I am fortunate to have a former student who is now in our high school intern with me for this spring semester. I decided to have her work with individual students who need more practice with fluency. But since she’s with me only every other day, I needed a way to have my students continue… Continue reading Fluency Self Check
My students practice their math facts using XtraMath. They’re seeing their progress and are understandably proud! I decided to create tags to let them be reminded of how hard they’re working, and to encourage them to keep trying! They’re a great visual display of how far they’ve come since September! We just refer to the… Continue reading Math Facts Punch Cards
We’ve been talking about genres for ages — okay, for three months, but who’s counting? Wait…me. I’m counting. — so it’s time for my students to begin identifying the genre of their independent reading books using these simple bookmarks! I plan on using them to track their 40 book requirement. I’ve tried everything else I… Continue reading Genre Bookmarks
Parent conferences are coming… The transition for our kids from second to third grade is challenging. The expectations increase as they move from learning how to read to reading to learn. We no longer test them on stories we’ve read together, but rather they must use the skills we’ve worked on all week and apply… Continue reading Reading at Home
My students have never been so aware of voice levels before I started using my teacher Bitmojis! These voice level cards were inspired by Pinterest, of course! All the best ideas are! #PinterestWin I’ve uploaded the template that I used to create mine. Simply put your bitmoj images in place of mine and they’re ready… Continue reading #BitmojiTeacher Voice Level Display
Flexible seating options are not beneficial for every student. Yes, I went there. The term “flexible seating” has morphed into the idea that teachers must have fun and elaborate equipment like couches, cafe tables and stools. And many terrific teachers have struggled over the fact that those items are expensive, and so they’re convinced they… Continue reading Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students
Kids need help making our procedures into their routines. I print and laminate these simply worded checklists, and if a child is off-task, I silently draw their attention to the card. Anything that saves my time — and sanity!! — during these high-energy times of day is a win! My college professor made the point… Continue reading Checklists!