Hear How Teachers Are Using Classroom Management Games
Games are one of my favorite ways to manage classroom behaviors and expectations. They are an easy way to keep things fun and engaging for you and your students! I love creating behavior management games so that you have low-prep ideas for your classroom.    Today I’m joined by two classroom teachers, Lydia and Amy. Lydia is a third grade teacher and Amy teachers both second and third grade. They both use some of my classroom management games daily with their students and are on the podcast to share their e...

Tips For Setting Yourself Up For Next Year
Happy end of the year! While the end of the year is so exciting, the days leading up to it can bring on a great deal of stress and overwhelm. Final grades need to be put in, your classroom needs to be packed, and the list goes on and on. All you want to do is welcome summer and enjoy your much needed break, right?    Even though it may seem counterintuitive, I encourage you to do a bit of organizing before you call the year quits. Yes, it will take some time up front, but it will save you SO much more time ...

Ending Your Year With Research Projects
You’re almost there teachers! The end of the year is here. If you have completely run out of ways to keep your kiddos engaged, I have the perfect solution for you. Research projects! Research projects are my favorite way to end of the school year.   Assigning research projects are the perfect way to review content learned throughout the year or introduce new topics that are of interest to your students. The best part? You can easily implement research projects in-person or digitally! You can even use them a...


General Ed and Special Ed Collaboration Tips with SLP, Amanda Newsome
I'm so excited to bring on a guest who is also one of my best friends. Her name is Amanda Newsome and she is a wife, mom, and speech-language pathologist. She has been in an elementary setting for ten years. She also runs her business, A Perfect Blend, where she creates beautiful fonts as well as other digital and printable resources.   Amanda and I are diving into the disconnect that sometimes happens between GenEd and SPED. Amanda has lots of great tips on how to build the relationship between the two tea...

How to Stay Organized While Teaching Virtually
Staying organized is challenging enough, but teaching online calls for next level organization. Virtual learning comes with endless PDFs, Google Slides, resource links...the list goes on. Resources such as Google Drive gives you the capability to organize all of your files, but it can get messy very quickly! With all the digital files being used every day, you have to have some sort of system to keep up and lessen overwhelm.   I'm sharing my favorite organizational tips with you that you can implement right...

3 Ways to Engage Students for Better Classroom Management
If you know me, you know I LOVE talking about classroom management, so that's what we are diving into today! Classroom management is something that's constantly evolving for all of us. You've probably found that what works for your class one year doesn't work the next year. You may even have to switch up your management tools throughout the year, and that's okay!   Each part of the year brings new challenges. The time of year between winter break and spring break is a great time to try out new systems in yo...


Google Classroom Tips and Tricks
Do you use Google Classroom in your everyday teaching? It' such an amazing tool for both in-person teaching and virtual learning. It's quickly becoming a hot topic, so today I wanted to give you some tips and tricks so that you can maximize how you're using it!   In this episode you'll learn: How to keep your Google Classroom organized in a way that works for you The difference between a "material" and an "assignment" and other features My favorite ways to have your students collaborate with Google Slides ...

What's Keeping You Stuck?
Are you feeling stuck? Whether it's something related to teaching or just life in general, let's talk about ways to get UNSTUCK and out of our own heads.  In this episode, I’m opening up on how it can be easy to feel this way and tips for how we can get out of those boxes we create for ourselves. I hope this episode will provide you with some tips of how to get unstuck as well as a reminder to you that you are not alone! It's okay todo things that scare you...it's okay to try new things in your teaching...d...

Morning Meetings
Have you been looking for a way to incorporate morning meetings into your classroom routine? Or maybe you already do, but you’re looking for some ideas to spice it up!  In this episode, I’m filling you in on how I like to run morning meetings, exactly how it can look in your classroom, as well as different activities you can start implementing TODAY!  My hope for you after listening to this episode is that you will feel confident to start morning meetings in your classroom if you haven’t already, feel the u...


The Countdown is ON! End of the Year Ideas
The countdown is on. If you’re a teacher, you know exactly what countdown I’m talking about. THE END OF THE YEAR. How are you celebrating in your classroom? I think it’s super important to make sure that we celebrate all the hard work that we’ve accomplished throughout the year. I don't think all learning should stop when we start "the countdown," but it's a great way to celebrate your year together and to have fun while doing it. In this episode, I’m filling you in on what I do in my own classroom to celeb...

Why Anchor Charts are a Must in Every Classroom
Have you been looking online for that perfect anchor chart to display to your students and desperately trying to recreate it? Or maybe you don’t even know where to begin with anchor charts! Enter: The Anchor Chart Queen. On today’s episode, we welcome the Amy Groesbeck from The Animated Teacher. Amy shares her tips for how she creates anchor charts, how to involve students in the process, as well as her tips for displaying, organizing and more! Get ready for tons of valuable information that you can take st...

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5 Apps to Help Make Your Life Easier: Part 1
Are you looking for some apps that will make your teaching life and personal life easier? Then look no further because I’ve got an amazing list prepared for you. On today’s episode, I’m going to be breaking down my personal list of favorite apps that I use on a daily basis that make both my teaching life and personal life easier. These five apps will help keep you organized, save you time, and help things in our lives go much easier and run smoothly. I hope after listening today you can take these apps stra...

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Student Led Conferences
Student independence and ownership is a HUGE part of my classroom. I love to let students take the reigns and what better way to have them take ownership in their learning than with a student-led conference?! On today’s episode, we are talking all things student-led conferences. This does not have to be something that takes you a ton of extra time (trust me, it doesn’t at all) and you will be so amazed at the benefits it brings to your conferences!   Whether you want to jump into student-led conferences fo...

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Using Current Events in the Classroom with Ashley Ramirez
What if you could bring relevant, engaging topics into your classroom AND practice skills rigorously WITHOUT it feeling like work? Ashley from, The Texas Lone Star Teacher, does just that. Ashley is a fifth grade teacher in Texas who has a passion for creating collaborative learning opportunities for her students and within her school. She shares innovative resources, teaching tips, and creative classroom ideas and today she is here to share them with YOU. Grab a notebook, flair pen, and get ready to hear h...

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Classroom Management Tips
Classroom management-the number one requested topic for this show and what I get asked about THE MOST. If I could pick one area where I feel the most confident, it would be classroom management.   Today, I’m telling you 4 key strategies to take back with you to the classroom that you can use TODAY.  Implementing these strategies will not only create structure for your kids, but it will also create a positive and FUN classroom community. Classroom management DOES NOT have to be difficult and YOU 100% can mak...

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5 Ways to Get Organized in the New Year
ORGANIZATION!! If there is one thing that can save your sanity, it is implementing practical systems to keep you more organized in and out of the classroom. When you're more organized you have more time and energy to do the things you want to do and that mean the most to you. Which then makes you a better version of yourself for you AND  your students.⁣⁣ I will be discussing 5 things to keep you organized that you can start doing RIGHT NOW!⁣ Let’s face it, staying organized can sometimes be a struggle, but ...

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Welcome to the Show!
WELCOME to the Teach Create Motivate Podcast!  I’m Ashley Marquez, the face behind the teaching website and TPT store Teach Create Motivate. You may also recognize me from Instagram where I share all things teaching, everyday life and Amazon finds!   Starting a podcast for teachers like you.. and ME!.. has been a dream of mine for quite a while. Teaching is NOT easy! I firmly believe though that having the right strategies and tips can make ALL the difference.  I have so many ideas that are constantly circl...