Hey y’all! To kick off the teacher portion of my blog, since it’s so new, I am going to start by sharing some of my favorite Teachers Pay Teachers resources! If you have never heard of Teachers Pay Teachers, where. have. you. been?! Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) is basically a website where teachers sell their resources that they’ve made for their classrooms for other teachers to buy and use. There is everything from classroom decor, to classroom management strategies, to units, to parent conference forms. There is everything that you can think of on this website. It is so handy and I’m for sure in love with this website. It’s just so handy and convenient!
Since I am a first year teacher, I am starting from the bottom. I am starting from ground zero with nothing for my classroom. I have no decor, no materials, nothing. I got a TPT gift card for my birthday last year and I’ve saved it until now! I bought a few things from TPT recently and I wanted to share!
News Article Interactive Bulletin Board Kit (found here)
I am so excited to use this resource! This is a bulletin board kit that can be used for a variety of grades. Basically the teacher will put various news articles on the bulletin board for the students to read and then the students respond to the articles. I love this resource because not all students have access to internet or the news at home, and students can keep up with current events through this bulletin board. I think that this will be a great resource in my classroom.
Classroom Economy (found here)
I am thrilled to use and implement this in my classroom! Not only is this a classroom management strategy for nearly any grade, but it also teaching finances to the students! Each student has a “job” in the classroom and they get paid everyday to do their job. It takes some setting up to do, but it’s great in the long run, or so I hope! Every month, the students have to pay “rent” for their desks and at the end of each month, they can spend their money on the auction. For me, I think that I am going to do rewards like, “sit at the teachers desk for the day,” or “chew gum in class,” rewards that don’t actually cost any money in my classroom. You can also reward students if they are doing a good job by giving them extra money. This is what I’m most excited about! It’s like Monopoly in real life!
Social Media Sheets (found here)
This is such a simple resources, but it’s a great formative assessment that can be used often. Kids love social media (don’t we all?), so why not implement it in your classroom? With these social media sheets, students can create a tweet (Twitter), draw a picture and a write a caption (Instagram), and more to show what they learned!
Doodle Letters for Bulletin Boards (found here)
This is another simple resource, but it is one of those can be used over and over again! I plan to print these out and laminate them to use in my classroom. These are just fun letters to use for bulletin boards.
STEAM Bins (found here)
I originally saw these implemented in the first grade classroom I student taught in. These work as a great extension activity for students, and it’s great for those creative students. You assemble these boxes with various materials (play dough, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, etc), and there are task cards for students to create certain things with the materials given to them. It’s a great way for students to be creative in the classroom!
Positive Notes to Send Home (found here & FREE!)
I saw this and immediately had to download- I mean, it’s free! These are positive notes to send home to parents to let them know how their sweet little kids are doing! I am so excited to use these to show parents how much you care about their children.