Time Flies When You're ... TEACHING!
Iím not going to lie.
Iíve been busy as all get out and have totally forgotten this newsletter!
What I have been updating is my Facebook Group.
Iím on there at least once a day posting something.
If you havenít jumped onto the Facebook bus Ė Iíd really recommend it just to see the different teacher related groups.
With that in mind, Iíve decided to give you a ďBest ofÖ Elementary-Teacher-Resources Facebook PostsĒ newsletter this time.
This will give you a snip of what the group is about and let you know what Iíve been up to since I last emailed.
- So, I downloaded Gooney Bird Greene to my Kindle and stuck it until my document camera (Elmo) and turned it into a shared reading. One student turned the pages, and another tracked along the screen with a pointer while I read. It was amazing. If you have the ability to do this - I would *highly* recommend it. Oh, and yes, it was my personal Kindle.
- Now that we are deeply into "The Daily 5" in my room, I'm thinking that I'd like to set some weekly goals for that time. I was thinking of posing them in a question like: "What were the hardest words you read during 'Read to Self'?", "Can you write a story using several contractions?"
- I walked into my classroom at 6:05am. I walked out at 6:55pm.
- Remember: Every story needs a plan to begin with. Today I modeled what a story would look like without a plan. It was too ridiculous. It made no sense. I just said, "Look at how much I wrote!" I acted thrilled. They were all shaking their heads in horror. Then we analyzed everything that was wrong with it. I think the kids got the point - and will remember to start with a plan... for a while! :)
- I was discussing with a coworker how to get more time with letters, sounds and music into the children's day without taking up whole group instruction time. The Music Center is a super easy way! Just make a mix tape or CD of your favorite songs, type up a little book for the kids to follow, and put it into your listening center. Easy cheesy lemon squeezy!
- Sometimes you have to laugh at what's happening in your classroom so you don't cry. Can you relate?
- Sometimes you just have to stop... and breathe. Today we laid on the floor on our backs for 3 minutes and talked about the importance of relaxing, calming, and breathing. Yeah - I was in a dress. The things we do for kids.
- "Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers." --Josef Albers
- Remember: If you get loud, they get loud. If you get quiet, they get quiet. Sometimes whispering at the class is the most effective way to get their attention.
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