Tag Archives: Classroom Environment

Use an Exercise Ball to Relieve your Feet and Save your Back

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Teaching can be a physically demanding job! I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis in my right foot for a year and a half from being on my feet all day at work. I tried everything for it, but since I have been wearing Dansko clogs, my foot is feeling much better!

A creative way I rest my foot during the day is by using an exercise ball as a portable chair. I am able to pull right up to my students’ desks. I can work with them easily one on one, and I am on their level. It gives my tired feet a break, and I no longer get that shooting pain in my lower back from hunching over their desks! Plus, it is easy to maneuver! I can just roll it around the room, and the kids love when I use it! You definitely should give it a shot! Please let me know how it works out for you!

Oh the Places You’ll Go with Good Behavior

The Inspiration

I originally got the idea for my behavior clip chart from the blog, Littlest Learners.  I have used many different classroom management systems throughout my 8 years of teaching, but this is the one that works best for me!  This is similar to the traditional stop light behavior management chart. With the stop light chart, students begin on green, and if they make poor choices they are moved to yellow and then red. What makes this chart different is it gives students who are making good choices the opportunity to move up the chart, and go above and beyond.  I like how it recognizes exceptional students for a job well done!

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Dr. Seuss Job Chart

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First Grade students love to help out in the classroom, and let’s face it; we need all the help we can get!  When creating my Dr. Seuss themed classroom I wanted my job chart to be inspired by one of his books.  For my job chart, I tamed the mischievous characters from The Cat and The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and turned them into helpful creatures!   
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Truffula Trees

As a child I always was enthralled with the illustrations in Dr. Seuss books.  I always wondered what it would be like to live in his world.

As a teacher, I want my classroom to be a beautiful place where children feel like they have stepped into a book!

When I obtained my position as a first grade teacher, I new it would be my opportunity to create my Dr. Seuss themed classroom.  I always loved how colorful the trees were in his stories, so I filling my room with Truffula trees was an absolute must!

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