first day of school activity ready and waiting on the desks for the students. I still remember and follow this advice after ten years of teaching. Having a task for students to do right ... Read More


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Welcome friends! I’m Jennifer Findley: a teacher, mother, and avid reader. I believe that with the right resources, mindset, and strategies, all students can achieve at high levels and learn to love learning. My goal is to provide resources and strategies to inspire you and help make this belief a reality for your students. Learn more about me.