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Teacher Gift Guide Ideas

Are you wondering what gift to get for that favorite teacher?  Or maybe even what to add to your own teacher gift list?  I've got you covered with this teacher gift guide!  Six teacher gift ideas that teachers would actually want and like!  Hopefully, with some ideas that you may not have thought to ask for.  Some of the the links below may be referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. 


Keurig Coffee maker, Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla K Cups

Please consider not getting the teacher in your life another teacher coffee cup.  Most teachers have quite a collection of them.  If the teacher likes coffee or tea, consider getting together with others and getting a coffee maker for their room (if allowed) like this Keurig.  I have one in my room and I use it every day!  So handy to have it where I can make coffee anytime.  If a coffee maker is not allowed, gift the teacher coffee in their favorite flavor like these Dunkin Donut French Vanilla K-Cups.

Teacher Peach Utility Teacher Tote Bag with Pockets, Mr. Sketch markers

How about a cute teacher bag that has plenty of room for all the papers, books, pens, etc... that get carried back and forth from school to home?  This makes a great class gift when you fill the teacher bag with Mr. Sketch markers and other fun pens and notepads!

Echo Dot, Alexa

Have you seen the Echo dot used in classrooms yet?  This makes a fun gift for any teacher and her/his classroom!  Students can ask Alexa:  how do you spell ___?, what is the weather?, roll the dice, flip a coin, count by 5s, what is the definition of ____?  Lots of different ways to be used and I am sure students are creative enough to think of more!

Felt letter board, letters

Everyone seems to be using letter boards!  They are cute ways to display short messages that capture attention. Post a question, special class of the day, book to be read, etc...  As a teacher, I would love to have one!

Because I Had A Teacher book, pack of Flair Pens

If you are looking for an extra special and meaningful gift for a teacher, you may want to get the book Because I Had A Teacher.  There is a place inside for you or a child to write a message to that special teacher.  A great companion gift would be a pack of Flair Pens because teachers LOVE Flair Pens!

laminator, lamination pouches

This may seem a bit different, but teachers laminate.  A lot.  I have my own laminator and it is great to have!  Add in some lamination pouches and the teacher in your life will love it!  And you for gifting it!  


I Have Who Has Holiday Edition Freebie game

Bonus!  If you can use this I Have...Who Has...Holiday Edition this month, you can get it here!

Do you have any teacher gifts on your wish list this year?


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RTI Assessment Tips Saving Teachers Time!

Time saving tips for teachers

It's almost that time of year again...no, not just Christmas (yay for that!), but RTI assessment time!  I know many teachers can have a love/hate for RTI and all the assessments.  A love (or at least a like) for how successful RTI can be, but maybe a hate for how much of our precious time it can take.  

Progress monitoring, universal screening, skills testing, dyslexia screening, and the list can go on and on! All this assessing used to take a HUGE chunk of my time.  Not to mention all the time spent copying and preparing tests.  Over time with experience, I have figured out how to make giving these assessments take so much less time and less painful!

Tip #1:  Stick to a Schedule


Teacher Schedule on table with flowers

Prepare yourself ahead of time.  Don't wait until the last minute to assess your students.  Things can happen- students will be absent, last minute assemblies will be scheduled and you may run out of time.  Decide what you will assess, schedule it out with time to spare for the unexpected and then stick to your schedule as much as possible.  You will thank me when you have completed it and have time left to spare!

Tip #2:  Set a Testing Zone


teacher table, pens, post its, phone, markers

Set up a testing zone and set out all the materials you will need.  This will help you to efficiently assess students when you have just a few minutes to get a student or two completed.  Keep your computer, list of students to be tested, pens, pencils, testing materials all right there at the table.  You can then move in and out of this area as needed without wasting time hunting down what you need.  

Tip #3: Be Efficient with Your Time


laptop, esgi software

I know some teachers have heard of ESGI.  Maybe you've thought of it as a kindergarten assessment tool or even for first grade.  Let me tell you it is so much more than that!  I believe so much in this program and the amount of time it saves me that I had to show it to you and explain it!  I have been using this assessment tool for several years now.  I use it for students from kindergarten through grade five!  I designed my own tests to fit my students' needs and my school's RTI needs.  But there are preloaded assessments already on it, plus other bloggers have opened up the assessments they have loaded so you could also use those!  

reading assessment reports

Once your tests are loaded into ESGI, you can use them over and over.  No looking for papers, no copying tests, no wasting your time!  

Tip #4:  Create Data Reports

reading assessment reports

Another super useful feature on ESGI, besides the assessments, are the reports.  I can create reports for my teachers to let them know how their students are progressing.  I can choose between different formats even.  I like to give them a report for their whole class overall and then also run reports for each individual students.  

reading assessment reports

If you are using RTI in your school, ESGI will make it so much simpler and save you so much time!  If you cannot tell yet, I have enjoyed this software so much!!  The time it has saved me from giving assessments to running reports and parent notes has had a huge impact!

If you think ESGI could help your school, click here  to save on a year's subscription.  If you are new to ESGI, you can try it for 60 days free!  Tell your RTI coordinator, Title 1 coordinator or administrator about it (or have them read this post).  I am telling you it is absolutely worth it!  Try it out and see!

Tip #5:  Plan For the Next Interventions

phonics word work binders for guided reading

Now that you have given your assessments and created your reports, it is time to start planning the interventions you will be using next to help your students progress even more.  Phonics binders are a great way to help students strengthen phonics and decoding skills and you can find them here.

fluency binders for guided reading and reading interventions

If students need to improve reading fluency, you can try these fluency binders.  Take a look at them here.


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