Kindergarten Squared: Back to School GALORE for Kinders! I'm in LOVE! Woo-hoo! We FINALLY finished up our newest unit JUST for KINDERS! And I have to say I have a little crush! You know when you have a picture in your head of something you want to create, and well...it turns out all CRAY-CRAY and you are like, "That was NOT what it looked like in my head! " Yeah...been there, done that! So this project ACTUALLY turned out like what was in my head...can I get an "AMEN! " I can't wait to get back to school and start working on these writing, math, and emergent readers with my kiddos! I think they will love them, but more so I think they will be great for keeping kiddos engaged with meaningful and appropriate activities AND we'll be building our class community all the while! Here are a couple of my favorite things! PROJECTS that BUILD COMMUNITY This flap book project has kiddos drawing and writing about themselves, their classmates, teachers, and a little about their 1st week in kindergarten.
And WRITING, GETTING TO KNOW MYCLASSMATES, and MORE! Texas Teacher Round-Up: 5 Tips for New Teachers. Hi! It's Ari from The Science Penguin. If you are a new teacher, welcome! This is post was written just for you! I have been teaching for five years, which is long enough to pick up some tips and tricks, but not so long that I forgot what it was like my first year teaching. Also, I changed schools and grade levels last year, so I got a little reminder of all the things to remember when you are preparing for those kids to show up the first day. I like to seem pretty "with it" the first day because then the kids know we don't waste time and I know EXACTLY what is going on. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
If you have any advice for new teachers, PLEASE comment below. Weird Is Cool in Middle School: Tips for a First Year Teacher... from a survivor. I'm going to preface this with the stats of my first year teaching. Challenge: I opened a brand new school that we weren't allowed to move into until the Friday before school started on Monday. Challenge: I was on a 2 2/3 membered team. Team Member 1: Taught six classes (like me) Pregnant and due in October Team Member 2: Only taught two 8th Grade Classes and four 7th Grade classes but there was a 7th grade teacher who went on Maternity leave in November Team Member 3: Had two classes of GT kids and was going through chemotherapy. Me: First Year Teacher with 173 students and a year of subbing under my belt. Challenge: First year of the STAAR Test for 8th Grade US History which asks questions at a higher level than the AP test (No joke I had an AP US History teacher tell me that) I was in survival mode from October on. 1) I started YouTube Videos to help my kids outside of class. 2) I started a Mock UN Club at my school (Model UN but only for my District) 3) Created "Harry Potter" Review Day 1. 2.
Top 5 Classroom Décor Ideas for First Year Teachers - Wise Guys. Behavior Management in the Classroom! Behavior Management Tips for New Teachers! Behavior Management is a challenge that every new teacher faces. Unfortunately, teachers cannot be 100% prepared on how to effectively manage an entire classroom in their credential program alone. It is something that we have to put into practice and figure out as we go! It involves trial and error, and every teacher has to discover what works for them in their own classroom. So often first year teachers are overwhelmed and feel unprepared for managing classroom behavior. So for elementary teachers that would like a little extra guidance, here are my various tips and methods for maintaining control of the classroom. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 13. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 14.
Those are my quick tips for first year teachers or teachers who need a little extra with behavior management in the elementary classroom. Teaching in Progress: Why I Will Never Use a Behavior Chart Again. I know from all the clip charts and behavior charts I have seen on Pinterest that this statement has probably already raised a couple of eyebrows, but I hope you'll hear me out anyway. A few days ago one of my colleagues, (who is a great teacher, wonderful mom, and all around awesome person) sat down at our team meeting and said, "I want you to know that I am never using a behavior color chart again!
" I stopped using those charts years ago and I couldn't have been happier to hear her say that! And, it seems, her reason for saying it was not that different from my reason for letting those charts go. Her own sweet first grader had come home from school the day before, completely crushed after being put on "red"on the color chart. A sweet boy who wants nothing more than to please his teacher and do the right thing at school. I remembered my own son coming home from Kindergarten, day after day, in tears because he just couldn't seem to stay on 'green'. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! First Year Teaching Documentary.