When I taught kindergarten, I made my Popcorn Sounds homework folders before school began so that when I was ready to do my beginning of the year testing, I could use the Popcorn Program score sheet. I marked my students letter sound knowledge which was my placement test. This is a differentiated program. Students work at their own pace. Read more.
When I went through Math-their-Way training, I learned that students need time to explore manipulatives before you use them in direct instruction. Read more about this here.
Sometimes you will hear that you should raise the bar high or students won’t achieve. So, instead of having a goal of learning 3 facts a week you should set the goal of 6, 8, 10 or more facts per week. I found that when I give students attainable goals like learning 3 facts per week, my students’ confidence blooms. As their confidence grows, they are more willing to take risk. That is when they make great gains academically. Read more.
Have you had any V-8 moments in your teaching career? One of the biggies happened when I was teaching kindergarten. I later used this when I moved to 1st grade. Read more.
Cynthia Rylant is a favorite author of my students every year. It seems like all students either have a dog or want a dog. When I introduce a Henry and Mudge book, I am guaranteed to have a captive audience. Read more.
Why don’t more teachers use morning messages? Many times I either wrote a quick message at the last minute or I skipped it altogether. It seemed like there were more pressing things I needed to do. How could I fix this problem? This post has a tips and -OY themed message for you.