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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pencil Management


Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pencil Management at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
 Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pencil Management
** ~ Summer Fun Rerun ~ **
July 2016

Hello Friends! 
This summer my friend Michelle and I are going to be bringing you a new feature! Every Tuesday please stop by for a new installment of our Tuesday Teacher Tips!
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pencil Management at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Pencils....five and a half years at FSU and not once did I learn about pencils! Let me tell you, they will make or break you...seriously, you can be Teacher of the Year for the entire United States, have lesson plans written in gold, but if you don't have a plan in place for pencils, your little darlings will EAT.YOU.ALIVE!

In the College of Education I learn all about "keeping students actively engaged" and "maximizing student time" but again, NO ONE told me about pencils. Then I interned and this amazing teacher I had would have the boys and girls line up each morning as they unpacked and she sharpened two pencils for each of them. At first, I thought what a waste of time....there has to be a better system. But it was amazing and I have done the same thing in every classroom since 1989! I have an electric pencil sharpener and as they unpack, the morning routine was to get two pencils sharpened, then sit down to their morning work. 
You know how excited your students are every morning?  
They love you, they want to tell you about their dog, their homework, their little sister...sometimes they just want to tell you that they love you. By giving EACH and EVERY children those few seconds of attention while you sharpen their pencils, it makes your morning start calmly and your students feel like you love and listen to each and every single one of them. 
BONUS
While you're teaching, if their pencil breaks, they aren't allowed to get up and waste time at the pencil sharpener. They have a second pencil. If they break the second one, you keep teaching and say, "Who would like to loan Paul a pencil?" The rest of the class would just love to help you and there will be more pencils then ole' Paul will ever need! The next morning I like to slip a seasonal, decorated pencil to the student who gave Paul the extra pencil. The thank you costs me about five cents and that student thinks I'm terrific! That 5 cent pencil and the show of appreciation does more to build your student/teacher relationship then all the tea in China! :)
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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pencil Management at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas


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Daily Five Organizational Bookmarks!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Free Daily Five Organizational Bookmarks!
 The Daily Five!
The Daily Five is a wonderful management system for any and all reading groups. If you have never heard of it, here is a link to their website. If you do know it and use it, you probably really like it!
I ♥love it! 

The best part of the program is the ownership the children have with the program. That ownership cuts down on behavior problems. The Writers want to come to school and go to the Writing Center first. The Readers want to Read to Self first. The quality work comes from the child's decision to work. However, teach long enough and you will have "ONE OF THOSE YEARS!" One year where nothing works, one year that the teachers in first grade tell the second grader teachers, WATCH OUT! One year where you have so many bad behaviors, that they flock to each other, like moths to a flame. Oh yeah, you know what I mean!

So one year, I had to assign them to the stations, no choice, I just had so many kids that were such darlings, they had to be separated....and have you noticed? 
They always seem to be your Perfect Attendance babies as well!

BUT, here is the trick to making it look random. Color code your groups, then pass out these bookmarks as if it was all random. Teachers are happy, kids are happy, your Reading Centers flow again! I love paint sample cards, they are durable, they are colorful and they are free. I am a complete geek, I ask permission for them every, single time. This weekend, the lady at Home Depot even told me, "Yes Ms. Fernie, take what you need!" 
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Three Fun Back To School Center Games for Time and Fractions

Three Back to School Math Centers
Use them for Concentration, Go Fish, Old Maid, Around the World or Scoot! So many possibilities! 


Depending on your grade level, you can use these centers for review or an introduction. Once you teach your children how to play Concentration, Old Maid and Go Fish these resources have everything you need for your math center time to run smoothly! I have many more centers that are designed for these three games at TpT {click here} in addition to Around the World, Exit Tickets, Scoots, all sorts of uses!
 
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas, Time to the Hour for Back to School, Back to School Parts of a Whole Fractions Center Games, Back to School Parts of a Group Fractions Center Games all available at Teacherspayteachers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas, Five Freebies, Moose Place Value Center, Time to the Hour for Back to School Math Center Sign, Fractions with a Back to School Theme and two math center times, Froggy Goes to School Writing Center writing center sign, all available at Teacherspayteachers.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas, Five Freebies, Moose Place Value Center, Time to the Hour for Back to School Math Center Sign, Fractions with a Back to School Theme and two math center times, Froggy Goes to School Writing Center writing center sign, all available at Teacherspayteachers.
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Christmas Writing Center and a Couple of Freebies!


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!
Christmas Writing Center and Behavior Plan!
** CHRISTMAS IN JULY **
** Summer Fun Rerun ** 

But first, a word from our sponsor... Queen Lilly LOVES this time of year. If you're new to my blog, Lilly is our rescue pittie from Texas. She came to us battered and bruised, and carrying a litter of 16 puppies....Lordy! We kept four puppies and ten years later, they are living the live fantastic, spending their retirement years in Florida. Until I dress them up, oh, the abuse!
When I was in the classroom, my students loved the silliness of my dogs. I would dress them up, take a couple of pictures, print, laminate and use them at my writing center. This was even better when I would take one of the dogs up to my classroom on a Saturday, for example, this is Scottie McHottie on the couch in my classroom.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!
 Scottie, thinking of moving full time into the portable.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party! 
Lilly playing board games!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!
Her daughter Anna hoarding school supplies.

Then a movie I can't wait to see and with only 16 days to go....STAR WARS....
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!

So now that it is closer to the holidays, the kids loved it when I would dress them up in all sorts of Christmas fun! When everyone is wound up, pop Lilly up on the screen and tell them Santa sent her to check on them. Or take pictures of your beloved pet. It gives you a second to catch your breath, it gives them a minute to get their act together for you!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party! 

I have some more freebies to help you for the next three weeks. Click on the pictures below to go to the blog post or TpT store to download them.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Party Ornament Download
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Christmas Writing Center Idea and a Couple of Freebies for the I Teach Second Linky Party!

This month I'm linking up at our new collaborative blog, I Teach Second and our newest feature, a December Linky Party! Each month we will be sharing timely tips, teaching strategies, resources, and some freebies with you. If you like what you see in this blog post, be sure to follow me (or any of the participating bloggers) and check back at the beginning of the each month for a new link up.  
 

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Indoor Recess ~ Wild Animal Fun!

  Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas - Indoor Recess Activity - Wild Animal Free Printable Downloads to Help You in Your Classroom develop an Indoor Recess Binder! FREE!
Wild Animal Game - Perfect for Some QUIET Indoor Recess Game
What? Wild Animals? How can a game named wild animals be a quiet game? Oh, but it is, it is and your students will love it! Below are the directions for this great game, as well as a link for the free printable directions.You can print them and place them in an "INDOOR RECESS" binder in your classroom. They're also terrific for your Substitute Folder, for some time fillers or brain breaks to help you or your sub. 
ENJOY! :)
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 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas - Indoor Recess Activity - Wild Animal Free Printable Downloads to Help You in Your Classroom develop an Indoor Recess Binder! FREE! 
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