Can you believe it’s already that time of year again? It’s always bittersweet to end those carefree days of summer and begin a new school year. There is so much to think about and plan for before going back to school. It can quickly become overwhelming, even for veteran teachers. Not to mention all of the added responsibilities because of the current state of the world. Here are 6 ways to start the new school year stress-free.
Category: Classroom Management
As teachers, we all know our students have the ability to learn, and we are their biggest cheerleaders. But, how do you get your students to believe in themselves? Helping kids develop a growth mindset will help them face challenges with optimism and excitement instead of dread and resistance. Having a growth mindset can have a huge effect on students. Just by helping them change their thinking, you can help them change their lives. I am so excited to share some tips on how to help kids develop a growth mindset!
Most kids groan at the mention of chores or “jobs” they must do at home. However, the opposite is almost always true in the classroom. Students love taking on responsibility and jobs that help the classroom function well. Classroom jobs are also a great way to help build a positive classroom community. There’s another bonus, too! Students can help do some of the tasks that otherwise would be left to the teacher. But there are many tasks that students can do, and this can save you time. Here are some of my favorite classroom jobs and tips for using them in the classroom.
Can you believe it is already time to start thinking about back to school? Planning for a new school year can be overwhelming. There are so many things you need for your classroom and many lessons to plan. As teachers, we all have tons of Pinterest ideas floating around in our heads that we want to see come to life. It’s important to have a plan and get organized. Here are 20 back-to-school must-haves that will set you up for success!
With most of your waking hours spent in your classroom, you want to be sure the space is welcoming and pleasing to you and your students. Every year you see teachers posting pictures of their beautiful classroom decor and think, “How can they afford it!?” Trust me, those teachers probably aren’t spending as much money as you think they are, and you don’t have to either! I am here to help you get the most bang for your buck with these classroom decor tips and tricks that won’t break the bank.
Communication is key to a successful classroom. It helps to foster and build relationships between both teachers and students and teachers and parents. Healthy relationships build trust and help to set the stage for a successful school year. You probably begin communicating with your class before the first day of school even happens. I bet you send out a cute welcome letter or email telling them all about yourself and the fun that is to come. Let’s talk more about the importance of parent-teacher relationships.
With the end of the year upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to celebrate your kiddos and the amazing work they have done throughout the year. With some schools still participating in virtual or hybrid learning, how do you hold a meaningful and fun end-of-year award ceremony? While this can seem like a less than ideal situation, it is possible to have a really amazing celebration to recognize your students’ talents, personality, and growth. Today, I’m here to share a variety of options for holding a virtual end-of-year award ceremony that will be fun and memorable!
Bloom’s Taxonomy was created by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues in 1956. It is a great tool to encourage higher-order thinking in the classroom. Teachers have used this as a framework for education for many years to guide their students to deeper levels of understanding and mastery. In recent years we have seen the inclusion of higher-level thinking skills in educational reform. These more rigorous standards and skill requirements make it imperative that we incorporate these skills into our classroom. Let’s dive right in and discuss what Bloom’s Taxonomy is and how we can use it to guide instruction.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that seems to sneak up on you because it happens just about the time you really get rolling and back in the groove after winter break. I have had years where I have been so focused on teaching and the inevitable test prep that I almost forgot Valentine’s Day. Ahhhhh! Not something I want to do. Then I created the perfect student Valentine that my students have loved that I can prepare in advance or at the last minute.
As teachers, there are many demands on the precious hours we have with our students. We have many standards to teach and students to prepare. Sometimes the thought of adding one.more.thing is enough to make a teacher scream. However, there is one thing we owe to our students to prepare them for the future. No, it’s not more academic knowledge. It’s the practice of instilling good character. Character education plays an important part in preparing our students for lifelong skills. I’m excited to share these Character Education in the Classroom Year-Long Activities! As well as, help you develop a plan for incorporating these ideas into your daily lesson plans.
The world of virtual teaching has exploded with more teachers teaching virtually than ever before. While our ultimate goal is the same, virtual teaching brings its own challenges. However, there are a few things that can make your virtual teaching job easier and your time more efficient. Here are your 14 virtual teaching must-haves.
The year 2020 will go down as the year that education changed! We might have been forced into the changes by COVID-19 but I’m not sure that we will ever go back to “the way things used to be.” I believe that the increased use of technology in education is here to stay. I’ve put together a list of 25 of the most useful resources for remote learning (aka distance learning, virtual learning, home learning – you know what I mean)! But these resources can also be used in the classroom with technology integration.
With the sudden increase of digital activities and assignments, student feedback and grading of work can lose the personal element. Students turn in an assignment digitally, teacher checks, records grade . . . next. It’s all pretty mechanical. But just because the work has gone digital doesn’t mean that we have to lose all the personal and sometimes fun feedback and encouragement students receive from the teacher. Enter Digital Stickers! I’m so excited to teach you how to use digital stickers so you can add a personal touch to your digital grading. Keep reading, because I have some free digital stickers for you to try at the end!