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Online Teacher Wish List


Oriental Trading's Online Wish List is a great way to let parents know the resources and supplies your classroom needs all year long. As needs change during the year this great online tool can be updated for holidays, special classroom projects and other needs. Parents can stay informed by just a few easy clicks! Creating your online wish list is effortless and sharing it out to parents is even easier. Give Oriental Trading's Online Teacher Wish List a try this year and say goodbye to paper lists or constant emails asking for supplies. 

Follow my easy steps below to build your wish list today and don't forget to grab a few more back to school items from Oriental Trading to make this school year the best one yet!



Special thanks to Oriental Trading for donating amazing back to school items that will included in a giveaway in the next few weeks on Instagram. 


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Learning Zone - Classroom Reveal 2016-2017


Each year it's my hope to bring to life an amazing learning environment for my students. Whether I change classroom themes or switch things around, it's important that I try something new for each group I teach. This teacher simply can't do the same things over and over again.


Three years ago my husband discovered a new hobby. This hobby has become a part of our lives and I'm blessed that Jon has found a love and a talent that he can share with family and friends. Jon has fell in love with tools, wood and making beautiful furniture. Our home is full of furniture pieces that have a story behind them because of his plans and design process.

After months of thinking about a new classroom theme I decided to merge the classroom and my home! I wanted to create a fun environment that fit what I do every day in my classroom but be a peaceful and bright place for my students to learn. 2nd graders love building with legos, I love planning STEM challenges where they become engineers, my husband loves shopping at Home Depot and being a builder himself. As a class we are ultimately building a classroom community each and every day. Because of these things, I came up with my theme for the 2016-2017 school year. WE ARE BUILDERS! We are building the road to success in our 2nd grade classroom. I hope you enjoy my classroom theme as much as I do. My students are eager to begin our adventure on Monday and can't wait to put their minds under construction!

Come on in! Welcome to our learning zone!
Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

These street sign posters are perfect for growth mindset in the classroom. The posters are easy to print and beautiful for any classroom bulletin board.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.

Create an inviting classroom environment with this construction theme decor. Theme decor includes printables, posters, bulletin board displays, calendar, schedule cards, labels and much more.


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Classroom Decor and Much More


Classroom decor is much more than just beautiful bulletin boards we put on the four walls that surround our classroom. Classroom decor can create an inviting atmosphere that can be a foundation of a welcoming environment. Paired with a loving, dedicated teacher and useful educational resources, all can produce the perfect classroom that we all desire every year.

Creating a welcoming environment for your students is essential. It's the first thing they will see when they walk in that door the first day. The design and layout of your classroom will ensure a fun and creative year ahead. Parents will notice your dedication through time spent on creating such a positive and creative classroom.

10 years of teaching in 5 different schools and 3 different states means that I have done my fair share of moving and setting up classrooms. In my 10 years I have done 7 different classroom themes including circus, camping, jungle, beach, cowboy, monsters and construction. Each theme was done differently and has gotten better each time. Teachers ask me often why I change my theme every few years? My answer is always, "I love changing and growing in my classroom." Each year I get a new group of students and it's my promise as their teacher to deliver the best education for their little minds. This allows me to try new things and grow as a teacher each and every year. Changing my classroom around and switching decor is one of the things I can change every few years to make my teaching ever changing.

I have come up with five easy steps for creating a welcoming environment that you can use this upcoming year in your classroom.



Choosing a color or theme is the first step in transitioning your classroom into a creative learning environment. Make a list of your favorite colors and themes. Think about what would look great in your classroom space. Do your have a classroom that is dark without windows? You might want to brighten your classroom with colors that will open up the space. Think about what colors compliment each other and then choose your favorite. Don't forget to include your students age when deciding on a theme or colors. If you teach upper elementary you will want to make sure you don't have a theme that is too primary for your students. 

Trends will come and go but remember you don't have to have a classroom theme forever. Choose what you love now and know that in a few years you can change it and make it better!





Classroom decor can become quite costly but I'm here to tell you that you can decorate and create an amazing learning environment with a reasonable budget. A little goes a long ways! Use what you have. Visit your local consignment stores or even a local garage sale! You will be amazed at what you can find for a fraction of the cost of buying from some of the educational stores.

If you do purchase from educational stores, don't forget to shop during their back to school sales. Mention you are a teacher and get your discount from Hobby Lobby, Michael's and Joann's. My motto is NEVER buy anything that is full price! 


Once you have decided on a theme or color scheme for your classroom its time to brainstorm and make a list of all the things you want to include. This list is messy and doesn't have to be perfect. The very first thing I do is start listing everything that comes to mind when I think of that theme. For example, when I was brainstorming for my new construction theme, I listed street signs, tools, hard hats, caution tape, etc. My list included over 50 things that I wanted to incorporate into my classroom some how. These things will help you come up with bulletin boards, decorations and great sayings for your classroom. On this list also include bulletin board sayings. For my construction sayings I included, "Caution- Hard Hats Required" and "Minds Under Construction" and many more. Write these down! They will become sayings you can use everywhere!




This step sounds silly but it really is essential. I draw a map of my classroom and then start marking where each bulletin board is located. This allows me to see the whole picture and then start placing borders and sayings for each board. It's important when laying out your decor that you don't put butcher paper or fabric that look terrible together. This also includes borders as well. I've tried to keep the same color paper or fabric on all boards in my classroom to make the boards match and look great together. My monster theme classroom had black backgrounds but different color borders that were all coordinating.





My final piece of advice for redesigning your classroom this year is to recruit those family members and friends to help you! Anyone can put up butcher paper! You will need all the help you can get this year when you are decorating! Even the smallest of helpers can do things for you as you prepare for back to school! Order some pizza and get everyone working hard to make your classroom the most creative learning environment ever!

Don't be afraid of making a creative and beautiful learning space for your students. You deserve a bright and cheerful place to go to work each day and the students will learn better with an organized and creative environment to learn and grow in this year!



Editable Classroom Labels


Every teacher dreams of being organized each school year. Every teacher dreams of having a cute and fun learning environment for their students. I'm here to tell you both can be achieved this year and I'm going to help you get organized and have a great learning environment that matches and looks great for those parents and kids to walk in your classroom the very first day!

Classroom design and decor is important in making your classroom environment fun and fresh. You don't necessarily have to have a classroom theme (like camping, monsters, beach, etc) to make your classroom look nice. You can have a color scheme that brings everything together nicely in your classroom. Upper grade teachers have loved using color schemes so that their classrooms look nice, have a consistent theme but also aren't too primary. 

Use these printable classroom labels for your classroom organization needs. These free and editable labels are perfect for any grade level and are great for classroom decor.


Use these printable classroom labels for your classroom organization needs. These free and editable labels are perfect for any grade level and are great for classroom decor.

My classroom label sets are perfect to get any classroom started with a theme or color scheme. Label sets are great because I believe that's the start of a classroom idea, theme or color scheme. Start labeling all the things you have in your classroom with a label set. Label the organizational tubs/bins, paper trays, mailboxes, student name tags, etc. Then once you have everything labeled, you will notice how much everything stands out and matches. You can then go from there and begin finding other items for your classroom theme or color scheme (decor and bulletin board accessories). 

Use these printable classroom labels for your classroom organization needs. These free and editable labels are perfect for any grade level and are great for classroom decor.

The Editable Label Sets come in many different designs and include 20 different label sizes that will fit all your classroom needs. The best part is that they also include square labels that are PERFECT for those amazing adhesive label pockets that you can find at Target in the Dollar Spot or on Amazon using the link below. 


Label pockets are great to use all year long so you can utilize the pocket in many ways trading out names of kids when you have a student move in or move out or to place things on student's desks like behavior charts, or classroom expectation reminders. I've loved these pouches and stock up on them each and every year because you can never have enough! 

Click here for my FREEBIE Label Set that go with the adhesive label pockets.

Use these printable classroom labels for your classroom organization needs. These free and editable labels are perfect for any grade level and are great for classroom decor.

If you love the freebie check out my EDITABLE Label Sets that have become popular with many teachers! There are currently 3 different themes available for $3.50 each and more will be added soon!
Use these printable classroom labels for your classroom organization needs. These free and editable labels are perfect for any grade level and are great for classroom decor.

I hope you enjoy these label sets as much as I do! Please leave a comment below telling me how you stay organized all year long!



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Plan To Be Organized

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips.

You DREAM of starting the year off organized and prepared for that very first day when your eager students walk in your classroom door for the first time! For most that is only a dream and can't become a reality because of the amount of time and effort it can take to stay organized in our classrooms in addition to our own personal lives (yes we have our own lives - believe it or not!) 


I'm sharing with you today some tips that I have learned from my years of trying new organizational tools to help organize my school life. Teachers have endless possibilities of options of binders, planners and digital tools that some become overwhelmed with the choices. Look no further because you will find out what worked for me as I have tried many different organizational tools in my classroom and I'm going to tell you what worked and what made my organized teacher self crazy!

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips.

Lesson planners are perfect for the busy teacher who is looking for a planner that is already printed, put together and has all the accessories to match. Lesson planners are available in many different styles to match any teacher personality! Grab a lesson planner that has pineapples on it if you love everything tropical, or customize a polka dot cover with your name and school on the front. Now you can even purchase covers that are changeable and available in different materials, prints and styles!


For many years Erin Condren teacher planners have been my best teacher friend. I've used these beautiful planners for the last 3 years and each year I'm like a kid on Christmas morning when I open my beautiful floral shipping box to find the perfect teacher planner inside! These planners have all the bells and whistles! Consider them the Rolls Royce of teacher planners! Inside the planner you will find bright colored pages complete with lesson planning pages, calendar spreads, teacher checklists and gradebooks, and other teacher forms. 


There are many other comparable and amazing teacher planners out there in the market that you may fall in love with! C Jayne Teach's beautiful Teacher Anchor Planner is put together nicely and will keep any teacher organized all year. 

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips.

When I took my most recent job two years ago, I realized shortly into the first quarter that I was writing the same things each and every week because of the mandated curriculum we were using. Each week looked very similar. I quickly fell in love with planbook.com and started using the digital online planner that is available for a small subscription fee (only $12 a year) You can copy and paste from week to week. You can color code and make these digital plans easy for your administrator and your organized self to know exactly what is being taught when. If you are looking for a time saving organizational tool, digital planners are the perfect fit for you!

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Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips.

And finally the last type of teacher planning tool is a trendy teacher binder. Popular teacher binders are the perfect fit for the teacher who wants everything organized together in one place. Instead of having 500 different notebooks and binders, all you need is ONE teacher binder where you keep lesson plans, calendars, to-do lists, birthdays, communication logs, student documentation and much more! The great thing about a teacher binder is that they are completely editable and customizable. You print what you want, choose the wording for the pages and organize your binder just they way you want it. Did I mention with a binder you have space to add notes and agendas from meetings you attend as well? Told you its a place for EVERYTHING!

After many years of trying out different types of lesson planners and digital planning tools, I've decided that a teacher binder is the perfect fit for me. I love the beauty of a lesson planner and the ease of typing my plans digitally so I can copy and paste from week to week. With a teacher binder you can do all of these things! I created a teacher binder recently that fits my needs and hopefully many other busy and organized teachers out there too!  

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips. This EDITABLE teacher binder is a great organization tool for any elementary teacher.

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips. This EDITABLE teacher binder is a great organization tool for any elementary teacher.

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips. This EDITABLE teacher binder is a great organization tool for any elementary teacher.

This EDITABLE Teacher Binder is printer friendly because its black and white - say what?! No more worrying about the amount of color printing you will use on some of the teacher binders out there. The only thing you will use color printing for are the covers but all the insert pages are black and white but still a beautiful and crisp design! The Teacher Binder also comes with matching inspirational calendars that are great to include in your binder or to hang on your bulletin boards around your desk. You will stay organized but look classy with this organization tool! 

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips. This EDITABLE teacher binder is a great organization tool for any elementary teacher.

No matter your style for lesson planning, finding the right fit for you is key. If you are looking for a time saver approach then go with a digital planner. It might not be a beautiful design but it will save you hours in the end. Do you want a planner that is already printed, bound and ready to go? Then ordering an Erin Condren planner is the one for you! Or are you looking for the completely editable and customizable option using a teacher binder? Think about your style and then make your choice. Don't wait till school starts to purchase your planner or binder! Start now so you are organized and ready for the first day of school with your eager students!

Be an organized teacher this year with the best lesson planner and teacher binder tips.






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