I truly don’t even know where to begin as I reflect back on my two days at The Ron Clark Academy. While I was there, I was in educator heaven. I was amazed, excited, curious, and constantly thinking “How can I work this out in my classroom?” I did not want to leave! I feel as though I am constantly telling someone something or some part of a story from RCA while I’m at school each day. It was definitely THE most life changing Professional Development I have ever attended. The number one most noticeable and most impressive part of the trip was the students. Every single one of them is genuinely interested in you and excited to have you at the school. Before walking in, a young man approached me, called me mam, asked for my name, and gave me a name tag while finding out where our group was from and asking all sorts of questions. It was IMPRESSIVE. After the two days, I decided that some of the students were by far more well spoken conversationalists than I am! What a wonderful way to raise young leaders! As we walked in, music was blaring, students were dancing Continue Reading
This project has been a favorite of mine! Not only is it extremely helpful during the school year for teachers, but it is also a life saver for students. Keep reading to get a little walk through… So, this is the sample homework checklist. Spelling words and homework are listed in a clear format for students. I like this setup because it is thin enough for me to simply staple into student agendas on Monday morning. (Plus, two checklists per page means less copy paper!) Once stapled, they are set for the week! My editable pack features three options. 1) Labels, titles, and cutesy fonts are NOT editable, but all other information is. 2) Labels are editable in case you split your spelling words differently or need to add sight words or vocabulary. 3) Literally everything here is editable. This is a great option for teachers who want to use their own cute fonts and borders. Homework Policy: Homework varies drastically depending on your school. I have certain things that I HAVE to give students. Homework is evaluated on our report cards. I am also mandated to give nightly homework instead of a weekly packet. So, how do you keep Continue Reading
The cafeteria is definitely not a place where I want to hang out. It is L-O-U-D, LOUD! Administration at my school uses red, yellow, and green, and teal cups to promote good behavior in the same way that we do in the classroom. Luckily, my kiddos are always on green or teal when I come pick them up. The classes who are on teal all week, receive ice pops the following week. Here we are chowing down in the tiny bit of Florida shade! What does your school do to control cafeteria expectations/behavior/rewards? Be sure to link up with Christina at Miss DeCarbo’s Second Grade Sugar & Spice for more Wordless Wednesday pictures.
Each afternoon once the kids have left, I sharpen pencils, place them in each table’s center bins, place math and reading homework on each desk, and fix our calendar. What do you do to prepare for tomorrow? Comment below and then head over to Miss Decarbo’s blog, Sugar and Spice, to link up with other teachers!
I have been wanting stability balls from my classroom ever since I was in undergrad. However, when I was hired I thought that we would not be allowed to have them. Our school is very strict on not bringing outside furniture into the classroom if it is not approved by the county. So, I just put the idea on the back burner. Then, my partner teacher went to a PTA meeting where the principal discussed these stability balls. I practically screamed when I heard! I jumped on the opportunity, pulled up the research I had on them, and went into the principal to request them in my room. I currently split a class set (20) with my partner teacher, so we each have 10 balls. I use 6 at my small group table and 4 at my writing center (both pictured in the back in the picture above). Needless to say, I was extremely excited…except for the fact that you have to blow each one up with a hand pump. It takes for.ev.errrr! Pros over regular chairs: The balls are suppose to increase oxygen flow to the brain when students are working, and allow them time to move. Sometimes we Continue Reading