We took a virtual field trip to Rome today! I love using virtual tours every chance I get so students can see the areas we are learning about. They loved being able to look inside the Colosseum and now they can save they’ve “been to Rome” 😉🌏
This is one of my favorite activities! After we learn all the basics of literature (story vocab, characterization, theme, etc) and the Notice and Note signposts, my students are split into six groups. I give them each a picture book. They read the book together then do an evaluation of it. I give them a planning sheet where they can make notes and share ideas. On the first day they read and begin to evaluate. The second and third days they continue planning them spend time making a poster showcasing what they learned. They will do small group presentations to share what they learned. This is a great activity to hit many standards all at once. I require that each person write on the poster so they are all engaged. They also have to all speak. •
I finished this one in a snap. "A Monster Calls," is captivating!
Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
As teachers we already know that each of our students learns differently - BUT do your students know that?! 💡 Our amazing fourth grade team focuses on teaching students about the different “smarts” with a super easy Student Interest Survey! ✅ These bodies are the end result!
Oh my god sharpie heaven! Wow! Inspired again by @missjohnstonsjourney - this time to bulk up my sharpie collection. Make sure you head over there and follow her because she has wonderful ideas, is an amazing teacher and person, and will inspire you! #repost @missjohnstonsjourney #teachersinspireteachers
Two of the most important words in my classroom!! BECAUSE for supporting our answers and opinions with evidence, and YET because we know learning can take time! Students thought about a time where something was tricky for them-- and now it's not so bad-- and shared it on a post-it note! #growthmindset
This year I'm looking into introducing more games into my ELA center rotations. I was hoping someone out in the IG teacher community might help. I'm looking for ELA specifically. I've heard of games like Candy Land, Jenga and UNO being used to teach math and reading skills.
Do you use board games or any other type of commercially available game and adapt them for the classroom?
If so, what games and how do you use them?
Do you 🍎2🍎?? There are so many uses for Apples to Apples in an elementary ELA classroom! We’ve been working on our writing stamina in Writer’s Workshop, and the red noun cards are an awesome way to spark a kid’s imagination while writing. Each student receives 5 cards face down, and they begin to free write. When they absolutely run out of ideas and cannot think of how to write their story further, they flip over a card — and boom! Instant character, setting, or plot twist! My kids couldn’t contain their laughter as their stories became more ridiculous as time went on. And the activity served its purpose - they didn’t want to stop writing when I said that Writer’s Workshop was over. A great back-to-school stamina building activity for sure!📝
Student reading binders + book boxes make this teacher’s heart h a p p y 📓🙌🏻
Book boxes include:
📖 student binder
📖 reader’s notebook
📖 sticky notes
📖 b o o k s !
Reading binders include:
📖 goal tracking sheets
📖 strategy cards
📖 reading logs
📖 end of book reflections
Interested in learning more about all things reading workshop? Let me know below! 👇🏻
I would like to introduce this year’s vocabulary team flags! Each year, I assign students to groups where they compete against the others in review games and activities. We keep score throughout the year and ultimately crown one team the champion (with extra credit as a prize). The students also come up with the team names, and I make the flags. Team Kiki, Team Falken, Team Big Daddies, and Team Salty Beaches, good luck this year :) Props to @pfeliot for this fantastic idea!
It has been one of those weeks, y’all. This is that time of year that feels like a marathon when you add up all the instruction, grading, rehearsals, meetings, prep... but I’m so grateful to be doing what I love. 💚 #duvalldoes8th
Teacher friends! I've been totally Insta AWOL 😖 I totally blame moving to a new school, the start of a new school year, and...well...myself 😜 Anyways! I do want to share some of the things that have been happening in my classroom. One of those was a project I did with my sophomores. A coworker and I created this "Where I'm From" project that made students design a booklet (cover, poem, narrative, and word cloud) all about themselves. It was a great way to get to know my students and encourage them to take pride in their individual stories. I'm a firm believer in peer evaluations, so here are a few snapshots of my students evaluating their peers' projects! 📚💡✏
Plays are meant to be seen and heard! Act them out if you can! 🙌 A few cheap props go a long way, too. I got these handcuffs and the poppet from the Dollar Tree, and I made the warrant online. My John Proctor actors thoroughly enjoyed ripping up the warrant and cursing during today’s scene of “The Crucible.” I love it when they see the word and ask, “Wait, can I actually say it?” 😂 Acting it out is SO much more engaging! If you have any questions about how my students act the play out, drop them here! I’ll answer what I can in the comments and maybe even do some stories or a blog post to address the rest. ☺️
Students are working to finish up their Community Outreach project! As we draft on paper, students are creating an advertisement for the country that they visited throughout our family road trip unit. Their advertisement will be filled with fun facts about the country and content related information to truly sell the reader! Keep your eyes out for these advertisements all around town as students finish them up and share them with the Bloomington Normal IL community! #rockyourschool
Today we played “Read the alphabet with punctuation.” We used #wholebrainteaching strategies to read the punctuation marks with sounds and gestures. My kids LOVED how silly it was and they were so excited to read everything else with punctuation all day long. This activity was tricky at first, but really helped them to understand how important punctuation is in their reading and writing.
Just a little role playing today. Thanks to one of my awesome colleagues, @knowack32 , we have some plays to supplement the chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. My kiddos loved acting out Miss Maudie’s House fire and one student loved playing Boo by sneaking a blanket around the student playing Scout. Does anyone else use plays or a reader’s theatre for chapter books? #secondaryela#iteachela#teachersofinstagram#englishteacher
Just call me the rubric queen 👑. We fully switched to SBG this year and our formative assessments (class work, homework, practice, etc) are worth 10% of the student’s grade. All other assessments (quick checks, tests, essays, projects, etc) are summative and worth 90%. This means pretty much every assignment I give has to have a rubric, so we can help students understand their mastery and progress on certain skills and objectives. We still have to communicate our grades as percentages but use the scale 1-4 to help explain mastery. #iteachmiddleschool#iteach8th#teachersfollowteachers#iteach678#iteachela#teachersofinstagram#standardsbasedgrading
If you haven't seen the latest post by @thedapperap - go check it out. I'm always very inspired by him. I have never asked for anything in return for any school supplies. Do I have pencils left at the end of the year? No. Do my kids have the necessary tools to complete their work in my class? Yes. Do they know I care? I sure hope so. And I dont feel overwhelmed by trying to keep track of a $0.03 pencil. I think I have enough keep up with- like kids taking field trips to the trash can every 5 min. 😆
Classes spent the day out of the classroom and in the hallway creating character maps for different characters in the The Kite Runner! I can’t wait to share their finished products tomorrow! We had lots of laughs at their terrible tracing skills. 🤣
To celebrate Deaf/Hard of Hearing Awareness Month my school has created weekly activities for students to partake in during our school-wide study hall and lunchtime to promote an understanding of deaf culture and American Sign Language! 🤟
Rest days are weird. Not training for my next race (yet) is weird. ▫️ But my body deserves a break so I’m taking full advantage of one of my three rest days this week.▫️ Now time to @kttape up my knee to help it recover from Saturday’s race.
This was NOT my original idea. If you know who did it first, let me know so I can give them credit. But our hallway needed something encouraging for K-12 students. I love the positive messages and the Scriptures that we found to go along with them. We all need a little encouragement, right? EDITED***Found the original idea!! It is from @texaslonestarteacher, and it is in her TPT store. Search “Be the Change Bulletin Board set!” 👍🏻
Anybody else only in the classroom two days this week??! 😩 I absolutely love trainings because I'm a PD junkie 🤓, buuuut... Three days out of the classroom?! Also, I had to awkwardly put this sign up because I don't have a teacher desk... 😂😂 #fifthyearteacher#1819schoolyear#substitute#teachertraining
Guys, that little unblinking, insane gleam in my eyes? Proof it has been a WEEK.
My head feels like it’s going to explode from trying to remember everything I need to get done, on top of my regular planning and grading. I’m trying to keep my breaking point at bay by not taking too much work home, but that stresses me out too!
How do you keep up a normal-ish work-life balance??