2 Tips to Tame the Morning Chaos

Don't you just love this picture?!
Look at their enthusiasm ...
... their determination ...
... their speed ...
... their joy ...
all coming into YOUR classroom!

After years of frustration with the chaos of my mornings with the students,
I found 2 routines that tamed - not squelched - tamed and directed ...
... their determination ...
... their speed ...
... their joy ...
as they come into YOUR classroom!
I call it "Rise & Shine" because that's what I want the students to do...
rise to the challenges of the day ...
and shine with their best!

It is PowerPoint slide that you project 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.
This really transformed my mornings!  Now the students were self-directed and productive!
And it was a snap for me to create every day - much easier - and cuter - than writing it on the whiteboard every day.

If you would like to give this a try - 
you can download it - 
for free!
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!
Morning Routines

There is just something wonderful about music and the effect it has on us!
I found that music playing as the students enter the classroom helps them 
transition and refocus their attention!
I have a morning playlist with a variety of tempos:
Quiet music on Mondays when their energy is high.
Lively music for the Fridays (and the day after a field trip).
Variety of tempos in between.

I hope these 2 tips will help you 'tame the morning chaos'!
Great tips to tame the morning chaos and channel all that enthusiasm into learning!

Primary Flourish


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3 Tips to Work Smarter Not Harder



Today I am linking with Laura from Where the Magic Happens, Krista from Teaching Momster, and Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching! I have joined forces once again with my bloggy friends to bring you the best, most amazing giveaway on this Labor Day weekend!

We want to treat you with some of our best ideas to 
work smarter...
not harder...
at school and at home!

So here I go!
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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!

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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.

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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!

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