Hall Pass Linky Party!

I’ll be back in my next post to share part 2 of Khan Academy, because I couldn’t pass up this great linky party!

Reagan Tunstall (have you seen her classroom? It’s amazing!) is having a linky party called:

This is a great opportunity to step outside of our own classrooms to see what’s going on in the classroom next door! Although, do you think our kids talk about what they’re doing in class when they “need a bathroom break?” Yeah. Doubt it! ;) A teacher can dream…

Product: My Student Data Tracking Binders- They have changed my teaching life like for the better! I blog about them a lot! I have just recently started implementing them in our ELA block as I have been finishing up ELA assessments. Click HERE to read up on my system of data tracking!

Area: Our read aloud/mini-lesson area. My kids gather here each day and often beg and plead for me to keep reading, even through their lunch. This is where some of our best conversations about characters and different reading strategies happen. This is where my kids sit and learn to fall in love with reading. Something magical happens in this space, and I kind of love it.

Signal: My #1 transition signal is this music triangle:

My kids know that sound means stop and drop everything. Through a lot of practice they have gotten really good about transitioning. When they hear the sound, it’s pure silence in our classroom. Pretty awesome!

I use a lot of transition signals and sayings. For an everyday transition like taking your math book out, I love the call and repeat. I say, “MATH BOOK!” and my students repeat back 3 times with: “MATH BOOK, MATH BOOK, MATH BOOK!” and quickly race to pull it out, place it on their desk, and put their hands on the book. I sometimes even award points for the quickest group!

Sanity: My personal Pinterest page. I have a separate teaching Pinterest page and personal Pinterest page. When I need a second to step away from grading papers or responding to emails, I put some Pandora on, close my door, and PIN AWAY!

Hall Pass Linky Party! - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini Hall Pass Linky Party! - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

Hall Pass Linky Party! - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

Head on over to Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits to link up!


  1. I love your data tracking binders! I’ll have to try your transition signals.

    And, oh, Pinterest! What did we do before Pinterest!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  2. Thanks Jenny! I honestly don’t know how I taught, cooked, or got dressed in the morning before Pinterest!

  3. I LOVE your data binders. Any chance the ELA ones are ready for 5th?

  4. I love the idea of the music triangle as the transition signal, I have heard of it being used but haven’t yet tried it myself. I would have to agree with using Pinterest as a relaxation tool, it definitely helps me relax when I am looking at delicious food, beautiful clothes, and fantastic houses!

    Love to Learn

  5. The triangle is the best! A first grade teacher friend of mine used it and it worked awesome for her kids. I was afraid my kids would be too “old” for something like this, but I was wrong! It works! Thanks so much for your comments!

  6. Love your cute read aloud area with the flowers and adorable table!! And I am so with you on Pinterest! Definitely my happy place! :)

    Lessons with Laughter

  7. Hi there! Thank you for your link to the ELA data pack. I actually already own that. I was wondering about ELA assessments. ;)

  8. Oh my! You are AMAZING! :)
    First of all, thank you for your dedication and also thank you for your willingness to share your hard, hard work. Seriously…I don’t know where you find the time. :)

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