When the school year starts winding down, we start having less and less time for core content. So let's talk about how you can still use that time wisely. Our days are filled with end of the year assemblies, field days, class parties, you name it. I might be the only teacher that actually enjoys this hectic last minute planning and fun at the end of the year. While it is stressful more most, I try to take it as my last few chances to have fun with my students and enjoy THEM. Here are some tips for winding down your school year: Take the time to appreciate how far they've come Even though we may be giving tests that will show us the data ... Read More
Sharing – Classroom Management Monday
Happy Monday friends! Let's talk about sharing. It comes at a perfect time because there is a post that is going a bit viral right now. Have you read it? If not, you can HERE. In short, it is from a mom who is frustrated with how sharing is expected and taught. I have to tell ya though, I agree with her 100%. Sharing Today You often hear everyone telling their children or students, "you need to share!" While this is true, how far are we taking it? During learning centers, if there was blocks, math manipulatives, or some other item involved, I would always get kids running up to me tattling "___ won't share the big block." Or even "___ ... Read More
Brain Breaks – Classroom Management Monday
Brain Breaks: they're nothing new but again, one of those oh-so-powerful tools that some of use might be missing out on. It is also a topic that needs a lot more discussion in the future. Let's just scratch the surface today. What are brain breaks? Just in case you didn't know, they a very quick break in between lessons (or sometimes during a lesson!) that get your students's brains a chance to reset a bit. Think about yourself: if you are studying, reading intense material, or focused on something that takes a lot of your mental energy, you find yourself needing a break. You usually get up and get a cup of coffee, a snack, or anything that ... Read More
May & June Math and Literacy set and Year Long Bundle Complete!
Happy Sunday everyone!!! I am here with some SUUUUPER exciting news! My May and June Math and Literacy Activity set is COMPLETE! I may have done a little happy dance when I posted it yesterday! As always, here is a little glimpse inside: If you are a long time reader then you know I am always obsessed with a good scavenger hunt. I like to get my students up and moving around while they are learning. With good classroom management, it is ALWAYS a possibility and your students might like it more than you do! With this, they will hunt for math problems and chart their findings. You will get: 2 different worksheets for your ... Read More
PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) – What it is it and how can it help?
Happy Monday friends! For today's classroom management Monday I am going to be talking a little bit about PBIS. It is something that I think every school should have and implement because when done well, it can really do great things for your school. So, what is it? PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. It is a school-wide adoption that is supposed to give support to teachers and students when needed. It is also there so that everyone is on the same level when it comes to dealing with behavior. Ideally, students will know the exact consequences to actions no matter where they are ... Read More
Managing Fire and Lock Down Drills- Classroom Management Monday #7
We live in a day and age where it is a sad & disgusting truth that lock downs are becoming a common occurrence. I feel like once we get back into the swing of things, something terrible like what just happened in San Bernadino happens and we are put on high alert again. That's why today's blog post is going to focus on fire drills - but even more specifically on lock down drills. Surely all schools then go into crisis mode and practice these alarms just to make sure they are on top of things. The sad thing is that it usually scares the kids OR makes them super anxious/hyper/not themselves. It is easy to let this behavior slide because we are so ... Read More