Mrs. B's First Grade
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Reader's Workshop Conferences

I have taught young students to read for thirteen years now. The practices I have used to do this have been ever evolving. I have taught the workshop model for the past three years. I love it. Although, I have *finally* mastered the art of conferring which is SO important within the model (and many other models.) Want to know my secret? Read on!


First Grade Classroom Jobs

Classroom jobs can help to make the day run smoothly...if they are done right! During my twelve years teaching primary students, I have had my jobs set up in many ways. Read on to learn what has worked best (and what hasn't!)


Leo Barnett Turns One!

I honestly do not know how it is possible. A whole year has passed since Leo entered our lives. What a year it was! Celebrating his first birthday was a must, but difficult for my husband and I to plan. We went back and forth on what we should do and how we should do it. Read on to learn what we decided on and how it turned out!

iPad Class Awards - Perfect for the end of the year!

The end of the school year sneaks up on me and leaves me with SO much to accomplish. Please tell me I'm not alone... I always feel like I should pass out awards to my students, but can never find ones I like in my last minute rush. This year I decided to be on top of my game. I made awards that look like iPads for my technology loving class! (and now I will be using them year after, year after, year...)

Sending Birthday Cards with Paperless Post

I received this product for free to provide an honest review.  All opinions expressed within this post are genuine and impartial. 

Have you heard of Paperless Post? It is a company that designs customizable online and printed stationary. It proves that communication can be personal and well-designed - regardless of the medium. They have partnered with several word-famous designers and lifestyle brands. Including two of my favorites, Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler. They have delivered OVER 85 million cards to date! When they asked if I wanted to try out their site and app to use with my class - of course I said yes!
Mrs B's First Grade

ABC Countdown - Teacher Edition!

So many classrooms have an ABC Countdown for the end of the year. You can read about ours here. It is fun for the kids to celebrate the last days of school together with something to look forward to each day. Why does it have to be just for the kids though? Why can't the teachers have their own countdown?
Mrs B's First Grade

Daily Incentives in the Classroom

In my classroom I am always having to "switch up" my behavior plans and incentives. I love using my two big management strategies of individual pad pics and a classroom BINGO game. However, I always need to add in one other thing to help on a day to day basis. I recently tried something that worked so well. I do not forsee the need to "switch it up" for a long time. Read on to learn about it and grab it as a freebie for yourself!

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