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Tricks and Tips

 I'm linking up to Teacher Week to share some Tricks and Tips that I use daily.

Silent Speedball- This game is an awesome brain break. The students LOVE it. The way we play is use a soft foam/sponge ball. The object of the game is to throw the ball to one another in no particular pattern. Last one standing wins! When you say go, players begin to toss the ball around the room. They should make eye-contact with the person they intend to throw the ball to. Also, everyone should have a chance to have the ball. 

If you talk, you're out!
If you make an uncatchable throw, you're out!
If you don't catch a good throw, you're out!
If you complain in any way, you're out!

Stay by your chair and speed is a factor!

Setting up a shared folder in Dropbox is a great way to share resources amongst your grade level. You don't need to keep up with a flash drive or multiple email attachments. Everyone can help add to the shared folders. Dropbox is free and if you sign up here you get an extra 500 mb of space added to your free account.

Remind 101 is a great way to communicate with parents and students. The best part -it's FREE! Remind 101 allows you to send text messages to your parents or students without ever revealing your personal contact information. Parents can sign up to receive your messages by text or email. I used this service for the past two years as reminders of important class events. My parents loved Remind 101. 

Here's an overview:

Class Dojo-  Class Dojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It's a way to generate data on behavior through the use of technology. I like to use the positive aspect of the program.

Scootpad- It is the ultimate way to engage students in mastering skills. Basically, Scootpad is a website where students can go to practice all of the Common Core standards for reading and math. Students can work at their own pace through the standards.   You should check it out too!

Edmodo- It's like Facebook for the classroom but much safer and secure


  1. I play a similar version of that silent ball game - Try it standing on their chairs (if allowed by your school) and with a slinky! The slinky wont last the whole year, but it is super funny to watch them try to throw/catch it!!
    The E-Z Class Follow on Bloglovin

    1. That version sounds great.. I'll have to try it.

  2. Ou I love that Silent Speedball game!!! I will definitely be using that.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Fun With Firsties

  3. Thanks so much for the tip on Remind101 - that looks like a great tool to use! I will check into it further. Thanks! ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

  4. I am definitely checking out scootpad and remind 101!

    Ms. Chae Charges In

  5. I play silent ball too. My kids actually sit on their desks to play, and if you fall off, you're out as well. It's great for indoor recess...although it can tend to get a little violent with competitive 6th grade boys. : )

    Simply Sixth Grade

    1. Sound like a fun version. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Added a lil something to the Dropbox today! Take a look :)

  7. I love, love Dropbox, Remind 101, and Class Dojo - I don't know how I ran my classroom without them beforehand!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  8. Great tips - thanks for sharing!



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