Over the summer, a few of us at TWT all received questions about how to manage extra adults in the classroom. Today and tomorrow, Deb and I have begun our … Continue Reading Maximizing the Adult Resources in Our Classrooms
Kids do need room to grow. Not only do they outgrow clothes in the blink of an eye, they also grow as readers and writers. This is why we need classroom libraries stocked with a wide range of levels, and it’s why we need writing centers stocked with paper choices.
What would it look like if you were to make your classroom a “minimalist classroom?” A classroom where you only kept the things you actually use, and you gave away the rest to someone else in need?
What do you think is better for kids to use in writing workshop: pens or pencils?
In my line of work as a staff developer, I often get the question, “Which do you think is better? Pens or pencils?” I have to start by saying that … Continue Reading Pens Versus Pencils: Which One is Better for Writing Workshop?
This-coming weeks marks the time of the year that I recall a few of my former students falling apart. Why? Thanksgiving, which marks the beginning of the holiday season, falls … Continue Reading Don’t Fall Apart Now!
Since the first few weeks of my student teaching, classroom management hasn’t been something I’ve struggled with. (Although I do struggle with the term.) The first week of my student … Continue Reading Classroom Management.
All warpped-up with positive social-emotional wishes Originally uploaded by teachergal This year my classroom has had an “It’s not easy being green” theme. (And yes, I felt a bit old … Continue Reading Well-Wishes for the Holidays
Little Note Originally uploaded by teachergal I recently purchased a bunch of small note cards from Christina Hill, The Hollister 25, and Piping Hot Papers for the purpose of writing … Continue Reading Mini Notecards
Emily Butler-Smith, a staff developer with the TCRWP led an interesting session on classroom management structures at the July Writing Institute. At first, I’m pretty happy with the routines and … Continue Reading Five Shakes of the Rain Stick