Tip #1: Never assume that parents are just going to know what to do. Always give directions and when possible, a visual helps! Yes, it takes longer to do, but in the long run, you will save so much time. Think about the time it takes answering notes.
The beginning of the year is a good time to give the parents of your students a handout explaining everything there is to know about your class. I call it my "General Information Packet." Below you can read mine for free (just click the cover), if you would like to purchase an editable Word version for $1, click here.
Here is another example, this is a freebie explaining how to do spelling homework in a notebook:
I am also working on a Spelling Homework Menu Packet. If you are interested, be sure to follow my TpT store to get an email alert when it is posted.
Tip #2: Hot Glue Everything!
This board was made by hot gluing wrapping paper and a border to the dry erase board. Then I hot glued clothespins to hold the pictures and posters. Each week, I just pop out the poster and pictures and pop in new ones! My Star of the Week kit is also available on TpT.
Hot glue works well on cement walls and wood doors. At the end of the year, I just take my little scraper and scrape it off. Or you can peel it off with your fingers.
I just posted a new Ultimate Bright Tonal Chevron Packet to TpT and some Camouflage decor items. I hope you check them out.
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