Fostering Collaboration in the Classroom

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One thing I am striving for with my move to 3rd grade is to foster and encourage collaboration in my classroom. I see time and time again students who don’t know how to work together or how to be respectful towards their peers!

Our students HAVE to be able to agree, disagree, collaborate, cooperate, and work as a team. They can’t do that if we don’t show them how!

Being in a new grade level, however, I know I have to take baby steps or else it won’t work for me. I created these job collaboration cards to make sure my kids are held accountable for their group work.

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I printed the cards on cardstock in different colors. The first time we used the cards, I passed out the cards and the students got in their color groups.

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The next time we used these collaboration cards, I noticed that the students had already caught on to color groups and I saw them picking the same color as their friends!

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The 3rd time we used them, *insert evil teacher laugh here*, I went back and wrote numbers on the cards. Now they could be grouped by color or by number. The students won’t know which way they are grouped until AFTER they have chosen a card!

You should have seen their faces after I let them pick cards and then told them they would not be grouped by the color of their cards.

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Lstly, this is how I explained the job responsibilities to my students. I also put it on the board in case they need a reminder while working.

Collaboration Job Cards Explanation

Depending on the number of students you have and the activity you are doing, you might not use all of the jobs every time. You also might give 1 student 2 jobs.

I am passionate about my students collaborating and problem solving while learning the necessary academics. These job cards have already been SO instrumental in my classroom!

Click any of the job card photos in this post to head over to my TpT store to download these cards for FREE! You can also click here. I hope these cards are helpful to you and your classroom collaboration. :)

Spread the Joy: A Classroom Freebie

Spread the Joy

This little ole’ blog has sure seen some tumbleweeds the couple of months. I’ve been a little busy teaching routines and wrangling six year olds and making sure no one got lost and tying shoes and OH YEAH, teaching!

I’m sure you can relate.

So now here it is, the most wonderful time of the year.

Cue the carols. And the holiday treats!

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Mobile Clip Chart

Ryan G Power Struggle

This year I am team teaching! Whew… if you’ve ever gone from self-contained to team teaching, then you know how much work it is in the beginning to simply figure out all those little things.. like where does there stuff go? And who sends emails? And what time do we switch? For the love of God what time are we switching today!? Read more

The Dreaded Lunch Count

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Ugh… Lunch count. I can never remember to do it. That and taking my attendance. Can’t there be a lunch count and attendance fairy that comes to my room each morning and does it for me? Can’t I just teach?!

Maybe I can hire a 6th grader to come do it for me. Yes, we have 6th graders at our elementary school. Don’t even get me started. Most of those 11 and 12 year olds should be no where near my precious 6 year olds. They are a different breed and bless all of you teachers out there who teach anything with raging hormones. Give me tying shoes and loose teeth and bandaids making everything all better any day.

Anyway.

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First Grade Classroom Tour 2015-2016

Adventures in Teaching Classroom Tour

Hello friends! I am so excited to be bringing you my first grade classroom tour today! :) I usually post a tour before school even starts, but this year I decided to wait until we were a few weeks in. I’m really glad I did b/c a real classroom has students in it every day- and this is how my room currently looks!

When I started getting my pictures ready to post, I started to stress out a little because my pictures aren’t the best. I took them in a rush on Friday before leaving, I took them with my camera phone, and my room has no natural lighting. However, I’m posting them anyway because I figure that everyone who reads this is a real teacher anyway and you most likely would face the same issues if you were taking pics of your room! So, my perfectionist tendencies are just going to have to get over it! :)

I’m not going to explain a whole lot about my classroom tour because I know you just want the pictures anyway… I usually do! :) Let me know if you have questions!

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4 Things Parents Need To Know (About Teachers)

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I recently read an article about 10 things teachers want to say to parents, but can’t. It inspired me to write 4 things that teachers can say to parents. I believe that an open and honest relationship with parents is key. A good rapport between parents and teachers is one of the most important parts of a student’s education. Here are 4 things that I’d like parents to know about me as a teacher.

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