As elementary school teachers every minute of the school day is precious. We have so many standards to meet from September to June. Any chance we get it's important to combine literacy learning into the content areas of social studies and science. My favorite way to do this is through my interactive read aloud time.... Continue Reading →
I am a big supporter of the magazine Time for Kids. They have sophisticated, kid friendly, current events articles at a variety of reading levels. For the last election, I used TFK to introduce election specific vocabulary!
As teachers we spend hours each week attempting to plan engaging lessons that every child in our class will learn something from. We try our best to reach the minds of students achieving on all levels of the spectrum. Of course, we want to believe that every student is listening to every minute of what... Continue Reading →
A great way to instantly engage students in vocabulary learning is by allowing them to play board games. Who doesn't love a great board game? You could set up different stations in your classroom, either having all of the stations involving a board game or mix in some other word learning activities too. After much... Continue Reading →
Throughout the first six weeks of school it is essential that we build a community in our classrooms that is based on kindness, respect and responsibility. However, what do those three traits look like to children? How does kindness in the classroom differ from kindness in the hallway? While working to build these routines it's... Continue Reading →
As September rolls around it's important to setup your classroom with word learning in mind. The easiest way to foster a word conscious environment is to create a word wall in your classroom. Many primary teachers use word walls to display sight words that students are learning and trying to remember. Although upper elementary teachers... Continue Reading →
Beginning a new school year always comes with mixed feelings. It is exciting to start a new year, with a fresh group of young minds in front of us. However, the start of the school means creating new routines, and fostering a community where students feel safe and comfortable. This summer I had the opportunity of... Continue Reading →