Because my idea of “embracing the chaos” does not extend to whole class Zoom meetings 🤪 I keep seeing these pop up on Instagram and decided to create my own Zoom Meeting Expectations. I shared this with my students’ parents to ask them to discuss these with their child before tomorrow’s class meeting. I’m hoping… Continue reading Virtual Meeting Expectations
I think we live in an amazing age where my students can come to school with 1:1 classrooms and, under adult supervision, access online learning through platforms like Google Classroom. But none of that is guaranteed for many kids once they leave school. We got the unexpected call yesterday that our school would be closed… Continue reading Remote Learning in a Digital Age without Digital Resources
#teacherstruggles: Writing sub notes! I’m so over taking the time to type out new plans for each day I’m absent only to return to find that my sub didn’t really understand what I wanted AND IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. What we do, the relationships we build, the unique needs of our students can’t always be… Continue reading The Simplest Sub Notes Ever
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
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
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!