Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Recess

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Indoor Recess Help!
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Indoor Recess Help
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
This week's tip is about games you can play during indoor recess.
In Texas, my district wasn't allowed to go outside over 100 degrees. In Florida, it rains and we're not allowed to go out. Up north, where I've never taught, but spend a cold second grade year of my life, you can't go out if it is icy.....
What's a teacher to do?
I've been writing a series about indoor recess games and this week, our Tuesday Teacher Tip subject is recess! I love indoor recess and having some terrific games can make it so much better!
Looking for more tips? 
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 Michelle has some great tips about recess and what has worked for her in the classroom that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
Teach123's Tuesday Teacher Tip
In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes and a Free Printable.
Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog to get a $10 shopping trip. We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post. The winner for today, September 30th will be announced on the October 7th post. :)
Do you have a great classroom tip to share?
Please be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip.
 



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Saturday, September 27, 2014

LiveSchool is a Cool New Classroom Management App

LiveSchool is a Cool New Classroom Management App
Cool New Class Management App
LiveSchool is a free classroom management app worth checking out! Created for teachers, by teachers, LiveSchool makes it easy to create a behavior rewards system in your classroom. Even better, it is set up so that you can invite other teachers on your team to create a consistent rewards system between classrooms. They don’t have an app yet, but the website works on phones, tablets, computers, and smartboards.

LiveSchool’s interface is similar to ClassDojo. You can click on students and award points for positive behavior. LiveSchool has some extra time-saving features like double-tapping a student or selecting multiple behaviors all at once. You can also leave a comment for other teachers to see.

As teachers give positive behavior points, student “bank accounts” grow. At the end of the week you can print a “paycheck” for each student with one click that includes detailed feedback on behavior for parents to look over and sign. Pretty cool!

I spoke with LiveSchool’s CEO to learn more about the company’s mission. LiveSchool is trying to make it easier for teachers to get students engaged and motivated to learn new behavior expectations. They work with teachers and schools in almost every state in the US. A lot of their customers have adopted Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), and LiveSchool works great with PBIS. LiveSchool has a paid version for schools, but they recently launched a free version for up to five teachers that is totally free! 

I know that the paperwork to make a behavior rewards system can be a big pain and take time away from teaching. LiveSchool helps save a lot of time by crunching the numbers for you so that you can spend more time with your kids. Great resource to know about, and it is free to sign up! I highly recommend that you check them out!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Equal Groups Task Cards with a Cupcake Theme



Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Equal Groups Task Cards with a Cupcake Theme for Common Core Standard 3.OA.A.1.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes and a Free Printable.
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pull Out Classes
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
This week's tip is about helping the students in your classroom that leave during the day for some sort of pull out class.
There is nothing crazier than the first week, or even the first month of school. The larger your class, the harder it is to remember where everyone needs to be and at what time and what day. Yes, many schools follow a "push-in" method where the Special Education Teacher comes to the classroom, but there are still Speech classes, Gifted classes, OTPT, medicine after lunch, and the list goes on and on. 
While it is your responsibility to make sure every student is where they need to be, it is also your responsibility to TEACH! 
What's a teacher to do?
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes and a Free Printable.
One of my favorite tips ever is to put a little personalized clock on the student's desk who have to leave. You don't need to worry about privacy and embarrassing the student, the other students know that child leaves every Tuesday and Thursday for Speech classes at 1:00! They all love to know each others' business and if you are having a year of Busy Bodies, give them all a clock. Then ask each child what time do they want their personalized clock to show. Recess? Lunch? Dismissal? Then everyone has their own clock and you can tell the little Busy Bodies, "You have your own clock, mind your own business!" :) Sweetly, of course! You can even have a Room Mom or Parent Volunteer come help you one day. It takes a little bit of effort up front, but it will pay off the entire year when your students don't miss their pull out classes, while you are busy teaching small groups, etc.
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes and a Free Printable.
This helps you, the teacher, not have to stop and hopefully miss out on your limited instruction time. 
Looking for more tips? 
Click on the picture below to go to my Classroom Management Pinterest Board.
I would ♥love it if you would like to follow it too!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes and a Free Printable.
Michelle has some great tips about classroom helpers and what has worked for her in the classroom that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
Teach123's Tuesday Teacher Tip
In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Reminding Students About Pull Out Classes and a Free Printable.
Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog to get a $10 shopping trip. We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post. The winner for today, September 23rd will be announced on the September 30th post. :)
Do you have a great classroom tip to share?
Please be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip.
 



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