Plastic Easter Eggs. What do YOU do with THEM?
I know..I am talking about those CUTE little plastic ones!
The plastic ones we put stuff into and hide at EASTER!
How to use them in the CLASSROOM?
A MILLION WAYS!
Multiple Other ways!
KIDDOS LOVE THEM!
They are CHEAP!
Use them A LOT!
This is NOT a GARDENING BLOG POST!
Each of us is a flower… Growing in Life’s Garden (by Charlotte Diamond)
Can I really GROW A RAINBOW? YES!
This is the entry into a world where ALL students are flowers in the classroom garden. Each is unique, colorful, and needs it’s own nurturing to THRIVE! How to create a classroom environment where each student with different needs and abilities will blossom. When we create our classroom bouquet, we have grown a RAINBOW from the seeds we have planted.
One time per week, I will post a TIP, a TRICK, and/or a HACK to help YOU, the teacher, nurture our students into thriving blossoms of learning! My hope is that through support, trials & tribulations, and time-saving tips, YOU may grow YOUR RAINBOW!
Do you have routines set up for each day? Each Transition? For the beginning & Ending of the day? Here is your HELP! Check out the FULL POST HERE!
Here are the first 10 minutes of my day. EVERY DAY!
ENTERING THE CLASSROOM ROUTINE:
I meet my kids on the playground.
Our “first” bell ( line up ) is at 8:20.
I go out to our line at 8:15 and remind ALL of my students to get out of their BACKPACKS their BLACK homework folder (provided by me at the beginning of the year..black because I don’t use black for any other folder in my room..and their READ AT HOME envelope with TAKE HOME BOOKS.
They have them “in their hands” before we walk to the door.
NO ONE has to “dig through” their backpacks when we get in the door.
While we are at the door…I have a Home Depot shelving unit next to the door.
Gray Home Depot Garage shelving Unit. this helps with the beginning-of-the-day routines!
They put their backpacks and jackets ON THE SHELVES! Great beginning-of-the-day routine! NO backpacks or jackets on CHAIRS! No room!
After we enter..2 baskets on the table next to the door. One “homework”..the other RAH (Read AT Home) Envelopes.
Black folders in HW basket, Book envelopes in RAH basket.
(Any notes or OTHER STUFF…in HW basket).
NOW, they get a chair
Stacked at the back of the room,
and WALK to their desk. They know the routines.
When the starting bell rings at 8:25
(5 minutes after we enter…)
I choose the HELPERS for the day.
You can only be a HELPER if you are sitting in your seat when the bell rings! I am prompt!
( No tardies, wanderers, “chatting”).
If you are TARDY…you won’t be a helper on that day if it’s your turn. You will have to wait until tomorrow if you are on time.
An incentive for getting to school ON TIME!
I choose my helpers.
2 of my 10 helpers for the day are
I ask the TECH TEACHERS to choose a “quiet partner” to help them pass out Chromebooks ( We are a 1:1 school ) and earbuds ( they have their own in numbered baggies.
(We number EVERYTHING!)
They get their Chromebooks, long into our district reading/phonics practice program, and GO TO WORK!
ALL of this takes 10 minutes.
NO MUSS…NO FUSS! Routines help manage the classroom!
My High Kiddos
don’t want to meet with me
as often as my others…
We have grouped our BOOK CLUB kids into groups of six.
Model, model, model.
Book Clubs work as a team
to help each other read the story,
( and I wasn’t involved in it!).
LUNCH with the teacher
when the TEAM completes their packets
GROUP ORAL REPORT
on their book!
( I try to switch the Book CLub groups , depending on the book level).
we HAVE TO DO are highly, most decidedly will, are
encouraged to do, first.
SO… Book Club is their UA (small group) time.
Tips & Tricks
- When students are independent readers, begin BOOK CLUBS
- Hold students accountable
- “Chunk” their work time ( I have them work for 15-20 minutes)
- If needed…choose a LEADER to begin the discussions.
- All club members need the same book.
- Have booklets ready ahead of time. When they finish one…start another!
Check out these resources to help with reading & writing in YOUR classroom! 🙂
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When I was in elementary school
No flexible seating, here.
Can I really play a FUN game to ASSESS?
We have been playing ( YES…PLAYING)
fun games this month!
And guess what?
I can use them for assessments!
( Do I hear OH YEAH!)
Sorry …my WBT is going to my head!
My new SEPTEMBER game is both.
It’s a game & assessment.
I use the foldable game cards as a
September PREVIEW & REVIEW.
I start the month with the cards to see what my kiddos know…
DO I HEAR KWL???
Then I can plan for the month depending on what they DON’T KNOW!
At the end of the month..REASSESS!
Use DATA for review in small groups.
(WOW!!! I think I am getting this down…sarcasm)
It’s only taken me 23 years..sarcasm
( Some of us have been teaching this way for years!)
Shhhh…don’t tell anyone
Those “young PHDers in Education” may feel sad.
They think they have created something new..
The education pendulum has swung again!
Smile, nod your head,…and teach!
Do I hear an “OH YEAH!” 🙂
WINTER, FEBRUARY, THE CRUD, AND A FREEBIE! 🙂