The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (felt board activity)

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Art, Bulletin Board, Classroom, Games, Holiday, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Parents, Pre-K.

Take your favorite storybook and create the characters out of felt for your students to do sequencing activities, retell, and just have fun with! Here is the step-by-step DIY from Playful Learning Brooklyn. A wonderful classroom read around the holidays is The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. Using my best crafting skills, I was… Read more »

Ways to build positive relationships between home and school

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Everyone seems to be filled with chatter about New Year’s resolutions lately. Do you hope to have better communication between home and school in 2015? Here are some tips and ideas from Sunshine and Lollipops to work together with parents to build positive relationships to enhance students’ education. Home and school communication is so important…. Read more »

Active kids make better learners

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Games, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Parents, Physical Education, Pre-K.

You’ve seen the glazed look on your students faces. They’ve entered the zoned out, checked out, I’ve-got-to-get-out-of-here period of instruction. Here’s some quick tips from Peaceful Playgrounds Shop on getting them refocused and ready to learn. Basic vs super charged brain breaks A basic brain break is a two or three minute break away from… Read more »

Why games for children?

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Games, Parents.

No doubt, games are fun and engaging, and we might even contemplate on using them for learning for that reason alone, but games are actually more than that.EduCafe shares why games are important for developing skills in children. Games require deep thinking; they are more than technologies, they serve as an indicative of wider gap… Read more »

Getting started with inquiry based learning

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom.

Have you thought about teaching through Inquiry this school year? It all begins with effective ways to start inquiry discussion circles in the classroom. Mrs. Naufal’s Nook shares some tips for getting started. Think of your inquiry circle as a positive time to build and establish a solid classroom community.  Once the foundation is established,… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Free reading and writing apps for students

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Kindergarten, Language, Parents, Pre-K, Reading, Writing.

Earlier this month we shared some amazing free math apps. This week Krazyaboutteaching shares some of the best free reading and writing apps out there!   There are so many great educational apps out there. Here’s my list for my favorite free reading and writing apps for iPhone and iPad. ABC 123 Reading Writing Practice… Read more »

Why should English teachers use self-assessment techniques in their classroom?

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Providing students with the tools to complete a self-assessment is really necessary in any type of classroom and/or subject! Adeleteacher provides some insight as to how self-assessment techniques have helped in her classroom and some ideas to get you started. I’ve used self-assessment techniques in my classroom over the years and here are some of… Read more »

The climb to teacher-facilitated, student-led instruction

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom.

This post describes the strategy that Something Creative uses in her classroom on a weekly basis in multiple subjects. It is a teacher-facilitated, student-led lesson that has proven to be very successful in the classroom. Hello Fellow Teachers! This is my very first blog post! I love writing but usually I am more of a do-er…. Read more »