Thursday, July 28, 2016

5 Quick and Easy Management Tips to Start the School Year!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

I almost did it!  I ALMOST stayed away from my classroom until August.  But then, my boys (Tyler-almost the dreaded 16 and Trever- 12) decided to get themselves grounded...  I won't go into that but no, they aren't always perfect angels... Lol!
So, when we have those days where they are at your beck and call, we might as well take advantage of it!
So, off to school we went.  Unfortunately, neither of my boys enjoy helping me at school.  I never got that little girl that would have wanted to go to school with mom and "help" like I did with my grandmother.
Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!
Here they are, spray painting my book shelf.  This shelf has seen better days BUT it's still pretty sturdy!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!
Here it is finished but I didn't put stuff back on it yet.

I just realized I forgot what I wanted to say- why did I start talking about August?
GOT IT!
Since I did go in (a little early) I am now in the mode.
You know what I'm talking about...
I can't seem to shut it off!
I'm sure many of you are getting in the mode too!  I've seen a lot of people who are starting back very soon- like next week!  Sorry folks- but I'm glad I'm not there yet!

So to help get you ready for another year I thought I would offer you some SIMPLE and EASY management tips that I use and couldn't do without!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

Seriously, I did this for the first time last year!  Kids are ALWAYS coming and going and to be honest, I don't have a clue who needs to leave and when half the time!  I set an alarm for all of my reading, math, speech, special ed., and LEP kiddos when they need to leave.  Title I teachers and speech teachers would be calling me 10 minutes after the kids were supposed to be there because I forgot to send them.
NOT ANY MORE!
I set my phone alarm for about 2 or 3 minutes before they are supposed to be there.  The kids learn and just know who goes and when- it is a BEAUTIFUL thing!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

Here is a new one that I am going to try this year- I bought 4 small garbage cans from The Dollar Tree.  I can stack them inside one another and keep them on one of the bookshelves.  When we cut things, I am going to have my teacher helper get the cans and give one to each table.  When they cut, they can throw their scrap paper into the trash can instead of 20 kids constantly heading to the regular trash can.  Gonna give it a shot!
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Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

Do you use Hand Signals??  I just started this a couple of years ago and will NEVER not use them again.  I know... never say never... but I'm fairly certain.
I started out with 5 hand signals and honestly, the kids would do one and then I wouldn't remember what it was so I would have to look at the chart and it was really annoying.  I had too many- it didn't work for me.  So, I went down to 3.  Simple and easy- I have them for free in my store if you want them.
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Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

Again, for the first time last year I let the kids refill their own supplies!  I realized that I was the glue stick, dry erase marker, and eraser queen!  NO ONE was allowed to get into my supplies except for me.  I'm not really sure why I was like that- it's so much easier just giving them the responsibility of taking care of it themselves!  If their dry-erase marker runs out, throw it away and get a new one.  If  you need an eraser, just go and get it!  Brilliant, right??  **In this picture on the right I have 4 small crates.  They are for dry-erase markers, erasers, glue sticks, and scissors.  Yes, scissors, because even though they SHOULD have a pair in their desk it seems that they always magically disappear!
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Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

Last one- seriously how many times do kids ask for a band-aid.  In the past I had tried two different things:  1.  Basically nobody gets a band-aid UNLESS there is actual blood- paper cuts don't count.
2.  Bandaids seem to make "things feel better" so just give it to them.
I really didn't like either method... so now they are RESPONSIBLE for the Band-Aids and I've made myself have the attitude of not really caring about it.  We have a talk at the beginning of the year about it.  Basically, I tell them the purpose of a Band-Aid (LOL) and then I leave it up to them.  If they think they need one, they just go and get it.  Problem SOLVED!  They just go to my Teacher Toolbox (from Erica Bohrer's EdVentures) and get one!

I also have some other great news to share!  I was just featured on the TPT Blog!  Go and check it out if you haven't seen it- just click on the picture!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips that you can use in your elementary classroom!  These classroom management tips will help your day run smoothly!

I wish everyone a great school year!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Differentiated Read the Room during Literacy Centers


Are you happy with how your Literacy Centers went last year?  Are there areas that you would like to improve?  I can honestly say that each year I feel like I am improving my Literacy Centers.  I have tried hundreds of different ideas for centers.  
Let's face it... some work and some don't.
I do a mixture of Daily 5 and "other" centers.  I don't fully do Daily 5 because some of the centers  just aren't right for me- and that's okay in my book!  
Every year, I change things up.  I keep what's working well and I change things that aren't working so well.  Last year I decided to implement a Read the Room Literacy Center.  I tried a few that I bought on TPT and they were good but it seemed that the kids weren't "engaged" as much as I had hoped.  So, I decided to make my own.  
Each week throughout the year, I made a new Differentiated Read the Room.  I made them to go along with our spelling skill.  I really wanted to make sure that each student was getting the most out of the skills we were learning.  Here is what I came up with...
I made 3 different levels (A, B, and C)- pretty clever I know...
I put the letter on the center rotation cards next to their name.  So, if Adelynn was one of my top students, I put a C next to her name and she knew that she would get a paper from the C tray.  
The activities change a little bit depending on the phonics skill but the format is basically the same so the kids know exactly what to do.  We all know what that means... when they know what to do- they don't try to bother you!
Here is what Level A looks like for Short a.
Students have to write the words by filling in the missing vowel.  Then, on the back, they choose 6 different pictures to draw and color.


Here is Level B.  Students have to write the words into the sentence and read it to a friend.  They then choose 6 different words to draw and color.


Here is Level C.  Students have to write the words into the sentence and read it to a friend.  Then, on the back, they write 4 of their own sentences using the words.


There are 31 different Read the Room activities in the bundle.  They actually go along with my Spelling Through the Year (first grade).  If you are interested in the bundle, it is 40% off if you purchase separately!  As the skills get more difficult, so do the activities.  For instance, many of the sentences the kids have to use context clues to figure out where the word goes- there are no numbers.  I LOVE when I can hear kids reading the sentences together and trying to figure out which word belongs where.  I makes my heart melt!

Here is a link to the bundle!  In the description, it shows all of the skills that are in the product.


Here is the link to try Short A for FREE!


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