How Parental Involvement Impacts Your Classroom

How Parental Involvement Impacts Your Classroom

How Parental Involvement Impacts Your Classroom

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the involvement of parents.

When seeking ways to improve performance and morale in the classroom, very rarely does a teacher lean toward parental involvement as a solution. There are many reasons teachers are hesitant toward involving their parents in classroom decisions and lessons. First, parents are typically called in to a classroom when their child is having disciplinary problems. Second, teachers often call parents into a classroom when a child isn’t doing well academically.

While these interactions are mostly negative, involving parents in a classroom has its advantages.

Why Parental Involvement is Important

Parent-teacher relationships are vital to a child’s education. Bringing parents into the classroom encourages your children to better themselves. Parents send a valuable message to their children when they get involved in the classroom and school. Children begin to realize how much their parent cares about their success and tend to work harder. The child who was once discouraged becomes confident. The child that had poor literary skills is now reading and writing above grade level. Involving parents in the classroom can bring on that type of success.

In addition to academic skills improving, parent involvement improves a child’s behavior. When children see their parents involved, they begin to follow the rules and respect their teachers more. You can assess how a child’s behavior has improved by keeping documentation of the behaviors before and during their parent’s involvement. Our Fun Friday Minutes Behavior Management Tool will help you to keep track of behaviors of all of your students throughout the year.

How to Encourage Parent Involvement

Parents can often feel uncomfortable in a classroom setting. They want to know that their child’s teacher welcomes them at all times, not just when their child is acting out. Showing parents that you appreciate them and allow them some say in decision-making opportunities in the classroom will help them to feel more comfortable. Parents of different backgrounds and cultures like to know their voice matters in school-related matters. Some parents may struggle with providing positive feedback in their child’s education. Providing trainings to help teachers in this area will help increase learning skills in their children. If parents are unable to become involved due to barriers, find ways to work around those barriers. Sending transportation for the parent with no vehicle speaks volumes of how much you care and want your children to succeed.

Children like to see their parents involved in all aspects of their lives–even school. They thrive from love and encouragement from people they look up to. Classrooms can be stressful for children sometimes. Allowing parents to come into that setting provides children with a greater trust in their parents, teachers, and in themselves. A community in which children feel safe and connected to their learning material is created by parental involvement. Encouraging parents to participate inside and outside of the classrooms brings higher achievement.

Multiple Intelligences and How they Should Impact Your Teaching

Multiple Intelligences and How they Should Impact Your Teaching

Multiple Intelligences and How they Should Impact Your Teaching

Multiple Intelligences are one of the most important things a teacher should consider when creating and implementing lessons!

As a teacher, you have most likely taken many courses that have mentioned Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. In order for a child to get a quality education, teachers need to know their learning style. Without knowing the learning style of each student, students find it difficult to do well in school. When creating lesson plans, many teachers find it difficult to stray from their own intelligence. Children find it difficult to become engaged in lessons and struggle to obtain information. We at Have Fun Teaching hope to provide you with the resources you need in adapting to all intelligences and learning styles.

Visual/Spatial Intelligences

You look over and notice that one of your students is daydreaming during a lesson. Another student is doodling in the margins of their notes. Yet another is creating flashcards over the lesson as you present it. These types of behaviors are modeled by visual/spatial learners. In order to adapt to this type of learning, it is beneficial to have a Word Wall to promote learning in vocabulary. Graphing worksheets help these children to analyze data collected in a lesson. Finding a YouTube video that relates to the lesson could also help these types of learners.

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligences

In the same classroom, you notice a student fidgeting or swaying. You find that a student forms letters in craft dough better than with a pen and paper. Many students find that they are able to understand content better when they are able to move. They often go for a walk, interpretive dance, or use Reader’s Theater to help them better understand a lesson. Abby’s Fitness Videos are beneficial to students who need that movement. These students also like to manipulate things. SmartBoard lessons and craft dough activities help these learners use their hands to solve a problem.

Musical Intelligences

You hear a student humming in the front row as they write their notes. While studying for a test, their neighbor taps their foot to a beat. We are all exposed to music in our lives, and this is extremely beneficial to many learners. Oftentimes, a child will use the tune of their favorite song to help them remember information. These learners concentrate better when classical music is playing in the background. Providing songs that relate to the content you are teaching may help these learners obtain the knowledge they need.

Logical-Mathematical Intelligences

During free time, you see that a child always heads toward the math games. They logically interpret information provided to them. Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, and other logic puzzles keep these minds busy. People who are logically and mathematically intelligent find themselves thinking conceptually. They explore patterns, like to investigate, and are great at calculating. These children may learn best when you provide graphic organizers to graph information.

Linguistic Intelligences

A couple of children stare at you as you present a lesson rather than taking notes. Their eyes seem full of interest and their ears intently listen in. Verbally providing instruction is helpful to children who learn linguistically. These children may like to create poetry or listen to an audiobook.  They may read their notes out loud or ask you to repeat information. These learners may also rewrite their notes or like to write short stories. Reading comprehension worksheets may help these learners in all academic subjects.

Naturalist Intelligences

While outside for recess, you find a child picking flowers and analyzing the different parts. They have multiple flowers classified by color or length. These children benefit from naturalistic learning. The naturalist intelligence is newly approved to Gardner’s theory. This style of learning allows children to explore the outdoors and their environment. These children like to observe and classify plants and animals around them. Using activities such as our What Does a Plant Need? and Habitats Worksheets helps promote this type of learning.

Interpersonal Intelligences

One of your students is having a bad day. A classmate takes note of this and finds ways to make their friend laugh. This classmate shows an interpersonal intelligence and is able to read emotions around him. People with this intelligence are great motivators and encouragers. They enjoy group assignments, and often take the role of leader. Interpersonal people also benefit from center activities to learn content.

Intrapersonal Intelligences

Students with this intelligence are self-reflective. Children with this intelligence analyze themselves and decide where they can improve in their lives. These students are aware of their emotions and what causes them. They often try to keep themselves away from things that upset them. They set high goals for themselves and see that these goals are reached. These students cling to their beliefs and hold them to be true.

Each child that comes into your classroom will find strength in a certain intelligence. Many children will be strong in multiple intelligences. In order to see a high success rate in learning in your classroom, it is your job to adapt to these intelligences and promote learning of all styles. Your children will find enjoyment in your classroom and will have fun learning. Be sure to comment on our Facebook page and tell us how you promote multiple learning styles in your classroom!

6 Back to School Resources To Start “Hearting” Now

6 Back to School Resources To Start “Hearting” Now

6 Back to School Resources To Start “Hearting” Now

Back to School is one of my favorite times of the year, especially meeting my new class!

If you’ve been a fan of Have Fun Teaching for a while, you know that we have some of the best resources that will get your kids engaged in learning. With a Have Fun Teaching membership, you can start hearting your favorite resources and adding them to your cart for free! As the new school year is just around the corner, we want to help you prepare for what’s to come. Here are six back to school resources that you can “heart” for later use!

Resource #1: Teacher Forms

Teachers should have standards set from the beginning as to how they want their classroom to work. Here, you can find a classroom rules form that helps you set those standards.

Resource #2: Student Information Sheets

It is important for teachers to know information about each of their students. Many children have allergies or special transportation information that parents need to provide. Teachers should also know fun information about each of their students. You can find “About Me” worksheets here, as well!

Resource #3: Bulletin Board Ideas

Using our Ellison style die-cut paper cut-outs, you can put the finishing touches on your back to school bulletin board. Use the robot and light bulb together for an electricity themed board. The sun cut-out would be great partnered up with the donut cut-outs decorated by yourself or the students!

Resource #4: Classroom Decoration

In addition to more die-cuts, you will find fun decorations for your classroom in this resource. Create your own puzzle with names and birthdates of your students to hang on the wall. Design your own hall pass for when students need to use the bathroom. Decorating can be fun and helpful to your students!

Resource #5: Desk Name Tags

Teachers and students alike benefit from having name tags on the desk before open house. Familiarizing students with where they will be sitting can prepare them for what’s to come. Using these name tags, you can personalize the tags according to student interest, season, or lesson plan! 

Back to School Resource #6: Bookmarks

Bookmarks that students can color and personalize help make reading more fun! Once they are colored, teachers can laminate the bookmarks for longer use. Also, what child doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?! Be sure to “heart” this resource for later use!

Each of these resources has the potential to benefit you in the new school year. Be sure to “Heart” the resources you like so that they are ready for you when the time comes. You can also follow our Pinterest account for more fun! Always remember to Have Fun Teaching!

Wheels on the Bus: New Video!

Wheels on the Bus: New Video!

Wheels on the Bus: New Video!

Sometimes…you just need to whip out Wheels on the Bus to get them going!

Have you heard the news?! Last week, Have Fun Teaching introduced a new video for you to use in your classroom! This new version of “Wheels on the Bus” will bring smiles, joy, and laughter amongst your children. Our Funzy characters such as Alphy, Abby, and Lexy, hopped on the bus to venture through Funzyland. Through their journey, they sing every child’s favorite song, while adding their own twist to the song!

Your kids are going to LOVE the Wheels on the Bus nursery rhyme remix by Have Fun Teaching!

Watch the video on YouTube – Click Here!

The Wheels on the Bus Song Lyrics

The Wheels on the Bus Song Lyrics

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.

The people on the bus go up and down,
Up and down,
Up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down,
All through the town.

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep,
Beep, beep, beep,
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep,
All through the town.

The doors on the bus go open and shut,
Open and shut,
Open and shut.
The doors on the bus go open and shut,
All through the town.

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,
All through the town.

The signals on the bus go blink, blink, blink,
Blink, blink, blink,
Blink, blink, blink.
The signals on the bus go blink, blink, blink,
All through the town.

The motor on the bus goes zoom, zoom, zoom,
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
Zoom, zoom, zoom.
The motor on the bus goes zoom, zoom, zoom,
All through the town.

The driver on the bus goes ‘move on back’
‘Move on back’,
‘Move on back’.
The driver on the bus goes ‘move on back’,
All through the town.

The parents on the bus go ‘shh, shh, shh’
‘Shh, shh, shh’,
‘Shh, shh, shh’.
The parents on the bus go ‘shh, shh, shh’,
All through the town

The baby on the bus goes ‘waa whaa whaa’
‘Whaa whaa whaa’
‘Whaa whaa whaa’.
The baby on the bus goes ‘whaa whaa whaa’,
All through the town.

The kids on the bus go ‘giggle, giggle, giggle’
‘Giggle, giggle, giggle’
‘Giggle, giggle, giggle’.
The kids on the bus go ‘giggle, giggle, giggle’,
All through the town.

Join us on Facebook and leave your feedback! Don’t forget to share it with your fellow teachers and to help them to Have Fun Teaching!

Teachers Helping Teachers

Teachers Helping Teachers

Teachers Helping Teachers

Teaching should be a community, where teachers help teachers!

It’s your first day teaching at your new school. From day one, you pick up a negative vibe from a few of your co-workers. Rather than address the issues, you and your co-workers distance yourselves from each other. Because of the conflict, tension builds between you and your fellow staff, and your students begin to pick up on it. Students struggle to respect you and the other teachers. They begin to argue amongst themselves, and they find it difficult to do well in class.

 

In addition to teaching core standards, teachers are provided the role of guiding children in their relationships. When educators struggle to interact positively amongst themselves, it is nearly impossible for them to help children interact positively with their peers. In order for a teacher to be successful at their job, they need to figure out how to build positive relationships with their co-workers.

Building Relationships with Other Teachers

Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran teacher, you will have problems present themselves in your career. Having negative relationships with your fellow colleagues will only make these problems worse. Teaching should be done as a community, where teachers help each other. When you are having a problem in your classroom, find a mentor teacher that can talk you through it. If life has thrown you difficult circumstances, find a teacher that will allow you to talk to them before class starts. By building these relationships with your co-workers, you prevent the risk of you having a meltdown of sorts in front of your children.

If you started off your new year with your co-workers in a negative fashion, find ways to turn things around. Just as you should understand each child in your classroom, you should understand the actions of your fellow teachers as well. Maybe the negative vibe you picked up from a new co-worker was because of the bad week they just had. You never know where someone is coming from until you take it upon yourself to get to know them a little better. Learning to respect and understand fellow co-workers can make you a better teacher. 

The More We Work Together…

Teaching is more fun and less stressful when teachers are able to work together. When creating lesson plans, you should be able to go to a fellow teacher for suggestions. When you are unsure how to handle a misbehavior, a co-worker should be able to provide advice. The teachers down your hallways are there not only for the students in their classrooms, but for you as well. Utilize your fellow educators as a resource to you.  Find a teacher you can mentor as well as a teacher who mentors you, and you will find yourself feeling better about your job. Whether you are entering your first classroom or your twentieth, having someone by your side makes your job less stressful and allows you to Have Fun Teaching!

5 Struggles Teachers Face

5 Struggles Teachers Face

5 Struggles Teachers Face

Sometimes, teachers are faced with struggles…but there are ways to overcome and enjoy your career!

While teaching is an extremely rewarding career, we all have our struggles from time to time. Teachers want the best for each child that walks into their classroom. Trying to take care of the needs of 25+ students on a daily basis isn’t easy. At Have Fun Teaching, it is our mission to make teaching more fun for you. Here are 7 struggles many teachers face and how you can overcome them.

 

#1: Financial Struggles

In today’s classrooms, a percentage of the supplies are paid for out of the pockets of teachers. Many schools do not have the budget to buy every supply needed to benefit each student. This can be extremely stressful for teachers. We don’t want any child to go without, so we head to the nearest supply store to purchase supplies needed to provide a well-rounded education for our students. Because of this, some teachers get a second job on weekends. At Have Fun Teaching, we provide you with many tools that will help you cut down on your own classroom expenses.

#2: Time Struggles

Finding the time to get everything done is a struggle in many careers, especially teaching. Prepping lessons can be extremely time-consuming. Grading tests and homework often follows us home. Teaching should be fun, not something that drains all of our time. Our No-Prep bundles are perfect for giving you more time to enjoy your job.

#3: Struggling with Negativity

Unfortunately, there are some teachers that find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude. When you work with negative people, it is hard to remain positive yourself. In order to maintain your optimism within your job, find ways to help your negative coworkers be positive. If they have taught for many years and are getting bored with the routine, help make it fun. Encourage your coworkers regularly and let them know you are thankful for them.

#4: Struggling with Parent Involvement

It is very important for parents to be involved in their child’s education. However, many parents struggle to make it to all (if any) parent meetings or events. Transportation, a lack of child care, and jobs are a few things that keep parents from participating in these events. Teachers should advocate for their children and find different ways to interact with parents. If a parent is unable to make it to a meeting, find a way that you can communicate with them. Look back at our previous blog about Parental Involvement to learn other ways you can keep parents more involved in your . classroom.

#5: Classroom Management

Because every child is different, there are many different behaviors displayed in the classroom. A punishment or disciplinary action that works well with one student may not work with another. It is our job as the teacher to be aware of each student and how we can guide them to the appropriate behavior. Make your expectations clear within the first few weeks of school to help alleviate some of the problems. Provide incentives for doing the right thing to encourage children to continue in their good behavior. You can find some great behavior management tools on our website!

Leave us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know what you struggle with most as a teacher. We would also like to hear your suggestions on how to overcome some of these struggles as well!

Despite the difficulties you face in your classroom, we are so proud of the work you do every day. We know how much you sacrifice for your children, and we could not be more thankful. You are very valuable to your community, and we thank you.

How to Continually Challenge your Students

How to Continually Challenge your Students

How to Continually Challenge your Students

They may seem bored, and may show poor behavior, but they may just need to be challenged!

In today’s schools, each classroom is a diverse and unique place. Every student has their own learning style and pace. This causes some children to fall behind and others to become bored as they master the material presented to them. In order to provide a well-rounded education for each student, we need to challenge them to their utmost potential. When a child feels as though they are not being challenged, they tend to become bored and a distraction. So how do we challenge each child as we continue to teach our curriculum?

 

Differentiate the Material to Challenge Your Students

When creating your lesson plans, find ways to differentiate the lessons and the materials. While you may not use everything you plan and create, it is useful to have extra materials on hand. Keeping in mind that each child is different will help you to create great and challenging lesson plans. Find different ways you can teach the lesson that could incorporate all learning styles and provide more learning to those who have already mastered the content.

“Differentiate the material. It’s more work for you but better for them. Show them how it applies to real life and do other broader activities on the same subject.” –Kandi K.

Connect the Material to Real-Life Circumstances to Challenge Your Students

When you have a child that is bored and distracted, find ways you can relate the content to real life. School and education should help prepare children for things that life throws their way. Presenting a scenario that relates to the content presented will provide further learning opportunities. This keeps your student challenged and eager for more.

“[Promote learning] by showing them the ‘real-world’ applications of what they have learned. Make it relevant.” – Vernon L.

Challenge Your Students by Applying Their Learning Styles

As aforementioned, each child learns differently. When you take that into consideration, you can help challenge those that have become bored in class. If your student is a kinesthetic learner, they may enjoy building a model that relates to the content. If they are a musical learner, they may set information from the lesson and turn it into a song or rap. Teaching is full of creative opportunities that help the children to become the best learners they can be. 

“Apply their knowledge according to their learning style: science experiment, make their own book, design a restaurant, etc.” – Teresa P.

Challenge Your Students by Tying in the Next Lesson

Often times, a child finds it difficult to stay interested when they have already completed the learning for the concurrent lesson. Some children strive when new materials are presented to them. Others, however, need more of a challenge. When possible, take a glance at the upcoming lessons and see how you can tie it into what you are teaching now. Provide them with opportunities to get to that next point to prepare them for what’s to come. Just because they mastered one lesson quickly doesn’t always mean the next lesson will come as easy.

“Provide open-ended or differentiated tasks. Look to the next check point/level and give them the opportunities to try and get there.” – Kherrie Anne

Challenge Your Students to Help You Teach

Many children enjoy the opportunities to be placed in a position in which they feel needed and helpful. If a student in your classroom is bored and distracting, find ways you can use that student to help his/her classmates. Create a student-mentor/tutor program in your classroom in which students are able to provide their input to their classmates. Allow the child to work with a peer that mildly understand the material but needs a little push to get there. You can also supervise to ensure that he/she is helping correctly.

“[I promote learning with] peer leaders/tutors or have the student be my teacher helper to demonstrate their thinking.” – Sarah N.

Continue to Push and Challenge Your Students Always!

When you continually challenge and push your students to succeed beyond their potential, you are setting them up for great success in their futures. Find ways that you can implement higher-learning programs in your school and in your classroom. Just as every student is different, every teacher is different. Talk with teachers around you and find out what they do in their classrooms. Connect with teachers online such as on our Facebook page to form more ideas.

“We have ‘WIN’ time. (What I need). This is when I push them forward and challenge them.” – Brigitte F.

Many people look back to their school days and say that their favorite teachers were the ones who helped them to be the best they could be. We at Have Fun Teaching believe that each one of you have the potential to be that teacher!

30 Back to School Teacher Supplies You Must Have

30 Back to School Teacher Supplies You Must Have

30 Back to School Teacher Supplies You Must Have

There are just some things that make teaching so much easier and more fun!

A new school year is upon us, and that means a fresh new set of supplies to start your year! At Have Fun Teaching, we strive to make your job easier and save you money year round. We compiled a list of high quality teacher supplies that will last.

Back to School Supplies to Buy NOW!

1. Scotch Tape Dispenser

This reliable tape dispenser has a weighted base and non-skid pad, making it easier to dispense one-handed. The top-quality blade lasts for years, saving you money in the long run.

2. Sand Timers – 1 Minute, 2 Minutes, 3 Minutes, 5 Minutes


These fun and colorful timers will be a fun addition to your classroom as you set a time limit for different activities in your class! These are great for games, cool-down times, and brain breaks! When buying your back to school supplies, you aren’t going to want to forget about these!

3. Professional Paper Cutter

Make precise cuts every time with this top-quality paper cutter! It cuts all different types of paper such as mat board, card stock, plastic sheets, and can even cut up to 10 sheets of 20-pound bond paper. With a limited lifetime warranty and 11 different blade patterns to choose from, this cutter will last you years and save you money in the long-run.

4. Smiling Binder Clips

We all need a little pick-me-up when sorting through our paperwork and grading assignments. Why not get that from a cute, smiling binder clip that holds those papers together?

5. Whiteboard Magnets

These push pin magnets are perfect for displaying your papers on the board without using a bulky magnet that hides part of the page. They’re fun and colorful, and can hold multiple pages at a time without sliding off the board! They come in a reusable box to help you store them in, rather than a resealable bag that could damage the magnets.

6. Reusable Dry Erase Pockets

Create lasting work station activities that you will never have to throw away! By using these pockets, your students can complete their work using a dry erase marker and return the clean sheet of paper to you when they are done! Teachers accumulate a lot of paper in their classrooms, and these pockets will help you to cut down on that.

7. Ticonderoga Pencils

Once you use this top-quality pencil, you will never want to use another pencil again! These pencils write smooth and the are comfortable to hold while writing. The erasers are top of the line to create less marks when you and your little ones make a mistake!

8. Black Pens


The top-selling ballpoint pen in the industry is exactly what you need in your classroom. They are long lasting, saving you money, and their smooth ink makes for great writing. Purchase in bulk and store them in a great place to ensure they last!

9. Purple Pens

Add a little color to your writing with these purple Bic ballpoint pens! These are great for grading papers or just leaving a fun note for yourself or students. The fluid writing will make you want to use these pens year-round. 

10. Emoji Magnetic Dry Erase Erasers

Connect with your students by making your supplies put a smile on their face! Emojis are fun and trendy and will keep you and your students happy. Cleaning your whiteboards shouldn’t have to be bland and boring. Because they are magnetic, you can store them on your whiteboard for easy storage!

11. Lesson Plan Book

Plan out each section of your day to ensure smooth transitions in your classroom. This lesson planning book comes with overview planning sheets and seating plans. Leave instructions for your substitute teachers using the planner. Don’t forget to throw in some Have Fun Teaching worksheets and activities into your plans!

12. Stapler

This Swingline stapler is perfect for teachers who staple papers day in and day out. It is designed to open for you to use on your bulletin boards without breaking in half. Staple up to 20 pages at a time with no jams!

13. Teacher Record Book

Keep track of your important records such as attendance and test scores. Use just one list of student names across several pages to save you from re-writing every time. The size of a standard notebook, this record book will allow you to store a lot of information and has a fun cover!

14. Scissors

These titanium bonded blades stay sharper for longer and are 3 times harder than stainless steel. They’re perfect for cutting any materials you may need in your classroom. Purchase these at the beginning of the year and be set on scissors for a few years!

15. Answer Buzzers

Make studying more fun with these colorful answer buzzers! Engage your students in a “game-show” learning setting, and listen for the distinct sound that goes with each buzzer to clearly identify the winner. You definitely need to add this to your cart of supplies!

16. Guided Reading Strips

For the student that has trouble focusing on one line at a time, these guided reading strips eliminate distraction and strengthens visual skills. These are the perfect tools for children with dyslexia and other reading impairments, and the different colors make them more fun!

17. Polka Dot Clipboards

When picking out your teacher supplies, make sure to add something fun for yourself in the mix. These polka dot clipboards are fun, cute, and bright!

18. Grading Calculator

This E-Z Grader calculator will make grading quizzes and homework a breeze! It scores up to 34 problems wrong on tests, quizzes, or homework with up to 95 total problems. Save time and effort!

19. Post-It Notes

These 4×4 lined Post-It Notes are supplies every teacher needs. Color code your important notes and stick them where you won’t miss them! Share a note with a fellow teacher or put a reminder on a stack of papers. You won’t want to forget these!

20. Crayola Crayons

Crayola Crayons are top-quality crayons you want to have in your classroom. The vibrant colors flow smoothly from the toxic-free crayons and make for great art!

21. Highlighters

Highlight your important information with these vibrant highlighters that will last. These chisel tips provide smear-free ink that will keep your notes looking clean.

22. Reward Stickers

Reward and encourage your students to continue good behavior and work with these fun and bright stickers! Children love stickers, so this is the perfect incentive to motivate your students to keep up the good work. 

23. Hand Sanitizer

As teachers, you will experience many illnesses in your classroom. Keep these travel size sanitizers close by to kill off germs that cause illnesses!

24. Facial Tissues

In addition to the hand sanitizer, it is important to have tissues on hand when dealing with our precious children! Keep these fashionable packs of facial tissues in your pocket, in your purse, or in your desk for easy access!

25. Digital Magnetic Timers

Keep track of time for different activities throughout your day using these digital timers. Store them on your whiteboard for easy access. The alarms are loud and clear, making it easy for you to know when to transition to the next activity. 

26. Sharpie Markers

Every teacher needs Sharpies in their classroom! Permanently label your belongings with these long-lasting markers.

27. Glue Sticks

Set up your art supplies with these Elmer’s Glue Sticks! This glue is washable, smooth, and dries clear, to make your students’ projects mess free!

28. Pencil Sharpener

To go with the best pencils in the world, you need the best pencil sharpener! The blades in this double-hole sharpener are perfect for creating the sharp-tip pencil we all love!

29. Expo Markers

When it comes to writing on your whiteboard, you want the best markers possible to last you all school year. These Expo Markers release bright and vivid ink that is smear proof and provides consistent color quality.

30. Latex Free Eraser

These latex-free erasers are great for children and adults that may have a latex allergy.  While other erasers crumble easily, these do not! Add these to your list of supplies for residue-free erasing!

We hope this list of supplies helps you to get the top quality you deserve in your classroom. Be sure to share this list with your teacher friends to help them get what they need as well! You guys are awesome!

10 Tips for a Smooth Back to School Season

10 Tips for a Smooth Back to School Season

10 Tips for a Smooth Back to School Season

I always start the school year teaching character, rules, expectations, and procedures!

Have you ever started a new school year feeling lost and overwhelmed? The back to school season can be a scary time for new teachers and veteran teachers. Aside from planning lessons, a lot mental planning goes into preparing for a new year. In order to help you start off on the right foot, we wanted to share some tips with you. These tips will allow you to prepare physically, mentally, and socially for the new year.

Follow these strategies, and your 2017-2018 school year will be smooth, and you will Have Fun Teaching!

Preparing for Back to School

1. Take care of yourself

Before the new year begins, find a way to take care of yourself. You do so much for so many others, so allowing yourself some time to relax do something for yourself will help you start the new year off refreshed. 

2. Appreciate the Small Things

 Take a look around you and find things to be thankful for. When a parent brings you your 115th teacher mug as a back to school gift, appreciate the fact that your parents are eager to build a relationship with you. Even the smallest things are worth the most gratitude. You are more likely to start this back to school season off with a full heart if you learn to appreciate the small things.

3. Find a Confidant

As with any job, you may find you experience days as a teacher full of stress and unknowns. Or maybe you are finding it difficult to leave personal issues at home. Find a colleague that you trust to open up to in order to relieve yourself of those burdens. Children can pick up on negative energies. Talking it out will help you bring more positivity into your classroom and your new year.

4. Build Parent Relationships

Before the new school year, send a note home to each parent. During open house, make it a point to shake the hand of each parent and learn their names. You are an advocate for them and their children, so they want to know that you are available to them. When teachers start the new year eager to get to know the parents, those parents are more likely to partner with the teacher when their child is struggling. These parents also look to you for resources when their family is struggling, because they know you care for them and their children. Parent involvement is vital for a successful classroom.

5. Develop New Organizational Skills

Because of how quick-paced a teacher’s day is, many teachers struggle with organization. Before the new school year begins, develop an organization strategy that suits you. Find an accountability partner that can continue to encourage your newfound organization. They say it takes 21 days to start a new habit, so keep up the good work! A cluttered desk can make for a cluttered mind, so get an early start on preventing that.

6. Familiarize Yourself

If you are new to the school or just need a little refreshment, take time to review your contract and the school policy. Back to school season is the perfect time to acknowledge all that is required of you. Knowing your rights and what is expected of you helps you to enter the new year with a clear mind and prevents issues in the future.

7. Get to Know the Individual Students

Your classroom is going to be full of many different levels of potential. You will have many gifted students, and you may have some students that are a little behind academically. Each child will come from a different background and have a different struggle. Learn each child so that you can adapt your lessons and your classroom to them. These back to school student information forms will allow you to keep record of the different interests and abilities of each child in your classroom.

8. Establish Classroom Management

Let your students know early on what you expect of them. Establish a set of rules (generally, no more than five is best for this age range) that the children have a part in. Allowing the students to participate in the rule making provides them with more of an incentive to follow the rules. Singing songs about Character can help your children understand the types of rules they need to create and follow.

9. Be Realistic

This back to school season, don’t wrap your mind around unreachable expectations. Set realistic goals for yourself and your students. You aren’t going to win every battle presented to you. Don’t let the things that you cannot control discourage you.

10. Do Your Best

 You’re taking on one of the most impacting jobs this world has. Because of your commitment and passion for your students, you are helping to make the world a better place. Mistakes are going to be made. You are going to have bad days. The best you can do is the best you can do. You rock, and don’t ever forget that!

We Love Our Teachers!

We are so thankful for all that you do as teachers. You are providing so many opportunities for young children that will carry on into their futures. This world couldn’t function without you, so thank you for all that you do.

Why Teachers Have the Best Job in the World

Why Teachers Have the Best Job in the World

Why Teachers Have the Best Job in the World

It’s not the vacation. It’s not the pay. It’s the kids!

There are a lot of great jobs out there today. Many professions make positive impacts within their communities. Police officers, firemen, and doctors help to protect their community and keep people safe. Software architects help make sure our technology is running smoothly. Lawyers seek out to ensure justice is provided in a legal manner. All of these jobs are great, but none of them would be possible without the influence of teachers.

Teachers play one of the greatest influences in society. Because of their hard work and commitment, they are creating the future careers listed above.

Each teacher that a child comes into contact with shapes a little more of their future. This is why you, as a teacher, have the best job you could have!

Teachers are the Best!

In order to help shape society and create our future doctors and lawyers, you have to find enjoyment in your job. Without a job you love, it’s hard to come to work eager to shape the minds of young children. Here are some reasons you as teachers love your job, thus making your job the best one out there!

Building Relationships

As a teacher, you come into contact with a lot of different people–children, parents, fellow teachers, etc. The relationships you build with each of these people help you better yourself as a teacher, and helps keep a smile on your face while you’re teaching!  A relationship with your students’ parents helps you to better serve your children. Building relationships with your children helps you to better meet their needs and serve a purpose in your profession. Relationships all around help you to enjoy your job more, AND is another reason your job is so fantastic.

“It’s all about relationship- with kids, parents, and colleagues!” – Robin E.

Lightbulb Moments

It’s no secret that one of the most rewarding parts of a teacher’s job is the lightbulb moment. When a child has been working so hard toward a specific goal, and they finally get it, it feels good for both the child and the teacher. These moments are moments you treasure year-round and make teaching more fun. The hard work that you put toward each lightbulb moment is just another reason you have the best job out there.

“The look on my student’s face when the student finally understands a concept that was so hard for them. This is the most rewarding thing to me as a teacher!” – Cheryl C.

To the Classroom, and Beyond!

As a teacher, you get the opportunity to watch as your previous students grow up. Watching as the little one you once taught to tie shoes or how to write their name grow into their profession and make big life choices is an extremely rewarding feeling. The time and effort you spent on these students inside and outside of the classroom has helped them to become successful adults. That is something to celebrate!

“I have been at the teaching game for 25 years. My favorite thing now days is running into my former “babies” and catching up. They will always be my children and now I am meeting their children in the classroom and hallways.” – Kathryn T.

Positive Learning Environments

Many teachers love their jobs because of the feeling that they are providing a positive environment for their students. Many children, though young, go through a lot in their early years. They rely on their teachers to provide a safe haven for them during the day. As teachers, you have that opportunity by making sure the needs of each student is met, while also providing learning experiences that stick out to them. Providing positive learning environments helps make your job fun, children eager to learn, and is just another example of why you have the best job ever!

The professions that are shaping our society and changing lives are all possible because of you. When you feel down about something that didn’t go your way, remember that you are making a difference in the lives of each child in your classroom. You are doing great things. You rock! We hope that you continue to Have Fun Teaching!

 *Quotes are from our Facebook followers. Be sure to follow our posts for an opportunity to be quoted in our next blog!

Resources and Advice for the First Day of School

Resources and Advice for the First Day of School

Resources and Advice for the First Day of School

The first day of school, and even the first couple weeks, should be solely focused on character education and rules, procedures, and expectations.

With many teachers starting school after Labor Day, Back to School season is still upon us. That first day of school can be nerve wracking. What can we do to help the children get to know each other? How can we establish a set of classroom rules that still make learning fun? Will my bulletin board draw attention to my students? Because we are receiving a fresh new set of students, there is a lot to take into consideration on that first day of school.

Here are a few resources and tips that will get you through that first day.

Resources and Advice for the First Day of School

First Day of School Icebreaker

Back to School Icebreaker Worksheet

On the first day of school, you have the opportunity to allow the students to meet with and interact with their peers. Some of these students have never met before, while others may have been friends for years. Allowing time to “break the ice” amongst their fellow classmates could provide students an opportunity to build friendships and make school more fun. Our Back to School Icebreaker Worksheet is a fun way to do just that. Print out this colorful worksheet and allow your students to roam the classroom for an allotted amount of time while finding someone who fits the description of each square. Once every square is signed or initialed, your students will have met at least a couple of new friends and have learned more about those they already knew! 

First Day of School Bulletin Boards

Decorating bulletin boards seems like a difficult job sometimes. Because you don’t know much about your students on the first day of school, finding something that your students relate to is nearly impossible. By using our Bulletin Board Ideas cut outs, you can do so many things to your board on that first day. Use our Chores clip art to let your students know what fun chore they have that first week or month of school. The Birthday clip art would be a great way to acknowledge the birthdays in your classroom. Our fun Alphabet clip art can provide opportunities for letter recognition, and you can have the names of each student under their corresponding letter. There are so many fun options!

First Day of School Classroom Rules

cool tools for school rules back to school activity

Following rules doesn’t have to be dull and boring. In fact, it can actually be fun and rewarding! Managing your classroom from day one can establish a great foundation in your management throughout the year. Our Cool Tools for School Rules is a fun activity your students will love to participate in on the first day of school. This activity establishes general classroom rules in a positive way. Rather than telling the students they can’t do something, they are provided with posters and minibooks saying “I Can”. The “Caught Being Good” certificates are also great incentives for following the rules!

If you are still preparing for that first day of school, we highly encourage you to “Heart” these resources and save them for that first day. Your students will love you from the start and your first day will be more fun and less stress! We look forward to hearing how the first day of school goes for all of our teachers and how awesome of a job you do. Always remember to smile and Have Fun Teaching!

3 Keys to Communicating with Parents

3 Keys to Communicating with Parents

3 Keys to Communicating with Parents

I’ve even met parents at a pizza place to spend time with them. The impact of that lasted for years!

One of the most important parts of a teacher’s job is communicating with parents. Parents like to know how a child is doing in school, academically and socially. They also like to be updated and informed about school events. Remembering that you are in a partnership with parents helps your students to do better during the year. Finding the best way to communicate with parents can be difficult. Having a face-to-face conversation with every parent isn’t always possible. So how can you affectively communicate with your parents?

Here are a few tips to help you communicate effectively with parents.

3-keys-to-communicating-with-parents

Offer Your Parents Multiple Forms of Communicating

In today’s age, there are many different ways for parents and teachers to communicate. The typical e-mail addresses and phone numbers may not be the best options for the majority of your parents. (You should always take this information down, however, in case of emergency. Use our Parent Contact Information Forms to file it.) Sending out a weekly or monthly newsletter could help keep them up-to-date on class events. Folders in which you keep important information and can easily communicate back and forth with a parent could benefit some parents. If your school allows it, find or create a website specifically for your classroom that allows parent/teacher communication.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Having conferences with your parents is important for the growth and development of your students. Figure out the dates and times your school has set aside for these conferences. Prepare for these conferences from day one by keeping assessments and documentation of a child’s work. Encourage all parents to partake in these conferences to discuss struggles and achievements in the classroom.

If a parent provides a suggestion for their child in your classroom, don’t feel obligated to agree to the suggestion right away. Let the parent know that you would like to take time to think about the suggestion. Provide a timeline to get back to them and stick to it. Parents want to know that they are partnered with you in their child’s academics. You should have the opportunity to consult colleagues and establish other options for your students as well. If a parent is unable to make it to a conference, find an alternate way to consult them.

Gain and Maintain Trust

Parents are more likely to enjoy their child’s teacher if they know they can trust you. Avoid discussing a student to a parent that doesn’t belong to them. Talking to a parent about another student allows that parent to think you are doing the same about their child. Student matters should only be discussed within the staff and their own parents. Also, try to avoid any negative teacher-lounge-gossip about children. Whether or not your parents are around to hear it, there is a possibility it could get back to the parent. If you need advice about handling a situation, try to talk to your colleagues in a positive manner about the situation. Establish a parent’s trust from day one, and maintain it throughout the year.

Communicating with parents can help better you as a teacher. While it may seem like a chore from time to time, these conversations play a crucial role in your students’ lives. You’re doing such a wonderful job teaching them and helping them develop in the classroom. Communicating with their parents can help extend that outside of the classroom. Allow the relationships you build with parents to provide you with more time to Have Fun Teaching!

Pin It on Pinterest