If you ask me (and I am pretending that you did), third grade is the BEST grade to teach!  Third graders are still young enough to love school, love their teacher and get excited over simple things like coloring. However, they are old enough to be independent workers and thinkers. Most third graders know how to read and are now learning to love to read. Third graders are eager to learn multiplication and cursive handwriting. It is a year of huge growth both academically and socially. Seriously, it is the BEST! Did you know that I have a Facebook group that is dedicated to all things third grade? Well now you do! It is a great place for third grade teachers to ask for advice! If you teach third grade, and would like to join, click on the banner below. I recently asked the group what tips they would give a brand new third grade teacher. I have mixed some of their tips with some of my own! I hope this helps! Tips: Stop stressing about the testing! I mean it! ...
This is that time of year when new teachers begin looking for their first teaching job. It's also that time when current teachers start thinking about applying for a job closer to home or in a new grade level. Sadly, lots of teachers are also looking for new jobs after having their current position cut. I recently asked teachers on my Facebook page for their best teacher interview tips. They had such such great ideas, that I wanted to share them with anyone who might be interviewing for a teaching job.  1. Do your research! Make sure that you spend time really researching the school's and school district's websites before going to the interview. Take time to learn the school's mission statement. Look for any published goals or improvement plans. You might also want to take some time to look at teacher biographies and/or websites. Some of these teachers will probably be on the interview committee!  2. Prepare for the typical questions. There are certain...
Writing happens all day in my classroom. Students respond to text during reading . They write about their math strategies using math journals . Students write informational paragraphs in social studies and science. Even though our pencils are dulled from all of this writing- we still have a dedicated time for writing instruction. If you really want students to be better writers, you have to teach them explicit writing skills. I use writer's workshop to teach writing in my classroom.  Here is a look at what writing looks like in my classroom: Mini Lesson: 10-15 minutes Writer's workshop starts with a mini lesson. It is a MINI lesson- not a MAXI lesson! This is the time when we are teaching our students a skill that we want them to use in their writing. If we spend too much time talking, then they never get to the writing!  During my mini lesson, I love to share mentor texts. I think that reading great writing is the best way to grow great writers. There are wo...
The end of the school year is fast approaching! Wether you have days or weeks left, I hope that these end of year tips and ideas will help you to have some fun with your students before summer break.  The end of the school year is tough! So much is being asked of us. We are madly trying to complete report cards, inventory supplies, clean and somehow continue to provide meaningful instruction until the very last day!  There are several mistakes that a teacher can make at the end of the year even though they mean well. These mistakes will make the end of the year more difficult. Click HERE to read more about these mistakes and some simple solutions to make the end of year more manageable! After testing is over we start to daydream about summer break. But the reality is that we still have several weeks of teaching time! What do you do with your students? We want to keep them learning, but we want to have some fun with them too. I have ten tips that will help you k...