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3 Tips to Work Smarter Not Harder

Are you working hard and feeling exhausted?

If so, here are a few tips to help you
work smarter...
not harder...
at school and at home!


Paragraph Writing
it takes a little time -
but will save you TONS of time throughout the year!

Have you ever had one of those amazing discussions with your class that everyone was engaged?  And you knew it would be a perfect springboard into a writing project - but didn't have a class set of graphic organizers at your fingertip... (so sad...)  I know we could have created our own... however, sometimes there just is not the time to do that with second graders.
I finally decided to organize my writing resources - so I could work smarter and be ready for those 'amazing' opportunities!

After a day in the classroom, I often feel totally depleated .... like all the energy had been drained out of me.... like a dead battery.... ever felt that way???
Of course you have - you are a teacher!
My favorite way to unwind is to take ...
When I get home - I kiss my husband - greet the dogs - 
and head for the garden.... 
Gradually as I walk around and focus on the flowers...
my mind begins to relax...
and I get a second wind...
refreshed and ready for my family.

I have a Freebie for you that I believe will make your morning routines a lot easier!
I call it "Rise & Shine" - a PowerPoint slide that you have projected every morning as the students arrive.  They can quickly see what they need to do to prepare for the day - and you have a few moments to take roll, lunch count, or any other morning responsibilities that you may have.
I made the slides editable so you can add what you need to for each new day!
I think it will make your mornings so much easier!
I hopes these tips and this "Rise & Shine" freebie help you work SMARTER ... not harder... and that you have some times of refreshment every day!


  1. Your rise and shine slide is adorable. What a great idea to have that up every morning when the kids arrive so they know just what to do. Thanks for sharing the great idea!
    Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

  2. Thank you, Debbie! It transformed my mornings!