July 20, 2015

Classroom Management Freebies

Happy Monday! I love that I can say that to teachers in the summer and MEAN IT! haha

We finally had a break in the rain this weekend, so Joel, his sister, and I headed downtown for some relaxation on the beach of Lake Michigan. We didn't hit much traffic until we arrived, when it took us 1.5 hours to find parking! I guess when the hottest day of the year (two years, actually) falls on a Saturday, EVERYONE heads to the beach!
Joel in his happy place
By the time we got situated in the sand, some ominous clouds started forming above. I swear we weren't even there an hour before it starting storming again!

Luckily, I have a great friend who lives nearby and invited us to dry off at her apartment. We ate some linner (that's what I call a late lunch/early dinner) and played a round of my current favorite board game, Ticket to Ride (Note: it's not actually called Ride the Train as I said previously. I miss that up EVERY time. I don't think it's hard to see why!).
Even when I lose, I still have fun
By the time we were cleaned up, the sun was shining again, so we headed back to the beach. It was much cooler, so we didn't get in the water, but we were DETERMINED to make the most of our beach day!

See all that water behind me? That's ON the beach!
OK... now for the stuff you're really here to see! I'm linking up with my girl, Tara at 4th Grade Frolicks, for Monday Made It, which is definitely my FAVORITE linky of the week because I'm stealing so many great ideas for my classroom!

I was pretty busy again this week, making things for my classroom. And the good news is that I have some freebies to share with YOU!

The first item I finished this week is a classroom management visual for my classroom. A couple years ago, I learned about CHAMPS, which is about setting clear expectations for every activity in the classroom. Students need to know, for each Activity, the expected Conversation level, how they should seek Help, what Movement is allowed (if any), and what is expected for Participation. As always, it's a good idea to display this in your classroom so students can refer to it as needed.

As you know, we can do MANY activities in an ELA block, so this can change multiple times per period. I've seen some teachers create HUGE posters that show all of the information for each type of activity, but I feel like it's too overwhelming to see all of that information at once. Instead, I created HEADINGS & TAGS for each section. Mine are printed and laminated, and I'm putting them on those loose leaf rings (which I will hang on a thumb tack) so I can flip to the correct tag for the current activity. I plan to make a student responsible for this (as we discuss the expectations for each activity) so I don't spend my whole day changing the tags!

I obviously made these to match my new classroom, but if you'd like a copy of my set, you can grab it, my first freebie, here!

Up next are two posters I created for my classroom. I adapted the SWAG posters I've seen all over Pinterest to meet my needs in the middle school classroom, and of course, I needed a THINK poster that would match my new decor. I still have to print and laminate these, but I have to go Kinko's for that so... it may be a while before that happens!

These will eventually be a part of my Classroom Poster Set, but you can click on the pictures below to download these flash freebies! Grab them before the set goes live on TPT and the freebie ends!

I also threw together this Classroom Behavior Log, which I plan to use for tracking purposes. I have four boxes for each day because, as an ELA teacher, I want to track their behavior in 4 instances:

  • First period of the block - Teacher Instruction
  • First period of the block - Workshop Time
  • Second period of the block - Teacher Instruction
  • Second period of the block - Workshop Time
As you can see, I plan on doing a reading and writing workshop in my classroom this year, and I want to be able to track WHEN students are off-task as much as HOW OFTEN. I have some simple codes for things like no pencil or no book that I want to record for conferences.

Click on the image below do download your copy!

Finally, I made a little somethin' for me. While we were at the beach, we saw vendors selling big chunks of DELICIOUS-looking melons, and it gave me a serious craving for some fruit. I made Joel go with me to the store yesterday and purposely selected some fruits we don't normally buy.

When I got home, everything sounded so good that I couldn't decide. So... I made GIANT fruit salad with kiwi, pineapple, nectarines, honeydew, and watermelon. OH MY YUM!

OK, folks! That's all for this week, but don't worry because I'm already hard at work on next week's items to share!


  1. What is this board game that you speak of? I need more details...now! I love all the stuff that you made for your classroom this week. You are busy, busy creating and swaggin'!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. That fruit salad looks so tasty! I'm not really a fruit eater---I like it to be crisp and cold, and I HATE cutting it up. But something about the summer and the warm weather....
    Here's something:
    When I was a kid, my mom occasionally made fruit salad for dinner, and after you dished your fruit into your bowl, she added a scoop of raspberry or lime or orange (or even rainbow) sherbet on top. It tasted sooooo goooood with that fresh fruit salad. You should try it! I think you'll like it. : )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  3. I love the "Show Your Swag" poster! Thanks!

    1. So glad you like it! I'm glad you'll be able to use it!

  4. Love your beautiful posters! These will work great in my classroom! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. That fruit looks so good! It has a good mix of fruit and fruit juices-- Yum.

    My Bright Blue House

  6. Love the posters! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm also curious about the board game.

    1. So, it's actually called Ticket to Ride. I mess it up EVERY time, and I have no idea why because I sing the song the ENTIRE time we play! haha

  7. Do you mean "Ticket to Ride" for the board game?

  8. Love love those Swag and think posters, really need those for my classroom. Also I am jealous of the time you have to devote to classroom stuff, my AP texted my today to start working on leadership stuff next week and I panicked that nothing has even been started in my own classroom. EEK.