In Language Arts, my students recently completed a novel unit using Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I used the 5th-grade novel unit from ReadWorks.org and it was fantastic! The unit is broken down into 22 days with lessons on genre, predictions, plot conflicts, theme, relationships, gender roles textual analysis, and a ton of vocabulary resources. It was jam-packed ... Read More about Book vs. Movie Ideas For You
I LOVE using Google in my classroom and over the last few years, I've found ways to use Google Forms that really help make my teaching life easier. No matter what, I'm always overwhelmed with piles of papers to grade or to hand out - aren't we all? Pushing out some activities, assignments, and forms to Google Forms helps me manage that overload. I can easily pull up what I need ... Read More about How to Use Google Forms to Make Your Teaching Life Easier!
Do you dread writing sub plans? I know Ido! Do you dread coming back from a day out of your classroom and reading the note from the sub about your students' behavior? Yup, I did. I can't help you with sub plans today but I can help you with ways to help your students behave better for a guest teacher in your classroom. I have TWO easy tips for you! ... Read More about Two Easy Tips to Prepare Your Class for a Sub
I use workstations (or centers, stations - whatever YOU call them) daily in my Language Arts and Math blocks and several times a week in my Science block. I've tried MANY ways to manage my rotations and I will probably continue to try different ways. Every year is different and every group of students is different. Couple that with the changing demands of your curriculum or ... Read More about A SIMPLE Way to Effectively Manage Your Workstations!
Even as a 16+ year veteran teacher, I can tell you that managing behaviors never really gets easier but it does help to have a good plan in place and to have a variety of motivators and incentives. My favorite classroom management tool is focusing on positive behaviors and using positive behavior incentives. At my school, we are required to use a behavior clip chart. I can be honest with ... Read More about 2 Simple Ways to Use Positive Behavior Incentives for Classroom Management
Hi There! REAL TALK here. Last year was the year I thought I was going to leave teaching. It was rough. My school was deemed a low-performing school and we were required to have an extra hour of reading instruction. We did get paid for that extra hour HOWEVER, let me tell you it was hard. We only had 30 minutes of planning time four times per week and with the extra hour, the school day ended ... Read More about Leave Work at Work (Most of the Time..)