I wrote this post for iTeach Third and I wanted to share it here for my blog readers. I love planning classroom parties that are unique, engaging and fun for my students. I am not the kind of teacher that will plan a "traditional" party that students have already had many times before. I like to spice it up! Each year, I throw a Valentine's Day Sock Hop in my classroom! It is the perfect way to celebrate our friendships, laugh and enjoy each tower's company. I got some inexpensive decorations from the party store and I use them every single year! I encourage students to wear poodle skirts, leather jackets, etc. We play fun 50s music and dance together. We have hula hoop contents and enjoy root beer floats together. The kids talk about it for weeks to come! I was doing some research (using the term lightly) on Pinterest and compiled a list of some other fun, but simple, Valentine's Day party ideas. I love THIS idea of making structures wit...
I am blessed each year with a handful of classroom volunteers that help with photocopies, grading, cutting and working with students. These volunteers are such a huge help to me and my students love it when their parent comes in to volunteer. But recently I noticed that ALL my volunteers are moms. And that got me thinking....it is mostly moms at conferences, it's mostly moms at classroom performances.....and it's mostly moms as field trip chaperones. Where are the dads? All of my students' dads work full time outside of the house. Many moms do too, but I do have some stay-at-home moms, moms who work from home and moms who take off work to come on a field trip or attend a class party. I know dads are very busy, but I also wonder if dads don't come to the classroom because they feel uncomfortable and don't really know how to help. And so my mission to get dads in our classroom began! Read Aloud Invite How about setting aside 10 minutes at the start of e...