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Instagram, or IG as the young people call it, is full of dope, amazing teachers that are worth following. I created this list of people who inspire my feed on a regular basis.

But first, let me just put something in the atmosphere really quick.

So, Teacher-People, there are multicultural crayons. Have you seen them? Google them. I love them! With that being said, I would be straight crazy not to include people of color on this list of teacher IGers. If you are a blogger, TPT author, influencer, or just in a place to reach lots of teachers, remember this. It’s important that when you feature “the best” there is, that you make an effort to include everyone.

Now, get that phone of yours and follow every one of these people. Do it now, I say.

turquoise

The oh, so wonderful professor of the professors, Turquoise Parker @ohgorgeous1

vera

Girl, twirl in that tutu and teach the kinders 2+2 (see what I did there), Vera @thetututeacher

tamara_russell

Thanks for always keeping it real, Tamara Russell @mrsrussellsroom

sarah

Always with a keen perspective, Sarah Plumitallo @sarahplumitallo

jameson

I may not drink coffee, but I like what you have brewing, Jameson @lessonswithcoffee

princess

Royalty in the classroom with Princess Netherly @pnetherly

kathiewainwright

You’ll love the innovative ideas from, Kathie Wainwright @ms.wainwright

greta

You never cease to amaze me with your classroom, Greta-Learning With Mrs. Leeby @learningwithmrsleeby

lanesha

Education with an apron? Yes, please, Lanesha Tabb @apron_education

tanyadwyer

Show us how it’s done in the classroom, Tanya Dwyer @aplusfirsties

angelagriffith

A creative teacher in kinder, Angela Griffith @thedailyalphabet

naomiobrien

So many creative products and ideas from rockstar teacher Naomi O’Brien @readlikearockstar

renee

This wonderful teacher in the city, Renee Elle @citygirlinthird

jillian_starr

A star teacher, Jillian Starr @starrspangledplanner

miss_robinson

Inspiring ideas from the classroom and wonderful videos, Miss Robinson @smartiestyle

juan_gonzalez

Mr. G’s class is the place to be, Juan Gonzalez @teaching3rdwithmrg

deirdre_garcia

Slay the classroom. Not like…in a violent way…you know what I mean, Deirdre Garcia @mrsgarciassuperscholars

tanesha

Must-love this advocate for educational equity. Push through Tanesha B. @love.tanesha

tierraney

Get your classroom management problems solved by Miss Tierraney @misstierraney

latoya_reed

Fly into her amazing classroom, Latoya Reed @flyingintolearning

tabitha_carro

If I could speak Spanish I’d say something in Spanish about you Tabitha. What’s Spanish for phenomenal teacher and iPhone marketing extraordinaire?, Tabitha Carro @flapjackeducation

Jessica_vicknair

My Louisiana buddy and technology guru, Jessica Vicknair @techandteachability

gabby_barba

It’s unreal how awesome your resources are, Gabby Barba @instructandinspire

kayse_morris

My sweet friend who inspires in so many ways, Kayse Morris @kaysemorris

greg_coleman

Mr. Math himself, Greg Coleman @mrelementarymath

janice

Take a peek inside her classroom, Janice @islandloverteacher

bryce

Dallas kinder teacher with plenty to share, Bryce Sizemore @theteachingtexan

simpson

A superstar teacher with superstar firsties, Simpson Superstars @simpsonsuperstars

james

Awesome teacher from NY, James Whitaker @sophistthoughts

 

And the list goes on…

There’s room for us all…

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Our school recently held Open House where the parents come in and learn more about our classroom. Am I the only teacher who gets nervous to talk in front of parents? Like seriously, I talk all day to my second graders, yet talking to parents gets me all bashful. Crazy town.
So this year, I switched things up with Open House and I loved how it turned out. Last year I had a whole speech and a PowerPoint…I felt like I was running for class president. This year, I put more of the focus on my kids! Each student had these items on their desk when their parents arrived.
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The items included a Welcome to Open House note from me, an I Am Special Booklet they made, a questionnaire for the parents that went along with the booklet (not pictured), a letter my kiddos wrote to their parents, a letter template for the parents, and an class information booklet.
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The welcome note just walked the parents through their “tasks” for the evening. Some of my kids did end up coming, but our Open House is intended for just the parents.
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The I Am Special booklets from Lavinia Pop are something that I’ve used the past two years. My kids completed them in class during the first week of school. I saved them so that their parents could read through them. Before the parents read their booklets, they had a questionnaire to see how much they knew about their child. They wrote in the answers and then read their child’s book to see how many answers they got right. I loved watching the parents as they read through the books.
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My students also wrote a letter (using a template from First Grade School House) to their parents thanking them for coming to Open House and telling them what their favorite part of school was so far. Again, smiles on the parents’ faces were priceless. I love how this kiddo wrote ROLL TIDE! My dad is from Alabama so this is near to my heart…tears!
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I didn’t expect for the parents’ letters to touch my heart so much but OMG! I read through some of them and I almost shed some tears y’all. The parents wrote a letter back to their child saying whatever they wanted. The next morning, I gave each child the letter their parents wrote, giving them an encouraging start to their day. The kids loved reading what their parents wrote to them! I am definitely doing this next year.
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The last item was the class information booklet for my parents. It’s kind of expected that we do some kind of speech for the parents, but to avoid running for class president again, I decided to just hit the important parts in the booklet and call it a day. It’s a great reference tool for my parents when they want to know our class schedule or need to contact me. You can get this editable booklet and customize it for your classroom.
What kind of things do you do for Open House?

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Like it only took me 8 years to get organized. Don’t judge me. Don’t you dare judge me. Just clap in circle because I finally got it. This summer, during one of my many unnecessary but necessary trips to Target, I found this file box. I knew that I needed a way to keep my graded papers organized and this was the perfect fit.

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Meet bae. We’ll call it file box bae. Why? Because I keep this little gem in my classroom and place papers in that need to be graded. No more messy teacher bag stuffed to the MAX with papers. Yes, I have done that since I started teaching.

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Fridays are typically test day. So, on test day, my kids take their tests and when they hand them in they go in the hanging file folders. Each subject area corresponds with a different color (red is for Reading, blue is for Math). I carry bae home with me on Fridays, grade papers over the weekend, and then bring bae back to school. All of my papers are neat and in order for me to pass out on Tuesdays, which is they day I hand back graded papers.

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And all the children clap in unison because their teacher is so organized.

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Some other ways to use this could be to have a hanging file folder for each student, and let them place their papers in after they finish testing. You grade them and place them back in their folder. Then they can come and grab their papers out. This would totally work for older kiddos.

Hope this was a nice tip for you! Share in the comments below how you keep your graded papers organized.

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Would it surprise you that I never used a nice, formal class newsletter until last year? Yes, I’m crying on the inside. Before, I just sent a homework sheet home and left a few notes about upcoming dates at the bottom. Nothing fancy…or very informative. Yikes, y’all. But you live and you learn, right? When I transferred to my new school and district, we were required to send a newsletter each week. So I scrambled and came up with this newsletter and used it last year. While I love the design, I just figured I would create a new one for this school year.
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I love that this newsletter is not as busy as the other and uses the oh-so-cute Melonheadz kids on it. I use the front of the newsletter for things going on in the classroom. I also put upcoming events happening in our school and classroom.
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I use the back to inform parents about the week’s skills and homework. This is a REALLY important part of my newsletter. My homework is pretty much the same each day of the week, so I am able to print it ahead of time. If your homework differs each day, you could print a new one each day and include the homework. Whatever floats your boat.
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If you’re in search of a newsletter to keep your parents informed, check out this editable class newsletter in my TpT store.
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As I peruse Instagram, one of my favorite hobbies, I see many teachers who are just starting their summers while others, like me, or getting ready to head back in. I am been breaking my back and getting hot glue burns on my body in preparation for the new school year.
I know that there is a crop of new teachers out there that need my expertise advice! I have 5 tips for your first day.
First things first…I’m the realest.
Just kidding. I don’t care for Iggy, but I like that verse.
Ahem, anyway.
Tip #1: Have everything ready to go
Tip #2: Have a first day script with everything you’re going to say and do.
Tip #3: Have your behavior system in place and ready to go
Tip 4: EAT LUNCH!
Tip 5: Have fun with your kiddos.
I created a YouTube video and explained these tips. You can watch it HERE on my channel. The tips above may or may not be in the same order as the video. I could go back and check, but I’m doing some lazy Saturday blogging. You know how it goes…sorry not sorry.
Oh yeah, have you gotten your teacher extraordinaire shirt yet?
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