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Maybe you have some challenging puzzles, strategy games, books with logic puzzles, and other fun-yet-educational odds and ends. Consider putting them all in one place and giving the space a name…Brain Gym, The Puzzle Place, Conundrum Corner – you get the idea. By making a Puzzle Place (or whatever you want to call it), you make materials that may have been hidden in a closet
As the teacher, you are the primary architect of your classroom culture. You make the rules. You decide which behaviors are rewarded – even subtly with a smile or a few encouraging words – and which are discouraged. You can add community-building elements to lessons – even small ones, such as Turn and Talk or reminding students that mistakes help us to learn. You can choose how you
We all know how challenging spring can be for classroom management. Kids are getting restless as summer approaches, and the classroom routines that have been a regular part of your day all year are getting a little stale. This is a round up of posts and freebies from Minds in Bloom, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Pinterest to help you through this challenging (but also exciting)
It would be great if kids would only use the bathroom at recess and lunch, but in the real world, kids often need to use the bathroom during class – sometimes at the most inconvenient times! Here are five ideas for managing this little inconvenience. Put your bathroom passes on lanyards. Require students to wear them around their necks when they go to the bathroom.
Most likely, there are times and spaces in your day when not much learning is taking place. Here are some easy ways to sneak a little learning into those spaces. Look in Line Put up interesting and relevant things to look at on the walls where your students usually line up. Some ideas include: Current vocabulary or spelling words, mental math problems fun science,
I don’t usually get personal on this blog, but my story does have a point that relates to working with children, so I hope you will read it and get something useful from it as well. So, as you may have gathered from my last post, I have been dealing with some personal challenges – nothing life threatening. Just the break up of a relationship. So,
Intelligence is by nature, a bell curve. In every class there is likely to be a few kids (usually the same few) who understand the concepts immediately and are finished before most of the rest of the class is even halfway done. In a perfect world (maybe one in which teachers had endless, paid planning time), those children would have curriculums designed just for them
This post was written in 2009, but it is so very important every year, especially on the years that Hanukkah is extremely early. Sometimes Hanukkah begins before even Thanksgiving. Please, please, please as you celebrate the joys of the Christmas season, remember that Santa doesn’t visit every child in your class. Here is what is not fun in kindergarten if you happen to be Jewish: Making an
Yes, you have a portable DVD player (your vehicle may have even come with one), and yes, your kids have a wide array of handheld video games. And yes, making use of these devices ensures a quiet and peaceful ride. It also ensures that your kids’ brains will be on autopilot and that no interaction of any depth will take place. The alternative? Make a
You know how some classrooms grab your attention as soon as you walk in? You can tell immediately that this is a place where kids are excited about learning, where creativity is welcomed, and where ideas are shared. You probably already have that kind of a classroom,* but you are probably also always on the lookout for new ideas, hence the inspiration for this series.
This post was created by one of my TpT colleagues, Cynthia Vautrot of 2nd Grade Pad. Please read to find out how you can get some amazing teaching resources (including one of mine) and help out a fellow teacher in serious medical need. I’m sure it is rare if there is anyone out there reading this post who has not heard of Teachers Pay Teachers, better known as TpT.
Okay, enough with the hand turkeys. There are plenty of other activities you can do for Thanksgiving. Here are some ideas from Minds in Bloom: You can give your students Thanksgiving Analogies. You can ask them some fun Thanksgiving Would You Rather Questions. You can ask creative What Are You Thankful for Questions. Here are four Thanksgiving Brainteasers. Students could also make a Really
You have an overflowing curriculum and not nearly enough time to get to it all. But you also know the value of Creative and Critical Thinking. Here are some fun ways to sneak more of them into your day without sacrificing much-needed time. Start with a Question Put a “Would You Rather…” or poll-type opinion question on a corner of the white board each morning with a