Everyone’s out here giving advice on how to make online learning a successful experience, from veteran homeschooling parents to newbie teachers. Hindsight is 20/20, and after some reflection, I’d rather share Things I’ve Learned After a Week of Mandatory Online Learning, aka Mistakes Help You Grow I’ve mentioned numerous times that I work on a… Continue reading What I’ve Learned After a Week of Mandatory Online Learning
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Nothing like starting over in March with a brand new plan! • Keeping track of classroom economy fines is difficult, so I’m hoping that this system will do it for me. The simplicity of this amazes me! • Each week students get an index card. For each infraction, I’ll punch a hole in their… Continue reading Classroom Management Makeover
Have you heard about the Hotel Bell Strategy? Any time students read or write one of the designated vocabulary words during their independent work, they ring the bell. Three dings, nonchalantly, and then back to their seat. I make eye contact with my students, smile, and then we’re both back to work. Afterwards,… Continue reading Have You Heard of the Hotel Bell Strategy?
Every year I share the books that are in my book bag, in order to help my students get to know me a little better, and to see me as a reader. Some titles include How the Brain Learns (I’m a teacher, after all), Eats, Shoots & Leaves (I love grammar!), The Unofficial Guide… Continue reading How To Get Your Students to See You As a Reader
Teachers Get It After I pinned this idea last week, it got repinned over 300 times. When teachers rally around an idea, attention needs to be paid to it! I’ve been struggling with a very chatty class this year, and have tried everything, to no avail. I typically use call and response techniques, explicit… Continue reading How Little Green Men Solved My Chatty Class Problem
If not, I highly recommend it! It was truly the highlight of our winter break party! The kids asked when we could start exchanging gifts the minute we walked into school, knowing full well that they would receive a book — a BOOK — in return!! How awesome is that?!? To get kids excited… Continue reading Have You Tried a Book Pollyanna?