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Staying Organized and Getting It All Done On time?! You bet! It’s all about checklists and routines. All right, my teacher friends. It’s the end of the year. Help! I hear this from teachers every year. Don’t let this be you! You can have a different kind of year end. Start with my End of…Read More
Welcome to Week 4! Creating a Classroom Culture: Wrapping It Up Micro-management will kill any culture faster than you can blink. This is it! You’ve planned, trained your students and now it’s time to trust them. No micro-managing allowed. Once you have done your job and trained you students, they should be ready to…Read More
Welcome to Week 3! Creating a Strong Classroom Culture What is our identity? Here’s where we get down to brass tacks. Words have meaning and power. We have to use them intentionally as we work to create a class culture. Decide on what the identity you want your want your class to have. Who…Read More
Welcome to Week 2! Using the power of observation, curiosity and a simple saying to create positive change in class culture. Get ready by reviewing the lists you created last week. Observation Day Step 1: Key Phrase As we work on creating a class culture, remember the power of words. Jim Faye in Love and…Read More
Welcome to Week 1! Class Management vs. Creating a Culture As educators, we talk about classroom management constantly. We all have been there at some point in our career – the class that wears us to the bone. Why is it that some years we, and our students, thrive and other years we struggle and…Read More
To teach sight words or not to teach? That is the question. Teaching sight words used to be a given in schools. Now, there seems to be some controversy over should we or should we not directly teach sight words. Based on years of personal experience, I say teach sight words. Let’s face it. Our goal…Read More
“Turn the light out! Put the book away! Do I need to confiscate that book?!” You’d think I was crazy to say those things every night to my kids. Right?! I’m not. This happens regularly in my house. Why? Because my kids are readers. If reading can be so pleasurable, what is it about teaching…Read More
HOPE Have you ever thought to ask your students or colleagues what burdens you can help them carry? We all have burdens. We are hunched over with the effort to carry them. God asks to help us carry our burdens. “Come to me, all you who are weary. For my burden is easy and my yoke…Read More
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