How often do you say "That's not a complete sentence." to your students. Because I used to say it way too often. In fact I felt like that was all I said with every writing piece. Then I reflected and realized that I was expecting students to use complete sentences in paragraph writing when I had never taught them how to write complete sentences in sentence format. Our curriculum jumped right over sentence writing to paragraph writing and we couldn't figure out why the kids struggled. So from ... Read More about Begin the year encouraging students to write in complete sentences and you will improve your students’ writing all year long.
Teaching students the importance of positive character traits is very important. That's why I always start the school year off with lots of books that show some of these traits in action. After reading a good book, I often have the students write about the trait we learned about. That's what helped me come up with the idea of having writing prompts for some of the most important character traits, (in my opinion of course). The writing prompts were made to go along with my digital escape room but ... Read More about Writing Prompts to Teach About Positive Character Traits
At the beginning of the year, I love to have a fresh look in my classroom. It can be a complete theme, or maybe just something different that brightens up the room. Student desk name plates are one of my go to items. I used to buy them each year, but then I started to create my own. Just like we want new and fresh things, it is important to have something fresh and interesting for the children. It gives us a new outlook and energy to start new things. It makes them feel important and ... Read More about Student Desk Name Plates Freebie For Back To School
Do you struggle with new ideas for teaching and practicing vocabulary? How about when it comes to teaching your students (and parents) what the learning standards mean? How about a fun idea to use with your class tomorrow? They can become word detectives! Grab the Word Detective Slip freebie file to get you started right away! Click here to email your freebie What is your favorite vocabulary idea? I would love to hear in the comments below! ~Charity This post ... Read More about Vocabulary Lesson Helper
We need to teach addition facts. We need to teach kids about the inverse operation relationship between additional and subtraction. We need to teach critical thinking skills. We need to give kids manipulatives. We need to work on problem solving and deducing information from other information. We need to, we need to, we need to. What we really need to do is focus on integration. Do you ever feel like the to-teach list is longer than the hours in a day? We all do, because it's true! There ... Read More about There is not enough time in a school day. Integration is hands down the best way to have students constantly applying knowledge.