Tuesday Teacher Tips: Phone Call Interruptions

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Phone Call Interruptions
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Phone Call Interruptions
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I had a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
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This week's tip is about not losing your valuable teaching time for every single phone call!
 
Yes, I'm that old, not only did our family have the exact same phone in the picture, I use to teach in classrooms without phones! 
I KNOW, RIGHT? CRAZY!
As much as  I want to make you laugh about it, I am definitely not saying I want to go back to those days without a phone in the classroom. But, with the luxury of a phone comes a few problems....like the phone ringing off the hook, especially when I use to be the team leader. Best trick I ever learned was to let my students answer the phone, it helps them learn some phone manners and it helps to keep your teaching momentum rolling! 

I learned that many times, the person on the other end of the call didn't really need to talk to me, but simply wanted to give me a message. So they could tell the student something like.... "This is Mrs. Baker, tell Mrs. Smith to swing by my room after school." Or, if it was important, the student could had me the phone. My students would answer the phone, "Hello, Mrs. Smith's Classroom, this is Suzie, how can I help you?" I even made a simple poster for you to print and put up in your classroom.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Phone Call Interruptions
BUT, this example doesn't help unless your name is MRS. SMITH! The FREEBIE I created for you is an editable PowerPoint.
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  Michelle has some great tips about interruptions and what has worked for her in the classroom that she would like to share with you, too.
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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Classroom Helpers

Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
 Tuesday Teacher Tips: Classroom Helpers

Previously, every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I had a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!

This week's tip is about classroom helpers. 
Sure, you see all sorts of great things on Pinterest and TPT. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos.
Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
I've had a simple plan for over twenty years. If you are new to following my blog, I've spent most of my career in Title I schools. Absenteeism due to a variety of reasons is usually our biggest problem. If you are constantly absent, you just don't receive a full, quality education.

The system I use for helpers really helps cut down on absenteeism. I have two helpers each day. I go down an alphabetical list, two at a time. 
Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
At the end of the day, when everyone is in line I move the pins down to the next two students and I turn to them and say, "Anna and Calvin, you have to be here tomorrow, you're my helpers." And then I give that day's helpers a piece of candy....yep, ONE ENTIRE PIECE OF CANDY...no one else. They've been excited to help all day and the candy is just a little extra thank you. When I was in a "no food reward" school in Texas, it was a sticker, an eraser or a pencil. Use what you like, just make it something that only your helpers get. 

With two helpers a day, everyone usually gets a turn every two weeks. Last year's class loved to count down the list at the end of the day and figure out what day would be their turn.

For this to help with absenteeism, you have to be a little bit firm, if they miss their turn, they have to wait until it cycles back to their name. Now, if the poor kid broke his arm, I might say to the class, "Since Calvin was a the hospital yesterday, we're going to go back up to his name." Then everyone agrees and it helps to foster a sense of kindness too.

This system also keeps your instructional time flowing smoothly.
  • Someone needs to go to the clinic, send the two helpers.
  • The office needs some forms picked up, no need to have hands waving in the air, pick me, pick me...just sent the two helpers.
  • Line leader is the first name, door holder is the second name.
  • Who gets to get their lunch first? The helpers!
  • Who gets to go to recess first? The helpers!
  • You need some books returned to the teacher across the hall? Send the two helpers!
This helps you, the teacher, not have to stop a lot to make decisions, and your instruction time can just continue to flow!  
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Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
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 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!
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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!
 Tuesday Teacher Tips: Pencil Management at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
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, July 22nd will be announced on the July 29th post. 
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Classroom Helpers
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Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts at TeacherspayTeachers.

If you've followed me for some time, you know I live in Florida. Fall in Florida means those few days where the humidity doesn't drain the life out of you! If and when you study Fall and the seasons with your students, I have a fun way to incorporate a little math into your seat work, morning work, homework or center time.

Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts has ten pages and ten answer keys. Perfect for school or even your emergency Sub Tub!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts at TeacherspayTeachers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts at TeacherspayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts at TeacherspayTeachers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts at TeacherspayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Numbers Fall Math Addition and Subtraction Facts at TeacherspayTeachers.
 Have a wonderful night friends!
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You Will Love These Alphabet Matching Centers

Alphabet Matching Centers With a Cute Fairy Tale or Classic Story Theme - Perfect Task Cards for a variety of games, concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, small group, even perfect for assessments from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.

Looking to add some excitement to your center time? These highly engaging alphabet matching center games are quick and easy to prep and can be used for a variety of games, concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, small group, even perfect for assessments. You can even differentiate your centers for each reading group.


Three ways to play, capital letter matching, little letter matching and matching capital letters to little letters.

Alphabet Matching Centers With a Cute Fairy Tale or Classic Story Theme - Perfect Task Cards for a variety of games, concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, small group, even perfect for assessments from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
Alphabet Matching Centers With a Cute Fairy Tale or Classic Story Theme - Perfect Task Cards for a variety of games, concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, small group, even perfect for assessments from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
Alphabet Matching Centers With a Cute Fairy Tale or Classic Story Theme - Perfect Task Cards for a variety of games, concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, small group, even perfect for assessments from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
Do you have a theme you love? Leave me a comment and I can add that to my TO DO LIST to create for you!


Alphabet Matching Centers With a Jack and Jill Theme - Perfect Task Cards for a variety of games, concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, small group, even perfect for assessments from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherspayTeachers.


Terrific for an Emergency Sub Tub or a Hands-On Homework!


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Tuesday Teacher Tips: A Back to School Game

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Back to School
 Tuesday Teacher Tips: Back to School with a
Getting to Know You Game! 
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 for one of my favorite games ever because it requires absolutely no advance prep. It is perfect for the first day of school, it includes everyone and they have a chance to stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down...well you get the picture! If you ever have to watch the cafeteria for a few minutes before dismissal, or the class in the library that you don't know...even a bunch of Girl Scouts you have never meet in your life, you can pull this game out of your magic box of Teacher Tricks and everyone will enjoy it!
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Back to School Have You Ever Game
Click here to see all my Indoor Recess Activities. You can print them and place them into a binder for brain breaks, substitute help, Boy Scout Meetings...the possibilities are endless!

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FERN'S FREEBIE FRIDAY ~ BACK TO SCHOOL MIXED ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION CENTER GAMES

Looking to add some excitement to your center time? These highly engaging center games, Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction, are quick and easy to prep!
FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Game! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

These centers are quick and easy to prepare, they can be used for a variety of games... concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, they are self checking, and even perfect for assessments. Once your students play with this deck, many of my other Quick and Easy to Prep centers can be used for different skills and seasons. Your center time will run smoothly and with very little prep from you! 

This Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Game is Perfect for a Review for Back to School. Perfect for a "Make It, Take It" Activity for Meet the Parents, Open House, Math Night, etc.

This math resource includes:
A center cover
A math center sign
Four pages of playing cards
Student directions

With today's post, I'm going to share with you some different ways to use these simple games in your math rotations. Research shows that teachers have to spend too much classroom time SHOWING and TEACHING their students how to play different center games. 

Changing up different types of center games each week leads to two different outcomes.

1. The students learn how to play a new game, but they don't play it enough to learn and review the SKILL that was the original intent of the game. Remember the first time you played Clue or Monopoly? You spent A LOT of time learning the GAME, the RULES, but not the problem solving that goes with those game. After 3 or 4 times playing the game, you LEARNED how to focus on the problem solving, the WINNING of the game, since you finally know the routine and the rules. Same with changing the type of center each week for our students. 

2. It takes so much time to teach new games each week that teachers interviewed stated that they simply did not have time. So those teachers tend not to do math stations, math centers. In the long run, their students lose the life skills that come from games. Cooperation, good sportsmanship, strategic planning, problem solving, independence, critical thinking skills, etc. AND teachers lose out on having quality small group time with their students.

I've created most of my center games to be easy to print, cut, laminate {if desired} and store in their classroom. Pieces are easy to cut, either square shaped, or rectangular, perfect for a paper slicer. 

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Common Core Standards
2.OA.B.2, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.5, 1.OA.C.6


JUST FOR FUN, HERE'S TWO MORE FREEBIES FOR THESE STANDARDS FOR YOU!

Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Subtraction Basic Facts Center Freebie! CLICK HERE!

If not, click here to read that Freebie Friday blog post and download your copy of Back to School First Day and Last Day of School Coloring Pages. 
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Rounding to Estimate Differences Color By Numbers Printables

Third Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences
This terrific Color By Code Resource is for Third Grade Chapter One 1.8. Perfect for the beginning of the year for third or fourth grade. Your students will adore these Color Your Answer worksheets while learning and reviewing important skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go ease of these printables. As always, answer keys are included. FIVE Color Your Answers Printables that are made to be an additional resource for any math series. 

Third Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences

Use them for your math center, small group, RTI pull out, seat work or homework. Color By Number Rounding to Estimate Differences Printables.

Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Color Your Answers Printables with Answer Keys.
The concept of this one is Rounding to Estimate the Difference for both TEN and HUNDRED.
Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Color Your Answers Printables with Answer Keys.

 Available now at my TPT store.
Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Task Cards
Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Center Games and Printables
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 FERN'S FREEBIE FRIDAY ~ ROUNDING TO ESTIMATE DIFFERENCES COLOR BY NUMBERS

Click here to see my entire post on teaching Rounding to Estimate the Difference, complete with tips, tricks, lessons and resources.

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