BTS Blog Hop


I’m teaming up with some other fabulous bloggers for a Back to School Blog Hop to share some great ideas to start the year off on the right foot!  Thanks Tammy at the Owl Teacher for organizing this Blog Hop.

I have two ideas to share with you today.  The first one is an idea I found on Pinterest and it could be used for team leaders or anyone you want to Welcome Back to the school.  I used this with my two special education teachers.  Since I am new to the building, I wanted to let them know we are on the same team and I was looking forward to a fabulous year together.  Here is a picture of the finished product.


I bought the cups at the Dollar Store and filled them up with the following candy: Snickers, Milkyway, Mounds,100 Grands, Starburst, Smarties, and York Peppermint Patties.


I then attached the following saying to each candy.


The original idea came from the following link.  Check it out, since it has some different candy and sayings you can add.


The next idea is focused around Boosting Student Behavior at the beginning of the year.  It is important to get to know your students and make connections with them on day one.  This alone can alleviate a lot of classroom management issues.  Every child is coming from a different background and different life experiences.  I write about this in a previous blog post and shared this image to give an example.

childrenIt is important to form authentic relationships with students and then find out what really motivates them.  Once you do this, you can create behavior plans for the truly challenging students.

Another idea to Boost Student behavior is creating a “Cool Down Cushion”  As teachers, it is important to teach students productive and healthy ways to deal with emotions such as anger, sadness or frustration. By teaching students different tools they can use to deal with these emotions in a healthy way, we are helping the individual student and eliminating a potential disruption to the learning environment. The first step in doing this is being proactive and ready for a child who needs some additional help calming down within the classroom. The cool down cushion is the perfect place to “house” these tools and strategies.

The purpose of the cool down cushion is preventative, as a place where a student can voluntarily go when they identify signs of frustration before hitting the point of no return.  Of course you could call it something else.  I just liked defining an actual place in the room and giving it a label.  Next to the cushion, there should be a variety of tools students can use to cool down. Click on the below image to learn about the different tools you can add to your Cool Down Cushion.


If you are looking for more behavior interventions to add to your classroom management “toolkit”, check out my TPT store.  I have created 8 Behavior Boosters which include over 60 pages of ready to implement interventions.  During this Blog Hop, I have slashed the price.  I also have a number of FREEBIE items you can use!

BBcoverHave a great first week back to school and check back for more ideas for your classroom!  Also make sure you enter the raffle below for a 3-5 prize pack!  The drawing will be held on 8/16.

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5 thoughts on “BTS Blog Hop

    1. Discovering Hidden Potential Post author

      Thanks….the teachers seemed to enjoy it! I always think it is important to make the people you work with feel appreciated!



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