This teacher shows how he uses a simple marble jar to get his students on track towards good behavior and teach math at the same time. He tells them they will have a party at the end of the year but the number of marbles in the jar determine how long the party will last. Students deal with math (fractions) as they work towards a "longer" party. I see how this could be very beneficial for students. They will be rewarded but the better behavior they have, the more of a reward they will earn.
Would you like a personal assistant in your elementary classroom to help remember the most important things to do? I'm sure most of us would say yes but we just don't have enough money to hire someone. However, we can let technology do it for us and its free. It will remind you of all of your important stuff (parent conference, leadership meeting, lesson due) via text messages or emails and is easily accessible on your computer or cellular phone! I give this organization tool two thumbs up!
Elementary teachers, do you need a way to organize your group communication? This iTunes app allows you to have one calendar where everything is synced, such as your group messaging, individual messaging, or to sign-up volunteers. This one app replaces such applications like Facebook, Remind101, and SignupGenius. This app will definitely be worth the time in setting up to allow you the ability to do more in your day and be more efficient at it.
This elementary teacher provides a video to showing how she sets up her teacher desk to avoid long pauses and distractions in class due to disorganization. She essentially explains why she has everything placed in the manner it is and where she bought it from. I used a few suggestions from this video myself in my class. I try to keep most of my items on top of my desk for easy access like she does. It has really worked well.
Elementary teachers make you want to come into their class. Why? Because it seems so organized, colorful, and cozy. However, I know it took time and patience for that elementary teacher to create that ideal environment. We have a hard time trying to organize everything but this website could give you many organizational ideas to add to your teacher toolbox. Elementary teachers, have at it!