Time management can be tricky. I know. I recall many times that I just didn't have it under control. I would come to work early, burn up my prep time, stay late at night, and STILL come in on Saturday to work - not to mention the times I took my bag home and actually opened it. I often wondered, "Am I ever going to get this time management piece down and get my life back?" As I mentioned in my blog post, Tips to Leave Work Early, I did eventually start to figure some things out. ... Read More about Time Management for the Teacher
If you know your students well, then your classroom will run much smoother, and helping students understand will be easier. When we take the time to get to know our students, it really pays off in the end. It's very much like classroom management: If you take the time in the beginning - really take the time - it's all worth it and saves you time in the long run. Yes, we cannot get to know everything about our students in one day or even in a week, but we can learn a large bulk of it with ... Read More about 10 Ideas to Get to Know Your Students
Teaching addition and subtraction strategies doesn't have to be complicated once you understand them. I wrote recently about understanding the addition and subtraction strategies, and today I wanted to share with you just how I teach them in my classroom using the math workshop model. Teaching Addition and Subtraction Strategies I'm going to discuss how I do it using the split strategy lessons, both adding and subtracting, from my Addition and Subtraction Strategies Math Workshop Unit. What is ... Read More about Teaching Addition and Subtraction Strategies
I remember one year, there was a day that I was running late to school, which was completely abnormal for me. I am one of those teachers that likes to get to school an hour or so before the students (and even teachers) to enjoy the quietness of the morning (and grab that copy machine first!). I think best in the morning when my brain is fresh. Since I was running late, a neighboring teacher offered to open my classroom door and let in my students. She was willing to watch between her classroom ... Read More about Have Your Classroom Manage Itself!
When Common Core stated that we needed to teach addition and subtraction strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction, I will admit I was at a loss for a long time. When I was growing up, the only thing I had learned was the standard algorithm. It was step-by-step do this, not that. Get it down, do it right! Over and over. I had to do a lot of research to figure out what that standard was talking about. I'll be honest: Since ... Read More about Understanding Addition & Subtraction Strategies