the first one done is not the winner...

Ever since I have been in the classroom, I have been telling my students this (I got it from my cooperating teacher when I was a student teacher... Thanks Lynda):

It helps with those students who just want to "get 'er done"... and fast... 
It's always a good reminder to  S L O W  down and do your personal best work!

Click here to download this sign for your classroom.
(FYI: You can print this document on a 1 page poster or make a larger poster with 4 pages.)

How do you encourage your students to do their personal best work?


  1. OMGosh! You have totally made my heart happy!!! I have 6 boys who rush and race through everything - their work, who can get to the bathroom faster, who can line up the fastest, and so on! I am printing this out and hanging it up tomorrow!!! Thank you! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  2. Love it and will be posting it right above my 'Shining Work Box' where they place "finished work".

    Gotta tell you, I went back to some of your old posts and read your blog do's and dont's - got a lot of good ideas...thanks. My hubby says "Stay of that chick's blog" HA...I went right to the blog designs you mentioned and BOUGHT one instead of using my freebie...LOL.


  3. I love this! My 2nd graders are very competitive and I hope this will motivate them to focus on doing their best instead of finishing first. Thanks :)
    XO Magan

  4. Love this!

    I use the sugar cookie award idea from First Grader at last. My class loves it and it really encouraged them to try their best! :)

    The Sharpened Pencil

  5. Love this! It will be hanging in my room first thing tomorrow!!


    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  6. Thanks! I am going to use it with my 1st/2nd grade class! I have a couple kids that just love to rush.

    Mrs. Lopac Teaches...

  7. This is fantastically adorable!! I will print it tomorrow!
    Thank you so much!
    KErri B

  8. I always tell them this isn't a race and I don't have a trophy for them. I use the story the tortoise and the hare. Slow and Steady wins the race. We refer back to our work with this story a lot.

  9. He Lindsey,

    I have a question - your little words for addition and words for subtraction - is there any way to make that plus and minus sign small so we could tape it to the corner of a desk? I work with some low babies in 1st and 2nd and I find myself saying "how many more means we???" every. single. day. Is that something you can do or should I try it on my own? Let me know what you think.

  10. Aww, this is adorable. Lynda's my mother in law and we just read this post together as she's visiting me in AZ right now. She's the best teacher huh?-and the best grandma!

    (: Kelli

  11. So true! Thank you for sharing the sign. I am going to display it tomorrow.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  12. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I was wondering if you could possibly (pretty pretty please) make a copy with multi-cultural children? Classes at our school are very mixed; this does not look like my class at all (for any of my 11 years teaching).
    Terri in FL

  14. @Terri: I am sorry, but all freebies are "as is"! Thanks for understanding! :)

  15. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Have you read the book "Me First"? It wonderful for teaching about not trying to always be the first one and it is also very funny. I always read it the first week of school.

    If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and check out the Way to Go jar that we are going to use to help celebrate each other. =)

    Heather's Heart

  16. Hi Lindsey! I love this poster! Thanks so much for sharing. I tried to follow you, but had an issue. I'll definitely try again later. Hope you are having an amazing summer. Love the cute graphics on your blog too, by the way!

  17. I totally just saw the Temple pic after I posted my last comment. I just posted some General Conference quote printables (freebie) on my blog. http://ateaspoonofteaching.blogspot.com/ I've made others that are on my Pinterest LDS board as well.

  18. Love this! Great message and really cute, too. It will be hanging in my room this year :)

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