Lesson Plans for the First Day of School

Teachers have been preparing for their year most of the summer and the excitement builds to crescendo the day students walk through our doors. The last lesson plan we really want to follow is to stand at the front of the room and go through a  massive list of rules…

Classroom Library Solutions

An eighth-grade teacher’s classroom library is where I found my favorite book, Goodbye Paperdoll.  She had a closet-sized classroom, but still felt it was important enough to sacrifice the space for bookshelves that lined the back wall. If you, too, are a language arts teacher with a…

Best Way to Share Your Classroom Library

This summer my classroom library got a makeover. Mostly because it gained another 1,000 books! I’ve taken over the classroom of a retired teacher who left her beloved library behind for my students to continue to enjoy. I’m beyond grateful for this kind of gifting…