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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...

Teach Like a Pineapple and a GIVEAWAY!

About a couple of weeks ago, Melanie (from Schoolgirl Style) and I hosted a Teachers CREATE Workshop.  It was SO.much.fun. The theme for that particular one was "Teach Like a Pineapple".  We had bright colors with pops of pineapples, flamingoes, and flowers galore....

Classroom Organization: Must-Have Items

Today I am sharing must-have items I think are key to better classroom organization!  Allright teachers, let's dig in! This post does contain affiliate links.  I only recommend items I absolutely love! 1. A label maker.  You gotta have access to labeling things quick....

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...

Teacher Appreciation Week, $100 Giveaway, Sale, and Addition!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!  To celebrate, I have teamed up with a few other bloggers to bring you a BIG giveaway!  We are giving away one $100 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers !  Oh ya!! On top of the $100 giveaway, there is a HUGE sale on Teachers Pay...

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...

Teacher Organization Done for You! (well, almost)

The Teacher Binders have been updated!! The calendars are ready to go for the next school year! YAY! That means teacher organization is done for you (well, almost 😉 This means one less thing on your plate. Let me run through the download to show you all that you can...

Exclusive Freebie! Spreading Kindness in the Classroom

Spreading kindness in the classroom can happen in many, many different ways. If you remember, I wrote a post for Oriental Trading about setting up a kindness challenge. Well, today Nicole is sharing with us another way to spread kindness in the classroom.  I love her...

Water Cycle Craft and Kick Off of the Brightest Teacher 2017!

KICKING OFF THE BRIGHTEST TEACHER CONTEST 2017 Today I am helping kick off the Brightest Teacher Contest of 2017!!   I’m partnering with ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers to bring you a contest you don't want to miss! Keep reading to find out the details on the contest at the end...

Organizing the Primary Classroom

Can we ever have too many organizing ideas?  Nope, I didn't think so. 🙂  Super excited to have Meredith here to share some ideas on how she organizes her primary classroom.  Organizing the primary classroom takes skill and I am sure you'll agree with me that it is...

Easy Class Reward: Pajama and Snow Day!

Looking for an easy class reward through the winter months?  As you might know, pajama day is an easy class reward you can implement right now.  Well, mixing it up a bit with a snow day theme just adds to the excitement and engagement of trying to earn the reward. The...

Santa Cam! Classroom Management During the Holidays

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Santa Claus Lane... Are you singing with me?  Well, I'm singing because we have a guest today!  I'm so excited to introduce to you Jessi from Cooties and Cuties!!!!  Today she will be sharing some ideas on...

Happy Unity Day!

If you are a Texas teacher, this post is for you! I am sure you can agree with me how important unity is in the classroom. (Happy Unity Day! Hooray!) Our classes are made of students from every walk of life. One of the key classroom management strategies for engaged...

Differentiation in the Classroom (Where to Start)

Differentiation in the classroom begins with your students.  I've talked a whole lot about differentiation.  I feel so passionate about it because kids come to us in so many different ways.  And I'm one of those learners that has to learn skills/concepts in so many...

7 Ways to Differentiate in the Classroom

I've been thinking a lot about differentiation and how to make it better in the classroom.  Differentiation can start slowly and in one area of your day. From the environment to small group meetings, differentiation can accommodate the many types of learners in your...

5 Simple Tips to Plan Lessons (Without an Official Team)

I've shared a ton about how to plan lessons.  If you've followed my blog for awhile, you know I love to participate in team planning.  However, every year wasn't always unicorns and rainbows.  So, what do you do when you don't have a team to plan with? Here are 5...

It’s a Planning Party, $20 Gift Card Contest, and MORE!

There are a few things going on this week.  Scratch that! This is probably the busiest week in the online world for teachers!  Lot of fun happening! And the Planning Party is the perfect place to start. However, I didn't want you to miss out on everything so I thought...

Planning Your Classroom: Owl Love Style!

Owls! They will never go out of style.  Owls symbolize wisdom, insightfulness, and are illustrated with so much charm and wit. If you choose this as your classroom theme, then you could go on for years, adapting it up to meet the needs of different grade levels and...

Classroom Planning: Calming Colors in the Classroom

Maybe you need a spa-like retreat for your kids.  Maybe you need *very* calming colors for this year.  I've got you covered. Virtual High Five!  You know, I've been thinking a lot about all that goes into classroom planning. So, I thought I would find some classroom...

Classroom Planning: Color My Classroom!

Bring me all the colors!  I LOVE this theme. Color My Classroom brings pops of color with nothing too overpowering.  Yes, yes, and YES!! This theme is so versatile because you are not married into one specific look and it speaks to both boys and girls. Plus, you can...

Classroom Planning: Fixer Upper Inspired Design!

Tell me you love Fixer Upper. You do?  Is it your favorite? Or at least one of the top 3? If it is, then you've come to the right place because today's post is all about using elements of my favorite tv show in the classroom planning process. Don't know what the heck...

Lesson Planner PreOrders!

Lesson planners galore!  YAY!  I have received several emails asking for a preorder of the lesson planners.  Well, let's do this!!!!!  Whether you are going on vacation and can't place the order on July 18th OR you just want to make sure you get your hands on one, I...

Personal Planner Update and Teacher Lesson Planner

If you hang out with me on Instagram, you know my life is pretty full.   How I spend my time is chosen very carefully because I have a lot of balls to juggle.  That is why I like to plan so much.  You can probably relate to the juggling act, right? In order to not go...

Organize Your Images CHALLENGE

Just a quick note today!  I'm having an "Organize Your Images" CHALLENGE on Instagram.  I went to the Apple store on Monday and left with a working computer, thank God! And a stern...you should *really* get your pictures off your computer.  They are slowing your...

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...

End of the Year Purge and Pack Checklist and Playlist (Freebie!)

Raise your hand if you are ready for the end of the year?  Yes, yes, and yes! Today I have an End of the Year Purge and Pack Checklist and a playlist you can stream for FREE while you work.  There are a bunch of different songs that hopefully will keep you going! You...

Student Planner Updated!

Did you know, I created a Student Planner many, many moons ago?  Yes, I found the school-issued planner was not meeting my kids' needs, so I created one.  And along with the digital teacher planners I have in my shop on Teachers Pay Teachers, I update the calendars...

Lesson Planner for A Modern Teacher :: Purposeful Planning!

Hip Hip HOORAY!!  TOMORROW is THE day! A Modern Teacher Lesson Planner will be up for sale for all you Early Birds who are ready for purposeful planning!  Presale begins Tuesday, May 2!  I am SO excited to share these with you!!.  Are you ready? Let's get started! I'm...

#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...

Plan and Go! Checklist for Teaching Geometry

If you are a new reader here, WELCOME!  This post is part of a series to help plan for teaching certain skills. I talk about the background in my first post HERE. In an effort to make the planning easier for you, I decided to put together a series of posts that helps...

Start Today: Organized Teacher with Teacher Binders!

I absolutely can not believe it is that time of the year again! Time to share with you new teacher binder covers! Use teacher binders for maximum classroom organization! I also can not believe this will be my FIFTH year sharing these with you.  WHAT??!!  Time sure...

One Simple Tip to Organize Teacher Paperwork

Oh honey. It's time for this one simple tip to organize teacher paperwork (that you've been waiting for your entire life-haha). I know tons of paperwork collects on your desk. Stop, look around, it's there, isn't it? Right?  It collects, collects, and collects.  I...

Plan and Prep to Teach Measurement FREE Checklist

Teaching Measurement, specifically length, soon? If so, I'm sharing some ideas to help plan and prep to teach measurement. In an effort to make the planning easier for you, I decided to put together a series of posts that helps you set up for teaching a particular...

Big Picture Updated Free Download

When you start planning for the next school year, what do you do first? Start creating detailed weekly lesson plans or look at the big picture?  Wait.  Did I just say "start planning for next school year?"  What?! Already?  Are you thinking about next school year?  I...

30+ Ways to Feel Prepared in the Classroom (Plus Free Printable)

I know what you're thinking. I KNOW being truly, truly prepared in the classroom is hard and quite possibly impossible.  When you have 25+ students coming to you with so many varied backgrounds that are really, completely out of your control, things are bound to come...

Do YOU Think You Can Feel Prepared for the School Day?

A couple of weeks back on Facebook and on Instagram, I asked friends how they felt when they are prepared for the school day.  The responses I received were so interesting.  It got me thinking.... Can you *ever* feel truly, truly prepared for the school day?  Well,...

Valentine’s Day and Friends! (A Fun Playlist!)

I love February.  If you have read the blog for awhile you know I never grew up thinking Valentine's Day was about the romance kind of love.  In our house, we celebrated the friendship kind of love (agape love).  Mom always gave us small tokens of her love.  We sang,...

Differentiating Can Begin with these 3 Steps {and a Contest}

19 kids. 1 me. No aide. No parent volunteer. Just me. So many levels, so little time. How in the world would I keep Jake engaged yet Johnny learning the foundational skills he needs? Let’s just call these: DAILY THOUGHTS of A TEACHER. At least these were my...

3 Classroom Management Ideas You Can Use NOW

Things getting a bit fidgety?  The honeymoon of the start of the year almost over?  I know, some of you have great classes this year. AWESOME! I feel like they come in waves.  Some years more challenging than others.  That's ok. You've got this year's class for a...

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...

How I Stepped WAY Out of My Box This Summer…

Oh goodness!  I stepped WAY out of my box this summer?  How come???? Well, I decided to tackle something I never ever thought I would: I created a video guide on how to organize your Reading and Writing areas.  Crazy --huh?!  I asked a TON of you, what do you...

More Teacher Planner Fun

Some fun is going on at the Organized Chaos Blog! ***a fun link up going on***  Can you guess what it's about?  Planners.  Teacher Binders.  You know.  Just a love of mine-ha!.  I BIG puffy heart organization.  If your here, I'm gonna guess you do too! 😉   I love...

#25DaysofColor with Astrobrights PLUS a Free Download

Oh how I love color.  Ever heard of the phrase: "Live Life in Color"? I LOVE this phrase.  Color is a game changer.  No boring beige here.  You won't find that in my classroom or my home.  I live in color.  I create in color.  I learn in color.  Are you that way? I...

Winner Announced!!

The #teacherscapturesummer camera giveaway is over and the winner has been picked!!  Drum roll please.... Congratulations to Angela P.!!!  She has already been contacted and has responded so we are sending goodies her way!! Thank you to everyone for entering!  AND...

Capture Summer Memories ***HUGE Giveaway**

Today marks the official First Day of Summer and it's Father's Day!!  WAHOO! YAY! CELEBRATE!!  Lots of reasons to take pictures, am I right?  So, a bunch of us bloggers put together a Camera Giveaway so you can capture ALL the summer memories and BEYOND!   There...

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....

Classroom Crashers! :: Primary Press

Are you thinking about your room for next year?  Some of you might be!  You might be gathering ideas, dreaming already... Well, my friend, Vickie, from Primary Press has a cute classroom set-up!  In the past she went with primary colors and polka dots.  So super cute....

Battle of the Binders and a couple of giveaways!

If you follow on Facebook , you know I am starting a "Battle of the Binders" this week.  YAY! What is "Battle of the Binders"? Every Tuesday I will post (over on Facebook) a competition between 2 binder themes. You vote for your favorite in the comments and then on...

A Little Video

Just a quick post today. Many of you were wondering about the inside pages of the Personal Planner for Teachers. What is REALLY inside of it? So, I put together a little video with some help from my friend, Adrianne.   There are 2 main parts to the personal...

2015 Spring Lookbook

Hey Teacher Friends! Is the sun shining in your hometown today?  I hope so!  Here in central Texas, it is out!  I LOVE this time of the year.  School is winding down, summer is just around the corner.  It is warm enough to get out in the sun--a place I always want to...

Giveaway Winner Announced! plus some updates

Well, what do you think?  Did you like this year's new designs?  I truly, truly hope you do. More importantly, as much as I love creating the designs, I truly hope this is a functional planner and organizer you can use on a daily basis in your classroom.  I want it to...

Schoolgirl Style All-Time Favorites!!

I know, just one more day!  WAH!  These past 2 weeks have been SO FUN!  Really!  I know--just a tad bit...ahem...crazy but all worth it!!  It is truly an honor to share with you something you can use in your classroom and REALLY give you more time to TEACH! Today's...

Polka Dots and Chalkboard Teacher Binder: Planner & Organizer

Did someone say polka dots?  Ah!  This one is my favorite too (well, Sunshine is first but this is right there too 🙂   So classic and modern all at the same time.  The black and white will go with anything and the chalkboard....well, classic. Just like in the...

Sunshine Teacher Binder: Planner and Organizer

So, this one.  This one y'all, is my favorite.  I don't know what it is about gingham but I absolutely love it.  I have since I was oh...6.  Seriously.  I always have gingham ribbon, gingham dresses, shirts, quilts, pencils....you name it.  It reminds me of all things...

Lights, Camera, HOLLYWOOD! Teacher Binder: Planner and Organizer

Hollywood has made its way to all the classrooms out there!  This one was SO fun to design.  I went with the bright lights and yellow color scheme...with a few accents of pinks and blues. I love this theme because everyone can get into it.  Everyone loves being a...

Navy Dot Teacher Binder: Planner and Organizer

If navy is your favorite color, then this one is for you. And BIG polka dots really makes my heart happy.  Who am I kidding?....ANY size polka dot is good.  Any of you out there like that?  Are you obsessed with polka dots as much as me.  Stripes and polka dots....

Happy Rainbow Teacher Binder: Planner and Organizer!

We are moving right along in these reveals.  Today is Day 4 of the launch and I am loving this next one.  It is just so...well....happy!  This one can really go with any color scheme.  That is what I love about using a rainbow theme.  You can just change up the colors...

Lilly Fun Giveaway and Teacher Binders!

There are 2 Teacher Binders to highlight today and a fun giveaway!  You in? These themes have a pretty paisley design.  One for you pink lovers and one for you purple lovers. First of all, let's take a look at the covers. The purple one: And the pink one: Includes:...

Teacher Organization Here: Fabulous, Fun Flamingo Teacher Binder

Yesterday was fun y'all!  What do you say we do it again?!! Ok, this is a FUN one!!  FLAMINGOS!!!! Now, before I show you everything, I had a few people email about the new features.  What exactly is new?  Well, allow me to share.... This year's new features: 1. You...

The All New and Improved AMT Planners!

The party continues! First of all, the big news around here is.....Melanie from Schoolgirlstyle and I have teamed up!!  I am bringing you planners to match her classroom decor.  HOORAY!! Every day for 10 days we will be revealing a new design. Throughout the reveals...

AMT Print Shop is HERE Again!

Ready for some fun? Allright Teacher Friends, have we got some fun planned for you! Think confetti. Think balloons. Think cake. and what about a beverage of choice? cue music Now, we are ready for this party to begin.  You ready?  (Are you nodding your head?) The AMT...

Conquering the Lesson Planning Struggles Part 2 and a FREEBIE

Teacher Friends! In my last post, I shared some BIG mistakes I made with lesson planning during my first few years teaching.  Ah!  Don't tell anyone mmmkay? First of all, lesson planning is a journey.  It's going to change.  However, it will always be there.  You NEED...

Conquering the Lesson Planning Struggles Part 1

In my last post, I shared 4 main struggles I had with lesson planning my first years of teaching: 1. I struggled with the activities (there are so many!). 2. I struggled with assessing (when, how). 3. I struggled with the objectives (where do these go?). 4. I...

Oh My! Early Struggles with Lesson Planning

Oh, teacher friends!  It's Sunday and we enjoyed a perfect weather weekend here in central Texas.  It was Heavenly!!  We even got the sprinklers out in the backyard!!  I know.  Perfect.  With all the fun we're having, there was also some work to be done.  I can't wait...

April Classroom Management Pack

Spring is here!  Elated to have some sunny days ahead.  Just.can't.wait!  I don't know what those of you who live in the north do.  I'm sure you say the same thing about us Texans in the Summer.  Definitely hot here.  But I love it! Just a quick post to let you know...

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...

March Classroom Management

Just a quick post to let you know the Classroom Management Tools for March has been uploaded to the store.  I put together some resources to have at your fingertips.  Positive rewards, questions for morning circle, classroom management idea the entire class can use,...

I Asked, You Answered! Top 13 Guided Reading Tools

Happy Wednesday!  How is everyone's week going?  Mine is super busy (a good kind of busy) with Valentine's Day.  Plus, my daughter is a flower girl in a wedding this weekend.  Super sweet!  Can't wait to show you a picture on Instagram. As you might remember I started...

A SALE and Classroom Crashers! :: A Year of Many Firsts

Happy Saturday!  Coming to you today below some cloudy skies...definitely different than the past week.  It was super sunny and 80 degrees here in central Texas!  I don't normally post on a Saturday but I'm SUPER excited about a couple of things! 1.  Having a SUPER...

February Fun and a Giveaway!!

February is just around the corner.  Swoon!  I know so cliche but really I LOVE February.  I actually have more craft projects in February then any other month. That includes December.  So of course, my heart skips a beat with the mention of projects...and crafts....

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...

Classroom Crashers! :: A Day in First Grade

Ah...the crisp cool air. The leaves changing to different colors: Fall.  And it is almost over. I can only imagine what it would be like to live it a state that has all of those beautiful colors and more. ..OR maybe snow right now? Um--maybe not. 🙂  Meet a teacher...

November Classroom Management

Gobble!  Gobble!  This month we celebrate so many reasons to be thankful.  Giving thanks is also the theme of this month's classroom management pack.  If you are looking for tons of positive reward tools at your finger tips, here you go. Don't forget, this is also...

Classroom Crashers!! {from Substituting to full-time Teacher}

So excited to share with you another Classroom Crasher!!  This time we are visiting Tanja's room!  Tanja writes over at Journey of a Substitute Teacher and has a heart of gold.  Let me tell ya!  I have rarely met a person who is as supportive and nice as Tanja.  I had...

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,...

Math Management Super Quick Tip {for those dreaded copy limits}

Around here, most schools have a copy code or copy limit.  Do you have one at your school?  I became a somewhat of a crazy-copy person....always trying hard to minimize the number of copies I made.  Well, actually, our whole team had to become that way.  Whether we...

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...

I asked, YOU answered :: Favorite Guided Reading Resources

Guided Reading.  I posted a question on Facebook this week thinking I'd be flooded with great GR resources.  To my surprise, many people didn't have a favorite. What?! I started some research and {{ Wow, folks!}}  : slim pickings on GR goodies.  There are some great...

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...

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!!!...

Face-off!

The face-off is here.  Chevron won yesterday.  Wahoo! Since the post is late, I am extending the face-off through Saturday morning, noon central. If you are just joining us, you can catch up HERE. In the spirit of the World Cup, I am having a tournament of planners on...

Tournament-Day 2

I can't believe it but  Happy Day  won Day 1 of the Tournament of A Modern Teacher Planners.  If you are just joining us, you can catch up HERE. In the spirit of the World Cup, I am having a tournament of planners on Pinterest to see which is everyone's favorite...

Tournament is Here!

If you saw my post yesterday, you know today starts the Tournament of A Modern Teacher Planners. For those of you catching up, my planners are facing off in a competition to see which is everyone's favorite on PINTEREST.  The winning design will be half off for 2...

In the Spirit de Futbol {Tournament of Planners}

Who is keeping up with the soccer World Cup?  In the spirit of the World Cup, (so sorry my team USA!) I am having a sort of tournament of planners.  My planners are facing off in a competition to see which is everyone's favorite on PINTEREST.  The winning design will...

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,...

Cinco Reasons to Celebrate {Uno day late}

Aaaaaand they're up!  All of the 2014-2015 Plan and Go Teacher Lesson Planners are up!  Including the bundles.  I don't think I went to sleep before midnight for the past week.  I have worked my tushy off to bring you all the bundles in time for the Teachers Pay...

It’s so BRIGHT in here!

Classroom Management.  What do you think of when hearing those two words? Those two words are almost exciting for me as Classroom Organization.  Almost.  Today, I am sharing an easy, EASY classroom management idea called "Start Cards". You know when the kids come in...

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...

Seeing Your Year in a Big Way

The overall picture.  Do you like to see the big picture?  Or do you like to see the steps and then the big picture?  I am one of those people who have to see the big picture and where I'm going before I can set some goals on a daily basis.  It's nice to know where...

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...

Freebie for TpT Authors

Well, helloooooo there!  Are you still there?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?  Well, I hope you are still around.  I have so many fun projects coming up for A Modern Teacher.  I just can't wait to share! And I have some changes coming to the blog.  I really want this...

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...

Classroom Crashers :: Black and White {and Purple!}

Thanksgiving is next week!  Yay!!  Are you ready?  We won't be doing much which is kinda nice.  And I'm not kidding.  It will be nice to have a semi-low key Thanksgiving. But I can't wait to see some of my family.  Most of them have not met our new addition and happy...

Planners Headed Down Under and Beyond

How was your weekend? Mine was- well...a little boring.  Since the arrival of our new little one, we have pretty much stayed inside.  He is just too little to do much with. Aaaaaand he has acid reflux. NO.FUN.  On the upside, I got a chance to finish up a much...

10 Tips for Teachers Taking Maternity Leave

While I was "off" with my new baby, it got me thinking about everything involved when taking maternity leave while teaching.    Unlike most professions, very detailed preparation is involved before leaving... from outlining procedures and systems you have in your...

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...

Monthly Curriculum Map Free Printable {editable too!}

Do you know I have had this Monthly Curriculum Map on my computer since June???  Can you believe that?  I had it 95% done but the Teacher Lesson Planners took over my life this summer {in a very good way} and I never got to share this.  It is about time!  Time for a...

Super BIG Teacher Style Giveaway!

You might remember last year, Adrianne from The Tutor House, and I hosted a giveaway for going back to school in style.  Well, we can't wait to share with you this year's giveaway.  It is even bigger and better than last year! We even have Maria from Kinder-Craze 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...

Teachers on Pinterest

It is no secret that I love Pinterest.  When I discovered Pinterest, a little over 2 years ago, I fell in love.  It has since been the spring board for gifts the last two years, decor for parties, DIY projects, and of course, learning activities and resources.  I even...

Mission Organization: Containers That Keep You Sane

Just contain it!  Not your feelings silly!  Your stuff.  Your classroom stuff.  It just might keep you sane. As you know, I've been sharing some FABULOUS organizational posts from across the web to help you get ready for the school year.  You can find some great desk...

Mission Organization: Organizing Everything In-Between

Happy Monday!  This post will probably be so random for an organizational post.  Ha!  However, I wanted to highlight some great posts on organizing all the in-between items a teacher has to take care of.  As you know, I've been rounding up some AMAZING posts on...

Mission Organization: Organizing All Those Little School Supplies

Goodmorning!  Coming to you this morning with another post in the series: Mission Organization: Teacher Style.  I've decided to round up some of the best posts out there on different ways to organize your classroom.  I just love when my favorite bloggers round up...

Mission Organization: 18 Ideas to Organize Math Manipulatives

If you've checked out the posts HERE and HERE, you know I am sharing a series on organizing in the classroom.  I absolutely love gathering super smart organizing ideas in one spot and sharing them with you.  I find it so helpful when my favorite craft bloggers do a...

Mission Organization: 21 Ideas on Organizing Your Teacher Area

As you know from last week's post,  this summer I started a series highlighting classroom organization ideas.  This is perfect for not only classroom ideas but also teacher organization ideas. WOW!  There are some amazing ideas out there. Teachers are some of the most...

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...

Papers Galore? No problem! Organize it!

Allright-how many papers are put in your hand in one day?  Be honest.  Oh maybe just a gazillion. Right?!  My gosh, teachers have so much paperwork. I remember (many, many moons ago) one of my mentor teachers gave me some great advice.  If something is in your hands,...

Everybody Here?

As you could probably guess from my Facebook post yesterday, I am SO excited to share with you my next big project.  I think it is going to help you out tremendously with attendance, data, and overall class paperwork and organization.  Well, that is the goal! For...

Who Do We Appreciate?

love this graphic from The School Supply Addict!Monday morning and it is on!  Teacher Appreciation Week that is!  I appreciate each one of you. Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I especially know your kids do.  It might not always seem like they do but they do.To...

The Goods Inside the Teacher and Lesson Planners

Want the goods?  I have had a few requests to show you real pictures of what is inside the planners.  I am BEYOND excited to share with you what is inside and POSSIBLE.  So, without much chatter, here are some pictures of THE GOODS:These are in all of the planners:...

They are here!

Finally!  I have been working on these for months now and I am happy to let you know the 2013-2014 Modern Teacher Planners are HERE!!!!  I can't tell you how excited I am to share these with you.  I've tweaked and tweaked and tweaked, more than I'd like to admit, to...

January Teacher Expenses {Freebie}

Expenses!  Ugh!  It is a necessary evil.  {Just kidding} {No REALLY...} I know...I know...money comes out of your own pocket to help create a successful learning environment.  You're a teacher.  That is the way it is.  Now, I will say that over the years, (and it...

Happy New Year!! 2013 Calendar :: FREEBIE!

Happy New Year!!  2013 is here!!!!  How did you celebrate?  Me?  Dinner with the hubs {a rarity around here}.  Well, I have a little something for you today. Just a little something....So another slight obsession of mine (besides memo boards and magazines) (ha!) is...

December Checkoff Printable Freebie

Need some more JOY this week?  I hope this free student checkoff/gradebook printable will do just that!  How do you organize your grades?  I always recorded grades on paper and on the computer.  I'm just a paper, pencil type of gal.  I looved the conveniences of an...

make a list and check it twice

Ho!Ho!Ho! Allright teacher friends!!!!  No, it is not December.  But you know what...the holiday season is right around the corner!?!  What?! My favorite time of the year.  And it all starts with Halloween{which is in 1 week my friends-woa!}.  And in 2...

Classroom Crashers :: 2nd Grade: Texas!

One of my best friends let me CRASH her room!!  We were talking awhile back and she is in her 8th year of teaching.  Time flies!  She has been a first grade teacher, reading interventionist, and is currently a second grade teacher.  I just wish I had taken a picture...

Classroom Crashers:: First Grade

The Queen is here.  Well, the Queen of the First Grade Jungle that is!  I am thrilled to be sharing Katie's classroom. Her room is so colorful in black and white and purple! (she is going to love something I have up my sleeve BTW).  Here are some pictures but to get...

Classroom Crashers :: Arkansas

Arkansas!  Today I am sharing a classroom from Arkansas! And this teacher does not have a blog.  So whether you have a blog or don't have a blog, you can still share your room with the teaching community!There are so many things to share about this classroom!First up,...

Classroom Crashers :: Florida: 2nd Grade!

Crash time!  Today we get to take a sneak peak into a 2nd grade classroom from Florida.  It is Miss Nelson's Room!  Miss Nelson has a fun blog Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera (fun, fun, fun name)First up, I love how she covered her cabinets in contact paper.The poms...

Classroom Crashers:: Kindergarten Room

Crash time!  Today I get to share with you a Kindergarten Classroom.  Jen has a fun blog called Jen's Kinder Kids where she has highlighted before and after pictures of her class.  I loooove before and after images.  So be sure to check it out!  Here are 3 pictures...

5th Day of Freebies-Daily Scheduler and Gradebook

Happy Friday night!!  Here are two freebies: a daily scheduler with times and a gradebook.  It was made by popular request! It is not editable, just good 'ole handwriting. This too comes in 3 popular designs.  The gradebook is pretty simple..use it for grades or just...

4th Day of Freebies-Labels!

Pretend it's Thursday.  A day late. Ugh!  Good news is...there will be 2 posts today. 🙂  So 2 freebies in one day.  I'm going to keep the writing short and sweet.  Right to the freebies today!!!Good news Cindy H.!!! I finally have the labels for science and social...

3rd well..4th Day of Freebies-Binder Covers

Awhile back I posted some binder covers in the bright pink polka dot designs.  Well, I got SO much response...positive feedback and a request for some in different designs.  So, here they are!! This packets includes a very general common core binder cover, science and...

2nd Day of New Freebies-Teaching Journal

Do you use a teaching journal?  I know what you're thinking...time to write something down? Heck no! Well I, my friends, don't have a great memory.  So what I do is not a typical journal...it is not like a personal journal.  I don't go on and on about my day.  Nope. ...

A Week of New Freebies!

This week before all the craziness starts (August will be here!!!), I decided to offer you a bunch of new freebies.  This is really different for me.  Blogging everyday??!  While, yes, I do loooove blogging, I do not have time to write a quality post everyday.  I am a...

Classroom Crashers :: Conneticut Part 2

Happy Weekend!  I am thrilled to be sharing some more pictures of Mrs. C.'s classroom.  I just think it lays out so nicely....perfect for learning. If you have a chance to check out all of her pictures, click HERE.  It'll be worth your time!  And if you missed the...

Classroom Crashers! :: Connecticut

Oh. my. word. Are you ready for an amazing Classroom Crasher?  I am extremely excited to share with you a classroom from Connecticut!  Mrs. C emailed me with her fabulous website, ready and willing to share.  I couldn't wait to pass it along to you.  Mrs. C has been...

Writing Labels-Free!

How was your weekend?  Well, I have been busy, busy, busy!  You know I have been creating some free labels with the popular pink polka dot design.  I have shared some reading and math labels and now the fun continues!!Here are some Writing Labels.  You could use these...

Math Journal Labels-Free!

Teachers label everything.  Ok, not EVERYTHING but teachers label a lot.  Over my 11 years of teaching, I have seen so many ways to label.  From taking a picture of the item, name badges (you know those cute ones from the teacher store that are suppose to be used for...

Do you have it covered?

These are free so why not?  Here are some covers for any folders or binders for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  These particular covers are in the popular bright pink polka dots.  You could even give these to your students if you wanted.  I was...

Classroom Crashers :: Heidi Part 2

Last week I had the wonderful oppportunity of sharing with you Heidi's First Grade Classroom.  She had so many ideas I wanted to split the pictures up into 2 days.  Here is Heidi's Classroom Part 2!!  I hope you enjoy!First up, while students are lining up and waiting...

Classroom Crashers :: Texas

This week we are sharing Heidi's First Grade Classroom from Texas!  As you guys know Texas is my home so I was excited to take a peak in Heidi's room...not too far from me.  I took so many pictures that I think I'm going to make this a 2-part post.  She just has sooo...

Classroom Crashers :: Ohio!

Happy Friday!   Let me tell you, this Classroom Crasher brings you one 'modern teacher'.  Jessica is here from Ohio!  Yay!  We are traveling around the United States and I couldn't be more excited!Modern?  Well.... just check out these fun ball chairs at the listening...

Classroom Crashers! :: Indiana

You remember that feeling right before school starts when you are walking down the hallways and you ooh and ahh over all the put-together classrooms? I don't know about you but I am Inspired by all the hard work teachers give to make their classrooms WORK.  It really...

Fun and Featured Friday: Classroom Crashers!

Welcome to our FIRST Classroom Crashers!!!! Do a little dance! Jump up!  Jump up and get down!  ok...I am incredibly excited to begin this new series!!  Can you tell?  Feel it with me peoples!! Tons of inspiration is coming your way-hey hey.  You know that...

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