Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back-to-School Sale!

Time for some back-to-school shopping!

Head over to TpT today and tomorrow, and you will find everything in our store 20% OFF! Save on great back-to-school products, ELA activities and resources, lesson plans, fun labels and borders, learning targets, calendars, and more. Use code BTS13 at checkout and receive an additional 10% off your total order!

We'll see you there!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Make organization fun with colorful labels

All you really need to organize your classes, files, lesson plans, is a little focus and the right materials. And with adorable sticky labels and fillable borders to help you, the process can even be fun!

We've just released our third set of fillable labels and stationery. Like our seasonal set and safari animal set, this back-to-school set comes with 12 colorful, original designs that you can fill in, print, save, and reuse again and again. Each set includes four sheets of small mailing labels that print on Avery 5160 pages, four sheets of 4" x 2" labels that print on Avery 5963 pages, and four fillable full page borders or stationery pages.

These cheerful, versatile packages are perfect for any time of year! Check out our store for more info, or click on the images!

Stay tuned for more back-to-school products coming soon!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Get more out of Exit Slips: What the research tells us

Many of us use exit slips for formative assessment. According to Robert Marzano, there are four main categories of prompts that will help you get the most out of exit slips.

These prompts accomplish the following:
  • Check for understanding
  • Encourage reflection
  • Check the use of instructional strategies
  • Request student feedback on teacher practices
We have assembled a set of FREE exit slips based on the first three prompts. While you may want to target additional feedback in your class, preparing your exit slips ahead of time can be a time-saver that will elicit solid feedback.

We have found that adding space for students to record their learning targets also encourages them to reflect on the focus of the lesson.

Source: "The Many Uses of Exit Slips" by Robert Marzano in Educational Leadership, October 2012 (Vol. 70, #2, p. 80-81).

Download our FREE exit slips here!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gear up for Summer!

The end of the school year is so close, we can almost smell the summer barbecues! As the school year winds down (and students' focus goes out the window), it's the perfect time to try one or all of the summer activities in our End-of-Year Summer Send-off kit. Students will have fun while getting in some last-minute writing practice as they create memorable keepsakes for themselves and their classmates.

This set is full of fun end-of-the-year teaching activities, and everything features our original artwork and is included in both color and black-and-white. In the Summer Send-off postcard booklet, students write positive notes to each other and bind them in a commemorative book. In “Advice from the Pros,” students create a project for next year’s class using one of nine different topic/product choices, templates, and decorative paper final draft paper. We've also created six colorful bookmarks with literary summer quotes (these look great printed in black-and-white on colorful paper) and three treat bag topper templates that you can attach to sandwich bags and fill with goodies. As always, our products are CCSS-aligned. This product is best suited for grades 5-8 and takes one to three class periods to complete.

See more at our store!