Ideally, the classroom is a place where everyone is valued and accepted. In reality this is seldom the case. Some children seem to be socially gifted – they know how to work and play with others, and for the most part, they are popular and well liked. For other, less fortunate children, the social world of the classroom and, perhaps more importantly, the playground is
Archives for August 2011
The Lesson Cloud is the blog to stalk today! New freebies just keep popping up every few minutes. Every grade level, every subject, from a huge group of amazing Teachers Pay Teachers sellers. You are sure to find tons of great resources. No worries if you can’t get there today; the freebies are all being archived on a link on the sidebar.
Here is something fun to try this year: have your students find the teacher’s mistake! Let your (upper elementary or middle school) students know that sometimes you will intentionally make a spelling or grammar mistake on a handout or worksheet. It is their job to find that mistake. They will never know if there is a mistake on any given worksheet – it could come
If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. – Chinese Proverb With all the academic testing that is currently an integral part of elementary school, character education is often not as much of a
Would you rather… teach a year of third grade using no books or print media of any kind? or teach a year of third grade using no pencils, whiteboard, or writing materials of any kind? “Would you rather…” questions are great for practicing critical thinking because they require you to evaluate two different but seemingly equally appealing (or unappealing) options and choose one. One way to
Most teachers in the primary grades (and often upper elementary, too) have some sort of program to honor a different student each week. Usually this involves a special display, sharing, and sometimes special jobs or privileges. Each day of the week brings a different Student of the Week activity. Here are some ideas for things you might want to include in your Student of the Week
Sorry You missed the Cyber Show Case Giveaway This event was on August 8 only. But all is not lost, you can still get tons of freebies from my TpT store. You may also want to follow Minds in Bloom and follow on facebook so that you will hear about the next big giveaway (we are already planning it!) Here are the other sellers who
Want to go beyond the classic “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” essay? Try some of these writing prompts. Who is someone you spent a lot of time with this summer? Describe this person. Where did you go this summer that you have never been before? How did you spend Independence Day? Where did you spend most of your time this summer? Describe this place.