There he goes again. Tap! Tap! Tap! He’s tapping his pencil. Now he’s slowly meandering around the room (much like Billy from Family Circus). And... let’s definitely not forget the chewed up eraser pieces he’s throwing around the room thinking you aren’t noticing. Or perhaps it’s the child who just loves and loves and LOVES to talk—just at the wrong time! These are the Hot Button Kids! We all have these difficult students. They push our buttons nearly every day. They mean well, but they can ... Read More about HOT Button Kids: Managing Difficult Students
It’s back to school time! Time to start thinking about those first week activities and planning for the new year! So, what should I share? Where should I begin? Well, just by looking at the title, you probably guessed it -- read alouds! (This post contains affiliate links.) Some of My Favorite Back to School Read Alouds While I teach all subject areas, one area I have a HUGE passion for is reading. I try to incorporate picture books into everything I do -- math, science, and social ... Read More about Read Alouds For Back to School
One of the things I like to do when getting organized is to create a notebook where I keep everything. It’s not a three-ring binder, although that would work just as effectively. (Those are too bulky for my personal preference.) I like to use a composition book, and using sticky notes, I create tabs for important information. This notebook follows me all year. Organized Sections in the Notebook In this notebook, I have a section for "Important Dates." At the beginning of the year, ... Read More about Organize Your Meeting Notes: It’s Quick & Easy!
I really loved Donalyn Miller’s book The Book Whisperer when it came out a while back, so you can imagine my excitement when she recently released a new book titled Reading in the Wild. Something she mentioned, which I imagine we can all agree with, is that kids today are just too plugged in. Internet, video games, iPod and iPad, apps; you name it! This leaves too little for the imagination and only makes our jobs more challenging. In her book, she asks her students if they were prepared ... Read More about Attention, Please. We Have a Book Emergency!