Whether you’re heading back to brick-and-mortar in-person teaching or you’re teaching virtually this back to school season, you will need to gather your students’ important contact and student identity information from parents and guardians. For in-person teaching, these Student Information Cards are an absolute life saver for me. I keep them on a ring in… Continue reading Back to School: How to Gather Important Student Information
#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
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
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!
So often, when my students write, they expect to submit their initial piece as their final copy. This could be because they find the writing process tedious or boring, or because they truly don’t realize that writing is a process. In my previous post, I explained how I use my Planning Organizer to help… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 3 of 5: ARMS
Lacey, from The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher, is hosting a 200 Follower Giveaway over at her blog! I am excited to be a part of it! I love her blog, and enjoy following her on Instagram (she’s @fabulouslifeofateacher). She’s organized three different sets of prizes: K-2, 3-5 (including my Fiction and Non-Fiction Text… Continue reading A “Fabulous” Giveaway!
Students with reading disabilities tend to not read as much as their typically developing peers. That means that they don’t get exposed to the mentor texts that could potentially help them become better writers. This is one reason why I believe that even intermediate students should have opportunities to experience read-alouds. The benefit of… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 2 of 5: Frameworks
You’ve heard the adage, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” We want our students to take risks so that they can learn. That means we want them to ask questions, even if they think they’re the only one who doesn’t know the answer. But does the same hold true for wrong answers? Is… Continue reading Why?
I am happy to share this post from my first Guest Blogger Tasha, author of her blog A Tender Teacher for Special Needs, about the importance of consistency in the classroom! She has some great tips! Check out her Facebook page, too, where she regularly posts her “Special Tidbits.” I’ve been in school for… Continue reading Guest Blogger! The Importance of Consistency in the Classroom