Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Create a Student-Centered Classroom!

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So, today was my second day back at school and I must say, I am excited that I have been able to work on my classroom. Pics will be posted soon! One interesting topic my principal discussed with us today was creating "student-centered classrooms." I was so inspired that I made this chart with qualities of a student-centered classroom:

Graphics Credit:  Graphics From the Pond and Dots-of-Fun

This summer, I took a class on differentiation for the gifted learner and it really focused on individualized instruction.  I think it's important that we keep in mind each student and where they are as learners.  If that means we have to compact curriculum for those that need acceleration or if it means we have to model, model, model, then that is what we need to do for our students!  Yes, it can be time-consuming.  Yes, it can be challenging.  To the students, it means that they we are teaching with their interests in mind, at their pacing, incorporating their learning styles, and making it as challenging as it can be to promote learning EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.AT.ALL.TIMES.FOR.EVERY.LEARNER.  It can be done and it is my goal for the year!  With student-centered learning in mind, I created this resource to build an understanding of your students as learners:

As I reflect, I am glad to be challenging  myself in my thirteenth year of teaching.  It is so exciting to be able to bring a new level of instruction to your students.  I hope you will take the time to check out student-centered learning and try it in your own classroom if you haven't been doing it already!  While you are doing that, don't forget to checkout the BIG TeachersPayTeachers One-Day SALE!  Don't forget to use the code:  BOOST at checkout to get 28% OFF of your purchases!!! Have fun and stock up!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

School Countdown!

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Okay, so I am officially counting down to the day when school starts again!  I have 12 days until I meet my new fifth graders!  Of course, I go back to work on Monday when we will have seven days of teacher meetings to prepare for the new year.  Ahhh, how I am enjoying my last Friday off!  I am just taking the time to...

I just completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this morning and donated money.  It was soooo cold but a lot of fun!  My son seemed to enjoy dumping ice water on his mom's head first thing this morning.  All I can say is now I am AWAKE!

The other day, I hung my first decoration outside my classroom door.  This ADORABLE wreath was made for me as a teacher gift last year by one of my fifth grade parents.  It has a special place hanging right above my classroom door and I.JUST.LOVE.IT!

The first thing I will be printing, laminating, and using in my classroom is my new set of behavior cards.  These are particularly helpful in saving your teacher voice for those oh-so-important lessons you teach!  Check them out here...

I can't wait to go back and start a FANTASTIC NEW SCHOOL YEAR!  I hope you have a great one!