Give Me Five is a simple classroom management technique that really works! When the teacher says "Give Me Five" the students know they need to stop what they are doing and have zero voices, eyes on the speaker, hands and feet are still, active listening and they are ready to learn. Teachers can also incorporate a visual signal such as having students raise their hands with their hands open showing five fingers. They keep their hands up until everyone has stopped talking, is looking at the speaker and settled down. Zero Voices Eyes On Speaker Hands & Feet are Still Active Listening We are Ready to Learn I made a poster set which is a great visual reminder … [Read more...] about Give Me Five – A Great Classroom Management Strategy
Is it time to upgrade those old worn out privacy shields to some shiny new writing offices for your kiddos to use during Writer’s Workshop? Do you have kids that sit at tables and it is easy for them to get distracted by what is going around them during independent work time? I have a suggestion on how you might want to approach it this time around. Plus they should hold up much better than these old yellow ones. They will look much better and be more useful for the kids. Having a privacy shield is a great idea for a classroom but having a writing office is even better. Not only will a writing office help kids focus but they make better use of all that blank space on the inside of … [Read more...] about How To Make A Writing Office
Recently, I came across a video about a “Whisper Bell” while on Pinterest. The teacher in the video made some really good points with this bell approach and I decided to give it a try. This year I have a very “social” group of third grade students. When I say, “It is time to clean up” they hear “It is time to party!” I have tried using visual signals, hand in the air, and waiting for everyone to notice but that can take too long. I have tried wind chimes but unless I shake them like a madman they ignore it. I got the idea of a bell from this video done by Mr. Smith at Teacher Tipsters. Mr. Smith is a very entertaining guy and he has many great videos for primary teachers. I highly recommend … [Read more...] about How To Get A Quiet Classroom For About $5.00
Many states are still using the Common Core State Standards even though the federal government has said states can choose their own standards now. Things could always change again, but until then here are some ideas to consider when choosing a set of Learning Target posters: They should be language that kids, teachers, administrators and parents can understand. They should be visually interesting and easy to read from a distance. They should be well organized and easy to use. They should be made with common materials most teachers have on hand. Not ink hogs, keep color printing cost to a minimum. They should have the standard’s code number on the front … [Read more...] about Why You Should Get Yourself A Set Of Learning Targets
Literature organizers can be a quick inexpensive way to set up student mailboxes. The problem with these organizers is how to label the slots each year. The sticky labels can be a pain to remove and replace. I came up with a solution that works for me and might work for you. I use plastic badge covers which many teachers are already familiar with. These are used for school ID badges. Two boxes of these badge covers cost about $10.00 and will last many years. I cut the ends off of the badge covers where the lanyard clip attaches to the plastic. This prevents things from catching on the edge. I then cut one side of the badge enough where it is able to fit snug onto the wall of the … [Read more...] about One Way To Set Up Classroom Mailboxes….