Advice for a Kindergarten Teacher ~ Linky Party I'm coming to you today with a linky party hosted by Sharing Kindergarten! Here are my top 4 tips: I know there are probably things that you HAVE to have at a certain time - lunch, PE, Music, a reading block or math block. Child development: 5-6 years child; development; five; 5; six; 6; social; emotional; understanding; physical; speech; language; relationships; independence; social; skills; play; reading; lefthanded ; Many children begin school at five. This is because by five most children have developed enough independence and understanding to enable them to cope away from home for such a length of time. As always, this varies with each child and some will be more ready than others to be away from their parents and to make relationships with people outside the family. The Raising Children Network website has a lot of information about school aged children, including information about development, behaviour, fitness, health and daily care.
6 Reasons Why Puppets Will Change Your Classroom Forever Editor's note: High school English teacher Cheryl Morris co-authored this post. Good help is hard to find, and real friends are made. In our classrooms, we take that literally. Puppets change the entire classroom by creating more possibilities for creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and curiosity. They give students a (sometimes silly) voice and put them in the role of creator. They can also be a co-teacher, a physical avatar, a learning partner, and even facilitate learning by subverting the ego.
Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) Freebies Galore for your Meet and Greet, Orientation or Open House!! - Little Warriors Hi friends! I know, like me, many of you start school THIS WEEK!? Can you believe it?!? Where did the Summer go??? We have Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday. 20 Ways To Get A Noisy Classroom's Attention 20 Ways To Get A Noisy Classroom’s Attention by Terry Heick Okay, so this isn’t about rethinking teaching and learning in a connected world, but that doesn’t change the fact that for many of you, simply beginning class can be the most challenging thing you do all day.
Crockett's Classroom Forever in Third Grade: Help your kids SPARKLE Another school year is about to begin. All those bright, smiley faces will soon be focused on you and you want to make sure the year starts positive and stays positive. Hopefully, you'll be blessed with a class where staying positive is easy.
20 Ways to Keep Your Students' Attention As the end of the year approaches, it can be more and more challenging to keep your students' attention. Brain Breaks are important, but there are plenty of things you can do within a lesson to keep kids from day dreaming...or worse yet, nodding off. Here are some ideas:Desk Switch: Students have ten seconds (count down from ten) to find another desk to sit in that is in a different part of the room than his or her normal desk. Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved. However, in my work, I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.
Curriculum Binder: A Teacher's Right Hand Man... Summer is starting to wind down... and the smell of Back-to-School is filling the air ( It's the smell of new crayons!) So, I'm busy trying to get ready for the new year in between naps and playtime with a toddler... This was me this during morning nap the other day... Icebreakers that Rock We’re coming up fast on the beginning of another school year. That means a new batch of students to get to know, students who need to be made comfortable in your classroom, and who need to get to know each other. It’s essential to start building relationships with your students right from the start. And how to accomplish this? Icebreakers.
Clarity is Key The new school year feels well underway, even if for some of you it only started 15 days ago. It is amazing how quickly something new can become familiar, how quickly sparse classroom spaces can become filled. Whether it has been a few weeks or a few months, many of you are seeing your classrooms fill up with supplies, student work, and charts.
Using "I Can" Charts to Make Learning Visible I have a confession to make. I have never been the teacher who posted the objective I was teaching on the board. I know that it’s a requirement at many schools, but I have never taught in one of those schools. But recently, with my focus on encouraging students to take more ownership of their own learning, I came to the realization all by myself how powerful the practice can be. The Perfect Classroom, According to Science — Bright It’s bright, quiet, and 72 degrees. And it makes every student feel valued. By Sarika Bansal