Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back To School Tips And a Write The Room Numbers Freebie!

Howdy!  It's Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!   I am super excited to be launching this all dude blog with my dude besties, Chad from Male Kindergarten Teacher and Chris from Famous In First!  

I have been teaching for 10 years.  I spent 1 year in 5th grade, 2 years in 2nd grade and the other 7 years in Kindergarten.  I was dragged to Kindergarten kicking and screaming.  No literally...crying to my mommy because I did not want to teach Kindergarten.  But it was truly a blessing because kindergarten is my passion and my calling.  I have found what I love and am blessed to be able to share my passion with others.  Kindergarten is the best.  Period.

I graduated from Indiana University.  I live in Nashville, TN with my husband (The Mister) and our golden doodles, Butters and LuLu!   I love all things teaching!  I love creating resources for my little 'staches.  I love creating fun DIY centers and activities.  I love all things glitter and mustaches.  And I love fun socks!  So yeah...that's me.  A bit eccentric.

So today I want to share 5 tips for back to school....so here we go!

Color is your friend.  Not only must you wear bright colorful clothing each day, but color coding makes your classroom run smoothly for you and for the kiddos.  Teacher friendly and kid friendly is a good thing. 

I color code centers and groups so everyone knows exactly what center to be in because they know they're in the pink group and they can see the pink group goes to the listening center.

I color code recording sheets so I know who's doing what and color coded recording sheets makes differentiation easier.

So, tip #1.  Stock up on colored copy paper.  

KISS!  Keep it simple silly!  

Simplify.  Not everything has to be Pinterest worthy.  There's nothing more effective than a great read aloud with great discussions!   No frills, no fancy anything.  Just simple.  

So tip #2, it's ok to be a Pinterest fail.  I am one of those daily.


Build them.  Nurture them.  With your kiddos.  With their families.  With coworkers.  Your classroom will not function well without all of these relationships.  Your students will not do what you want if they don't know that you love them and care for them.  Families won't support you if they don't know you love and care for their children. 

So, tip #3, relationships are complicated but very very very necessary.

Do you.

Take time for you.  Do things you enjoy that aren't teaching related.  Take a nap.  Eat that whole pizza (don't judge...we do it a lot where I work...).  Take a day off from doing any school work.


Laugh and have fun.  We have the best job in the world.  Yeah, it's hard and stressful and we work harder than anyone else in the world.  But man, our job is a blast.  Who else gets to spend their days with a group of people who idolize us and think we are the bees knees.  I mean really, what more could we want?!   Laugh.  Be silly.  Sing loud.  Dance badly.  Make messes.  Throw glitter.

So, tip #5,  go crazy!

And...remember, only we (TEACHERS) can change the negative perception about teachers and education.  I challenge each of you to join in the #happyclassrooms movement.  Each day, share 1 positive, happy, funny or touching moment from your class on social media. Use the hashtag #happyclassrooms and let's show the world just how amazing teachers and our students are!   

And how about a freebie?!

Click the picture to download this number recognition write the room freebie!  It's a great back to school center/workstation/activity!  


  1. Fantastic! This is why you are an inspiration.

  2. I just love this post to bits and pieces!!!!!!!

  3. Loved getting to know a bit more about you. Thanks for the freebie!

    Luv My Kinders

  4. I threw some glitter during our Wacky Wednesday Science time!!! And man we had fun!!!! Thanks for being an inspiration to me daily!!! I look forward to what you three dudes have to say each week!!!