I know that is a bold statement, but I'm not afraid to be bold when I know I'm right. Textual analysis is something I have successfully taught at every grade level, so I know it can be done in simple, do-able ways.
Analyzing a text for better comprehension and to use evidence when talking about their reading is something I have taught even kindergarteners. Yes, you read that right. I know that seems really huge, even in 5th grade much less in kindergarten. But in the elementary grades it's not only something your students can do, it's not something we can ignore. And... it can be done orally during your read aloud. Listen in to find out how.
I think using evidence is a really important skill. Learning to look for and use evidence from their reading sets kids up for success in the upper elementary grades and on into middle school and...
Seriously, I really do LOVE lists and live my life by them. It's my go-to for staying organized - checklists, to do lists, grocery lists, lists of goals and so much more. I've got lists for all kinds of things. And while I might have mental lists, more often than not, mine are written down. As one of my besties tells her kids, "I have two brain cells left and one them is busy." Yup. that's exactly how I feel so many days. So, I write things down. But, a million notes and lists don't work. It's just too easy to lose track of it all. Sticky notes only work for me as part of a larger system. Organization by sticky note reminders is never effective for me.
Trust me, I've tried THAT approach. I just find them everywhere but where they should be.
This time of year, the Teacher To Do List can become overwhelming. There's so much to accomplish at the start of the school...
However, there are some simple ways you can build community and become a cohesive class when teaching in a virtual classroom. Today I have 11 of them for you.
Whether you've already started school or you are just getting ready, it's not too late to plan how you'll create strong personal connections with students and between students. We know that relationships are the core of our classroom management and for successful teaching and learning. This is no different in an online or virtual classroom.
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So many students have trouble with self-managing and self-monitoring their own behavior these days. Emotions can run high for both students and teachers and then things can spiral out of control. But, some students seem to struggle more than others, and can come with behaviors that range from baffling to extremely disruptive.
Before you get too deep into this school year, I thought I'd bring in the calvary. My guest today, is Laura Cornish. She's an author, a mom of 2 and a Speech and Language Pathologist. Her specialty is working with children with Autism, and she excels at it! In fact, there are families who have followed her when she's moved schools or school districts because she's THAT good! Whether you have a student with autism or not, every strategy she talks about in this episode can be used for any...
Well...today I'm sharing 18 rules to live by that will make your year so much better!
These not so secret rules are not the only ones great teachers live by, but I've found them to be the most commonly occurring. Most teachers who live by these rules probably don't even consciously know they are doing so. Others many have made a conscious effort create these habits [and you can too].
These rules will not come as a shock to you, but hopefully they'll help you focus on what's important and let go of the rest.
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If you've ever struggled with maintaining your boundaries and helping students understand limits so you can just teach, this is the episode for you!
I'm so excited for you to share in my conversation with Psychologist and a Parent Coach, Juila Pappas.
It's an eternal truth that we cannot control another human's behavior. We can try and often do, but it just results in a power struggle where no one wins. However, helping our students find success by teaching and maintaining boundaries and setting limits does work.
Today's guest, Julia Pappas, is a Psychologist and a Parent Coach, and is also the host of The Parenting Presence podcast. Julia has over 15 years of experience working with parents and their children, working in schools and has particular expertise in child development, behavioral regulation, and learning...
When overwhelm sets in and you simply can't make a move left or right, much less forward, it can feel like you're walking through mud. Stuck. Barely moving. Everything seems like it's conspiring to keep you in place as the rest of life rushes past. Maybe you have teacher friends who are just embracing the situation and moving on but for some reason you are just stuck.
Right now, many teachers are in that awful place. It might be because you STILL don't know the plan for school starting so it's nearly impossible to plan. Or maybe you just can barely face the overwhelm of figuring out how to teach in this new, ever shifting normal. Or maybe you're grieving and feeling unmoored by not being able to teach in your classroom, your anchor.
How do you get unstuck and back on track so you can move forward and enjoy teaching again?
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Whether you're going to be teaching online or preparing for next year in the classroom, teaching students your expectations is important in creating a smooth running classroom and students who know the boundaries and expectations. That doesn't change no matter where you teach. Your students will be happier and so will you!
Using read alouds is a simple strategy to help you teach all the important norms in your classroom and begin to develop a positive culture. Picture books are an engaging and fun way to open the conversation about expectations.
This episode might be short, but it deals with an important piece to starting your school year.
Before you jump into book selection, make sure you know exactly what you want to teach and check each book to make sure it's not preachy.
Sounds impossible, right?! It's completely possible with Outschool.
Have you heard about it? Well on this week's episode, I take a minute to talk you though this teaching option.
Teaching with Outschool is REAL. I know many teachers who have moved to this platform and have had great success generating an income and having fun doing it.
To tell you the truth, Outschool will not be for everyone. But as I find viable, reliable options for teachers looking to make a change but still teach, I definitely want to share them. I'm all about informed decision making and each of teacher finding the BEST situation for them. As we all know...a HAPPY teacher is a GOOD teacher!
I bet, my friend, that you know someone who needs to work from home and either may not have that...
Did you know 40% of teachers leave education in the first 5 years of entering the classroom. Why? Well… teaching is HARD! The To Do lists are endless, the time crunch all day is real and you are asked to do more every year. The bathroom breaks are almost non-existent some days, and the kids are what make it all worth it. In fact, you’d do just about anything for your students and often do even at your own expense. Which means by the middle of the year, you’re often surviving, not thriving.