Teacher Appreciation: What Works for Me!

Hi everyone! Well, it’s that time of year again…Teacher Appreciation. In case you haven’t heard it yet, I APPRECIATE YOU and all of the hard work you do day in and day out. There is so much more that you do that people do not see or know about. You are teacher, nurse, counselor, social worker, and mom (just to name a few! 🙂 )

Sometimes we are feeling burned out and just need a break. It’s times like these when I am so glad that I found this great community to talk to and to share ideas.

We all know that a teacher never really stops learning, working, or looking for ideas. That’s why todays link up is so great! It is a time to relax and see what works for others in their classrooms.

So…what works well for me??

I absolutely love the metal oil drip pans. My old school had magnetic boards so when I transferred schools I was devastated to learn that the boards were not magnetic. I used my boards and magnets for everything. So to fix the problem and to simplify my life, I found the largest size oil drip pan that I could find and used the Command Picture strips to stick them onto my blackboard.

Then I used my new metallic boards 🙂 to display my homework club, job chart, and my flow of the day with my teaching points.


This might seem really simple, but using a homework club with a reward of having Fun Friday works really well for me. Each student is given a number and if homework is missed, they are moved out of the homework club. I give my students a chance to be placed back into the homework club if the homework missed is made up during the week.
I have to tell you, Fun Friday goes a long way in motivating my second graders to get their homework completed.

If you look at the picture below, you will see my oil drip pan with my Homework Club and my job chart. I also love my job chart this year. We were not allowed to put the job chart onto a bulletin board so I had to get creative. I bought some ribbon and printed out the job cards. I hot glued everything together to make the job chart. Then I used clothes pins with blue or purple tape to differentiate between the boys and girls.


To help display my groups I have a clip chart. The students can go and move their clips if they move groups. I have three different groups during reading and math.

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What else works for me?
I use a checklist or spreadsheet for everything! At the beginning of every unit (or really over the summer) I create a spreadsheet to record my observations or my data. I then use the checklists to help me grade, have conversations with parents, and to form my small group instruction. It might seem like a lot of work in the beginning, but it is so worth the time when you can see all of your data and observations at a glance.

Have I mentioned that I have been called the Spreadsheet Queen. I guess it really it true! 🙂

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Running Records Checklist

What else works for me?
I love using reward cards in my class. My kiddos get so excited when they get to choose a reward card. They love sitting in my desk, using my chair, or bringing in a stuffed animal. This year I am using my iPhone Reward Coupons but I change them every year. You can take a look at some of my reward cards by clicking here

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