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
I am here today to tell you all about how I help my advanced readers to dig deeper into books independently!
I have a small group of about 4 kiddos who have consistently been reading above grade level all year. They cam to me already proficient at decoding and reading for meaning. In January, I decided it would be a great time to get them started in a little book club. (This is just what I call it because it’s easy for my kids to understand the terminology. And they were super excited about it being a ‘club’. You can call it anything you want to! Book club, literacy circle, literacy club, book talk, etc.)
You Oughta Know About…. Table Captains
Have you ever had kids who fight over who is going to be the one to bring you the papers or who is going to come get supplies? How about when your students table buckets are all messy and crazy and your glue bottles are open? All of the above drives me bonkers, so a while back I introduced Table Captains.
I have gotten a lot of comments/questions/pins about this so I just wanted to dedicate a post to my mock clock faces!
My first year teaching, my kids kept hounding me and hounding me about when we go to lunch, when we go to recess, etc. So I came up with the idea to make some clocks with the times drawn on. After they were up for a few days, my kids actually stopped asking me. It was awesome! It definitely felt like a ‘win’ for a first year teacher. Read more