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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Using Crayons to Teach Responsibility? My First Post at the Punchbowl!

Today I'm blogging over at the The Primary Punchbowl to share how I use materials as a means to teach my first graders responsibility. Make sure to head over there to read LOTS of other fabulous posts by some of the most talented teachers I know!

So, you're a teacher. I'm guessing in the primary grades. Though perhaps you are one of those incredibly brave souls that spends their days working with upper elementary or (gasp!) middle schoolers? (If so, you have my full and complete admiration.) Here’s my question for you today: have you ever spent too many precious minutes seconds of your day picking up pencils from the floor? Colored pencils? Crayons? Sharpening any of the aforementioned items? Well, my job today is to share my secret so that you never find yourself doing this again, while also teaching your kiddos responsibility at the same time.


I should probably start by introducing myself. I’m Nicole from Why Pencils HaveErasers and thrilled to be joining my favorite teacher-author-blogger-creators over here at The Punchbowl! 

Anyway, back to the good stuff. Let’s flash back a moment to August. Here I am at every teacher’s favorite place, Lakeshore Learning, excitedly dreaming of the year to begin. New students, grand ideas, the world was my oyster. I picked up some brand new supply caddies, color coordinated to my new classroom theme, without a second thought. Why give even think about the distribution of materials? I’d do what I’d always done  shared caddies at the center of our tables, common materials for all.


Let’s flash forward to the end of October. Here I am, nearly through my materials for the. whole. year. and at the end of my rope. Pencils and crayons lost to the wind, EATEN, or otherwise dismembered. And don't even get me started on the colored pencils and erasers. It was time for drastic action. Determined not to purchase a single new material for my students, and to teach them how to responsibly care for these tools, a new system was born. Move over sharing, it's time for individual materials. 


Now, I get it. Sharing is caring and certainly an important skill in any first grade classroom. But how could I possibly ask my kiddos to share these items responsibly if they couldn't manage them independently first? In any case, there's at least 2,346,789 times of the day when my 23 students are forced to share SOMETHING. I decided sharing could take the back burner on this one. 

If you walk into my classroom now, you'll see a small container of some kind at every seat. Larger tables of four or more have small sterelite drawers and smaller tables of two or three have individual baskets. All labeled with a velcro name tag so that we can easily move materials as we move table seats. And all looking something like this:


In each child's container you will find: a pencil, an eraser, a handheld sharpener, one box of 24 crayons, and 12 colored pencils. Everything that they could possibly need for the work that we do (I withhold markers for choice time only, and glue sticks and scissors are still shared). I drained my supplies to give everyone fresh, new, beautiful materials. When my students walked into our classroom to find this new set-up, plenty of oohs and aahs ensued. The excitement in the air was palpable, perhaps mine most of all. 

As we all sat down to morning meeting, I unveiled our new social experiment. I explained about the missing materials, running out of items to give them, and, of course, added dramatic flair where necessary. I showed the new containers of materials, meticulously went over what was inside, modeled how to count and organize to make sure nothing went missing, and explained that these were the last materials I would be giving for the year. That's it people. Sensing the excitement (and now shock) in the room, I asked my 23 six-and seven-year-olds if they were up for the challenge. Could they keep track of everything? Everyone agreed they could. Hooray! And so we began.  Can you believe I didn't find, pick up, or otherwise deal with a single dropped material for FOUR WHOLE WEEKS? I never answered one question about someone needing a blue-green crayon, or a black colored pencil, or a pencil sharpener. I didn't sharpen any pencils or colored pencils. It was heaven.


Until that one day when the first person lost their pencil. I quickly realized I am way too soft, and could not stand firm on my promise. I suddenly realized how unrealistic it was to expect my firsties to never lose anything for a casual... six months. Given the rate at which I lose my much beloved Flair pens, it also seemed highly hypocritical. But I was still determined for students to be responsible for managing the replacement of lost or damaged things. I wanted no part in this. They could do it I felt, if I could just give them the way. Enter replacement bins:






I already had the colored drawers, and I quickly grabbed two containers for pencils and erasers/sharpeners. Find a purple crayon on the floor? Put it in the purple drawer. Missing a red colored pencil? Go grab one from the red drawer. Ditto for pencils in the pencil cup and erasers/sharpeners in the other bin. Everyone seemed to breathe a little easier with this new found flexibility in our system, and I still haven't answered any questions, complaints, or tears about materials. 


The week before winter vacation, we had our first family breakfast celebration. I excitedly asked my students which piece of their learning they were most excited to share with their families: Your beautiful shadow artwork? Nope. The kind words in your reflection journals? Try again. Well, then the beautiful letters you wrote to our community members? Not a chance. MATERIALS. All they wanted to share was how they were responsible for having their own things, the care and thought they had put into keeping them safe, whole, and uneaten (sigh), and how they could independently problem solve in the face of a dilemma.  It was working! I was thrilled to see how excited my students were to have total control and responsibility of their things.  


Needless to say, during my summer stop at Lakeshore next year I will not be buying more supply caddies, because I am in love with our new system and am thrilled to see my students becoming more independent and responsible with everything in our classroom. After all, this leaves more room in the budget for cute borders, right?


Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fall Fun {and freebies!} with the Primary Punchbowl!


Let me start by saying, I am one of those people that gets WAY too excited about fall. Crisp air, beautiful leaves, boots, jackets, scarves, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING? Sign me up. I'd 100% definitely probably buy pumpkin spice scented garbage bags if they existed (doing an Amazon search now...) because I truly can't get enough. So take my passionate obsession of this glorious season and add in an exciting new adventure that I'm thrilled to be a part of? Hang on to your cider doughnuts and Ugg boots, because this is going to be good.

Introducing.... 

The Primary Punchbowl collaborative blog! 



Words can't even express how excited I am to be teaming up with some of my favorite teacher bloggers and friends to bring you this incredible new project. Let me tell you - our blog has been months in the making and we are ecstatic to share with you tidbits from our classrooms, new ideas, products, and resources, and more!

Let's get this celebration started with everyone's favorite...FREE stuff! Follow along to each stop in our blog hop and find a fantastic free fall resource for your classroom and a chance to win a TpT gift card! We will each be offering our OWN gift cards, which means you have almost 20 chances to win. I don't know about you but, since we didn't start school until mid-September, this is totally the time of year when hubs and I are feeling the no-paychecks-over-the-summer squeeze. Keep reading to see all of our favorite fall activities, grab some freebies, and join us at The Primary Punchbowl!


As you can guess from the paragraphs above, my classroom pretty much turns into Fall Extravaganza Central from the first day of school in September until it's time to bring out the down parkas and LL Bean boots. So you can imagine that the struggle was real to pick just one favorite fall activity for this post. However, one choice stood out amongst the rest: Pumpkin Inquiry Science

Each year, I launch my first graders into scientific thinking with a unit on inquiry. During this time, we have explicit teaching on observational skills, differentiating claims and evidence, utilizing our five senses, how to incorporate tools into our investigations, and tracking data over time. By laying a solid foundation of inquiry skills, we set the stage for more meaningful and in-depth learning during science for the months to come. The perfect tool to support these lessons? You guessed it: pumpkins. 

During the month of October, we use pumpkins observe with our eyes, hands, and noses, estimate, count, record, draw, label, read, measure, and more! Partner these hands-on activities with some of my favorite fall read alouds, and you'll find yourself with a class full of pumpkin enthusiasts. 


We start our unit by reading The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons and recording what we think we know about pumpkins in our science journals. We spend a week measuring and comparing different sized pumpkins and using our five senses to explore the outside before diving in. 

The moment we learn pumpkins and pumpkin bread DO NOT smell the same!
After we've exhausted all the learning we can do with the outside of our pumpkin, we choose one to carve open.  First, we use our science journals to predict what we'll find on the inside, then we work as a team of scientists to see what's really hiding in there!

Pumpkins offer a great way to encourage kiddos to use descriptive adjectives in their science notebooks to describe the feel of pulp. (And yes - you'll really want those Cloroz wipes handy!)


We pair my favorite pumpkin book, Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell to begin our conversation about the natural life cycle of a pumpkin. After we've emptied our pumpkin, we give it a name, and seal it up in an airtight container (note: this is very important unless you want a classroom full of uninvited, but enthisiastic insect guests) and let the rotting begin. Students observe the pumpkin daily, noting changes in shape, size, density, mold growth, etc. Depending on your tolerance for mold, maggots, and other creepy crawlies, you can let your pumpkin rot for just a week or two and then send it off to compost, or take the bold approach like my amazing teammate, Exclusively Inclusive, who let hers decompose for the ENTIRE school year! Needless to say, her first graders were STUNNED by what happened in June. (Be sure to click on the link above or the photo below to check out her store on TpT!)


We continue our learning by incorporating math into our pumpkin studies, estimating the number of seeds, and then using counting strategies (such as grouping by tens) to determine the answer. You'd be surprised how many seeds there can be in a tiny pumpkin!

Seed counting allows us to work collaboratively, while applying math concepts such as adding and manipulating tens


So what are you waiting for? Run, don't walk to your nearest farm stand, grocery store, or pumpkin patch, and grab a few to bring pumpkin science to life. Be sure to grab some cider doughnuts and a caramel apple while you're there. I won't judge ;)



Cross-curricular connections are the gift that keeps on giving during our hectic first few months of the school year. Anything that makes my lesson planning easier and keeps our fall theme alive is a win-win in my book! That's why I'm sharing this FREEBIE with you! Roll and Color is always one of my students' favorite games, and this pumpkin version is a big hit during the fall. Simply find a partner, two different colored pencils, crayons, or markers, and a die. Each partner takes a turn rolling the die and coloring in the number of squares rolled. Whoever has more at the end - wins! Think you might like to include this game in your fall math centers? Grab it here or by clicking on the image below!



The celebration continues with 50% off in my TpT store! Head on over to grab some of my favorite products for HALF OFF!  

This is the time of year when I feel like I've finally started to figure out the likes, dislikes, needs, and wants of my new first graders, and when I might tweak or add to the supports I have in place to make sure everyone continues to feel successful. This is why I'm especially excited that two of my favorite products designed to support all learners are on sale. Whether you work in an inclusion classroom like me, or are just looking to add to your classroom resources make sure to check both these out:

1. Visual Schedule Cards: I originally created these schedule cards to support the needs of my beginning readers, kiddos on IEPs, and new ELLs. Too many graphics and cute but hard to read fonts were impeding my students' ability to follow our schedule. So I made a few tweaks, adding in simple pictures and clear fonts and voila! Everyone can now track our day and follow along to see what's next. Each morning our Teacher's Assistant reads the daily schedule, so each member of our classroom community knows what to expect. Find them here or click on any of the images below!






2. How to Use A Classroom Break Space: Our classroom break space is one of my favorite areas in my entire classroom. Interested to know how we utilize this space? You can read all about it here. Or simply head on over to my TpT Store to check this product out for yourself!




The fun doesn't stop yet! Enter below to win a $10 TpT gift card to snag some of the products off your wishlist. Don't forget to check out the other blogs below to find even MORE freebies and prizes to win. And, of course, I hope you'll head over to  The Primary Punchbowl to check out our new online digs and enter to win a pair of Kendra Scott earrings and a teacher goodie basket filled with all our favorites (did someone say flair pens?). 

Thanks for stopping by - it's time for this teacher to go pour a glass of apple cider and light a pumpkin spice candle or two. 

See you soon!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tell All Tuesday: Let's Have Some Fun!



I love games. Games are my JAM. One of the reasons that I love teaching first grade so much is the copious amount of games I get to play teach my students. Board games, cards games, trivia, puzzles, I love it all. So imagine my excitement to combine game-playing and blogging into one fun link-up with two of my FAVORITE bloggers: Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Diana from My Day In K for a little Tell All Tuesday: Two Truths and A Lie.  Are you ready to start guessing?




Here's the rundown: below you will find two truths about me and one little lie. Are you ready to dig through my sarcasm and find the truth? Leave your guesses in the comments below and I'll be back in a couple days to reveal!

Both my husband I are only children. Though our families are small, we are incredibly close and celebrate all the holidays together. Since we also have several close friends that are only children (seriously, not sure what's in the water over here) we have it all planned for them to be stand-in aunts and uncles for our kids (I'm looking at you, Audrie). 
I love adventure and am always looking for something fun and new to try! I thrive on the risk and love the adrenaline rush. It's so different from the teacher side of me, but I think it keeps me sane! I went sky diving a couple years ago and can't wait to go again. Next on my bucket list? Zip lining in Costa Rica. Who's with me?

I am obsessed with historical periods and fully believe I was born in the wrong century. I definitely should have come into the world circa 1895. Bring on the corsets, ridiculous customs, and formalities. Lady Mary Crowley is my spirit animal. 


Can't wait to read your guesses in the comments below...and don't forget to link up with Jayme and Diana to join in!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Welcome to June!

Well, June is here. And that means it's time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade to see what's going on this month. Before I selfishly make you read all about me, you need to hear about the important cause that Farley is bringing attention to. Have you turned on the television lately? Then you know there is some intense weather happening down in Texas.  Today I'd like you to think about the small town of Wemberley, TX, which has been irreparably destroyed. While us humans are pretty resourceful, and will find a way to rebuild, I need you to send some TLC down to all the four-legged friends in Wemberley. Many have lost their homes, been separated from their owners, and are just plain lost. If you know me, you know that dogs are my anti-drug. So I hope you'll join with me in supporting this great cause! Just head right on over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to find all the info you need.


Buzz says you need to donate. ASAP!


Now...here's a peek at June!


Listening: When I started typing this morning, it was 4:27. Golden time. Nothing but me, my laptop, and some coffee. Too many people tell me I'm crazy for waking up so early to get things done, but I swear it's the time of day when I have the most energy. It doesn't matter what day of the week it is - by 10PM, I'm toast. And if it's a school day? Good luck keeping me awake past 8:45. 

Loving: Let's talk about the power of fonts. Isn't life better when you can customize everything to look EXACTLY the way you want it? All the time? I think so, too. That's why I was beyond excited to grab a lifetime license to all of Jen Jones' fonts from Hello Literacy during the TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale. They. Are. AMAZING! Intrigued? Go grab them here. You won't be disappointed!

Thinking: At this point you are probably slightly questioning my state of mind. 4:40AM and I'm thinking about popsicles? This can truly mean only one thing: it's a marble jar party kind of day! In my classroom we use a class marble jar to help us focus on certain target behaviors. For the past couple months we have been working on the goals of: working hard, staying on task, and using teamwork. Each time we earn a whole class Dojo point, we put a marble in the jar. Last week we FINALLY filled the jar, which means today we are celebrating with PJ's, a movie, pizza for lunch, and...popsicles! This time my kiddos voted to watch Up. Let's hope I don't traumatize anyone when I am weeping at the beginning of the movie....

Wanting: Speaking of weeping. I am NOT the teacher that gets emotional at the end of the year. Don't get me wrong: I fiercely LOVE my kiddos, but usually when summer comes, I'm practically running out the door. But this year is different. This class is just something special in so many ways, and I'm going to be devastated to see them go. Thankfully we have 19 more school days left, so I still have a couple weeks before I have to actually admit the year is ending. Denial seems the best coping strategy for now. 

Needing: Sometimes I think I am the most patient person in the world. And sometimes I am actually the least patient person in the world. Cue: the US Passport Agency. I need an updated passport with my married name (see why below!) and it's taking FOREVER to arrive. Technically, it's taking exactly as long as they told me it would (4-6 weeks) but I'm already obsessing over what will happen if it doesn't arrive in time. Like I said: selective patience. 

Summer Lovin': This is the first time in my entire teaching career (all five years of it!) that I get to stay in the same classroom for two consecutive years. For the past two years, I've been told I'm moving classrooms approximately 1 day and 5 days before school starts, respectively. I might be an expert packer, but let's just say things aren't exactly the way I'd like them. This year I've been assured I am staying put (cross your fingers for me!) and I'm thrilled to actually have some time over the summer to prepare my classroom for the year to come, instead of frantically throwing organizing everything in the closet on shelves practically as my new students are walking in the door.

Also on the list? It's HONEYMOON time! Come July 31st, hubs and I are checking out for two. whole. weeks. And I can't wait! It's been years since we've taken an actual vacation together and we are doing it right. Greece here we come!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Five For Friday (Saturday Edition)

Let's talk about the end of the year. We still have a solid TWENTY school days left (thanks, snowpocalypse) and I already feel like there's hardly enough time in the day to go to the bathroom, never mind shower, cook a healthy meal, exercise, or (God forbid) relax. Tell me I'm not alone? I'm not sure who coined the idea of a school year 'winding down' but clearly they've never spent five minutes 30 seconds in an elementary classroom in June. So obviously I'm getting through this the only way I know how: obsessive to-do lists, lots of Taylor Swift, and copious amount of wine sarcasm.

As the days are flying by, I'm more thankful than ever to be linking up with the incredible Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday (Saturday edition) for a little self-reflection on the week. Although it was only four days, this week felt equally as though it lasted 6 months and 6 seconds. My kiddos are more amazing than ever, and the nightmares of having to say goodbye to them are starting to pour in.  Thankfully we are working on some exciting projects to end this year with a bang. June - we're ready for you!




This is always that time of year when a bit of paranoia sets in. "Did we learn ALL the vowel teams?" "Will they really remember what 'Show. Don't tell.' means in writing?" "Am I sure I taught measurement with non-standard units?" And, of course, there's always something I realize we just NEVER taught. For me this year, it was compound words. I woke up in a panic Monday realizing this somehow never made it into my guided reading lesson plans (I'm going to stick with the theme of blaming the snow. We did only have 7 days of school in February...never mind about the other 153 we had between September and now.) So thanks to one of my favorite resources from Cara Carroll at The First Grade Parade, we are now compound word experts. And I'm checking one more thing off my to-do list.







 First graders are truly amazing. These two kiddos above? Started September working on mastering letter sounds. And now? Reading almost almost almost on grade level and LOVING it! At what other point in our lives do we achieve so much growth in such a short amount of time? 


Read to Someone might be one of my favorite parts of our day. Combining equal parts cuteness, excitement, and teamwork it's really just 30 minutes of awesome. I often use this time to run assessments or work with an intervention group, but this week I just had to stand back and take it all in.  Clearly I'm feeling a little sentimental about the end of the year, but man oh man, I love seeing kids that LOVE to read. Future bibliophiles of the world? I can only hope.



Another favorite part of our day? Math journals. This week we focused on one goal: prove it.  We often use math journal prompts that are both vague and open-ended, and encourage kids to find as many solutions as possible. In October, even the idea that a math problem can have more than one right answer can be mind-blowing for a newbie first grader. But now? We are at expert level. So to kick things up a notch, we have been focusing on organizing, sequencing, and aligning our thinking to prove we've found every possible solution.  



Looking for a great set of math journal prompts to use in your own classroom? Go check these out from my good friend, Jillian's TPT store: The Starr Spangled Planner


What kind of teacher would I be without a summer reading list?  As much as I'm dreading saying goodbye to my amazing group of kiddos, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to lazy afternoons on the patio with one of these in my hand. My reward for finishing all my end-of-year assessments? Emptying my shopping cart! What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?




Recently, I've been way into cranberry juice. And I mean real cranberry juice. A little splash over a glass of seltzer with some lime? Can't Get. Enough. And anyone I know will tell you -- this is not my usual relationship with water. So this week, I decided I'd dust off my water bottle and load it up with my new favorite concoction. An excellent idea -- until the WHOLE THING leaked in my school bag. Thankfully my soaking-wet-school-owned laptop made it through (thank you Mac Gods) but my planner? Gonezo. Caput. Done for. So obviously I had no choice but to immediately order this beauty from Plum Paper. Something I may or may not have been eyeing for a casual....six months. I'm going to count this as a glass half-full moment. And, as I write this, I am realizing my new planner and my blog will match.  If that doesn't make my OCD heart happy, I don't know what will. 



Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, May 4, 2015

What Works: Teacher Appreciation Linky and HUGE Giveaway!


Happy Teach Appreciation Week everyone! We all know teachers have it easy. Summers off? Finished with work at 3:00PM? Coloring all day? Wait, this isn't your job? MINE EITHER.

For every day that you: 
- Don't go to the bathroom for 12 hours
- Give your snack/lunch/water bottle/sweatshirt/jacket/socks/first born child to a student in need
- Use your already-too-small paycheck to buy things for your students, classroom, or families
- Come home after working for 12 hours, only to continue working until you pass out on the couch, laptop/laminator in hand (Please tell me I'm not alone with this one)
- Give up time with your loved ones to work even more
- Are told by people that have never set foot in a classroom what's 'wrong' with our education system

We celebrate you. YOU are making a difference. Not in life of one, but in the lives of many. You are changing the world, one juicebox at a time. Are you feeling the love? 

I'm so excited to be linking up with PAWSitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner, along with MANY more of my favorite bloggers to share some of my best secrets in the classroom and an AMAZING giveaway! Keep reading and make sure to check out all the other posts in the loop!
It's the little things, right? That's what my first secret is all about. If you're anything like me, your classroom is held together by a combination of Target dollar bin items, determination, and endless hours of work. Anything that makes my life easier when organizing/decorating/beautifying/transforming my classroom (and given it's been more than five decades since my school was last renovated, we essentially have free creative reign) is a go in my book. Are you ready for it? Here's my first secret:

Is it any surprise that a teacher's best friend is an office supply? I thought not. Truthfully, I would be lost without these incredible magnetic business cards from Staples. Need to hang something up on your easel? Chalk/dry erase board? I use these guys everywhere! Simply cut the card to the size you need, peel, stick, and admire. And at about $25 for a box of 100, it's a budget friendly choice! I've been working through my first 100-pack for almost two years!

 Our class schedule pocket chart - hung up in our meeting area thanks to some amazing magnetic power!

As teachers, we connect with our students in a beautifully unique way. Ultimately, it's this connection that defines each child's experience. Forging a meaningful, trusting, supportive relationship with my students is something I never take lightly. And I'm guessing...you don't either. But when paperwork, state testing, and mandated data collection reign supreme (never mind all that curriculum and those meetings!), it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed by this monumentally important task.  Enter secret number two: Reflection Journals. 



Each week, every student writes to me in their own private reflection journal. And each weekend, I write back to them. I used to request that families send in a composition notebook, or buy them in bulk at Target the last week in August, but after a couple years of carting a giant bag of rocks journals home each weekend, I decided this wasn't going to work out. I couldn't imagine life without reflection journals, so I began using the small composition testing books my school supply closet seems to always have on hand. If a kiddo fills up a journal, I simply replace it!

When I hand the journals out in early October, I explain to students that this journal is our special conversation. They can tell me anything. There are no prompts, no rules. And I don't share them with anyone. (Well, unless they are wildly hilarious, when I've been known to post a photo or two to Instagram. See evidence below. It can be our secret.)


Over the years, students have asked questions, shared concerns, written about all the things they love, hate, are scared of, and hope for. These journals allow more timid students to share the things they would never feel comfortable saying out loud, and more out going kiddos the outlet they need to share well, EVERYTHING. 





Another added bonus? The journals serve as a built-in comprehensive view of student writing over the entire school year. Win-win. And they never fail to make me smile. Just another reminder how amazing these kiddos are!



Ready for a two second survey? Raise your hand if you've: ever struggled with classroom management or had a bad day? (Perhaps even both in the same day? Trust me, I've been there).  That's why I'm sharing my classroom break space as my number one behavior management tool and final secret with you. 





What is a classroom break space? The break space is a quiet, semi-private place in the classroom students can go when they are feeling sad, mad, frustrated, annoyed, energetic, nervous, scared, or when they just need some space. Teachers can send students to the break space, or students can elect to go themselves. Once in the break space, students will find a variety of tools to help them manage behaviors and emotions, such a weighted balls, stuffed animals, glitter jars, stress balls, selected books, and more. 

How does a break space help facilitate classroom management?

- When frustrated or mad, students can easily remove themselves from a group setting to privately process through their feelings. 
- The brake space helps students understand that is OK to have emotional moments, and provides the necessary supports and scaffolding for them to independently process feelings
- If an issue comes up during instructional time, the teacher can simply request the student 'take a break' ending the issue without drawing unnecessary attention to the student or embarrassing them
- Students feel they have a safe place to go within the classroom
- Students can still hear what is going on in the classroom, so no instructional time is missed. 

Want to know more? You can read my full post on how to use a classroom break space here. Think you're interested in putting a break space in your classroom? Head on over to my TPT Store to grab my Pump the Breaks product! Simply click the link above or on either of the photos below. 


Included you will find everything you need to get your own space up and running!

Think we're done here? Not even close....



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