Classroom libraries are the heart and soul of elementary classrooms. Creating a great classroom library is one of the best investments in time and money a teacher can make. It can be intimidating at first but new teachers can start small and expand a little each year. Research shows that the most important factor in a child's reading development is access to quality literature, so it is well worth the effort. You don't need to spend a lot of money on the books. Go to garage sales, check out Craig's List, many times retiring teachers will have books to pass on to teachers. Use points from Scholastic Book Club sales to buy books. Let parents and teachers know you would love donations … [Read more...] about A Simple Way To Organize A Classroom Library
I like to use problem solving journals with my kiddos. This is a journal that they use only for problem solving. I use a small 8 x 7 journal with blank pages that I order through our district print shop. I like this size because it gives kids a good amount of space to “show their work” for each problem. They do one problem per page and I find this helps them focus on the problem and to do their work in a neater, more organized way that is easy to read and understand. Once I have taught students how to use the journals, I have them solve one or two problems every morning as an entry task. I prefer journals over worksheets for several reasons: I don’t like the cost or the time it … [Read more...] about Problem Solving Journals Rock!