Are you having trouble getting your students to work together? Back in the day, we had kindergarten classrooms that were mainly focused around play. And while today that might be looked at as a bad thing, it was the what we needed. This is where we learned to work together. With less and less time to figure this social skill out on their own, teachers are having to find time to make it work within their lessons. Here are some tips to help you and your students be successful with working together. Squeeze a mini lesson into your day WHAT!? Squeeze something ELSE into our day? I know that seems daunting but hear me out... We all know that … [Read more...] about Getting Students to Work Together
Making Positive Changes NOW.
When the Parkland tragedy happened, we all watched something major happen. More students and teachers than ever before came together to demand change. The most prominent demand was change in laws. While this was insanely inspiring to me, I also felt frustration. Frustration that laws take time.... sometimes they take a lot of time. All I kept thinking about is WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?! Get administration involved We need to get administration on board with stronger support with behavior and emotional issues within our classroom. How many of you have had a student in your classroom that just isn't responding to any of the methods or resources that you … [Read more...] about Making Positive Changes NOW.
Stocking Stuffer Sunday!!
Happy Sunday friends!!! We are just one week away from Christmas! Can you believe it? Whether you still have a few days left of school this week, or are already out and enjoying your much needed break, you deserve something just for YOU. As a teacher you are always putting everyone else before yourself... you have worked hard this year, probably brought some of that work home, worried about your students, then on top of that you made time to shop for your family, etc. etc. etc. Well my friend, it is time to celebrate YOU! Some amazing teacher friends and I have teamed up to bring you Stocking Stuffer Sunday! We are each giving away some of our … [Read more...] about Stocking Stuffer Sunday!!
The Elf in The Classroom
Happy classroom management Monday! I went on a much needed break to spend some time with family and celebrate my birthday. I hope you did something relaxing as well over the weekend.... lord knows we all need it! Anyway, I am BACK and I am here to tell you why you NEED an Elf on the Shelf in your classroom!! The Elf on the Shelf popped up on my Pinterest feed about 5 years ago and I am SO glad that it did. It has REALLY been a lifesaver in the behavior department and that is why I think you need on for your classroom. Let's take a quick look at what an elf can bring to your classroom: Elf inspired educational opportunities Your elf isn't … [Read more...] about The Elf in The Classroom
Why I DON’T Do Reward Systems
It is Classroom Management Monday and I am here with a pretty short and sweet post BUT it may be a hot topic for some: Let's talk reward systems. What Are Reward Systems? It's easy, students are rewarded for doing what is expected of them. I have seen schools that all have different ways of using rewards, here are just a few: Rewards for positive behavior Rewards for being on A or AB honoroll Rewards for perfect attendance Rewards for showing up to school on time Why I DON'T Do Reward Systems and why you shouldn't either The things mentioned are basically things we should be doing. We are doing a disservice to our students by saying … [Read more...] about Why I DON’T Do Reward Systems
Take Home Folders
How do you organize everything you send home at the end of the day? I am going to share my FAVORITE method: using take home folders. What are take home folders? Take home folders are where I housed everything. This is where the parents knew they would find anything I send home, including behavior calendars, AND where they knew to send anything to me such as a note. In it, I had a space where it was any paperwork that needed to be returned to school (such as forms or picture money). I also had a space for papers that were meant to stay at home like school info and such. What all do you need for this? A 3 prong folder I buy mine for … [Read more...] about Take Home Folders