With the school year in full swing for many of you, you’re probably getting a clearer idea of which routines are working for your classroom and which routines need a little fine-tuning. Looking for some ideas on switching things up a bit? Check out these thoughtful posts from TpT Teacher-Authors who have lived it and then blogged about it. Get great ideas for classroom management techniques, and learn about fail-safe organizational tools. Even discover how to get a class full of 5-year olds organized. Yes, it can be done. Really.

Switch Up Your Classroom Routine: Tips, Ideas, Inspiration, and More

Made With Love

Rainbow City Learning has a super blog post about “setting up a routine that will turn a challenging class into the class of your dreams!” Her tips include encouraging collaboration and developing positive life habits together. Check it out.

Made With Love says, “Here’s a post about getting centers or stations started in the classroom as well as a peek at my language arts stations.”

Made With LoveThe Teacher Gene wrote a couple great posts on classroom management techniques that have worked well for her. Take a look at Fast Finishers and Meticulous Incompleters {Finished and Unfinished Trays} along with Managing Taking Turns in the Classroom.

Or how about this from Two Boys and a Dad Productions? “I just wrote a blog post about using Google Forms. Instead of worksheets, I’m putting daily work/practice on a Google Form, and the students use Chrome books to do their daily work in class during my guided reading instruction. You can learn more about it here.”

Speaking of guided reading, Shifting Teacher K-2Shifting Teacher K-2 has a great post about guided reading and small group time for little ones. She says, “Well, it’s always eventful trying to get 5-year-olds organized and understanding what you’d like for them to do… I try to be very clear with directions, and I add picture cues to everything the students are doing to keep them organized. Learn more right here.”

“I teach ELL students and have blogged in the past about the incredible power of a daily oral language reflection time,” says Teaching Doodles. From her post: “At my school (100% English Language Learners or ELLs), daily reflection time is 15 minutes at the end of every day where selected students share their learning for that day. Students are given a toy microphone and asked to stand at the front of the class. They will either reflect on written work (holding up their paper and discussing what they did) or talk about a picture of themselves taken during centers that day. This time is very scaffolded and all students know what to expect when it’s their time to share shine.” Here’s the whole post!


Wow. Such wonderful ideas, expressed with eloquence by our terrific Teacher-Authors. We can’t wait to see how you incorporate some of these suggestions into your classroom. Onward and upward!