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 spent 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!
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Indoor Recess Pinterest Board.
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!
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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. :)

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


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday ~ FREE Equal Groups Task Cards with a Cupcake Theme
These four task cards are available in the Free Preview of the following two new products in my store at TPT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday ~ FREE Equal Groups Task Cards with a Cupcake Theme
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Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Read to Self

   Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Bright Ideas Blog Hop about the Daily Five's Read to Self Tip.
Read to Self
Readers Need To Read Every Single Day!
How can we expect children to learn to read if we don't give them class time to read? I was a teacher for a long time when those word hit me smack in the forehead! Just because I went home and read as a child, just because my children went home and read everyday, just because we tell children to go home and read ... it doesn't really mean that children DO go home and read daily. 

We must squeeze at least 20 minutes a day into our reading block for students to read material that 
1. interests them and 
2. is on their reading level.

Twenty minutes a day, in class, equals 60 hours a school year. Sure, we have a lot to teach, there is a lot to do each day, but squeezing 20 minutes in a day not only gives your students 60 extra hours of literature and vocabulary compared to other children, but also shows them the IMPORTANCE of reading. Then indirectly, the ♥LOVE of reading. 

The Daily Five is a structured system that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy. If you're not familiar with it, I recommend you Google it, as there are many resources available as well as The Daily Five website from the authors of the book. You can start out with just trying to fit a "Daily Three" into your routine, Read to Someone, Read to Self and Word Work. Last month I wrote about Read to Someone, today I wrote about Read to Self and you guessed it, next month will be Word Work. I would love to have you come back! :)
Reading 20 minutes a day, that's my tip, I hope it helps!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Bright Ideas Blog Hop about the Daily Five's Read to Self Tip.
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Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Fall Fun! Basic Addition Facts - Color Your Answers Printable Sample

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday ~ FREE Fall Fun! Basic Addition Facts - Color Your Answers Printable Sample
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday ~ FREE Fall Fun! Basic Addition Facts - Color Your Answers Printable Sample
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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Seating for Cooperative Learning
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
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 Research show that children, and adults, usually work best in cooperative groups. 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
But sometimes we all need a little place to call our own, and only our own!
This is my favorite arrangement and here is how it works for different groups with very little movement.
FOUR IN A GROUP
* Two end students move their chairs in front of the two middle students for a group of two facing two.
* Front row students turn around and face the back row students. Now you have different groups of two facing two. One group of four on the left and one group of  four on the right.
* The four students in the front row move their chairs in front of the four students in the front row not in the picture. The four students in the back row move over to the four students in the back row of the back row not shown.
TWO IN A GROUP
* Each row has two groups of two by the middle students turning and "pair share" with the two outer students.
* The front row turns in their seats to face the back row and you now have four groups of two facing each other.
* Like the group of four that moves to the left of the picture, you can pair up the front row with the other front row for four groups of two facing each other.
* When everyone is well behaved, my favorite, find a friend.
INDEPENDENT WORK / DIRECT TEACHING
* This is my favorite part of this arrangement. When a teacher is doing a direct lesson or even giving quick directions, everyone and I mean EVERYONE has their eyes on the speaker. You can use "1, 2, 3, eyes on me." or any other method you have to get everyone's attention, but the beauty of this is you can very quickly move into close proximity of the one or two that are still not focused, in a quick, calm way of gaining class control.
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 Michelle has some great tips about cooperative learning and what has worked for her at some of her different schools. Click over there today, because she would like to share them with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
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In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!
Since Michelle and I loved reading all your teacher tips this summer, and we still have so many ideas to share with you, we're going to continue this weekly feature for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Stop by Michelle's blog and my blog each week for Tuesday Teacher Tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post.  The winner of this post will be announced on next week's post.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
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