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I call this week’s hack, Something to Smile About - and it’s a super quick one!
While you’re grading papers, circle any incorrect answers. Then, when students correct their error, you can turn that circle into a smiley face! How simple is that? It’s quick, but also so easy and cute.
Ready for an extra bonus hack? Whenever you complete assignments together as a whole class, teach your students to put a T on the top of their page. That way you can quickly see at a glance which work you completed together as a class. Then, you’ll know it doesn’t need to be graded!
Lastly, you have one more chance to sign up for my masterclass, Four Secrets to Success in Your First Years of Teaching. We're going to talk all about what you can do this summer to ensure that you're ready for the school year.
When you sign up for the masterclass, you’re going to get some amazing goodies for showing up live, including a one hour PD certificate and free resources that you can use in the first week of the school year. You’ll also get access to a private pop up group on Facebook, where I'm giving away daily prizes of books that you can use in your classroom in the first weeks of school.
Best of all, you can be entered to win our grand prize of a MacBook Air computer. Yes, seriously! You really don't want to miss it.
Sign up here.
I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks.
So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!).
I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?
Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out.
I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand.
It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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