How to organize a daily 100 minute Language Block for Primary Grades
Language can feel very overwhelming to plan because there is so much to cover in the year. However, good long range planning and a daily plan helps your year go smoother.
How to Improve Student Behavior in your Classroom
There is no magic behavior management system that works for every student or teacher.
Behavior Management has to be something the teacher is comfortable with or it will never work. You have to be committed to the system.
How to Run a Successful Daily 5 in Your Classroom
There are a number of ways to do Daily 5. This blog provides you with a structured approach to running your Daily 5 program.
As I mentioned in my My Guide to Guided Reading blog, I divide my class into five groups according to their guided reading level. Each of the five groups attend a different center each day of the week.
In my approach, each center remains the same, with the same behavior expectations, throughout year. For example, during silent reading, the tasks are either silent reading or writing a letter to the teacher about what they have read. The only changes are the books the students are reading and the content of the letter.
APPLY ALL LEARNING STYLES WHEN TEACHING MATH
Math is one of those subjects that benefits from applying all seven learning styles: visual (spatial), aural (auditory), verbal (linguistic), physical (kinesthetic), logical (mathematical), social (interpersonal) and solitary (intrapersonal).
Homework Tips and Technique
Should I give homework?
This is a difficult decision for most primary grade teachers.
Establish Classroom Routines Early
How would you like a supply teacher telling you that they didn’t really need to be there first thing in the morning since your students knew exactly what to do? There’s no better time to start these classroom routines than the first day back to school.
Stay on Course with these Long Range Planning Tips and Techniques
I have found long range planning to be an indispensable tool in meeting the demands of teaching today. While winding up someplace else might be fun on a summer road trip, it’s not the place you want to be during the fast paced school year.
Classroom Setup Tips
The first day of class is fast approaching which always brings with it that feeling of panic that you need to have your classroom perfectly ready to welcome your students. I have found that while you need certain things ready for the first day, a calm yet enthusiastic welcome is what the students enjoy the most!
Help your Students with these Guided Reading Tips and Techniques
This blog focuses on guided reading which involves a teacher working with a small group of students who have similar reading abilities.
I feel this is an important subject for a blog because there are many different approaches used by teachers and questions about which approaches work.
The following details how I approach guided reading in my Grade 2 and 3 classes.
How to put an end to Tattling in your Classroom
There always seems to be a line of students in front of you when they come in from recess anxious to tell you (tattle) about something that someone did or events that happened. As a teacher, it’s our responsibility to listen to each and every story to determine whether some form of bullying or other serious incident has taken place. This can take away precious teaching minutes from your day.