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DIY: Differentiating Stations by Color (Grab and Go!)

Ready to get your do-it-yourself project hat on and save some money? Let's do this! First, I have to ask: how do you set up your stations for differentiation? One of my favorite ways is to set up the stations by color. I love differentiating stations by color because...

How to Use Teacher Binders for Better Classroom Organization

2005 changed my life. I got married *and* I discovered keeping allllll my teacher paperwork in three-ring binders. Well, almost all the paperwork. I started using teacher binders for better classroom organization. How did I do it? How did I go from files to almost all...

BIG Announcement! Teachers CREATE!

Happy Day friends!  I have a super, exciting, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Think classroom decor ideas, organizational ideas, hands-on projects to use in your classroom...food, friends, all in a fun city like Waco...It's my honor to announce "Teachers CREATE !®" Melanie and I...

DIY Play Dough

Super excited to have Meredith back sharing her recipe for DIY Play Dough. Play Dough can be used in so many ways, I just love bringing out a big ball of it and having the kids get to work.  Practicing numbers, letters, shapes, pretend play...the options are endless!...

Finding Frosty: a Top Secret Mission

Ready for a Top-Secret Mission to do with your kids? Finding Frosty is a mission you won't want to miss! I am excited to have Lexi back for another creative idea! This one is super helpful because you can complete during inside recess! This is Lexi from Twinkle Little...

DIY Your Small Containers!

  Super excited to share with you an easy DIY your small containers... from Desiree!  Desiree is a 2nd Grade teacher from Minnesota. She shares some extremely creative ideas on her Instagram account: Create and Educate. So happy to have her here with you! I don’t...

Easy DIY Numbered Countdown

December in a classroom is crazy folks.  Between classroom parties, end of the semester assessments, final deadlines of the year, it can be tempting to throw out all classroom management strategies. Wait!  Don't do it.  I am excited to share another quick classroom...

Creating a Teacher Small Group Reading Cart

Everything is better with a cart--right?  I don't know why but carts just make it more fun.  Or is that just me? Maybe. HA! Creating a teacher small group reading cart can be done in a jiffy. Super easy to put together.  I'm over on Oriental Trading's Blog sharing...

Decorating with Copper and Cotton on a Budget (AMT at Home)

This is an "at home" post. So close your eyes if you are looking for a teaching post 😉 HeeHee! No seriously, as teachers, we don't have a lot of time to decorate our homes nor do we have a huge budget.  But some of us receive so much joy from decorating for the...

Grandparent’s Day Craft and Writing

Grandparent's Day is just around the corner.  If you are looking for an easy and meaningful craft (along with some writing) to gift to the grandparents, head to Oriental Trading's blog.  I am sharing 3 simple station ideas you can incorporate in your day. I think...

Get Things Done During the Summer

How do you get things done during the summer? With all the fun to be had, it is hard to make time to actually get things done.  Now, I'm not saying all of you shouldn't be relaxing and really enjoying your break.  That is a MUST.  Non-negotiable. 🙂 I just want to...

Best Place to Print your Teacher Planner

Ok, let's get real for a minute.  Printing a teacher planner can be confusing.  What do you print? Where do you print? About how much can you expect to spend? Well, it all depends on how you like to plan. For today's purpose though, we are solely talking about the...

#TeacherDIY :: Displaying Student Work

As the summer approaches (YAY!), you might be thinking of DIY projects to put on the to-do list. It's time for a little come-back to the DIY projects on AMT!! Time for a little #TeacherDIY! (p.s. let's use that hashtag on Instagram to all share. Yes?)  Ok, so a few...

Make It Modern, Instantly

Beautiful. Inspirational. Quick. Connect. Four words I think of when describing Instagram.  I seriously can't tell you how many times I get up and just GET THINGS DONE because of this little APP.  I mean, hey, we all need some inspiration to get things moving and for...

Astrobrights Papers Colorize Your Classroom Challenge

Wahoo!  Astrobrights Papers' Colorize Your Classroom Challenge is back!!  Do you remember the amazing projects shared on ColorizeYourClassroom.com last year? ColorizeYourClassroom.com gives teachers a go-to source for inspiration and ideas on  how color can help...

DIY: Throwback: Chartstand

I thought this week I would share a little  DIY THROWBACK!  I don't want you to miss this super easy project.  It's easy.  Promise. I use things like this stand all the time for reminders, share work, share directions, showcase pictures, etc.  And my taste in...

DIY: Planner Stretchy Bands

Starting the summer off right with a little DIY!!!  And I'm kickin' off my very FIRST Monday MADE-IT today!!!!  Can you believe that?  All this time MMI has been going on, I haven't been able to participate.  Well, not any more!!! I am starting with a very simple DIY....

Top 5 Bags for Teachers {I asked, You Answered}

Happy Sunday!  Time for a "I Asked, You Answered" post!  If you are new, I compile a list of teacher ideas and favorites from questions I ask on Facebook or Instagram.  I have a ton of fun learning from YOU and passing along this wealth of knowledge with OTHERS.  This...

FREEBIE just for you! {and winners announced}

Happy 2015!  We are officially rockin' and rollin' in the new year.  Lots going on.  Mostly, back to routines!  And my little planner heart just loves that! Before I get to the winners of the giveaway,  I want you to know how amazed and floored I am at the response...

Ready for 2015! {Super fun announcement and a giveaway!}

3 years!  3 years friends!  I can't believe it! It has been 3 years since I started A Modern Teacher.  Wow!  And shortly after, I opened my shop on Teachers Pay Teachers and my life and my family's life have changed in SO many good, GREAT, wonderful ways. I could go...

Tamales are my favorite holiday food! Let’s chat Christmas.

Oh ya!  A Christmas Party---my favorite!!  When I saw my friend, Abby, was having a Christmas Linky Party, I knew I wanted to join. I love, love, love Christmas.  And this time, I'm actually not late to the party-ha! So, here a some random tidbits about me and my...

TIME-SAVER {My first Stitch Fix!} Enter to win

This is a little different than my normal posts. And I'm excited to share! This blog is all about helping teachers find ways to simplify and maximize their time. From planners to lessons to meal-planning, I truly want to help you find ways at home and at school to...

November Meal-Planning for Modern Teachers!

You have a lot on your plate (pun intended).  Time for someone else to do the planning!  It is time for another meal-planning post.  Can't believe it!  Can't believe November is here.  That means holidays are here.  Like now.  WOW!  You can do it.  Just a few more...

Have some demanding students? {Demanding Dudley}

I LOVE when picture books have a lesson.  Ok, am I kidding?  I love ALL picture books.  Well, most of them.  And for some reason, ahem, all the books I read I turn into a lesson.  I know, I know, Teacher April thinks like a teacher all.the.time.  Can't help it. So,...

Tieks Review

On your feet all day?  Why of course you are.  You are a teacher.  One of the many reasons why I loved small group teaching is because I got to sit down.  Ha!  Yes, right? I mean, there are a number of other reasons but boy, walking around, up/down, redirecting one...

October Classroom Management Tools

"You are so brave!"  This is one of the many sayings on the encouragement cards, included in my new "Monthly Themed Classroom Management Tools".  It's October and you might be feeling like the honeymoon is over.  Do you feel that way?  Maybe most of your kids are...

Easy Meal Planning for Modern Teachers {October}

Recently I started writing a new series of posts to make things a little simpler on the home front: Easy Meal Planning.  I wrote a little bit about the background HERE.  Basically, each month I stick to a rotation every week.  Based on my family loves, what's in...

Classroom Crashers! {and how you don’t have to break the bank}

Between the Back-to-School Nights, making lunches, and getting the new routine in motion, this house has been pretty busy.  A good busy.  How about you?  Did you survive the 'back-to-school time'? Well, I have a fun Classroom Crasher to share with you today!  This...

Menu Planning for Modern Teachers {September}

I love this picture: Some times this is exactly how I feel.  Do we HAVE to eat again?  HA!  Seriously though, I love food.  I usually plan my day around food events...whether I am cooking or we are going to a restaurant or  I am celebrating someone's special event....

Classroom Crashers!

Classroom Crashers is baaaaack!  Two years ago, I featured some fun, amazing classrooms around the www AND non-blogger classrooms.  It was a way to share some inspiration from teachers all over the world.  Well, after some requests, it's coming back!!!  Super SUPER...

Teacher Survival Kit

Oh.my.word!  I won the Michael's #create2educate contest yesterday!!!  It all took place on Instagram.  I may or may not have had a cold beverage to celebrate. {wink} Seriously, this was fun to put together.  For winning, I received a gift card to spend at their...

Today is the Day! Your Questions Answered {The Teacher Life Map}

Goodmorning!!!  I can't thank you enough for entering the giveaway.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I was amazed and humbled by how many of you entered!  The response was incredible.  Without waiting a second longer, the winner is Amy G.!!!!!     I have already...

The Teacher Life Map

Here we go! After 3 years of creating digital planners for teachers, I am now embarking on a whole new addition and adventure. I am incredibly thrilled to share: The Teacher Life Map.   Let's start with a little story (because every teacher loves a good...

Mission Organization: Teachers at Home

Are you an organizer?  Do you bring your organizational skills home or do you keep it at school?  Do you sometimes walk the storage aisles at Target just because? All of us can stick together.  "Those who organize together, stay together."  So, let's have a party!!!...

Treats and Sweets (and the place to find it)

It's a Sweet Strawberry Birthday Party!  Is there a teacher out there who wants to have fun with themed treats for birthdays, incentives, and everything in between?  Me! Me! Me!  For my daughter's 3rd birthday,  Oriental Trading Company contacted me about helping us...

4 Easy Steps to Putting Together Your Planner

Think simple.  Think simple. Think simple. Say that fast 10 times and click your red heels.  I know, I know, reality is teachers have a lot to plan. A planner is a personal decision and there are many ways to put one together. However, it can be easy.  Don't think...

Such a Treat! DIY Teacher Gift {and a Freebie}

Some of my favorite things.... 1. sharpened pencils 2. my grandmother's kitchen 3. french fries and a chocolate shake.together 4. magnolia trees 5. handwritten notes and cards I've been doing a little organizing lately and you know what?  I love cards.  I love, love,...

Washi Birthday Fun

Hey everyone! Tanja from a Journey of a Substitute Teacher here! Glad to be back here on April's blog! Today I bring you an idea of how to make a birthday just a little bit more special. I made two pennant buntings from washi in about 10 minutes. Seriously. And you...

DIY Time {all the way from Hawaii!}

Yay!  Starting off with a yay because Nicole from Teaching with Style is here today.  Check out this fun DIY! Hi there! I'm Nicole from Teaching With Style and I'm so excited to be here on A Modern Teacher today! I am currently teaching 2nd grade on the beautiful...

DIY Little Notes for Students and Teammates

Do you own washi tape?  I really have fun with it. Really!  It's just so pretty. The possibilities are endless with this decorative tape.  You can even label stuff with it.  Who would've thought?...Like my kids' cups or snack bags, etc.  Well, my friend Tanja from...

Pete the Cat for Valentine’s Day at Target {Book Love}

I've been talking a lot here on how books inspire SO many parts of my life (even started a little series on 'book love').  More parts than I ever realized before this blog.  I think all teachers are that way.  Wouldn't you agree?  We are constantly making connections...

Book Love :: Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and winners announced

As you know, I am a children's book addict.  As crazy as this sounds, I tie books into almost every aspect of my life.  I didn't really realize it until I started this blog.  All of a sudden I became very aware of my obsession with children's books.  I use them to...

DIY: Easy TV Screen Sliding Doors {AMT at home}

Happy Friday! It's cold here in central Texas.  We actually got some sleet and schools are closed.  In fact, the city has pretty much shut down. {Don't laugh too hard you northerners!}  I plan on doing a little organizing around the house.  And hopefully, a little...

Baby, Top 10, and Planners, Oh my!

The week after Christmas is a bittersweet one.  Bummed about Christmas being over BUT so super psyched about the coming year.  And although I LOVE Christmas and it is my favorite holiday, I love a new year.  I love a fresh start, motivation to get stuff done and make...

DIY: Upcycling Architectural Pieces in a Playroom :: PLAY!

Happy Post-Christmas!  Did you survive and get everything you wanted?  I sure hope so!  It goes by so quickly~don't you think?  Loved the day and the entire Advent season but BAM it's over.  And really that is ok with me.  Really.  Now, are you getting ready for the...

Tips on Organizing and Creating a Ready-to-Read Playroom

With the anticipation of a new addition to our family, we knew the season of a playroom in our life was not over...and would not be for quite some time.  So, we set out to create a space our kids would love to play, create, and read in.  Being a teacher, I really...

Simple Advent Calendar {Repurpose Crates}

Non-teaching related but oh-so-fun.  Have you seen all the Advent Calendar Ideas on Pinterest?  Wow!  There are so many good ideas out there.  I wanted to change up our calendar {one of those cheapy chocolate ones} and have some fun with it.  So, I came up with this:...

Baby Love

It's a boy! Our new baby boy is here!  After years of struggling to get pregnant, it baffles me that I now have 3 children. Wow!  God is good!!  Here are some pictures of our sweet new addition:   It has been a great 4 weeks with the little one.  And who could...

Creating, Crafting, and Learning {Linky Party!!}

Those three words just make my heart skip multiple beats.  Creating.  Crafting.  Learning.  AWW!  To me, a day is pretty perfect if you get to do all three.  Well, this past weekend I had one of those days.  I LOVED it.  And when Jo-Ann contacted me about creating and...

DIY: Rope-Wrapped Pencil Caddy and a Quick Tidbit

Ah...the dreaded pencil problem.  I think pencil sharpening is my biggest pet peeve.  I did come up with a plan to have this as a classroom job and only sharpen before school started and at the end of the day but still...boy do those things drive a teacher crazy! All...

Mission Organization: 21 Ideas to Organize Your Classroom Library

This summer I'm starting a new series here called Mission Organization: Teacher Style.  My hope is to bring you some inspiring ideas all in one place.  Pin on Pinterest  and refer back to these amazing classrooms when it is time to think about YOUR classroom. My...

After Spring Break :: Incentive Idea

It's that time of the year.  After Spring Break.  Everyone is tired, including you.  I'm sure you're thinking "How many more days until summer?"  You probably started counting down.  Ha!  Well, just like you the kids start thinking the same thing.  Maybe you need some...

{LOVE} Your Books!

Happy February!  Now Valentine's Day is really right around the corner.  And if you haven't guessed by now from THIS POST or THIS POST, I love Valentine's.  One of the things I love and want to pass along...is the love of reading and books.  So, I came up with this...

Classroom DIY: Valentines Bookmark

Today I am over at Classroom DIY.  I am happy to contribute to this blog...full of ideas on DIY Projects for the classroom. A perfect collaboration blog for me!  Y'all know how much I love DIYs! This month I am sharing a valentine bookmark I created last year.  You...

DIY :: Words to Remember

A little bit over 2 years ago, my grandad passed away.  It was a heart-wrenching time for me..the oldest of all the grandchildren.  I still have days when I struggle with him just not physically being here.  BUT I do know where he is and that makes me smile.Since his...

DIY: Memo Board

Happy Friday! Goody Bag #4's winner was suppose to be announced today but I've decided to announce the winner on Monday.  What a way to start the week!  Especially if Monday will be your first day back at school.  I know it will be a couple more days of anticipation...

December 2012 Classroom DIY

Have you checked out Classroom DIY?  I am happy to contribute to this blog...full of ideas on DIY Projects for the classroom.  I know you are probably swamped right now but that holiday class party is right around the corner and if you haven't snagged the reindeer...

Write on them Hoops and an Update

It's Friday!  Yay!  I wanted to make sure I shared this little project here too.  On Monday, I was over at Classroom DIY but just in case any readers here didn't get to see this easy peasy project, here ya go. 🙂  This DIY is meant to bring a little FUN, ENGAGEMENT,...

DIY, Guided Reading Classroom Management

Happy Monday!  Sorry I missed you on Friday.  I had a little DIY to share and then I remembered about my contributing post to Classroom DIY TODAY!  So, head on over there for a new DIY Project that will take you less than 15 minutes!!! And on to today's post...a...

Classroom DIY: Mini Stand

Happy Friday Friends!!  I found this fun freebie that I thought I would share with you today from SmilingColors.com   I just think they are so fun and true!!!!I'm also over at Classroom DIY today.  If you haven't checked it out I highly recommend it.  Tons of ideas on...

DIY: Chevron: Countdown to…

The first day of school!  or Fall Break or whatever.  It's DIY time-yay!  Time to get some craft on. :)After getting my silhouette cameo from the fabulous cameo people, summer has been super busy and I haven't gotten to craft as much as my heart desires to. 🙁 ...

It’s So Bright!

Today I am over at Schoolgirl Style for a little DIY.  Here is a sneak peek.  Come on over and grab a freebie!And I'm joining in Maniac Monday for the weekly freebies on Classroom Freebies! Come get your free printables on Schoolgirl...

DIY Reading Tools

K.I.S.S.  also known as 'keep it simple stupid'.  You knew that---right? For me, that is the only way I will do a project.  I just don't have the time...between the kids, hubby, extended family, and everything else in our life...it has to be simple.  period.  And most...

Wow! It has been awhile…

This is probably the longest I've gone without writing a post and I feel like something has been missing the entire time!  I have had mucho going on in my life...vacation...birthdays...and since announcing the new planners I have been super super busy.  Plus, the...

DIY: Repurpose a Garden Tote

I am so happy to be a guest at The Tutor House!  I am thrilled about sharing my ideas on Adrianne's blog.  Hop on over to her blog and check out why and how I repurposed a garden tote.Thank you, thank you Adrianne!  I am so happy to meet you in this bloggy world. ...

DIY: Rainbow Inspired Classroom Door Wreath and Free Printable

Oh.my.word.  Today I am a guest over at Schoolgirl Style.  Moi?!!! Yup!  I was honored.  Just honored to be sharing a DIY Project for Melanie's Rainbow Theme Classroom Decor.  Please check it out!  Oh and a bonus for both our readers...a free printable.A big THANK YOU...

DIY:: How To Make Place Value Tools

Tens Rods (as I call them) and Ones Cubes can be a hot commodity.  I know how we beg and borrow for more of these tools.  One way to help the situation is to make them yourself. I know...who has the time for something like this...but let me tell you, this is one of...

Classroom DIY

Charity from The Organized Classroom Blog has started a fun blog that is right up my alley.  Classroom DIY will be posting DIY Projects for the classroom from a variety of bloggers.  I am super excited to be posting once a month on the collaborative site.  I encourage...

Summer Bucket List Linky Party

 We're having a par-tay!  Summer is right around the corner so Hadar, Teri, and I thought we'd celebrate with a little party.  Have you thought about the summer? (of course you have!!) What are you doing this summer?  Reading Daily 5...a craft.....

DIY:: Making Words and Word Families

Making Words is great.  I'm sure everyone agrees on this.  I've seen a few different ways to use Making Words. In fact, a blogging buddy just wrote a post about how she uses Making Words in her class. I love this too because you could do word families oh-so-easy. And...

Tokens of Thanks: Caffeine and Parent Gift Tags

  Today I’m over at Sunny Days in Second Grade  little 'ole me. Just in time for my birthday and on my birthday if I'm not in Texas, Florida or Colorado is where I'd want to be (Ok maybe Cayman...or Hawaii :). Seriously, I am sharing a fun little gift idea for your...

Make It Work Wednesday: DIY Mini-Chart Stand

  DIY: Mini-Chart stand (under 5 bucks)    Clipboard Stand, Mini-Easel, Place to Put Mini-Anchor Charts, Place to Put Directions at a Station or Center……the possibilities are endless!   Well, I love organizing. And I love me some DIYs.  So, this is a...

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