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 own little mini-series… Continue reading
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 I don’t think… Continue reading
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 out in the… Continue reading
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 teaching I planned… Continue reading
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 in September when… Continue reading
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 little notes to… Continue reading
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 procedures I’ve established… Continue reading