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Daily Folders

Here is a form that I created after years of trial and error.  I wanted to make something that would give parents as much information about their child's day while keeping it simple and quick for the teacher to fill out on a daily basis.  This is just a sample that can be customized to fit your school's behavior plan and color charts.

Behavior Calendar


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Here's how I made my new Kaboom cans...

1.  Clean the empty cans.
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3.  Glue paper on cans.
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You can print out the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division cards here.

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So here's my story...

I am something of a pro when it comes to packing up my room.  At my old district, of the 6 years I spent teaching I've had to pack up and move everything out of my room about 6 times.  Yikes!  Once, I moved rooms during the school year, with the kids in the room, in the middle of the day, given a 3 days notice (not complaining, It was a move for the better ;)).  So yeah, I got this under control.

This will be my first year in a new district, I cannot wait to get my junk out of the attic.  (That would be my ENTIRE classroom)!!

Did I mention that I can't wait to get into my classroom??  Less than a month and I can start setting up!