Apple Print Arrays–Festive, Fall Art Integration

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Materials: You will need: apples (cut in 1/2), trays for putting paint on, tempera or acrylic paint, paper cut to desired size (larger paper = larger arrays), small paint brushes, cups of water.

Step #1: Before your students arrive cut all of the apples in half.  Set out trays for the paint, cups of water, small paint brushes and apples.  Go around with the bottle of paint and put some in the middle of each tray. You will add more later as your students run out. Don’t put too much paint on the tray to start with.DSCN5162

Step #2: You will want to explain what arrays are to your students. They need to be aware of working in rows and columns. This will not work if the apple prints are randomly all over the page. Demonstrate with your students exactly how you want them to start. Have them first put their apple in the paint and then do a “test” print on the tray. If students are happy with the amount of paint on their apple they can then print onto the paper. I would have students start in the top left corner of their page and make one even row across the top. Then have them make another row under the first row. This step varies depending on what size array you are trying to make. For the first time I would just let students get used to printing the apples. Then ask them to make a very specific size array. For example, “Students please print a 3 x 6 array.”

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Step #3: Once you have explained what an array is to your class and you have practiced then students can make their own arrays. You can also assign different arrays to different groups of students so that when you are done you will have several different kinds of arrays to use as practice in math. You could have your array size written on a card and you could pass out those cards to students and ask them to make the size array that is on their card.DSCN5179

For example, student A draws a card that says 5 x 6, Students would make an array that looks like this;DSCN5558

You would then ask your students, “What does 5 x 6 equal?” They will answer 30. You will then ask them to check to be sure they are correct, “Great answer, now count the apples to see if you are correct.” Using the array, they can count each apple to see if it comes to 30. The only thing limiting the size of the array is the size of the paper. Therefore plan to make your paper the size of your largest array. You can also use things like cereal boxes, old cardboard boxes, etc to print your apples.

Step #4 : For this step let your students decorate the apples. Give them some brown paint to add the stems and seeds. Give them some green paint to add a leaf on each apple.

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Step #5: When it’s time to use these array to practice math students can use large strips of paper to hide some of the rows and columns to make new arrays. You can ask your student to show you a 2×3 array and they can use the strips of paper to cover up the other apples to show you they know what a 2×2 is. You can have the entire class do this for all different arrays that you would like to see. Students will get to practice their math times tables this way.

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Pop Art Bonus: Not only will the students have fun learning some math concepts, but when they are through, they will have a great piece of Pop Art a la Andy Warhol!

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Click on the image to see the You Tube Video I made for this lesson.

The pdf of this lesson and video file is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and it is FREE. Please click here to download.

Speaking of Pop Art…

Here is another FREE item for you if you like Apples (and what teacher doesn’t?) Click on the image to see my free Interactive Apple
Pop Art coloring sheet. This is great for back-to-school or for the fall.

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Thanks for reading!

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What’s Your Classroom Management Secret?

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Hey again, it’s Meredith from Teaching with a Twist here to talk about classroom management.

When it comes to classroom management, you have to figure out what works for you and your kiddos.  I try to keep it simple and quick.  After the initial lesson on what the rules are and what the consequences are, I don’t like to spend a lot of time referring back to the expectations.  I carry a clip board with everyone’s name on it  and simply put a tally mark if a rule is broken and write a brief explanation.    I also keep track, if someone doesn’t bring back their signed folder and homework from the night before.  At the end of each day, I circle each child’s conduct on the calendar that is stapled inside everyone’s folder.  Each day has a space for the parent’s initials. Done!!!  Easy, peasy!!

Here’s a peek at the very simple, monthly calendar.  The conduct choices for my school district are EE-exceeds expectations, ME-meets expectations, and NME-not meeting expectations.

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In addition to this, I also do Brownie Points.  This is a “class” conduct reward.  When everyone brings their folders back with completed homework and signed conduct, they get a brownie point.  The only other way to gain a brownie point is for them to receive a compliment from another teacher on their positive behavior.  This encourages them to behave in support classes, the hallway, and the cafeteria.  After all, your class is a direct reflection of YOU.  So if they behave in the cafeteria, you look good. When the cookie sheet is full (10 brownies) we have a brownie party.  Simple, but VERY effective.  The cookie sheet gets wiped clean and then we start over.

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This works for me.  You may need something different for your students.  I firmly believe that NO instruction can take place if there is NO classroom management.  YOU have to be in control and you HAVE to figure out how to do this.  If you’re new to teaching and what you are currently using, isn’t working……..ask for help NOW.  You will be respected by your peers and your administration if your students are well behaved, I promise.  And when you figure it out, be consistent.  Children thrive on consistency and your life will be easier in the long run.

Learn your students and learn what makes them tick.  Here’s another classroom management post from Teacher by the Beach and what works for her.  And lastly, I’ll leave you with a FREEBIE from First Grade Fever.  Be sure to leave feedback if you download.

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Double-Ups and a Rubber Chicken

Hands-on practice with the words you really want students to learn

It happens every year—practically every week: a student rushes up to me with an open book or laptop, eager to show me one of our current or recent vocabulary words. These students are surprised to have discovered the words we work with in class out there in the real world. But what my students should know is that the words they are learning are the same ones that they will encounter in “real life” and will want to start using themselves.

If you’d like to show your students the frequency with which words show up in the real world, show them this website: WordCount.org, where words are ranked according to their usage. (Here’s an interesting discovery: When I plugged in the word “analysis”—an academic Tier 2 word that is frequently used at the high school level—I was surprised to see it surrounded by some common, everyday words that are used with as much frequency both in and out of school, including “whatever.”)

Slide1Research has shown that students need approximately 10 exposures to a word to actually learn it—not just simply be able to access a “ball park” meaning when they encounter it while they are reading a text. One drive by isn’t going to cut it as far as actually learning the word, planting it securely in the brain, and making it a readily accessible part of a student’s lexicon.

Enter: Double-Ups

To facilitate the direct instruction that learning words at the secondary level requires, and to make that learning as hands-on as it can be, I’ve come up with “Double-Ups”—word-focused activities that require complex thinking and are hands on—literally. Students get their hands on something when they are doing Double-Ups, and that facilitates the learning of the targeted vocabulary words.

What makes Double-Ups unique are that while students are working with a collection of vocabulary words, they are also including words that are generated by something or someone else: the class, a collection of words on a spinner put there by the teacher, or a bunch of objects pulled from a shopping bag. Adding words to the mix increases complexity and makes the activity far more interesting than the typical “Write a sentence and include one of your vocab words in it.” Not that that’s not useful, but it is absolutely not as enjoyable as, for example, Rubber Chicken Vocab.

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 101_4226 When I spotted Captain Jack at a pet store, I knew immediately that my dog would never get her gigantic teeth on him. No, “CJ” was destined for my classroom. After pulling him out of a Pirates of the Caribbean gift bag, the captain is passed from student to student. I’ll warn you—he squawks, so if you use a dog toy like this, be prepared for some ear-splitting squeaking! As he is passed around the room, I ask students to come up with a list of words inspired by Captain Jack. We invariably end up with something like this:

  • peg leg
  • booty (which I allow if it is used to represent stolen loot, not Beyonce’s or Kim’s or anyone elses!)
  • eye patch
  • limp
  • buccaneer (Which prompts the joke: how much does a pirate pay for his earrings? A buccaneer! Get it? )
  • Arrrrrrr (Why did the pirate go on vacation? Because she needed a little Arrrrrr and Arrrrr! What kind of socks does a pirate wear? Arrrrrgyle! Pirate jokes are the best!)
  • pillage
  • walk the plank
  • mutiny
  • swashbuckler
  • bounty
  • treasure map
  • hook (What do you call a pirate who cuts class? Captain Hooky!)
  • scurvy

If you need additional Pirate words, go here: http://www.pirateglossary.com/A_Pirates_Glossary_of_Terms.html

And if you could use some kid friendly Pirate jokes, try http://www.thedayibecameapirate.com/top-ten-pirate-jokes-for-kids/

Once a list has been developed, students are asked to write sentences about Captain Jack with one vocabulary word and one “pirate” word—each of their choice. The sentences must be grammatically correct and the words must be used correctly. If students want to stretch themselves, they too may try writing a Captain Jack Pirate Joke using a vocabulary word, but all of the requirements still apply.

Set a timer for 12 minutes and when it goes off, ask students to select one sentence to share: stand in a circle, toss CJ back and forth, squeak once, and share.


 

Vocab Grab Spinners

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Make One Today

Here’s what you need: first of all, you need a spinner, but you can create a one *today* with a paper or plastic plate. Anything round will do. I thought about pulling an old record out of the basement, but I decided I’d just stick with

  • a paper plate
  • curling ribbon
  • a paper clip
  • the list of relatively “easy” Double-Up words that are not meant to be challenging or need to be defined–see below
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Back of the spinner (plate) before words are attached (or written on.)

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Double-Up Words to attach to the back of the plate:

  • wallet
  • DVD player
  • carriage
  • movie theater
  • motorcycle
  • milkshake
  • t-shirt
  • volcano
  • waterskis
  • sushi
  • masking tape
  • chocolate
  • lifeguard
  • suitcase
  • tractor
  • scrapbook
  • ocean waves
  • MP3 player
  • elbow
  • snorkel
  • s’mores
  • red tailed hawk
  • flip-flops
  • cappuccino
  • swimming pool
  • igloo
  • ice cubes
  • snowmobile
  • thunderstorm
  • cactus
  • fireplace
  • goldfish
  • drivers license
  • cell phone
  • boutique
  • scissors

Create: The process is simple: punch a hole in the plate, insert both ends of a 2-foot piece of curling ribbon or string, tie to the paper clip (or tie in a knot), print out the words, affix to the underside of the plate near the edge of the plate (see three colored spinners above), and you’re done!

How to use: Ask a student to spin the plate while another student grabs it with their fingers on the top of the plate and their thumb on the bottom. Flip over the plate, find the word closest to their thumb, and ask the student to write it on the board for all to see. Continue until you have 10 +/- words on the board. Students then follow the Double-Up procedure: Select a vocab word, select a Double-Up word, and write a grammatically correct sentence. Bonus points for writing something interesting or timely (weather or news related, for example.) Double bonus points for something humorous (but, as always, APPROPRIATE!)


 

Shop ‘till You Drop (from Using Vocab Words)

 Now that you’ve made it this far, you are practically an expert on Double-Ups, so no delineation of procedure here, just the nuts and bolts.

How To: Find a shopping bag with handles from a store that you like or don’t mind using in your classroom. I use this Barnes and Noble bag with my all-time favorite book on it. *LOVE*!

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The fun part is filling up the bag with objects. Trust me—you’ll never look at 10-cent yard sale items or your junk drawer the same way again! Once you’ve collected about 30 items—or at least one item for each of the students in your class (plus a few extras so the students at the end don’t get stuck with a ho-hum rubber band or piece of chalk)—then you simply follow the procedures above, asking students to reach in, take out an object, pair it with a vocab word and GO! Once they have a completed sentence or joke, then they can trade with other students in the room. I’ll warn you, though, this activity can get out of control if there is a “hot” item—like a Koosh ball or a glow-in-the-dark skeleton! Everyone will want it and that’s just fine because seeing students laughing and enjoying themselves while learning new words is something we don’t see in our classrooms nearly enough.  It’s truly something to get excited about!

 

 

I’ve had great success with this Word Book resource that allows students to personalize their own learning of words that interest them, providing one way to differentiate vocabulary instruction. Find it here on Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Have fun with words and vocab on!

Maryann

Maryann Saylor – Secondary Strategies

NSTA – Boston!

I’m typically going to blog about science & pedagogy, but I already did that on my individual blog this week. So, I’m going to share with you just a little from my trip last April to the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) national conference in Boston! I love teaching science to little ones, but I love learning about history even more, and Boston is the perfect place for history lovers.

Take a peek:

My teamies Rebecca and Laura ready to take off at DFW!
My teamies Rebecca and Laura ready to take off at DFW!
Isn't Laura a cute patriot?
Isn’t Laura a cute patriot?
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This is my favorite! It is inlaid into the sidewalk to mark the spot of the very first public school in America.
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Not far from the convention center…
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Our last afternoon, we took the subway to Harvard. Laura and I visited the Harvard Natural History Museum and passed through this area on the way.

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These two pictures above were taken at the Kings Chapel Cemetary which was right next to our hotel. There are a lot of these cemetaries tucked into little nooks and crannies around the downtown area. (I have a bit of a creepy fascination with cemetaries….I wonder what my teamies said about me when we got back to school. LOL)

Now, if you are wondering…yes I did actually attend the conference, and I did take a few pictures….the only one that turned out halfway decent was this one…..lame, huh?

Penguin at the Sea World Exhibit.
Penguin at the Sea World Exhibit.

I could not keep up with picture taking in the convention center. There are so many freebies that before you know it you are literally carrying around fifty pounds of stuff. I got tired of setting stuff down, pulling out my phone or camera, taking a picture and then picking everything back up. I made a major freebie dump before I had to pack my bag for the flight home.

Finally these funny pictures…just because they cracked me up.

I hope no one is offended. hee-hee...
I hope no one is offended. hee-hee…

All in all, it was a great trip. The people were friendly, the weather was in the low 40’s (that’s c-c-c-cold to a Texas girl), and I drank more Starbucks in those few days than I have in my entire life. I walked in a rush to get where I needed to be and to see what I wanted to see, but I would love to go back and just spend time looking and enjoying this beautiful historic city.

I hope everyone has a great week, and I ‘ll see you next Tuesday!

karen

 

Teaching Place Value

Teaching place value is one of the hardest concepts to teach in elementary school. I have found that you need to teach this difficult standard as many ways as possible.

The first thing I do is use place value manipulatives with the kids so they can see how 10 ones equals 1 ten and how 10 tens equals 1 hundred. Using the manipulatives makes it so much easier for the students to understand how numbers work.

Our state standards expect the students to know how to write the number in standard form, expanded form, word form, expanded notation, and pictorial models.  I make an anchor chart that explains the different ways to write numbers.

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I then have the students make a chart in their interactive notebook to help them remember all the ways to write numbers.  I have them write in on the right side of the notebook, I do it together with the students on my interactive whiteboard while they write it in their notebooks. We talk about each section as we write it down.

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After the students have practiced with place value in work stations for a while I then check for understanding. I have them come up with a number and on the left side of the notebook I have them write down the ways they can write the numbers. I let them choose which way they would like to write it.

place value notebookThis is an easy way to see who is still struggling with the basics of place value. If students are still having difficulties then I can work with them in small group with the concepts they are still struggling with.

I hope I have given you some new ideas on how to teach place value. What do you do that works for your students? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Imaginary Playgrounds: Helping children remain creative

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Recently I saw this quote online and it inspired this blog post topic.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the TED talk by Sir. Ken Robinson “How schools kill creativity” …and if you haven’t then it’s a must for all teachers. Check it out here:Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.36.03 PM

One of the famous things Ken states is that we “…teach creativity out of children.” I bet you are wondering how that could possibly be.  Well, when children are always told they are “wrong” they start to be afraid to think for themselves and before you know it they no longer feel safe to be creative. Ken Robinson says it better than I ever could.

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After all it takes bravery to be wrong.  All children are born artists, you’ve heard that saying from Picasso probably a million times.

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It is our job as educators to keep our students from “growing up” when it comes to creative thinking and problem solving. We don’t know what the world will look like when our students are adults but we do know that creative thinking and problem solving skills will always be essential to their survival.  We must provide our students with creative moments where it doesn’t matter if they are right or wrong, it doesn’t matter what their test score says and it doesn’t matter what others think. We must provide our students with moments that inspire them and moments that allow them to feel safe to create without judgement or fear of being wrong. IMG_2682

I created a lesson that is great for this very thing. It’s called “Imaginary Playground” I provide students with a variety of paper strips that are anywhere from 1/4″ to 1″ thick and as long as I want them to be. I provide these strips in all different colors to the students. I also provide a “base” for the playground that is usually 6″ x 18″ (but you can use any size you want).  I task students to “Design an imaginary playground” I don’t tell them much more than that. To watch children with this project is fascinating–they go crazy dreaming up the coolest playground they can imagine. All children love to play and this project connects to something they care about, know about and allows them to use their imaginations.

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As students are creating you will see them solve design problems like how to fold the paper, scrunch it, curl it, etc. Students always have a story to tell about their playgrounds. They can tell you exactly what every piece of paper is and how they all work together. Often times they even include a bench for their mom to sit on and watch them play. Children are so creative–let’s not take this away from them, instead let’s feed their creativity!

Of course i’m not going to tell you all of this and then leave you stranded and thinking, “That’s all very nice Jenny but when would I possibly find the time to do all this?”  Well that is where I come in..

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My Teachers Pay Teacher store is designed to make art integration EASY for teachers and FUN for kids. I have many free items and all my products are designed  for you! My lessons are for classroom teachers and art teachers alike. I know time is precious so i’ve integrated art with writing and math (even science) whenever possible.

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I also have a new free item available only on my personal blog and it’s great for the really little kids!

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Thanks for all your do!

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 ~ Jenny K.

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Using Logic Puzzles in the Classroom and a FREEBIE

Hey there, it’s Meredith from Teaching with a Twist.  Thanks for stopping by and joining us on our collaborative blog adventure.

Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 10.29.55 PMI’d like to share my LOVE of logic puzzles with you today.  The benefits of using logic puzzles in the classroom are numerous.  While they may be initially intimidating, the end results are long lasting.  So, if you’re looking for a one stop activity that will reinforce reading skills, assist in organizing and analyzing information, utilize deductive reasoning skills, use evidence, draw conclusions, and make inferences; logic puzzles is what your looking for!

I like to introduce them to my students as mini mysteries.  Everyone loves solving a good mystery, right?

It’s imperative to work through several logic puzzles together at first.  Modeling is the key to teaching any skill effectively.

There are several types of logic puzzles but my favorite to use for beginners, is the logic grid.  Here’s an example from my Spring into Logic pack.

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Students are presented with a grid and clues to solve the logic puzzle.  As the clues are read, students can deduct and infer information, and begin placing an “X” in those boxes.  After all the clues are read some information is definite and an “O” is placed in those boxes, until the entire grid is filled.  Some cross referencing and re-reading clues multiple times may be necessary, before a conclusion can be made.  The completed logic puzzle is pictured below.Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 10.53.20 PM

Terri Lester, a logic puzzle lover, said it best in this quote, “Logic puzzles test students’ critical thinking in a fun way. They challenge students to read, organize and analyze information to solve an interesting problem. Because the answers to logic puzzle questions never explicitly appear in the clues, they must be inferred. The student concludes that something is true because something else is true, not because it is directly stated. Solving logic puzzles helps develop critical thinking skills important in all subjects and helps students learn to rely upon their own ability to reason.”

In conclusion, the amount of skills students learn while solving logic puzzles is endless.  I have created several types of logic puzzles for my students.  Here are a few for you to check out:

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and of course………a FREEBIE!!!!

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Staying Organized is Easy Right?

Said No Teacher Ever

Probably not. No teacher has the perfect solution. Papers are everywhere, you can’t find that blue sticky note that was days ago next to your computer screen.  Your grocery list is likely buried under a stack of papers that if you don’t find it soon, you’ll forget it and the coupons that are paper clipped to it will expire.  What’s with all the paper? Lesson planning. Yes, it’s that time of year where you pull everything out and get ready for a new school year. How do you decide what needs to get done first? You make a list or two.

Here are a few ways to organize your To-Do Lists…

The Sticky Note Organizer
Pros: I am big fan of using sticky notes. They come in all shapes, color and sizes. They are easy to use for single thoughts and reminders. I love the tab sticky notes for keeping track of places in binders or books. Cons: They tend to get lost, and forgotten about.

The Notebook Organizer
Pros: Keeping all your thoughts in one place, easy to take with you wherever you go. Holds all your important ideas, ongoing projects, and if you have any random thoughts you can write them here. Cons: You run out of paper and have to get a new notebook, or if you loose it there goes all your great ideas.

The Scribble Anywhere Organizer
Pros: Memo pads, bulletin board, calenders, random pieces of paper (like the back of receipts, you know you’ve done that) This works for some. Cons: You find yourself organizing your random thoughts and those receipts with your scribbled note are left in your jeans forgotten about.

The Smart Phone Organizer
Pros: Using a calender to syn to your phone that is usually with you always with you. You can update it from your computer, and mobile devices, set up alerts and you don’t have the paper trail. Cons: Setting up alerts, on top of your social media notifications. Possibly drains the battery faster.

The I’ll Make a List Organizer
Pros: Neat list you can check off when completed. Project completed, create a new list. These lists are detailed and easy to accomplish. Cons: Too many projects going on at once produce several lists.

The Ultimate OrgOrganize Your Day: Write a To Do Listanizer
Pros: Have an everything organizer with fill ins that change every month. This way of organizing is color coded, everything has a place. Cons: Fill ins for organizer can be an expensive purchase.

Decide which type of organizer you are. Maybe you are combination of two or three. Figure out what works best for you. Organizing your to do list will save time and reduce stress during your week.

Enjoy this freebie, (click here) use it to get into the habit of writing lists that keep you organized.

My Organizer Type
I was once the scribble anywhere notebook type (okay I still do that) I use sticky note tabs to remind me to add the scribble to my to do list, sometimes it gets there. Oh, and I use colored pens and highlighters. What teacher do you know who doesn’t love pens!

My real organizing gets done in  OneNote and I  keep everything there. I can color code, label everything, create new sections within the notebook. Within each section I can add pages, all digitally. I can visual see it all, the tabs are dated. It makes my week run smoothly when I can see the current week, the following week in one place. I also add in all the subjects, projects, meal planning, and expenses. It is what works for me. I still use my notebook, and sticky notes it is still my preferred way of organizing.

Celeste D.

The Education Highway

Advice for the New Teacher: Keep it Simple!

Advice for the New Teacher

We were all new teachers once. I promise.  I remember when I was a new teacher. I was nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time. I had a bunch of well-meaning veterans give me advice, and I can honestly tell you that I don’t remember any of it. So guess what? I’m going to give a bit of advice of my own. Here it is: Keep it Simple.

Whaaa…..? Well, let me explain. Keep it simple can be broken down into a few easy steps. How can you keep it simple? Here goes:

  1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Your job is to teach and to learn how to teach. However, you will have other responsibilities. Most campuses require teachers to serve on committees, and that will probably be required of you as well. Just be careful not to volunteer for everything out of excitement or to impress the boss, as that will earn you a reputation as a suck up. Trust me, you don’t want that.
  2. Don’t gossip. This is hard to do. Teachers are very diverse and interesting people, and the school campus is a potential hotbed for drama. Now don’t get me wrong, gossip can be fun (especially when it’s juicy). Just don’t repeat what you hear. ‘Nuff said.
  3. Accept help from veteran teachers. They want to help you…let them. You don’t have to approach a topic or an activity the exact same way they do, but give their ideas a chance. Over time you can tweak it to make it your own. Also, if you need help, ask for it (See #4).
  4. Find someone that you can trust. This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give a new teacher. Teachers are just like people in any other profession. Some are trustworthy, some are not. Take your time and find that person (preferably someone with a good bit of experience). You will need someone you trust to advise you on navigating the system…and it is a system.
  5. Another important piece of advice that ranks right up there with #4. You are not your students’ friend. I witnessed a situation in which a well-meaning teacher accepted facebook invites from students and it ended very badly for the teacher.

I don’t like to give too many “do this” or “do that” pieces of advice. Having a bunch of things to do un-simplifies the job, so #3 &  #4 are the only “dos” on this list. Everything else has to do with not complicating your year.

Have a great year and hold on tight… you are in for the greatest ride of your life!

karen

The Teaching 2 Step Bloggers!

Welcome to The Teaching 2 Step collaborative blog!

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We are all very excited about collaborating about all things education! Today, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. Come join our 2-Steppin’ adventure!

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“I am an elementary art teacher and I work with 2nd through 5th grade students right now. I had a daughter 2 years ago, and when I did I went part-time so I could have more time with her. I have experience teaching kindergarten through eight grade. I live in Tucson, Arizona and am also a ballroom dancer. I taught ballroom dance for almost eight years in Virginia before moving to Arizona. I am an artist so teaching art is by far the best job I could have–I get to work with artists every day! The thing I love the most about teaching elementary school is that I get to see my students year after year and build relationships with them. My current 5th graders have been with me since they were in kindergarten. That is a very special part of my job. I love creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers because it allows me to make art integration for classroom teachers easy. I know all teachers appreciate the arts and want to find more time to create art in their classroom, but for a whole host of reasons it doesn’t always happen. My main goal with TPT is to bring more art to more kids via the fun and easy art integration lessons I create. Teaching art in the classroom allows me to reach a lot of students but sharing my products with teachers all over the world allows me to make a big difference! Art is important for children to be creative-thinking problem solvers and my goal is to make it easy and fun for teachers so they can integrate it into their daily life in the classroom.”

TPT store:  Art with Jenny K 
Personal Blog: Jenny K
Pinterest: artwithjennyK
Facebook: artwithjennyk

Meredith

I’m a National Board Certified Teacher who loves teaching the little ones. I have been teaching for 17 years and the time has flown by. I’ve spent most of those years teaching 1st and 2nd grades.  I love learning new things to try in the classroom and challenging my kiddos and myself to step outside the comfort zone. I enjoy blogging, crafting, working out, and traveling. Thanks for joining us on this collaborative adventure.
TPT store:  Meredith Berry
Pinterest: MeredithBerry
Amanda S_Meet the teacher author
I am a Kindergarten teacher in Central Florida and a theater instructor at a community theater for all ages (yes, even adult!). I am married with two fur-babies named Pudgy and Daisy! Sweet baby Daisy is my blog and store name inspiration. I love everything Kindergarten, enjoy long binges on Netflix, and love puppy snuggles. I have a lot of lesson plans and materials for grades K-12 in the areas of Acting, Singing, Dance, Musical Theater, and Play-writing. I have taught at a community theater for about 6 years now and originally my degree was in Theater! I changed majors and couldn’t be happier teaching! I haven’t been in a show in a few years, but choreograph many children’s productions. To me it’s important to always do what meets the needs of my students. Every class will be different. Every group of students will vary. Every student is unique.
TPT store: Daisy Designs
Fan Page:  Daisy Designs
Pinterest: DaisyDesignsTpT
 Celeste_Meet the teacher author
Welcome! I am a homeschool mom/teacher of four living in North Carolina. I have three sons and a daughter.  I love all things educational. My daughter in all her cuteness calls me Ms. Mommy.  I create resources for students on Teachers Pay Teachers in the primary years. Most of what we use in our homeschool you will find listed at my TpT store. Education for us means experiencing new adventures, wherever the road takes. We make it fun and record our finds a long the way.  It is wonderful to see them learn something new or to have that light bulb moment of discovery. Along the way I share some of our day to day experiences.
 Teaching 2 Step
Hello! I am a third grade science and social studies teacher in Dallas, Texas. I have experience teaching second, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. This will be my first year in third, and I am looping up with my students. I’m excited about that (I think…LOL). I am certified in Pre-K-6 and ESL, and I recently completed my M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education.
I have been married for twenty-three years and have two teenagers, one is a freshman and the other is a senior. I live in the country, but teach in the city. In fact I commute 85 miles to work each day! I really feel like I have the best of both worlds when it comes to work and home. I’m a proud Texan and am one of those people that thinks Texas is the best place in the world (LOL). I love history, art, reading, traveling, gardening,and listening to classic rock n’ roll.
Pinterest: kghester
Instagram: kghester
Maryann

Hello! I’m Maryann and my teaching journey began in San Diego, California, where I grew up and went to college; it continued after my move 25 years ago to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While the two coasts and the two cities are quite different, I love them all equally; fortunately, I’m able to travel to San Diego every couple of years to visit friends and family, eat some authentic Mexican food and walk along my favorite beach in La Jolla! Here in PA, I am about to begin my 22nd year of teaching high school English Language Arts, and I’m excited about it. This year will be the first year that my school will be a 1:1 school for the entire year! Since I use a great deal of technology in my teaching and classroom, having students have ready access to laptops will provide many unique learning opportunities we didn’t have before. I’m always eager to try what’s new, whether it’s technology, writing approaches, teaching techniques, reading strategies, cognitive strategies—I’m up for anything at all as long as its pedagogically sound. I’m constantly on the lookout for what’s inventive, effective, and energizing. There is nothing I enjoy more than working with teenagers (honestly!) and empowering them with language, technology, and life skills. When teachers come to my store on TpT, I’m able to extend my reach to students and classrooms across the country–and that makes me very happy!

Jennifer D.

Hey all! I am a third grade teacher in Houston, Texas. This is my 14th year of teaching. I have taught 6/7th grade, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Wow, I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly. Two of my 6/7th grade students that I taught my first year are teachers now. It is so awesome to see the transformation from student to teacher in these wonderful young ladies. They are amazing teachers! I have been married to my wonderful husband for 18 years and we have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter. She has made me a better person and teacher. I have a  Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Early Childhood. My certification is EC-4th. I have been creating materials for TPT for almost 2 years. I love making new activities that I can use in the classroom for my students. I find it very humbling that other teachers spend their hard-earned money on my products for their students. It is an amazing feeling to know these teachers have entrusted me in making a difference in their students’ lives.

TPT store: Jennifer Dowell
Pinterest: jdowell
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