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How to Build Classroom Community and Teach Mindfulness

At the end of the school year my principal had all of the teachers find a rock. There were no rules about the rock, it could be any shape or size.  Then she asked us to draw a happy face on it. We had no idea why we were doing this but of course we all complied. Read on to find out what this has to do with classroom community building and mindfulness!
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The Best Flexible Seating Ideas on Amazon for Your Classroom!

Flexible seating is all the rage right now and with good reason! People are realizing that students often work better with choice. When I think of myself, I don't want someone telling me where to sit and who I have to sit beside. In staff meetings, I generally sit with people I'm closer with or spend the most time with at school. At conferences I like to sit in the back so I can zip out first and avoid the rush of people leaving. At home, I work from the comfort of my couch with my laptop resting on the arm of my couch. It's cozy and I get my best work done there. Giving options allows students to take responsibility for their learning as well.

If you're reading this post, chances are you already know about flexible seating and you're just here for the deals! So I'll get to the point....
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It's hard to believe but it is time to start thinking about Back to School.
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Making Thinking Visible with Interactive Bulletin Boards

Over the last few years my teaching has been heavily ingrained with inquiry based learning, problem/project based learning and open ended questioning. This has totally changed how I use bulletin boards in my classroom. I used to have my bulletin boards covered in teacher created beautiful anchor charts but I realized that this isn’t fostering the learning environment that I wanted for my students. I want my students doing the work and I want their thinking to be visible. When their thinking is displayed on the walls it becomes more meaningful to them. All the time I spent making those beautiful anchor charts and students would barely refer back to them. Once I loosened up and handed over the chart paper and markers to them, their engagement level sky-rocketed and they constantly refer to the charts, thinking and sticky notes all over our walls.

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