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As we enter into July, I am approaching my 7th year of teaching. I began my career teaching English Language Arts and Reading, but after three years I made the switch to 7th Grade American History. When I began teaching history, I just knew that I was going to incorporate my love for ELA into my new classroom, as it was pertinent to meeting the new standards. One feature I brought from my ELA classroom was the Interactive Notebook system for organizing classroom notes and activities.

Interactive Notebooks (INB) allow students to create a personalized textbook. INBs can be used in just about every subject area.  As I begin planning for the upcoming year and throughout the year, I will be providing freebies that I have created to make my life easier in the classroom! Today, I am offering a basic table of contents that can be used for any class. If you’d like me to personalize the table of contents, send me an e-mail at chicandcluttered@gmail.com.

Here are some helpful hints when printing or copying pages for your INB:

  1. Print two pages on one sheet.
  2. Or copy/print at 80%

This ensures that the pages are the perfect fit for Interactive Notebooks!

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XOXO

Danielle

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I love music. I love all types of music–alternative, rock, country, Broadway showstoppers, the list goes on. I believe that music has the power to uplift and motivate the human spirit. I also use it to connect with my students on a more personal basis; if I know the latest and greatest hits, then it opens the avenue to deeper conversations about the history of songs and importance of monitoring what we watch and listen to. While teaching middle school American History can be challenging, it is also very rewarding when you make a difference in a child’s day or even better, future choices.

On the first day of school, I always greet my new kiddos with a bucket of candy and fun music. I want students to have a desire to come to school and own their education, so sometimes we have to let our hair down in the classroom.

I use two different types of music in my classroom. The first type is relaxing and used during tests. The kids have come to expect a nice, calm tune to be played during an exam. I always ask the students for their input on the volume. Sometimes they beg to have “music with words,” but during a test this is not recommended. Below are some great Pandora stations that play relaxing, test-taking music.

Spa Suite Radio

Instrumental Christmas Music

On the other hand, I like to make Fridays a special day in my class. We start the day with some upbeat music while the students complete their class starters. Of course, the music is turned off when we start class discussions, but as soon as we resume group work, I let the music continue. The following are some great Pandora stations. As always, monitor the lyrics.

Radio for Kids Radio

Tween Radio

Schoolhouse Rocks Radio

Family Road Trip Radio

This year I will be kicking it up a notch on Fridays with a LED Party Light! I will be using  my new Disco light for our fun music on Fridays, birthdays, and other occasions that deserve celebration. The light has a lifespan of more than 10,000 hours, so that’s a lot of partying! But my favorite feature is that it has the ability to sync to music and strobe following the beat. Remember to be sure no one in your class is sensitive to strobe lights.

How do you use music in your classroom?

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naeir

NAEIR is an acronym for National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources. The organization allows teachers and other service organizations to get FREE resources. The catch? The items you select must be used for the ill, elderly, or youth. Of course, as a teacher all the products can be used in the classroom. NAEIR legally cannot charge individuals for the items. They only charge a nominal shipping fee.

How does this work?

Larger companies donate items to NAEIR and receive a tax write-off. Non-profits then get the items for FREE!

Is NAEIR legit?

Yes, yes, and yes! I have ordered and received my shipment in a timely manner. NAEIR offers great products from companies like Crayola, 3M, and Rubbermaid. Enjoy a wide variety of products from pens to laminating machines to clothing and shoes. I recently saw a 2-pack of 3M laminating machines for just $24 shipping!

As teacher, I am always looking for more economical ways to supply my classroom, and NAEIR has helped me greatly! CLICK HERE to get started! It may take a few days to be approved, but it is well worth the wait!