#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
Kids inherently know how to talk to each other. They can chat all day about the latest YouTuber or their birthday sleepover party this weekend. When you ask them to discuss an academic topic, however, they’ll pretty much provide surface answers. They might not even listen to what their partner is saying because they know… Continue reading Introducing (and Reinforcing) Partner Discussions in the Classroom
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!
I find the writing process to be one of the most difficult things to teach. Everything the student does in writing must come from his own thoughts and ideas. In math, there are a finite number of ways to get to the correct answer (and there’s always a correct answer), and I can guide… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 1 of 5: Brainstorming
It’s Back to School time! Woo-hoo! I’m itching to get back into my classroom, and I know many teachers are already working hard with their students. Since the back-to-school routine has been swirling around in my brain lately, I thought it would be timely to post a few tips for special education teachers, to get… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Back to School Tips for Special Education Teachers
Question: What is better than attending a day-long in-service focused on the benefits of Pinterest for teachers? Answer: PRESENTING a day-long in-service focused on the benefits of Pinterest for teachers! That is precisely what I had a chance to do at my school the other day. It was such a wonderful opportunity to share the… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Pinterest for Educators!
I learn new things from my students all the time. How awesome is that? And the benefits are two-fold: I learn something new (a boost to my knowledge), and my students feel like experts (a boost to their esteem). It’s a win-win! This week’s inspiration comes in the form of a simple, common eraser. At… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Let Your Eraser Be Your Guide
It sounds counter-intuitive, but even though I am overwhelmed by my schedule of testing students, and despite the fact that some of my students are testing ME, I still had a good day. I have great instructional aides who are flexible and willing to change plans on the fly, and I have great students. We… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Oops!