Read below to hear how much we raised with our FIRST fundraiser! After leaving my last school, my husband and I decided to change schools for my oldest son. In fact, he was going to attend my old elementary school that I was at from 3-6th grade, and I even did my student teaching their! I was … Continue reading PTO Success Story!
After watching Sydney Chaffee's Ted Talk, "How Teachers Can Help Students Find Their Political Voices," I thought about the importance of teaching students how to stand up, and advocate for not just themselves, but for people they believe in. We're in a unique situation in our country, with grassroots movements like #RedForEd, and specifically in … Continue reading Helping Students Find Their Own Voices
It’s the beginning of the school year, and you need to get your parents on your side. How do you do that? Start positive – let your parents know that you notice the positive things their student does. Sending home a positive note, like this one here, is a quick and easy way to build … Continue reading Parent Involvement – It’s Not Impossible!
Although it seems like we just finished last school year, many of you will begin pre-service and planning for the 2018-19 school year in the upcoming weeks! This time of year is always exciting - What classroom will I be in? What are my kids' names? How will my room be decorated? With that being … Continue reading Preparing for the New School Year
February is not just the month of love, with Valentine's Day, it is also American Heart Month and Black History Month! American Heart Month: American Heart Association offers multiple lesson plans for the K-8 classroom. There is even information for NFL Play 60 Challenge, encouraging students to get active for 60 minutes a day! Action … Continue reading February, the Month of Love, and So Much More!
Welcome to 2018! Can you believe that we are in January, and half way through the school year? The second Monday of January is "National Clean Off Your Desk Day," and a great way to start fresh with your students for the New Year! Since January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, incorporate a friendly … Continue reading Happy New Year – 2018
December is a special time of year, focused on wrapping up the first semester, and focusing on the holiday spirit. Below are some great resources to celebrate and remember specific days throughout the month of December. December 1st is Rosa Parks Day - Scholastic has a great resource for grades 3-5 and 6-8 for a … Continue reading December Days
Our last blog focused on specific phrasing to get a desired answer, as opposed to the blank stare or unrelated response you're getting. Questions are such an important part of what we do as teachers! They allow us to clarify, assess level of mastery, as well as encourage a deeper understanding of material. Think about … Continue reading Part 2 – Question Your Questioning Technique
Have you ever asked a student a question, only to get a response that completely baffled you? You think, "Were they even listening?" Sometimes the response we get, isn't based on what we're asking, but how we ask it. Changing the way you question your students will drastically impact the responses you get. Simple changes to … Continue reading Did you even hear my question?
It's officially August, and it's Back to School Month! For those that have already started the 2017-18 school year, congratulations! For those that are preparing to start, good luck with that first day! As educators, we have spent countless hours getting our classrooms ready, learning new material our school's deem important, and most importantly, lesson … Continue reading Back to School – Keeping a Balance!