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Teaching Tips

I just love finding new teacher tips so I'm linking up with Hadar at Miss Kindergarten to share a few. One of my most favorite teaching tips is to make small class lists to have on hand. At the beginning of the year, I always make multiple class lists. I have done this for years. I type in a small font so I can fit about 4 lists per page and then I make a billion copies. This is great for checklists, grades, and to make sure forms are turned in. I am always highlighting a majority of my class. The same four students are always missing forms and assignments but at least with these lists I can know exactly who needs a 2nd copy. 

 Let’s talk organization. Naturally, I’m not a super organized person but I learned quickly as a teacher you kinda need to be organized. Thanks many years of teaching, I’ve found some simple organization tips that have really helped me through the years. Let’s start with some of my MUST have supplies- Binders, Page Protectors, and Packing Tape.

Binders- They are great for organizing teaching units, lesson plans, and more. This year I have filled 4 huge binders with all of my favorite tpt/blog worksheets. Before this system, I had papers stuffed in filing cabinets and folders. It was one huge mess!  I am such a visual person so this system has been wonderful for me. Binders are not only a great way for teachers to stay organized but my students love them too! Each student has their own BEE binder. It keeps them so organized. To check out more on how I organize my BEE binders, click here.

Packing Tape- Have you seen this cute pin? I use so much packing tape. The best tip is to use packing tape for your Books on CD. I use packing tape to store all of my CDs for the Listening Station. Instead of using ziplock bags, you can tape the CD cover directly inside of the book. I usually tape it where the slot is facing up to prevent the CD from sliding out.

Page Protectors-They work wonders. The possibilities are endless and did you know you can still make copies even if the originals are in page protectors? I love page protectors as little cheat sheet necklaces. Here is a cute alphabet one. They are great for wearable signs and posters. My students love to be "green" by using them in my word work station with dry erase markers. You can also cut them and make them any size!

What are your teaching tips? I'd love to know!


  1. Oh My Goodness...I LOVE binders too. I am affectionately known as the binder queen on my team! When we swtiched to Common Core I was so excited to redo all of my binders...I am strange I know!

  2. I knew I loved you! I too, love the binders, clear protectors, but I never saw the CD cases taped in! i'm now doing this! Thanks so much!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  3. I think I need to become one with the page protector . . . :) You had me at copies.

  4. I use page protectors like crazy too! I use them in games. I use them to hang up items. If I have something that changes weekly, I put all of it in a page protector and then I just put the one I want showing on top each week. Great tips.

    Surfing to Success

  5. I love your idea of taping the cd holder inside the book. I've never seen this before. I also LOVE page protectors and binders!!
    Connie Anderson:)

  6. Page protectors are the best! I can't get enough of them this year. Love the idea for the books and the cd's. I currently use the baggie method (sounds like some kind of serious process!). One day when I get some extra time, I think I will start taping my cd's in my books. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  7. Love these simple but so helpful tips!! I've gotta try the word work pages in page protectors to go "green." I too did away with the filing cabinets this year, and I've since purchased 25 - 30 binders. Ridiculous. I've got a binder for each subject, each month's seasonal papers, and then lesson plans, substitute info, data, guided reading...quite a load, but I've never felt more organized. :)


  8. You must have come to my classroom. I gave up on files years ago, now I am the binder master! I have a binder for everything (thank goodness for bulk binders and page protectors)! Thanks so much for sharing! I am a new follower!
    Second Grade is Out of This World

  9. What great tips! Your binders look AMAZING! You are one organized gal! :)

    Granny Goes to School

  10. I love page protectors! I stick everything in them and have them hung up all over my room so I can change em up whenever I need to. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Dixon
    Teaching Special Thinkers

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