Back To School Bash

I know some of you are already 'back to school' and some of us are starting soon!
The girls and guy of 'The Pack' have come together to bring you a hop filled with fabulous tips, awesome freebies and incredible giveaways!

How It Works!
Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie!

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first! As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop.
 You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our

If you have already visited the first 6 stops along the hop, you are ready for stop 7 from me!

 On the first day of school the most important thing is that your students get home safely.  This can be a very hectic time.  Make sure that you know how every student goes home and that you assume nothing.  Put a "How I Go Home" sheet out at Meet The Teacher.  Make sure to talk to every parent about it that night.  Often times the students will go home one way the first day and a different way the rest of the year.  Ask the parents about this.  You should not be asking your students if they are young.  Keep your list in your hand on the first day.  As parents drop off kids, make sure to double and triple check.  Once everyone is in the classroom, double check your list again.  Give parents a call if you haven't seen them.  Did I mention that you shouldn't assume that they go home any one way and that you shouldn't rely on the student?

Don't compare yourself to other teachers.  We aren't all in the same place.  We don't know what else is going on with them.  Just make sure that your lessons are top notch and your student's needs are being met.  Everything else will come.
I'm a mom of three. Taking time for myself is much easier said then done.  I made sure to not over schedule myself the first week of school.  Lots of tasks went to the way side so that I could rest a bit. You will be a much better teacher and if applicable parent if you take time for yourself the first week back.  After that, everything is fair game!

I made a rag wreath for my door to welcome students.  Grab this freebie for welcome buttons that you can use to decorate your classroom projects.  You could even put them on your student's desks.

If you don't have will certainly WANT ONE!
And if you do have one, you could be somebody's forever best friend and gift it to them for back to school!
You could choose your own prize from my store!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the letter that you need from my blog to complete the secret code:

Back To School

School supplies are selling out in stores across America.  This can only mean one thing - it's time to go back to school.  <insert wailing teachers here> We want to make the summer to fall transition as easy as possible for you so we have 10 bundles of everything included below to give away.

Fern's coloring pack would be great for introducing school staff, meet the teacher night and bell work.  It's important to keep the kids engaged and learning while you attend to parents and incoming students.
The Inspired Owl's Corner is offering an Owl themed or Brightly themed decor set.  I personally use these sets in my class.  They are amazing!!!

Easy Teaching Tool's  is going to make your parent communication a breeze with her back to school pamphlet.  It's a great way to let the parents know what to expect and to ease their worries.

Learning Is Something To Treasure is going out of her way to make your whole year a breeze.  She's giving away mega pack of phonics sorts!!!

A First For Everything has all of your close reading needs for the fall right here in this pack.  Start the students off on the right foot.

Pawsitively Teaching knows how to develop a classroom culture of respect and learning.  She wants to help you do the same thing with her classroom management bundle.

Amy is giving away a Jan Brett pack with lessons and activities for 10 of Jan's books.  Everyone loves to display cute student work.  It's a great way to make admin. happy and the kids ecstatic.

Cassie has everything you will need for sight word centers.  This is a must have for every primary classroom.

We wish you lots of luck in the raffle.  Be sure to check out each person's link to see if they have any other fun give aways going on.

Working Smarter Not Harder in the Classroom

Sometimes working harder in the classroom doesn't make us a better teacher. Over the years I've had some awesome ideas that teach students the content perfectly and look great. Well at least I thought they were awesome ideas then.  Now I know they were time consuming and energy draining.  When I design my classroom now my first thought is:  Will it help  the students throughout the year?  Then I move onto:  Is it visually distracting for students?  Here are a few tips...

The rest of this post can be found on The Primary Pack Blog