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Relationship Building Activities for Back to School

Relationship Building Activities for Back to School

It's almost time to go back to school! Whether you're teaching online or in person, the first step is focusing on building relationships with your lucky little learners. When your students feel safe and supported in your encouraging classroom, classroom management...

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Digital Teacher Interview Tips & Tricks

Digital Teacher Interview Tips & Tricks

Congrats! You landed an interview for your dream teaching job! But, due to the crazy times, it is a digital interview. Although this interview format is not traditional, no worries! Below is a list of tips and tricks compiled by teachers who have been on both sides of...

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How to Connect with Families via SeeSaw

How to Connect with Families via SeeSaw

Are you a teacher who has recently discovered Seesaw? Seesaw is used to collect work, send announcements, or showcase student work to families. No matter how you use the platform, Seesaw has you covered! Whether you are a newbie or a Seesaw pro, there is probably...

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Start Your School Year With Google Classroom

Start Your School Year With Google Classroom

Whether your school year starts back in the classroom or at home, Google Classroom is the place to be! Google Classroom is the perfect place to build community right from day one. There are so many ways Google Classroom can support teaching and learning at your...

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First Year Teacher Must Haves

First Year Teacher Must Haves

Alright teachers, time to grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and think back to when you were hired for your first teaching job. Maybe you screamed for joy when you hung up the phone. Or maybe you instantly ran to Target to get ALL THE THINGS. However you...

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Building Classroom Community during Distance Learning

Building Classroom Community during Distance Learning

What will this fall look like? This question has more than likely creeped it's way into the thoughts of teachers around the world. While we DON'T know what this fall will bring, we DO know what kids need. They need to feel comfortable in their classroom, respected and...

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Summer Self Care for Teachers

Summer Self Care for Teachers

Teachers, we SEE you. We see the exhaustion as you upload your last online lesson. We see the tears fall as you logoff your last call with students. We see the overwhelm as you look at your once organized “home classroom”. Guess what? We see and feel ALL of that too....

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Math Resources for At-Home Learning

Math Resources for At-Home Learning

Whether you're teaching your lucky little learners from home or providing supplement materials for summer learning, you'll want to find lessons and activities that are engaging and fun! Students have been spending a lot of time in front of screens, so your math...

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Phonics Activities for Remote Learning

Phonics Activities for Remote Learning

Phonics is still the go-to way to teach young readers! During remote learning, it's still important to help your students keep up with their reading skills. For K-2 students, the summer slide is real. Don't start summer early. Keep sharing phonics activities for...

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Spelling Activities for Remote Learning

Spelling Activities for Remote Learning

Helping your lucky little learners with their spelling lists doesn't have to be boring! Now that you have started remote learning with your students, there are so many ways you can help them learn their spelling words while providing engaging, fun lessons and...

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How to Teach Cooperation in the Classroom

How to Teach Cooperation in the Classroom

More than anything, we need to help our lucky little learners work together through collaboration and cooperation! Teamwork is such an important skill to practice in the primary classroom.  In Module 8 of the The Encouraging Classroom you’ll have activities and...

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Distance Learning Brag Tags

Distance Learning Brag Tags

Brag tags are a fun way to celebrate students! After many request from our community of teachers, we designed these distance learning brag tags for you! Magnificent MuterGoing the Distance (Learning)Distance Learning SuperstarThanks for Rolling with itI Rocked Remote...

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End of the Year Countdown

End of the Year Countdown

As the end of the year approaches, it is fun to do some extra fun ways to anticipate the last day of school. One of the fun things we suggest doing is an end of the year countdown. We have created this balloon pop activity for you to share with your students while...

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Graduation Certificates

Graduation Certificates

Do you want something to make your students feel extra special as they wrap up their school year with you? Graduation certificates are a great option! We also love to hand out End of the Year Awards! We've added some brand new awards to our bundle to accommodate our...

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Distance Learning Resources

Distance Learning Resources

Teachers all over the world are finding themselves in an interesting situation as they teach their students from afar. After working with thousands of teachers, we have noticed that distance learning looks very different from district to district. Some districts are...

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How to Use End of the Year Awards with Remote Learning

How to Use End of the Year Awards with Remote Learning

As teachers, we look forward to a few times each school year: the beginning, the breaks, and the end. The beginning allows us to meet the new lucky little learners in our classroom. We’re energized, challenged, and excited. The breaks give us a chance to regroup and...

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Breathing Techniques for Kids

Breathing Techniques for Kids

School and at home learning can be stressful for your lucky little learners. Being mindful and teaching your students how to be responsible for their own learning and well-being in the classroom is so important. This is something we emphasize in The Encouraging...

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How to Use Symbaloo

How to Use Symbaloo

Have you discovered the joy of Symbaloo yet in your classroom? It’s the perfect tool to bookmark websites and share online resources. You can use Symbaloo to organize your own tools as well as share with your students. As many teachers begin distance learning,...

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13 Powerful Reading Strategies for Young Readers

13 Powerful Reading Strategies for Young Readers

What’s better on a cold day than curling up with a good book? Not much. Unfortunately, not everyone can simply dig into a book, as learning to read doesn’t come easily to every child. There are many processes working simultaneously to create the miracle known as...

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Easter Egg Hunt Activity

Easter Egg Hunt Activity

With Easter approaching, I thought it would be fun to take the concept of math task cards and combine it with the plastic Easter eggs and make a little math skill review activity. So, it's super easy to prep/play...here's what you need to do: Print the task cardsCut...

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Zoom Activities to Use with Distance Learning

Zoom Activities to Use with Distance Learning

Now that distance learning has become the new normal for teachers all over the world, creativity is at an all-time high as teachers are trying to figure out ways to reach and teach their students. Zoom can be a great option for this. If you've never used Zoom before,...

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21 Genius Tips for Distance Learning Motivation

21 Genius Tips for Distance Learning Motivation

Parents are feeling the pressure as they attempt to help their students with their school work from home. A common question that teachers are hearing from parents is, "How do I motivate my kid(s) to do their work?" Distance learning motivation is a hot topic right now...

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5 Ways to Start the Day with a Positive Attitude

5 Ways to Start the Day with a Positive Attitude

School can be frustrating and overwhelming for both teachers and students. There is so much work to do, and for our students, new concepts don’t always come easy. There are a lot of emotions and skills to navigate outside just academics. By focusing on a growth...

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How to Assign Digital Toothy to your Students

How to Assign Digital Toothy to your Students

Students and teachers all over are learning a new normal as they navigate the world of distance learning. Thankfully, resources like Digital Toothy Task Cards are proving to be a huge life saver! This post is going to show you the two most common ways teachers are...

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How to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

How to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

Empathy is the character trait where one is really putting themselves in someone else’s place. It’s more than just sympathy and feeling sorry for another person. It’s putting yourself in another’s shoes and truly trying to understand what they are going through. This...

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35 Useful Remote Learning Resources

35 Useful Remote Learning Resources

More and more teachers are searching for remote learning resources due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This post is going to save you for hours and hours of endless scrolling to find the perfect website, app, or no prep activities to help your students. We have searched...

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7 Ways to Make Phonics Fun

7 Ways to Make Phonics Fun

When it comes to teaching reading, phonics is still the best way for primary students to learn sounds and recognize words. Packet after packet of the same sounds and words, however, aren’t very engaging for young learners. There are so many ways to make phonics fun...

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Digital Toothy Task Cards FAQ’s and Answers

Digital Toothy Task Cards FAQ’s and Answers

The #1 request sent in by teachers over the past few years has been, "Will you be making Toothy digital?" After extensive research and planning, Digital Toothy Task Cards are now a reality! Below you will find all of the most frequently asked questions and answers to...

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The Best Sensory Tools for Your Calm Down Corner

The Best Sensory Tools for Your Calm Down Corner

When it comes to teaching, having a set of tools or a special area for kids to breathe is incredibly important. That's where Calm Down Corners come in! They are a small designated area in your classroom where kids can decompress and try to relax when they are feeling...

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27 Things They Didn’t Teach Teachers In College

27 Things They Didn’t Teach Teachers In College

I will never forget my first year of teaching. I remember having many moments that left me thinking, "Gosh, I wish they would have told me THAT in college!" Over here at Lucky Little Learners, we are always striving to make the job of teachers easier. So, we reached...

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11 Amazon Organization Tools For Your Classroom

11 Amazon Organization Tools For Your Classroom

As a teacher, having an organized classroom is a must. Achieving this, however, can be super tough! With all of the paper, supplies, and learning resources necessary to do our jobs properly, keeping the classroom organized is usually a year-long struggle. However,...

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Ideas to Help with Blurting out in the Classroom

Ideas to Help with Blurting out in the Classroom

Your lucky little learners are ready to learn and share (usually verbally) all of their knowledge. Sometimes, these facts and figures are ready to pop out of their mouths at anytime. Blurting can be a big problem in the primary grades. It’s so important to teach your...

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How to Teach Honesty in the Classroom

How to Teach Honesty in the Classroom

Let’s be honest. Teaching students how to tell the truth isn’t as easy as it sounds. Honesty is more than just avoiding lying. Honesty also includes integrity and using open communication at home and school. These are definitely skills students need to practice from...

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How to Teach Responsibility in the Classroom

How to Teach Responsibility in the Classroom

"Be responsible" is a phrase that teachers often tell their students. How do you teach them the skills necessary to show their own responsibility? From staying on task, being organized, and doing their job of being a student well, it’s so important that teachers focus...

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How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

Character education and social emotional learning is just as important (if not more so) as academics for our lucky little learners. The problem most teachers encounter is how to fit it all in! You’re responsible for getting them to pass tests, teaching them to read,...

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Fall Math Centers

Fall Math Centers

It's officially fall so it's time to bust out those October and November Math Centers, friends! Yep, grab them out of of your file cabinet or tote and get them into your students' hands. Let's walk through the centers for the month! Below there are examples from both...

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Ways to Build Relationships with Students

Ways to Build Relationships with Students

Your job is so important! As a first or second grade teacher, you make engaging lessons, show up for your students every day, and communicate with parents. You set up your classroom to make sure your students learn and grow. You differentiate instruction to make sure...

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Social Emotional Learning – Why Now?

Social Emotional Learning – Why Now?

Social emotional learning is a hot topic in schools today and if you're a teacher you are probably thinking to yourself, "Why now?" Teachers already have a ton of things to teach, do they really need to add another thing to their plate and the answer is yes but here's...

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The Top Social Emotional Learning Books for Kids

The Top Social Emotional Learning Books for Kids

Social emotional learning books should be a requirement in every classroom. Children love read alouds and when an important life skill can be incorporated with a good story-this is when the magic happens! Social emotional learning is the process in which kids are...

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Tips to Creating a Healthy Classroom Environment

Tips to Creating a Healthy Classroom Environment

A classroom is more than just a place where students go to learn the academics. A classroom is an environment that teachers create to transform the whole child both academically and emotionally. It's a place where students learn manners, respect, responsibility, how...

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Prepping for Back to School

Prepping for Back to School

As the new school year approaches, the mind starts to think about things like classroom set up, open house ideas, new systems to put into place, ways to improve classroom management, and that first week of lessons. Prepping for back to school can be daunting but...

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Math Centers FAQ’s & Answers

Math Centers FAQ’s & Answers

This post highlights all the math centers FAQ's and Answers that are asked often. Don't see your question answered? Comment on the post and I will get it added! FAQ'S & ANSWERS Do you correct the center activities? Short answer, no.  Feel better?  But...

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Math Schedule

Math Schedule

Let's talk about the math schedule.  The key focus when planning a math block is that the schedule and time is consistent.    The example given below shows a 75 minute math block.  Teachers are flexible and have to get creative.  If you have...

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Math Center Activities

Math Center Activities

Math centers are a very important part of the math block but you must have enough math center activities to keep your students engaged all year. The math center activities should be fairly independent and it's ideal if they are hands-on, engaging, and self-correcting...

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How to Launch Math Centers

How to Launch Math Centers

When launching math centers, it's important to get this right.  Whether you are launching math centers at the beginning of the school year or even mid-year, it is essential that you go through the necessary steps to lay the foundation for a successful math center...

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How to Set Up Math Centers

How to Set Up Math Centers

Math centers set up is a very important piece of a successful math centers time. Questions to consider would be the following. Are the materials organized in a way that easy for the students to understand? Does everything have an intentional place for organization? Do...

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How to Organize Math Centers

How to Organize Math Centers

Teaching math in the primary grades involves a lot of math tools.  The key to effective center planning is top notch math center organization of all your materials. This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using...

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Flexible Groups

Flexible Groups

Math center groups need to be flexible groups. Once a student has been placed in a group, this does not determine their ability level in math for the rest of the year. In fact, teachers should be looking at the data and moving students around regularly. Flexible...

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Classroom Set Up

Classroom Set Up

A good classroom set up is going to feel like each group has enough space to complete their task. Materials are going to have a designated spot. The flow of traffic is not going to be too crowded or too open. Keep Small Groups in Mind When designing your classroom,...

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Reflection Time

Reflection Time

One of the most common concerns teachers have about math centers is the management piece.  Besides visual timers, visual groups on display, consistent center activities, and an official attention getter/signal, the other important component for students is...

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