Every year I have in my classroom at least one cutie pie that has some work habits that could make you pull your hair out! I mean, I love the little guy or gal, but wow! And since I KNOW I'm not alone, I thought, "Why not share some tips...?" And please, if you have some ideas, too, share them in the comments, because there are some days that even these are just not enough. (Just being realistic.) Tips on bettering students' work habits 1.) First and foremost ... Read More about Fix Those Students’ Work Habits!
Holding students' attention in the classroom now is more difficult than years ago. I blame electronics. No, really, I do. Kids are constantly holding electronic devices in their hand - and from an early age. Yes, it's a technological generation, but has anyone else noticed that they constantly need to be entertained, or they lose interest VERY quickly? When I was a kid, my mom said, "Go play," and we did. Now I say, "Go play" to my kids, and they look at me like I'm nuts (which I am a little), ... Read More about Catch Their Attention From the Start
Teachers are busy! I know - preaching to the choir here. There are so many things to do during the day and just not enough time to do it. How could you possibly find more minutes during your school day? I have been wondering that for years, but I can tell you a few things that have helped me. One thing that I always do right away at the beginning of the year is to assign all my students numbers. This saves me time at the beginning of the year when prepping things (as everything ... Read More about Free Up Time During the School Day
Did your school district recently decide that everyone is now going to start doing the math workshop model? Or, perhaps you aren't sure of the difference between guided math and math workshop? Do you love reader's workshop and writer's workshop, so you wanted to know a little more about math workshop? If you answered yes to any of those, then you are in the right place! I'm dedicating this blog post to telling you all about how to get started with math workshop - today! And guess what? It ... Read More about Resources to Teach Math Workshop
Approximately 17% of new teachers leave the teaching profession within the first five years (source), and while that number is not as large as it once was - it's still quite large. There are many reasons believed to be the cause of the turnover, but undoubtedly, stress is a contributor. Even veteran teachers are more likely to say that the stress rates are much higher now than teaching 10 or 20 years ago. While we are unlikely to ever completely get rid of stress, here are a few ideas to help ... Read More about Stress Less This School Year (with These Ideas)