When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Look for the lemonade! This is what I did when I was approached about moving grades. My Experience with Moving Grades What chaos it has been! Last year I was asked to move from fourth grade to third. I was very reluctant about moving grades. 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 ... Read More about Moving Grades: 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. You can use this sheet to collect all the important information, such as parental contact information, religious restrictions, allergies, transportation, and much more! I like to take this student information 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 ... Read More about Collecting Student Information: A Helpful FREEBIE!
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? An Analogy to Understand the Unmotivated Let's start with an analogy. I hate cooking. I hate cooking ... 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 old 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 that they just don’t know how to talk. Yes, I know. There are some students that readily talk. In fact, these students 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 ... Read More about Speaking & Listening Conversation Cards