Can you believe that the back to school season is already upon us?! While you are decorating your classroom and printing math centers, I think it is very important that you take some time and think about how you will go about teaching and practicing classroom procedures. The number one thing you can do to guarantee a successful school year is to spend LOTS of time teaching classroom procedures. But, that can get super boring! You wanna laugh? It was my first year of teaching and I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. NONE! I wrote all every single classroom procedure into a handbook for my third graders. It was five pages, 12-point font, front and back. We spent the first couple of days reading and discussing the handbook. Students were falling asleep. It was awful! I owe those sweet kiddos a huge apology.   Teaching and practicing procedures does NOT have to be boring! In fact, if you make it fun, students are more likely to remember the procedures! (Plus, the...
Hello! I'm Kelli from the Tenacious Teacher and I'm thrilled to be sharing on Not So Wimpy Teacher's blog about my experience rolling out flexible seating! I took the plunge (it was more like a graceful belly flop) last year and blogged about some things I realized both here and here . However, today I'm sharing some answers to the "But what about" questions that hold people back from trying it. If you are someone still on the fence, take a read to see if this can ease your mind! But what about the desks? Do I get rid of all of them? I originally wanted all my desks out of my room but due to furniture options in my school, I didn't have access to the tables I wanted. However, I think I loved it even more having a mixture of table top options. Remember, flexible seating shouldn't mean that everyone is now sitting at a table with a yoga ball... because that is not what all students prefer. It's about having options. So I kept about 16 desks...
Sharing my love for math centers has been so much fun! If you missed any of the posts in the series, you can click on the links below to get caught up. Part 1: Why You Need to Have Math Centers Part 2: Math Center Activities Part 3: Math Center Schedules  Today I want to share a simple schedule that you can use to teach your kids the math center routines and procedures at the beginning of the year!  The most important tip that I have for you is DON'T RUSH ! Take your time teaching and practicing these routines. I broke it down into eight days of teaching the routines, but your class might need 10 or 12 days. Spend the time now, so that math centers run like a well oiled machine for the rest of the year. I promise that it will be worth the time! This schedule of lessons is based on the schedule and activities that I shared earlier in this series. Hopefully you can adapt the lessons to meet your needs. I like to bring students to the carpet when we do the...
Math centers make me leap with joy, and so this blog series is a blast to write! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, you can click below to get caught up. Part 1: Why You Need to Have Math Centers Part 2: Math Center Activities Making Time I have so many teachers tell me that they just don't have time for math centers. I personally view math center time as the most important part of my math instructional block. I MAKE time for them!  I am lucky enough to have 90 minutes for math. I have this much time because I don't give much of any time for morning work. We don't have class meetings or spend too much time on classroom management programs. We reserve large blocks of time for social studies and science on Fridays rather than short blocks the rest of the week.  I know that many of you have no choice in the matter and have only an hour for math. That sure makes me sad, but you do what you have to do! I would look at other places in y...