Back to School Routines and Procedures for Teachers

  Supplies…check    Classroom organized and ready for students….check   Classroom Routines and Procedures?  Here’s a reminder list to have worked out before the first day of school. Try to post important details in the classroom as reminders to students. Storage of backpacks, coat, lunches Entering the classroom Homework (and notes, etc. from home) collection box Attendance… Read More »

Family Fun Math Games

Looking for family games to take along on vacations or family trips? Consider making a small games box. One of those plastic tool boxes the kids use for school works great. Here’s a list of items to include: 2 decks of cards with contrasting back designs (so if you interminglee them, you can easily separate… Read More »

Kid Writing Critiques

  Indie Writing Workshops invite students to write fiction, non fiction, poetry and whatever else they think of to express themselves.  Here are a few questions they might answer when they read another student’s work. Does the story have a beginning, a middle and an ending? Did the author use strong, action verbs? Did the… Read More »

Vocabulary Development Ideas

Growing a vocabulary requires spending time with new words. Focus on important words; those with often-use potential or subject-related value. Try these ideas to help students ‘own’ the selected new words. First create a special journal or **worksheet to allow space for the some or all of the following components: Introduce the word and the… Read More »

Effective Goal Setting vs Intentions

Goal setting: a measurable idea you want to accomplish Intention: an aim, a plan of action Substitute intentions for goal setting. Take the pressure off while still suggesting the idea is clearly in view. 1. Write down your goal with specific, measurable, and identifiable intentions. Instead of saying: write 6 sentences about (subject), say or… Read More »