WHAT DOES BACK TO SCHOOL 2021 LOOK LIKE? Definitely a HUGE focus on community building recovering from COVID and virtual learning from the past. Every school is different full in person, hybrid (almost will be with parents not choosing to send students back!) or virtual/online distance learning for back to school this year….whatever camp you are in – take these ideas and use what works for you! These FREE Back to School 2020 lesson plans will have you ready whatever may come the next ... Read More about RESOURCES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS – BACK TO SCHOOL 2021- First week lesson plans
The year of virtual learning has reminded us all of the importance and necessity of hands-on learning. Students learn best when they can touch things, build things, discuss things, etc. Knowing this, today I'm going to give you a very hands-on way to teach economics. It is a very simple game called Snakes and Donuts that uses playdough and unsharpened pencils (or markers with the lids) to teach kids economics. While kids are playing this game, they naturally do things that mimic real life ... Read More about Allow kids to discover economics concepts using playdough with the game Snakes and Donuts
Hey teaching friends! I was feeling particularly crafty today and thought I would whip up a fun freebie for you! I know it is hard when you know your students might not be reading as much in the summer as you would like. Or worry that your incoming students will also suffer from the "summer slump" before returning to school in the fall. Well, how about a fun little incentive that you could use to enforce the idea that reading is actually F-U-N?? Check out my Rocket Reader Summer ... Read More about BINGO! Reading
Hey teaching friends! I don't know about you, but I dread when I hear the word "huh?" It makes me cringe because I know I will have to explain everything again. For the 50th time. In the last 5 minutes. Well, I have come to realize that listening skills take some practice, like any other skill we wish for students to learn. Much like sharing, standing in line the correct way, and holding a pencil, these are teachable moments that have to be continuously practiced until they are ... Read More about Do Your Students Always Follow Your Directions?
Post-COVID back to in person here's some Meet the Teacher Open House 2021 If you are wondering (or panicked!) Let's walk through a Virtual Meet the Teacher Open House for 2020 perfect for ANY elementary classroom! Meet the Teacher Open House is one of the biggest nights of the year - how can you make this event virtual back to school 2020? What are Virtual Meet the Teacher Ideas for 2020? First establish goals of a Meet the Teacher/Open House which would typically include: ... Read More about Ideas for Back to School 2021 Meet the Teacher Open House