5 Tips to Arrange Your Classroom for Maximum Productivity

Tweet Classrooms can get pretty chaotic if you aren’t able to maintain structure and routine. Managing 20+ kids and all of their stuff is no easy task, and keeping your students focused can depend on maintaining an orderly and well thought out classroom. To keep your students on task and working productively, take a look […]

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Classroom Design – A Little Like Starbucks

Tweet As teachers, we spend 7 (8, 9…) hours each day inside our classrooms, they become our second home. They magically expand with our growing class sizes…nope, just kidding, although I would love one of those expander spells they put on the tents at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

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Reflections on My Classroom – Is it Inspiring?

Tweet Now, let’s get real.  Just because I host a website and blog called The Inspired Classroom, doesn’t mean I’m the best teacher in the world or have the most inspired classroom.  I try – hard, but I’m far from perfect. There are days when we all (teachers and students) are being pulled in many […]

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No More Desk!

Tweet I did it!  I’ve been thinking about it for years (like 7 years) and I finally decided to get rid of my teacher desk! The idea first came to me at a Responsive Classroom workshop where one of the lead teachers talked about how he gave up his desk and gained more space for […]

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Four Techniques on Integrating Creative Teaching into the Classroom

Tweet In the spirit of creativity in learning, we have a guest post with some ideas for the classroom.  Hope you find something that sparks your creativity!  ~EMP It can be fun when a teacher decides to shake things up in the classroom. Truth be told, some of my best classes were ones where the […]

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No Closed Doors, Just Open Spaces

Tweet Before I begin, I want you to know that I hear you rapping the title of this post to the line in Bust a Move by Young MC, “No fine girls, just ugly faces…” Ok, I know that’s bad, but stick with me! There is an actual post coming… I was rereading a post […]

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Freedom in Classroom Routines

Tweet I believe classrooms need structure to thrive. Just as our own children need and want structure, rules and boundaries, so do our students. Clear expectations and reliable routines give children the security and predictability to explore, make mistakes and succeed. Constructing and reconstructing routines to meet the needs of my students and management systems […]

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