Throwback Thursday - with a FREEBIE and a SALE!

I'm linking up with Cara at The First Grade Parade today for Throwback Thursday!

I'm highlighting a post on easy student affirmations that I wrote around this time last year. :) Instead of having the Yellow Table or Table 1, Table 2, etc. this year, I named my tables using my Student Affirming Table Labels. It was incredible how well my student responded to this simple switcheroo!

Check it out!

--------------------- Originally posted on July 13, 2012----------------------------------------------

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to attend a training called "Engaging Brains, Engaging Learners" with Dr. Rick Duvall. I learned a TON about student engagement and brain science in the classroom. What I appreciated most was that we weren't just sitting and listening all day. He had us practicing the principles he wanted us to promote in our own classrooms.

{BONUS: I got to spend the day and have lunch with my bloggy BFF, Mandy!}

I also came away with a couple of fabulous freebie ideas! :) I have one of them ready to share with you today...

I'm sure there are many of us out there in the blog-o-sphere who use table or group numbers/colors to organize our students. Last year, I had table colors: the green table, the blue table, the purple table, etc. I even found these nifty Dixon pencils at WalMart that matched my pencil pails.

Well, this year I'm adding a little something special to each table.

One of the things Dr. DuVall mentioned was an easy way to add student affirmations to each day. I made a sign for each table (with a few extras to cover all the colors) that I'll hang from the ceiling just above each table. You could also post them on the wall or on the tables themselves.

Instead of calling "the green table" to line up, I'll call "the FANTASTIC table" to line up.

Instead of calling "the blue table" to come and get their book totes, I'll call "the AWESOME table" to get their book totes.

Dr. DuVall used this with a teacher in his school who was having a hard time with classroom management and motivating her students. He said the change in her room within a week was remarkable. If you call up an "awesome" group of students several times every day, eventually they will believe and know that they really are AWESOME! :)

What I {LOVE} about this strategy is that I still get to color coordinate my tables and supplies, AND it's an easy way for me to bring a big dose of positive energy into my classroom every day. Plus, your students will learn synonyms for "good" that will *hopefully* show up in their writing as well! :) I also think it fits in perfectly with Habit 1: Be Proactive. If we want our students to choose their actions, attitudes and moods we need to set them up for success!

To grab these, just click on the picture below!

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday! We have had lots of RAIN here in Georgia - our city's fireworks have already been cancelled for tonight, so I'm not sure what our plans will be now. Make sure you stop by my TpT store - I'm having a sale today and tomorrow, 20% off!


  1. I LOVE this idea...wish I'd had it last year, but I'll definitely be using it this year. Thanks for the freebie!

  2. HI Abby! Your reference to DuVall is awesome! I like the idea of affirming through the use of table signs too! Thanks so much for the freebie! I am your NEWEST follower! YAY!
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  3. JUst downloaded your Elementary Reading Survey. I love it! I teach ELL (English Language Learners( and I hear the "I can't read" quote a lot. I am excited to use this. I will say that two years ago I brought my ipad regularly and read when I could with the kids. They would hear me laughing and loved it! Last year i actually got some ereaders for them. It worked for a while, but truth be told, I think fourth and fifth graders need to have books in their hands.

  4. Great ideas! I name my tables various colleges, but I LOVE this idea! I'm your latest follower and a third grade teacher as well! Can't wait to grab some great ideas from you here!

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  5. Hi Abby I love your blog! I just found it & I'm now your newest follower!

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