Monday, August 19, 2019

August 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's August Teacher Talk Time.....Hopefully those of you who are back to school this month are off to a great beginning with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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 Is Summer Vacation Over Already?

Someone posted on Facebook that August is like Sunday for teachers! We're elated when the weekend comes around, and love Saturday, it's one of our fun days, but then the dreaded Sunday comes, you have to correct papers, do lesson plans, and go to bed at a reasonable hour, you know the routine.  Then there's the month of August, it just seems to zooooom by and before you know it your summer vacation is like a dream gone by.  But you do Love teaching, it's your calling. Read on for some first day teaching tips.

How Morning Meeting Can Become a Sacred Space
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning 
 Adding new practices to make Morning Meeting a peaceful and calm transition to your teaching and learning day.

 5 Meaningful No-Prep Activities for the First Week of School
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools 

If you're frantically planning for your first day or week of school, here are five tried & true activities (not busy work!) to keep your students engaged while you get to observe and learn more about them. And be sure to download all the FREEBIES!

 Developing Powerful, Enthusiastic Readers
 Every teacher wants a classroom filled with powerful and enthusiastic readers. This is a terrific goal for the new school year…and it can be accomplished with
this design.
 Free Video to Teach Prepositional Phrases
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess
 Here's a FREE video to teach prepositional phrases.

 Developing and Writing Effective Lesson Plans for Math
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi
 We often hear of research based strategies and how to use them in our classrooms. Having worked at two colleges in the past ten years, I have discovered that some who are doing this research have never been in a classroom or taught anyone under the age of 18! (Sad but True) 

  Using Math Centers in the Upper Elementary Classroom
By Kris McWilliams of Mistakes Allow Things to Happen
 Thinking about adding Math Centers to your classroom math block? This article will help you take steps to implement a plan in an upper elementary school classroom.

 Ease New School Year Teacher Anxiety
 By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching
 Tips to ease Teachers' back to school anxiety.

 Math Games: Observing Your Students Makes Back-to-School a Breeze!
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs 
 Want to know an easy peasy way to really get to know your kiddos at the beginning of the year? Play some math games with them and sit back and watch. This is one teacher's approach to collecting student data.

Recommended Reading Board
By Erik Arndt of Insights to English
Create a wall display of books (or better yet: series of books) that your students should consider reading. Make sure to have a variety of formats and genres so that there’s something for everyone!

 This is the Time to Start Your Year Off Right With an Amazing Close Reading Lesson
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR's Classroom
 This is the time to start your year off right with an amazing close reading lesson. As the school year starts, this is the best time to start with close reading.

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by Cognitive Cardio with Middle School Math Moments
5th - 7th Grade

On the inside, this Order of Operations Fold it Up has "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" on the left, dotted lines for students to cut, and then partial notes on the right-hand side. -The equation in the parentheses block is to be completed step by step in each box.
The front was left blank, for students to create their own PEMDAS lettering and title.
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6th Grade Math Resource Bundle - resources for the entire year.
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Back to School - Who Am I? Freebie”

by MrsTech
6th - 11th Grade

This is a one-page activity that had students share about themselves. I plan to give it back to them at the end of the year so that they can see how they have grown and changed over the last 10 months. I used it with my 8th grade students and my juniors and seniors, and they all loved it. The file is both a png. file that you can use with an app like PicCollage, and a PDF that you can print. 

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

FREE MISC. LESSON - "Fall Freebie"

By Kathy Babineau
Grades K-4

Keep students motivated and engaged with this versatile, easy to use activity. Students can monitor their own progress in a fun, fall-themed format.
This freebie contains:
  • black and white corn on the cob scene mat
  • black and white pumpkin patch scene mat
  • black and white small cut-apart manipulative candy corn and pumpkin pieces
  • photos of an alternate way of using this product using candy
  • credits page
To use this product: print copies of the scene mats and if using the printable manipulatives print/copy those pages as well. Instruct students to prepare small manipulatives by cutting apart the small pieces (they can color them too if you wish). As students answer questions, produce target sounds, contribute to discussion (really whatever you are targeting), allow them to place one candy corn (if using the corn cob scene) or one pumpkin (if using the pumpkin patch scene) per response. Alternatively, if you choose, you can skip the small manipulative pages and use real candy instead. I bought a couple bags of the candy pumpkins and candy corn. It’s your choice. There is lots of flexibility with this product. You can use this in 1:1 tutoring or therapy, in small groups, or in whole class activities. This activity was originally designed for speech therapy, but works equally well for all subjects.
I sincerely hope you and your students enjoy this product! Please let me know what you think by leaving feedback! Happy Fall :)
Kathy Babineau

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