I am very passionate about having a writing workshop in the classroom and feel it is necessary to set aside at least 30-45 minutes each day for a writing workshop. Let me explain why a writing workshop is needed in your classroom. Giving students time to write isn't the same as teaching them to write. Maybe you have a work-on-writing center. Maybe students are given time to write in a journal. Great, students do need time to write. However, their growth will be soooo slow if they aren't being taught HOW to write.  We wouldn't schedule daily time for our kiddos to practice their multiplication facts, but not bother to teach them multiplication strategies. We wouldn't just give our kids time to read without teaching them phonics, site words, and comprehension strategies they would need to decode and understand what they are reading. So why have we been giving them time to write, but not teaching the strategies   they need to become better writers? In a writ...
Back to school means a new group of scholars to meet, assess, teach and love on! It's so exciting! But it's tough too.  You are busy making relationships and teaching routines, but you also have to get to know your students' academic needs. What reading level are they currently reading at? How much do they comprehend the text that they read? How much do they remember from second grade? What reading group would be a good starting point? The best way to make these decisions is with a pre assessment.  Many school provide assessments for teachers, but few provide something that checks for comprehension and reading skills. Plus, most of the school provided assessments are so long! So, I created this free assessment for third grade teachers . The pre assessment includes a fiction passage with ten multiple choice questions and a nonfiction passage with ten multiple choice questions .  Students are asked about vocabulary, character traits, point ...
Finally! The beginning of the school year is underway. You're getting ready to do what all those years of college have trained you to do. You might have been prepping for this all summer even. It is a very exciting time! If you're like I was, you've probably been pinning your heart out, joining every Facebook teacher group there is out there, and you may have even read The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong. These are all great things to help you prepare. However, one of the most important things you need to do this year is Take Care of You and here's how!   Don't Try To Do Everything My first year of teaching I wanted my principal to be proud of me, my students to love me and co-workers to see how helpful I was. I signed up for committees, volunteered to help people on my team and tried to make lessons that would blow my kid's minds on the daily. In addition I was trying to grade all assignments, answer every parent email right away, a...
Congratulations fifth grade teacher! Fifth graders are very independent and curious. They have such fun personalities starting to emerge and are beginning to act like miniature adults. I love their sense of humor! Now that you know you will be teaching fifth grade, you are probably starting to wonder what resources you might want to have in your classroom. I have compiled a list of my very favorites. I hope it helps! Books I'm starting with my book recommendations because I think that books are the most important part of ANY classroom! A good classroom library is a must.  It doesn't have to cost a fortune though. You can get books from garage sales, used book stores and even from your friends. I highly recommend putting a post on your personal Facebook asking if any of your friends have books that their children have outgrown. It's a great way to grow your library.  Click  HERE  to read more about organizing your classroom library. Chapt...
Congratulations second grade teacher! Second graders are so excited about school! They are starting to read fun chapter books and they are going to make huge growth in math this year. It's an exciting time! Now that you know you will be teaching second grade, you are probably starting to wonder what resources you might want to have in your classroom. I have compiled a list of my very favorites. I hope it helps! Books I'm starting with my book recommendations because I think that books are the most important part of ANY classroom! A good classroom library is a must.  It doesn't have to cost a fortune though. You can get books from garage sales, used book stores and even from your friends. I highly recommend putting a post on your personal Facebook asking if any of your friends have books that their children have outgrown. It's a great way to grow your library.  Click  HERE  to read more about organizing your classroom library. Chapter B...
Congratulations fourth grade teacher! Fourth graders can be very independent and curious. The topics they are tackling in math are interesting and you are going to LOVE class read alouds. There are so many awesome fourth grade books! Now that you know you will be teaching fourth grade, you are probably starting to wonder what resources you might want to have in your classroom. I have compiled a list of my very favorites. I hope it helps! Books I'm starting with my book recommendations because I think that books are the most important part of ANY classroom! A good classroom library is a must.  It doesn't have to cost a fortune though. You can get books from garage sales, used book stores and even from your friends. I highly recommend putting a post on your personal Facebook asking if any of your friends have books that their children have outgrown. It's a great way to grow your library.  Click  HERE  to read more about organizing your classroom...
Lesson planning is always a bit tricky, but planning for that first week back to school is extra challenging! How much time should we spend teaching procedures? How can we get to know our new students? How can we make the first week fun? When should we start with the curriculum? Every year, I notice multiple posts in my teacher Facebook groups asking others to share their first week of school lesson plans. So, I thought, I will show you my ideal first week of school plans. Keep in mind that every classroom will be different! It might take your kids twice as long to complete an activity as it took mine. It might take my kids twice as long to master a particular procedure than it does for your class. Heck, we all have a different list of procedures that we must teach! This is just a suggestion. You can start with my ideas and adjust to make it work with your time and student needs. Deal? Let's jump in... Monday 8:00-8:30: Enter the Classroom and ...