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-Classroom Management
-Working with Parents
-Staying Organized
-Lesson Planning (Long term and daily)
-Important Types of Documentation
-The First Week of School
-Taking Care of Yourself

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It's always stressful when you have to be out. Especially if you are sick! You are left wondering if your students are behaving, are they learning, who is your sub, is there enough work, etc... That's why I decided to write this post for some tips for a successful experience when you have to be out.

One: Leave plenty of work. 
Some subs will blow through the work you leave behind at record speeds. Leave plenty of alternate activities for the sub to do to use up time. You don't have to run off a million worksheets, you can come up with plenty of alternative activities for them to do.

Here are some easy ideas:
  • My Teacher Is Missing writing prompt
  • All About My Day writing prompt
  • Leave a pack of flashcards and directions on how to play Around the World
  • Directions for Four Corners or Heads up 7 Up 
  • Leave a stack of task cards (for math or ELA) and directions for use (Scoot, Whole Group practice)
  • Leave some I Have Who Has games. These are great for subs because students do all the work. Plus, they can be played multiple times with students getting to practice a different problem each time. 
  • Books for read aloud with comprehension questions the sub can ask
Subs appreciate having plenty to choose from, as well as activities that they can do with students. This HELPS them with classroom management. If something isn't working, there are plenty of other activities to do.

Two: Don't expect your sub to be you.
Sometimes teachers get too caught up with trying to make sure their classroom is run exactly how they would run it. They leave extensive notes, binders of information, and just totally overwhelm the sub! Less is more! Give your sub manageable information, but don't overwhelm them with things they don't need to know. Your students likely know your routine, and they can help. Leave important information in a folder along with the plans for the day.

Don't expect your behavior management system to be followed to a T. It just is not as easy for a sub! In fact, I have found that giving subs flexibility is when they are most successful. Instead of leaving your sub a complicated behavior system, try leaving a stack of Sub Bucks. The sub signs the back and gives them out to students with excellent behavior. When you return, students who earned a sub buck can turn them in to you for your choice of a reward.

Three: Leave alternatives to outside recess
If you leave notes in your plans to take students outside for recess, it will rain. :) It just happens that way! So leave a note for an alternative to going outside. I recommend leaving instructions for how to use GoNoodle in the classroom. You can also leave directions for Four Corners or Heads Up 7 Up. This is all beneficial if you get a sub who HATES to go outside for whatever reason (allergies, dealing with behavior, the heat, etc...). I have had subs refuse to take my students outside before and instead made them work in class the whole time. I felt bad when I found out, so now I always am sure to leave indoor recess suggestions.

Four: Prepare for emergencies
Set up an Emergency Sub Tub at the beginning of the year and put materials in it to cover an entire week out. You never know when an emergency will happen and it's important to be prepared. If you have PLANNED absences, do not use this tub. Use it for the extreme moments when you are unexpectedly out.

I hope these tips have given you some ideas for how to help your sub have a more successful experience!

Digital Math games are a really fun way for your students to practice math skills! I created these games to be SELF CHECKING to make teachers' lives so much easier! Here's how it works:

Students will click on any of the sea creatures to go to the questions. There are twenty different questions for students to answer.
Students will read the problem and tap on their answer. (If they've already solved that one, they can hit start to return to the sea creature slide.)
Once students click on an answer, they will be taken to one of two screens to tell them if they got the problem correct or incorrect.

A recording sheet is included for students to record their answers, AND color in a sea shell if they got it correct. They can turn it in to you when they are finished playing the game for accountability!

Here are some ways you can use these in your classroom:
•Independent Digital Math Centers on a tablet or iPad
•Independent Digital Math Center on a computer
•Whole Group by displaying on Interactive White Board
•Whole Group by displaying with a projector

These digital games work on any device with PowerPoint. You can also open them with Google Slides and view as a presentation to play the game.

If you'd like to make sure you can work these games on your devices in your classroom, download this Under the Sea Rounding game for FREE! 
If you like it, be sure to come back for my other Digital Math Games!

Do Parents Ever Ask You:
  • What are you working on in class?
  • How can I help my child?
  • Where can I find more information?
  • How do we practice this at home?
  • Can you send home more work so we can practice?

Many parents want to do everything they can to help their child succeed, but are at a loss for where to begin. These Common Core parent helpers break down the standards and answer questions parents may have about what their child is working on. They are great to give out at conferences, or send home as you are teaching different units. You can even send home specific standards with specific students. (Is that differentiated parent support???) The best part? These also come with a Spanish translation! Every parent wants to feel involved, and now you can communicate with your students' Spanish speaking parents--even if you only speak English!

Here's a breakdown of what a math parent helper looks like.

Here's a closer look at the informational text and literature parent helpers:

These parent helpers are offered in a bundle so you can get the three sets for your grade level at a discounted price! They also include editable parent helper templates, so you can write your own parent helpers in the same format. A blank background version is also included to save ink! Just print it on some pretty astro-brights paper and you are all set!

You can find these for Grades 2-5 in my TpT store. Learn more here.

I am so excited for this course! I have gotten many questions over the years about how I run Guided Math in my classroom. A lot of teachers have asked me about different situations they have in their own classroom, how to make Guided Math work with a shorter math block, what do you leave for a sub, and what are the other students busy doing? If you've read some of my other blog posts, you know that I like to keep my groups flexible and have my students be responsible for their own work. Now, I am sharing how I go about doing all of this, with all of you in this FREE course!

You'll learn:
-How I decide if I should introduce and objective during whole group or small group math
-The four groups you should have running in your classroom every day
-How flexible groups work
-How to launch Guided Math in ten days
-How to manage behavior and accountability
-Sample math block schedules and classroom layouts
-How to run groups with or without another adult
-How unit overviews are the most important part of planning
-Plus more!

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I hope you love this bundle as much as I do!
Guided Math for First Grade is composed of 9 units divided into four quarters. The units range anywhere from 2 weeks long to 6 weeks long, depending on the standard(s) being covered. There are 8 weeks of lesson plans for each quarter. (If you work in a traditional school, this will leave you one week for review or test prep each quarter. You can also use that extra week as a buffer week because we all know interruptions happen that get you off track.) Check out the year at a glance below.


Guided Math is intended for small group instruction done by the teacher. These lessons are designed to be done as targeted instruction in a group setting, but teachers may choose to use some of the materials in whole group lessons as well.

Binder spine labels are also included so you can keep all of your 1st Grade Guided Math materials organized! They come in a printer friendly version as well!

Scroll down to take a look at what's included! 

Vocabulary cards, definitions, and questions from the lessons are provided to display. You can put these in a pocket chart, or have them out on the table while you are teaching a lesson.

Printables are intended to be used to support instruction and provide students with hands on tools, posters, templates, and more that can help them understand whatever topic you are covering.

 A practice page is included for each day and covers the objective taught this day. Use this during your small group lesson to check for understanding, or make it a part of your rotations!

Extension activities are also included for each day. These can be used after students have been taught the day's lesson. You can add them to your rotations or centers.

 Additional resources are provided to support your instruction. These resources vary from foldables, to games, to extra practice.

One of my favorite things in the Guided Math units are the unit overviews. Try color coding how well your class did with a lesson as you teach them. Save every unit overview and when its time to review at the end of the year, you know exactly what objectives to spend the most time reinforcing.

The Guided Math Bundle also includes a Teacher Handbook & Overview. Inside you can find these unit reflection sheets. They are a great place to take notes and reflect on your teaching as you teach the units. Put down areas you want to review, things you want to do different next year, etc... This is also something you can use to show your administrator that you reflect on your teaching practices!

The Guided Math bundle has Student Graphs that you can use to allow students to graph their pre and post assessment scores to track their growth. There is also a generic graph that you can use to track scores from any math assessment you give.

Get the 1st Grade Guided Math Bundle HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about how I run Guided Math time in my classroom.
**Available for Grades 1-5


What are you doing to encourage your students to go to college? Some teachers call their students "scholars" instead of students. Some schools have graduation ceremonies for pre-k, kindergarten, or 5th grade. And while students may wear a cap and gown, do they really understand what it means to "graduate"? It is important to start talking about college at a young age, so students KNOW this is an option for them. Many students, especially those who come from lower income areas, don't think about college because of the costs. It's important for students to know there are options! (Loans, scholarships, technical careers, etc...) This unit is full of resources for lower and upper grades students. It includes posters, mini books, vocabulary, and much more! A "Road to College" poster will help your students see how their current actions can help keep them on the path!

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