How to Differentiate Instruction with Google Forms

July 8, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes No Comments

Hey y’all! I hope everyone is having a great summer so far! When I first started this blog, I was just looking for a way to put my teaching ideas into one place and if I helped someone else, or inspired another teacher along the way, then great! Now that I’ve been trying to post and share consistently, I’ve been seeing what most people seem to…

How to Be More Organized This School Year From the 1st Day of School

July 5, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes No Comments

Hey y’all!  I hope you had a festive 4th of July! I’ve been thinking about how I ‘m going to organize all of my “teacher stuff” next year outside of myself/lessons. You know, all of those meeting papers and “extra” stuff you get and have to keep straight throughout the school year? Well, I began looking at teacher binders online and wasn’t satisfied with ones I…

A Must-Have List: Top Ten Things Every New Teacher Needs to Purchase to Be Ready for the School Year

June 29, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes No Comments

If you’re a new teacher, I’m sure you have been bombarded with so many tidbits of things to do and remember for when it is your time to have your own classroom. With a classroom to decorate, lessons to plan, behavior management plans to figure out, there is a lot to do. Figuring out “your style” in teaching will take a little bit (you will get…

How to Create a Google Form to Help Streamline Behavior Documentation (a Step-By-Step Guide)

June 8, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes 63 Comments

Hello! I’m so excited to share that my previous post “How to Streamline Behavior Documentation” has been bouncing around a lot on Pinterest! Through this post, I have been able to connect with a lot of teachers I otherwise would not have been able to and for that I am excited! Since that post has been bouncing around, I’ve gotten a lot of emails and comments…

How to Be Better Than You Were Last Year: Teacher Edition

June 2, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes No Comments

Hi, y’all! I hope everyone is off to a great start to the summer! While I know that each of you deserve a much needed break, I also know that all teachers at some point over the summer, reflect back over the previous year to guide how they approach the next year. In the spirit of reflection, I wanted to write a post  that can hopefully…

Erin Condren Teacher Planner vs. Life Planner with Pictures

June 1, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes 7 Comments

Last Friday was the last day of school for me which means (1) IT’s SUMMER! and (2) now I have so much more time I can devote to the blog (so exciting!).  I can’t wait to roll out some things I’ve been working on! Anyway, while summer means a break from grading/lesson planning/organizing/decorating/copying/counseling/calling parents and the million other things teachers do during the school year, it…

Why I Teach

April 28, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes No Comments

Some say, “it takes a village to raise a child”. I’m not a parent, but I agree with that statement because it took a village to raise me. My parents, grandparents, teachers, aunts, coaches, friends’ and teammates’ parents, church leaders, neighbors, and those that saw me grow up in gyms going to basketball games. I’ve become the person that I am today because I’ve had great role models,…

Data Tracking in a Middle School Classroom

April 24, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes 14 Comments

Hey y’all! One of favorite things to do in my classroom with my kids is data tracking. I know how nerdy that sounds, but I truly believe that connecting students with their own learning data is a game changer for investing students in your classroom vision and goals. Putting accountability on the students, instead of them thinking school is just something they “get” helps keeps students…

Classroom Olympics to Remediate and Prepare for “The Test”

April 17, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes 8 Comments

Update: I originally wrote this post about how I utilize Olympics in the classroom in the spring, but you could totally adapt and do the same thing to celebrate the actual Olympics as they happen in Rio this summer!  —————————– So, it’s about that time…state testing time! Whatever your thoughts are on state testing, it happens, and teachers have to make sure their students are prepared….

How to Streamline Behavior Documentation in a Middle School Classroom

March 26, 2016 by Kelsey Hayes 54 Comments

I can’t believe it has been about 2 months since my last post! I came running back to the blog tonight because I have to share something I found on Pinterest (of course) that is streamlining some behavior documentation in my classroom and on my team: Using QR Codes with Google Forms.  If you’re not tech savvy and the terms “QR Codes” and “Google Forms” scare you…just…

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