When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Look for the Lemonade! What chaos it has been! Last year I was asked to move from fourth grade to third. I was very reluctant. You see, my style was the older kids and even fourth grade seemed a bit young for me. The thought of having a group of even younger children was scary. I was very reluctant! I didn’t know what the year would be like. Would I have to tie shoes? (not as much) Would I have to teach them to read instead of reading to ... Read More about Chaos! Lemons! Lemonade?
I like to make sure I collect information on my students and have it all within an arm’s length! That’s why I created this student information sheet that collects all the important information such as parental contact information, religious restrictions, allergies, transportation, and much more! I take this sheet, hole-punch it, and place it in a binder that is sectioned off by each student. I also place a communication log and an observation log in each student’s section. The communication ... Read More about Collecting Student Information
Our first reaction with students who are unmotivated is frustration and annoyance. It’s easy to think about just throwing that student out of our room so we don’t have to deal with him or her. We have brilliant lesson plans and creative presentations ready and a student who threatens that immediately raises our blood pressure. What can we do to motivate students? Is there even a cure? Let's start with an analogy: I hate cooking. I hate cooking with a passion and would rather swim in a ... Read More about Motivating the Unmotivated: How to Motivate Students
Wait, posters? Does anyone use those anymore? I remember once cruising the teacher store catalog looking at posters, posters, and more posters. Oh, the variety of posters that highlighted math concepts, reading concepts, and science concepts. They were in the catalog next to the cutesy bulletin board sets. Now, it seems everywhere you look teachers are utilizing anchor charts rather than posters. I’m no exception. But I’m not willing to give up my trusty ol’ partners in crime just yet. Surely ... Read More about Organizing Posters: Five Steps to End Poster Chaos
We have several Common Core Standards that require students to practice their Speaking and Listening Skills. If your students are like mine, they tend to get off track and talk about everything BUT what they are supposed to discuss. The reality is they just don’t know how to talk. Yes, I know, there are some that know and in fact, don’t always know how NOT to talk. But I’m talking about how to have a formal discussion regarding academics. So why not give them some conversation ... Read More about Speaking & Listening Conversation Cards