I’m looking for a good website to purchase storage options for my classroom, but the catch is they need to accept school purchase orders so I can use my $100 allotment. Anybody have a good website they order from? They cannot reimburse me so it needs to be something I can use a purchase order for. A lot of teachers go to a local place for supplies but they don’t have storage options.
Any ideas? I’ve been googling and can’t find any good sites.
Writing - Ideas for teaching writing and standards of writing
Common Core ELA - I’m slowly adding Common Core pins in, because at this point, ELA isn’t being implemented until next year. And even then, there are going to be a few standards coming first, considered “focus standards.”
(She stands in the middle of the classroom pouting)
Me:come over. We need to get started.
Student:I don't want to take another test. There are too many. Why do I have to do this? I want to be with my class.
Me:I know. I'm sorry. I think this is the last one for a little while.
I sit there just as sad as she is.
I don't think people understand what standardized testing does to kids with disabilities. You can't herd them all in a room and just have them take it. Some kids have the whole test read to them. Depending on the test, each question could be different (this is specific to math). You can't read 4 different tests at a time. So, I read them individually. I take precious instructional time to read an at times inappropriate leveled test to each child.
Don't even get me started on how I feel about administering a 6th grade reading test to a kid who reads on the 1st grade level. Not only is it not going to give anyone the information they want to know, but it makes that kid feel like crap.
Shame on the people who push for standardized testing.
Making a child with disabilities feel like crap one test at a time.
Test them enough and they willl start to believe it.
It makes them feel like crap and if they're not taking a SPED version of the test (like some of my students who have IEPs but don't qualify for the MAAS) their scores are showing that they don't know anything. But more than likely, they just didn't understand.
Our principal called a last minute meeting at lunch today. Everyone’s hearts stopped beating and we waited on baited breath for him to get to the staff room. We had been waiting all week to find out if we were going to have to surplus a teacher because our numbers in late immersion grade 8 were…
similar situation with us this year; 25 students with IEPs were all placed in the same room with 5 non-SPED. New teacher hired two weeks in meant that class was split in half. happy day!
Teachers have a lot on their plate during the beginning of a school year. Yet worst of all, the sudden influx of new students mean that teachers are far more likely to get sick within the first few weeks. This means that, in addition to setting up their classroom and struggling to learn names,…
I’m on of those teachers that posts ten pages, lol. But I’ve had multiple subs say it make their job easier. The ones that take a few minutes to flip through my notes are undoubtedly going to have an easier day with my students. I’ve taught them what to do, but even the best students will try to take advantage of a substitute.
I had stress induced nigh terrors all night, and was depressed all day at work. I hated being their, and was at-the-end-of-my-rope frustrated with my kids. This is the first time I’ve really had to deal with my extreme anxiety and depression while at work - usually it creeps up in the evening, or…
My first year, I was too nice. So I was exactly in your position. I found myself repeating the same instructions over and over, getting more and more frustrated my the lack of respect and attention to my lessons, and students not meeting my expectations.
Year two, I took a step back and realized something: The reason my students were acting this way is because I was letting them. Not consciously. But with every procedure I let slide, with every rule I was too lax on, with every situation I didn’t address, my students learned what they could get away with doing.
Year three, and I’m a good blend of year 1 and year 2. I try to be nurturing and foster relationships, but with an iron fist. I’ve learned that being a stickler for rules and procedures makes me feel like things run more smoothly in my classroom, meaning I am more relaxed in my personality with my students.
I hope this makes sense. I am in no way blaming you, because we’ve all had a group of students that we, as the teacher, do everything exactly as we should and they still don’t perform as we want. But also, as the teacher, we should constantly be on the lookout for ways to improve the one thing we can control: ourselves.
Write notes for comparative and superlative adjectives
Write practice for comparative and superlative adjectives
Make copes of all the…
I really wish we had a panera, because eating and planning at panera sounds like a perfect sunday. While I was still in college I would work on homework at Barnes and Noble with lunch and coffee. Best.Sundays.Ever.
I just replied to an email from a concerned parent asking if her son was doing his work. I haven’t assigned any homework, you see, so short of her 9th grade teenager communicating to her what he did in class that day (lolz), it stands to reason she’d be completely in the dark about what we’re…
Our sixth grade team sends a bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) email to parents with reminders (field trips, parent info night, etc). At this moment it includes very little that is content-class-specific (which, is hard to do unless it’s just the 4 core classes).
Last year when I interviewed teachers about communication, one said she sent hers out every two weeks on Sunday nights after she updated the grades online. It included a general run-down of what the kids learned (superlative and comparative adjectives, for example), what was coming up (you need this book in class on the 1st!), and a question for parents to ask their kids (“Ask your student about the role Author’s childhood played in Novel”). She said it was most helpful for communicating with parents. She also gave them the option to sign up for it during the first weeks of school, so parents who didn’t want it didn’t have to receive it.
If I were you, I’d have the kids write part of it—like two kids co-authoring an article. It gives them something to be proud of, and they’ll know they need to be responsible for that week’s learning/content.
I do a weekly e-mail and we also are using Remind 101 this year. Once it’s set up, it’s pretty easy to do.
I set up the newsletter in publisher, convert it to pdf using an online pdf converter, and send it out on Mondays.
Link to a copy of the one I do. I blurred out teacher names.
It feels that whenever I step into my classroom I feel as if I have ten thousand things I need to do, and when I take that step out, I have ten thousand more things that pop into my head. Spent the entire day from 9 till 6 working in my class — it didn’t feel like that long though. Once I got on…
Everything looks great! I especially love the dish drying racks as file holders. Cost effective and it looks cleaner.
A word about the shoe/pencil thing. My school forbids that because if a drill/fire alarm/etc goes off, they don’t want a student scrambling to put their shoe on.
I wish I had a better solution for you, but our school has a policy that students get a check for not being prepared for class. I also stock up on pencils at the beginning of the year and kids can buy them for 10 cents as needed. They always seem to have 75 cents for ice cream, which costs 60 cents to buy, so they don’t have to choose between ice cream and a pencil (and if you know middle schoolers, they will never choose pencils).
The Back to School Expo is some online professional development sponsored by The Teacher’s Notebook. The presentations include “Reading Success” by Annie Moffatt; “Technology Tools for Teachers” by Cara Whitehead; “Classroom Decorating 101” by Melanie Ralbusky; “Classroom Environment and Back to School Procedures” by Eric and Brian; and “Creating a Fun Math Environment with Math Journals” by Yvonne Crawford.
I’m sorry I’ve been failing on my blogging lately. Back to school combined with a heinous cold that will not let go means I’ve done nothing but work and sleep lately.
I have photos ready to show you for the progression of my LA Interactive Notebook. If I feel a little better tomorrow, I’ll try to get those uploaded for those of you following that.
Hello, Everyone. :-) I feel like I know very little about most of you who post in the education forum here on Tumblr. I’m curious what degree you all have and what grade level(s) and content areas you all teach.
I’ll start: I will be finished with my Master’s in General Special Education this fall, but have an early intervention certification and an Alt. IV level certification in early childhood special education and in general special education (K-12).
I have a degree in K-6 Elementary Education with an endorsement in 4-8, which makes me highly qualified to teach an subject K-8 grade. I teach 6th grade Language Arts, and have been in the same position for the past two years. This is my 3rd year. In December I will graduate with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.
The first day of class, I just thought he was a goof. He seemed like an easily distracted and talkative class clown type. The second day was a whole different story: it was the same behavior, but amplified and with a mean edge to it. I don’t know how to explain it, but there seemed like there was…
Do you feel like just having a conversation with him on a daily basis make a difference? Just trying to tap into his interests and daily life?
A teacher’s job is never done. I want you to know, dear teacher, that you matter. You are enough. Your best is good enough. It has to be. You can’t give any more than you have to give. Love the kids. Do what you can do and then leave it behind.
I’m speaking to you out of my heart right now. As I…
Thank you for this. I’ve really struggled this past week with all the challenges the group of students I have this year is throwing my way. Hopeless and not good enough is exactly how I feel.
But, I’ve rested this weekend, and I’m ready to come back strong on Monday!
For Differentiation - have your school purchase a license for Achieve 3000 or teenbiz for you. In this online program, you can print the same article for all students at all different reading levels. Works well for me - I teach collaborative Language Arts for 7th and 8th graders - I have over 25 IEPs and 14 504s in 3 classes :)
Awesome site, I have never heard of this before. I’m requesting a demo now!
Using only the materials provided (empty cereal/kleenex/duotang boxes, 3 large index cards, 1 empty toilet roll tube, pair scissors/person, 1.5 metre masking tape, and 1 marble, construct a maze so that your marble drops from a minimum height of 30 cm (12 inches) to the ground/surface in the longest amount of time possible. Minimum time must be greater than 3 seconds.
And I’m already having those “why the hell am I a teacher?” moments. My lessons are loooong (85 minutes) and I feel like my transitions are weird. I’m not explaining things well enough, and they don’t see the point of what we are doing. Help please! I want to make it…
Lots of great advice.
Be patient, definitely. The first few weeks (and the last few weeks) are the most stressful time in the school year. You’re feeling the students out, the students are testing you and pushing you to see your limits, you’re trying to establish rules, procedures, consequences, routines, etc and etc. IT’S HARD.
BUT. It will get better. Everyone will fall into the routine, and you’ll fill like you can breathe again. You’l learn their names, which helps immensely. Just give it time!
Differentiation is one of those things that I have always struggled with. I have a VERY diverse group of students this year, and I am going to have to step up my differentiation game. I have about 30 students per class, ranging from SPED/504/LD/ELL/ADHD/acronym etc. 1st grade reading level to 6th grade.
I’m feeling overwhelmed and could use some tips on how to make differentiation work in my classroom. And honestly, it needs to be fairly easy, because with 170 students, if it’s not fairly quick and painless, it will be hard for me to implement it and keep it consistent. I don’t mind putting in work on the weekends to get it rolling, but once the week gets started I need a system that I can keep going.
Do any of you have students track their progress individually? I’m a big fan of data and also promoting the idea that hard work and motivation leads to progress (improvement) and success.
My plan is to give pre and post tests not only to guide and evaluate my…
I always give pre and post tests. I also discuss them with the students individually, but we do not discuss scores. I have a template that I use with them that has skills, not scores, on the goal sheet and students fill in a color for each skill. I don’t say, oh, you scored a zero on nouns. I say, nouns was a bit of a struggle for you, so let’s make that a goal for you to improve upon. Students color yellow for struggling skills and blue for mastered skills. This is a similar graphing system that we use for Discovery Education testing, which we do three times a year and I LOVE it. So students are familiar with the two colors and don’t get freaked out. They just know that’s a skill they need to focus on.
Then, after post-test, we conference again on the skills to see if they made improvements. If so, there’s a reward of some kind, like getting to chew gum in class or an ice cream pass or homework pass. Simple and inexpensive, since I have 170 students.
Home Depot (and maybe other places) have large sheets of whiteboard available for less than $15. You can get it cut into individual-size boards at the store. I got 24 out of my sheet. At my store, you get two cuts free, and then pay $1 for additional cuts. In short, I got 24 individual white…
Great tip! Also, this paper pack can be laminated and used for mini white boards. Cheap and easy.
While at the pool today, someone made a comment to me that I hear over and over but am already tired of. Granted, I have only been teaching for one year, but I have heard these comments since I began college six years ago. The comment from today was, “It must be really nice to be a teacher because you get summers off.” Some others include, “Teaching can’t be that hard.”; “You’re lucky you get to go home so early.”; “Your salary makes sense since you get summers off, not to mention all the breaks you get during the year.”
I would like to debunk these myths for you. I don’t want sympathy and I don’t want pity because teaching is what I love to do; instead, stand up for teachers in your area. You can do this in all kinds of ways, but we need your support now more than ever. Let me tell you why.
MYTH #1: “Teachers get summers off.” Technically, yes, teachers are “off” in the summer in the sense that they are not sitting in their classrooms from June through August. But this is a totally FALSE assumption that many people are using against teachers. Most teachers spend their summers doing professional development which is mandatory in order to renew a teaching license at the end of five years. Every teacher has what’s called Individual Professional Development Plan (lovingly called IPDP, pronounced “ipee dipee” or “ip-dip”), and an IPDP must include short-term and long-term goals. Each goal must also include a plan of action, or classes/workshops/projects you will participate in as means to meet this goals. Because hiring and calling in substitutes cost the school money, most of this must be completed in the summer months while school is out. We also must continue our education, which costs money out of our pockets and time outside of school to complete. It also means we have our own homework on top of the “homework” that comes with teaching, like writing lesson plans and grading students’ assignments.
Additionally, teachers also spend their summers planning. This is especially true for teachers who are changing grade levels and/or subjects. The teaching profession and education world are constantly changing, and we have to change right along with it. This funnels down all the way to our planning. Even now, the Ohio Department of Education has changed content standards for English and Math to be much more rigorous in order to make our students more college-ready and career-ready. Because of this new rigor, our plans and instruction must be reevaulted and redesigned in order to provide our students with the opportunity to master these new state standards. This takes a lot of time, effort, thought, research, collaboration with other teachers, etc. It is also an ongoing process, so this will also continue throughout the school year as well as during the summer months in which school is out.
For example, this summer I have been reading the suggested texts for grades 7-12 that are on the new Ohio content standards. Most of the texts I will be teaching I have never read myself, much less studied and prepared myself to teach them. Because I need to be familiar with the material before the beginning of the school year, I spend my summer reading, annotating, researching, planning, etc. There are 38 texts on this list. For those of you still not convinced, this means I haven’t had my summer off.
MYTH #2: “Teaching can’t be that hard.” This one always leaves me speechless. Nothing like discrediting my five years of college in which I busted my ass because it was the exact opposite of easy. Not only must we master pedagogical theory, but we must also put it into practice daily. Because education changes with the world (this is arguable, but for now I mean things like technology, educational theories, instructional strategies, etc.), teachers have to keep up with the field. I know I belong to 3 organizations (that cost money out of my pocket) that provide me with 3 different perspectives on teaching English as well as give me access to all kinds of resources to be the best teacher I can be.
I would like to challenge anyone who thinks teaching is not hard to shadow a teacher for a day. Most teachers barely have time to pee during the day because we are always on the go. From greeting students at the door to taking attendance to delivering and facilitating instruction to managing the classroom to motivating students to dealing with interruptions to internal subbing during your plan bell to department meeting after school to coaching a team or being a class sponsor to parent/teacher conferences that give you a 13-hour work day to fire drills to heading a committee to collaborating with the Social Studies teacher to attending IEP meetings to getting test scores up to tutoring a student who just isn’t getting it. Exhausted yet? This isn’t even all of what a teacher does daily. As in, every day. We are expected to juggle a lot of various tasks at once, and we are expected to do a damn good job or our jobs WILL be on the line. It is so worth it, but it is in no way a simple job.
Again, where does one find time to take a piss? Answer: We don’t.
MYTH #3: “A teacher’s day ends at 3 p.m.” Oh, it does? That’s funny because my day usually doesn’t end until it’s almost time to go to bed. I’m also usually working before school even starts as well, so technically I’m working all day long from the time my brain wakes up in the morning to the time I finally fall asleep. Teachers must always be thinking about their students, what will engage and motivate them, what will inspire them. Usually there are students who are going through some things, so they are on your mind because you are worrying about them. Or you’re thinking about something a student said. Or you’re revising your lesson plan right before you are supposed to implement it. Regardless of the reason, teaching is a job that never stops. Even if you physically leave the building at 3 p.m., there are usually assignments, projects, essays for 7 or 8 classes tucked away in my bag, or I’m headed off to night class that I take in order to meet the goals on my IPDP that affects the renewal of my teaching license, or I’m tweaking my lesson for tomorrow’s class that requires time and research and sometimes money. So when you see teachers pulling out of the parking lot at 3 p.m., we are going home to continue working because there aren’t enough hours in the day. It never stops, not even at 3 p.m.
MYTH #4: “Your salary makes sense since you get summers off, not to mention all the breaks during the year.” I’m not here to whine about how little teachers make. However, I think I have proved that our salaries making the exact opposite of sense with all of the responsibilities that we have as a teacher, especially compared to someone who throws a ball for a months out of the year and makes millions of dollars. It’d be nice for someone to just admit we actually deserve the little breaks that we have, which are usually spent working anyway. Just sayin’.
So, my friends, I hope you have learned a little bit about the teaching profession. Next time you have a negative comment to make about the teaching profession or teachers in general, think of this post and remind yourself that we work 24/7, regardless of the school bells and school calendar, for a very small amount of money.
But teaching is a passion. A privilege. That is why we do what we do, and it’d be nice to have people on our side for a change. That’s all.
OK, teachers (newbies and veterans alike): How far in advance do you plan at the beginning of school? I know there is going to be a lot of adaptation, figuring out pacing, and of course the uncertainty of what the students actually already know. I’m thinking 2-3 weeks of plans? How detailed do you make your plans? Do you need to show them to your superiors, or are they just for you? What information do you include?
I only plan one week at a time. I teach a wide variety of students, from gifted to inclusion. 6 55 minute classes with such a broad range means that classes can easily get so far off track from each other means I don’t plan more than a week at a time. I really try my best to keep all 6 classes on the same topic, even if the activities/lessons are different.
Ok, confession. I’m so addicted to the idea of interactive notebooks that although this has math in the title, I can easily see it working for any class subject. I had already planned on passing out textbooks tomorrow or Thursday, and now I will be adding this to my plans.
The questions are excellent for starting off (insert subject) journals!
I’ve mentioned before that I was born and bred as a Southern Baptist, raised to walk along the narrow path of the most conservative interpretations of the Bible and vote within the guidelines set forth by the Jerry Falwells and James Dobsons of the world. Luckily, I was also born with a good set of critical thinking genes and a hunger for knowledge, so in my grown-up life, I was able to walk away from organized Christianity — which I believe has entered into a mutual hijacking situation with the Republican party, the goal of which is to consolidate power by exploiting ignorance and fear — and reconcile my Biblical knowledge with my life experiences with my intrinsic value system of mercy and goodness.
Funny thing about spending all those years in church, though: I know more about the Bible than I will ever know about anything else. I studied it like it was my job for two decades of my life.
I often have run-ins with former buddies from church, all of whom are really wonderful people on the inside, but most of whom do not have a particularly thorough or enlightened understanding of politics or history or religion. What usually happens is they do some Bible verse-slinging at me, and I patiently try to explain where they’ve been duped by their church or their politicians or their own ingrained prejudices.
Today, I realized it would probably be an even better idea if I just made a reference post so I can point people here and save myself some typing time. Hopefully, you guys will be able to use this as a resource too.
I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I thought it was great. As I was raised Southern Baptist and still live in a small Southern (close minded) town, homosexuality and as a result, “gay marriage,” (which I hate, it’s just plain old marriage to me-we don’t run around saying straight marriage), I can identify with the author. Here’s to hoping gay marriage will come to pass.
So. Day 4 1/2 done. I fully intend to start posting lessons for my Language Arts followers but everything is kinda in limbo in 6th grade right now. We are having to hold our enrollment until Friday and then EVERYTHING changes on Monday. The classes, the sizing, even the length of the class period. So, I’m not doing much honestly. I started Rules and Procedures yesterday, and will continue them through tomorrow, ending in a small quiz.
Monday: Rules (we have 6) so we made a 6 tab foldable. It took most of the hour lol. The students are not very good at foldables yet! We also stapled the 6x9 clasp envelope (P.S. Feel free to follow my classroom ideas board on pinterest!) into the back of the composition book. The bellringer consisted of the following questions:
1. I enjoy…
2. My teachers might describe me as…
3. My parents might describe me as…
4. My friends might describe me as…
5. My greatest academic challenge is…
Tuesday: Procedures. No foldable, just lots of discussion. It took most of the hour to get through them. I gave them a break midway through with a game they loved, Gorilla, Man, Gun. We have a conversation before we start about while a gun is used in the game, we will never play again, along with other consequences, if they mention it outside of playing the game. You might swap the gun to something else if it might be a problem in your school or with that group of students.
1. Write a sentence about one thing you enjoyed about school last year.
2. Write a sentence about one thing you disliked about school last year.
3. Write a sentence about one thing you are looking forward to this year.
4. Write a sentence about one thing you are worried about this year.
5. Write a sentence of your goal for the year.
Tomorrow, I’ll link up my rules and procedures PPT. It’s very basic though, because what’s on the ppt is just a reminder to myself of what we need to discuss.
Any fun games or activities planned? Reblog and share please!
I do an About Me ppt, where the students learn some information about me, see some pictures, and my likes and dislikes. It also includes some general goals for the year, like, “You will learn to love parts of speech.” “Writing will become second nature to you.” and so forth. Kinda cheesy but maybe inspiring? :D
This year I am going to use more music in my classroom. I already supplement my lessons, especially in Bible, with music and videos and lyrics. But I am going to play a CD in the background pretty regularly starting from day one. Why? Well, I noticed I have kids who cry “Can’t focus!” at the…
I play music constantly! I introduce music when we have a gallery walk. I tell students they are in an art gallery where the priceless painting are now Language Arts questions. They move around the room in pairs or small groups answering questions. Music plays softly in the background, and their noise level cannot rise above the sound of the music. After that, I play music during bellringer time, testings, or independent work.