Where to Find Free Resources for Your Classroom

28 August 2016
In this post, you will find a list of sites and places you can visit to get free resources for your classroom!
Good afternoon!  This is Meghan from 'Vestal's 21st Century Classroom' and today I want to share information about one of the most important things to any teacher... how to get free stuff for your classroom!  According to researchers, the average teacher spends between $500-$600 out of pocket each school year.  Personally, I have always thought this number seemed a little low but, either way, that's a lot of money!  In recent years, more sites and stores have begun offering ways for teachers to get free resources.  You just have to know where to go and what to ask for.  Here is a list I have compiled of some of the best places to find free resources for your classroom:

Your Local Reading Council

25 August 2016
Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Would you like to have personalized assistance with your professional development?  Do you wish that there were community events that were free for families of your students?  Teachers are always looking for ways to expand their own knowledge and help their school/students!  This post will open your eyes to all of the wonderful things that your local reading council offers and give you assistance and excitement for the new school year!
Would you like to have personalized assistance with your professional development?  Do you wish that there were community events that were free for families of your students?  Teachers are always looking for ways to expand their own knowledge and help their school/students!  This post will open your eyes to all of the wonderful things that your local reading council offers and give you assistance and excitement for the new school year!

Classroom Communication: Bloomz Review

24 August 2016
Classroom Communication: Using the Bloomz App
*I have not received anything in return for this review from Bloomz.*

It's like finding the match to the glass slipper in Cinderella - the perfect classroom communication tool.  Some parents don't check email. Some parents prefer text messages.  Some parents like Facebook or Instagram.  What's a girl to do?  Communicating from the classroom isn't my forte - and it's usually the thing that gets put on the back burner when I'm swamped.  I'm hoping free App and website Bloomz the answer!

Growing Your Lessons with Bloom's Taxonomy

21 August 2016
As all teachers in Virginia know, the state-wide guaranteed curriculum for Virginia is known as the Standards Of Learning (SOL).  The standards have been revised year after year and the rigor has been turned up in all state tests.  In an effort to make testing triad aligned...Virginia has put an emphasis on HOW the standard is taught, using Bloom's Taxonomy.
The standards have "upped the rigor", but have you? This Bloom's FREEBIE will help you meet the appropriate Bloom's levels on your lessons.

GAFE: Make Google Forms for for you!

20 August 2016
Google Apps Forms: How to make Form grade your student work easily using Quizzes

Make Google Forms Work For You!

It's no secret I love all the Google Apps, but Forms may have just become my favorite with their new features. In the past I used the Flubaroo Add-on to grade my quizzes. It's still a great add-on, but it's just that, it added on one more step. Now you can grade within Forms itself and save yourself so much time!

A Little Back to School Motivation

13 August 2016
Hi everyone!  It's Haley from Owls and Lessons, Etc. and I'm so excited to share with you today some clips that will hopefully inspire you for the upcoming school year.  I'm sharing two of my favorites and one new discovery!


motivational clips to help you start your school year inspired!

Back to School Essentials for Reading and Writing

08 August 2016
Back to School is a very exciting time of year for students and teachers as well. On August 1st of every summer I go into what my husband calls, "school mode."  This is when I begin preparing myself mentally and tangibly for the coming school year.  After a long summer break full of  "me time,"  I finally begin to get serious about looking for great ideas and products that I can use for my new kiddos.

Certain Back to School "essentials" are must-haves for the coming school year. Reading and writing are those skills that we want to get our students started on right from the start. Every minute counts towards getting a good head start on developing great readers and writers.

Back to School Read Alouds

06 August 2016
I have already been back for my first teacher workday. I can't believe my summer is over! But after our first meeting and getting into my room for a few hours, I'm getting excited! I am teaching a combo first and second grade class again this year and will have a child for a second time, so I can't repeat some of the fun things that I do at the beginning of the year, including some of my read alouds. I have been on a hunt!
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