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Teaching Kids to Move Beyond One-Word Questions. “Does anyone have any questions?”

Teaching Kids to Move Beyond One-Word Questions

It’s the dreaded question of early childhood educators everywhere. This can-of-worms question often leads to non sequitur statements that range from “I like your pants” to long-winded stories that start with “Once my grandma gave me a . . .” These responses often resemble anything but a question. To avoid these tangents, teachers can turn the question “Does anyone have any questions?” How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards? Education experts widely recognize that a strong early childhood education is an important factor to set kids up for success in school.

How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards?

But whether kindergarten is more like preschool or elementary school has long been an open question that leaves teachers caught in-between. For some children kindergarten is the first time they’ve been to school, and at five-years-old they’re still too young to shoulder the anxiety and pressure of benchmark testing. All this leaves kindergarten teachers in a tough spot — they are required to teach an increasingly demanding set of standards, but many are also trained in child development and see the new demands as developmentally inappropriate. Lisa Minicozzi was an elementary school principal before she went back to school for her doctorate in early childhood education. She’s now a professor of education at Adelphi University, where she instructs teachers in-training and studies effective teaching practice in classrooms.

Tips and tricks for kindergarten teachers lesson plan ideas. You join a special club when you become a kindergarten teacher.

tips and tricks for kindergarten teachers lesson plan ideas

There are only a few of us who have what it takes to manage these littlest students who are often still moving in ​a hundred directions all at once when they arrive in our classrooms. We’ve scoured our WeAreTeachers ​​Helpline and brought together 50 of the very best ideas for kindergarten teachers. 1. Start at the very beginning. “Don't assume they know how to do anything. 2. “Be ready for kids who are readers, kids who have never seen letters, and everything in between. 3. Low maintenance​, high fun! Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom. Keeping Play in Kindergarten. After two rewarding years of teaching pre-K, I felt ready for the new challenge of teaching kindergarten.

Keeping Play in Kindergarten

I knew there would be some substantial changes as I moved from the world of pre-K to the more traditional K-12 school model. After all, DC kindergartners are expected to master the more rigorous Common Core standards which include the requirement for students to “read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.” Nap time was gone and lesson planning would soon consume a large portion of my weekends. These were all changes I had anticipated and even welcomed. The major change I did not anticipate was the dramatic shift away from play-based learning in favor of direct teacher instruction.

The Poem Farm. FUN Critical Thinking Activities. For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment.

FUN Critical Thinking Activities

In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels. K-3 Links. All About Balanced Literacy.

Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers.

All About Balanced Literacy

It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a non­threatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences. It promotes discussion, problem­ solving and critical thinking by students.

Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. Independent Reading: 101. What is Independent Reading, Really?

Independent Reading: 101

Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages.

The main components of independent reading are outlined below. Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks. It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks

My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. Mrs. Lockett's Kindergarten Math Pinterest page. Mrs. Wills Kindergarten: 10 Questions Answered-Math Workshop. I am going to try to answer some of the questions we have gotten on our Math Workshop units. 1.

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten: 10 Questions Answered-Math Workshop

Do you have a year-long plan created? Yes and no. Yes, our year long plan looks like scratch paper and post it notes. Ms Ugolini's Kindergarten Class: Math. Hello Families, To reinforce what they have learned about two-dimensional shapes in class, try this activity with your child: Imagine that your backs are drawing boards.

Ms Ugolini's Kindergarten Class: Math

Take turns using a finger to draw shapes on each other's backs. Try to guess the shape that the other person is drawing. Talk about how the different shapes feel like. After drawing a shape on the other person's back, draw the same shape on paper and talk about how the shape looks like. A Differentiated Kindergarten: Math Stations Tips (and a Freebie) Linky Party. Math Stations! So fun and, yet somehow, so hard to wrap your head around. . . A Differentiated Kindergarten: Daily 5 2nd Edition Chapters 5 and 6 or "Make it your own and make it work! KINDERWORLD: Educational YOUTUBE Videos. The Wonderful World of Kindergarten. Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog: daily math routines. I recently read an article about calendar time for young children. It was first published in the May 2008 issue of Young Child (an NAEYC publication). A Class of Six Year Olds Inviting the World into Their Classroom.

Focus On Play In Kindergarten May Improve Grades Later On, Study Says. BY KATHRYN DOYLE Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:09am EST (Reuters Health) - Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools, the authors write. “The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. The Importance of Block Play - Journey Into Early Childhood. A journey through inquiry-based play.

Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play. Have you ever had a parent ask you if her/his child is ready for kindergarten? Have you ever heard a teacher complain about a child who doesn’t have enough academic skills to be in kindergarten? I’ve been wondering a lot about these two questions. Checking online, I found one after the other websites-advising parents about kindergarten readiness. Some sites discuss the pros and cons of redshirting, keeping a child back from kindergarten so as to give (usually) him an extra ‘edge’ in the grade and also giving him time to develop the ability to sit still for extended periods – time for hours of reading, writing, phonics and math.

TeamJelleybean: Recycling in Kindergarten. Our recycling inquiry continues! Here are the reference posters that I talked about in our last recycling blog. Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten: Reading Workshop Ideas & Freebies. Readers_workshop_in_a_kindergarten_classroom.pdf. CalkCurricPlan GrK ReadWshp. Word Study Instruction in the K-2 Classroom. Word study is an approach to spelling instruction that moves away from a focus on memorization. The approach reflects what researchers have discovered about the alphabetic, pattern, and meaning layers of English orthography.

Teachers use a variety of hands-on activities, often called word work, to help students actively explore these layers of information. When studying the alphabetic layer, students examine the relationship between letters and sounds. They learn to match single letters and pairs of letters (e.g., ch) to specific sounds and, in doing so, to create words. When students study the pattern layer, they look beyond single or paired letter-sounds to search for larger patterns that guide the grouping of letters (e.g., CVCe).

Examining each layer of the orthography helps students to see the regularities, patterns, and derivations in English words — how words work in our writing system. Tip 1: Assess Students' Word Knowledge Using Multiple Assessment Tools.