We are stuck with testing. It isn’t going away anytime soon, so how can we find a way to look at it differently? Almost enjoy it? Well with these mindset shifts, I think you can do just that! Test Prep = Testing Fun We have to test prep, it is a part of the game. But no one ever said it had to be boring. Test preparation is some of the most fun that you can have in the classroom! SERIOUSLY! :) Read about all the ways to make test prep fun here! Their Scores = My ... Read More about Teaching in a Testing Grade: Mindset Shifts You Need to Make
When surveying teachers about their biggest struggle when it comes to teaching I kept getting the same answer over and over, the afternoon. Everything gets harder for students and teachers once the afternoon starts. The kids have no stamina left, the teachers are burnt out, and the learning is just rough. In this blog post, I am going to share a few ideas on how to make the afternoon just a little bit easier. Try one or two out and see what happens! Centers Are you ... Read More about Teachers, Stop Burning Out in the Afternoon! Use these tips instead!
Close reading is the practice of reading a text and making sure that you fully understand the information presented. These strategies for close reading are not just practice that you see on tests, it is a practice that you use in life. Close reading is used every single day in adulthood as we read through social media, news, etc. That is why making it a practice in your classroom is also essential. Strategies for Close Reading #1: Do it Daily Completing close reading daily is ... Read More about Strategies for Close Reading Daily
Surgery day in 3rd grade is truly one your students will never forget. The best part is they have this great memory, but the entire time they are working through truly rigorous material and don’t even realize it! Why host a surgery day? Hosting a surgery day is SO much fun! Plus, you can really make students work through rigorous material without them noticing. I also think that surgery day is one of the easier days to prepare for! You don’t have to go overboard to make it ... Read More about Surgery Day for Upper Elementary
Brain break activities are an essential way to keep students in your classroom focused on the content in front of them. Today, I am going to share some creative brain break ideas that have always proved to be the most popular brain break movement activities in my classroom. The kids BEG to play these quick games and they keep their brains energized and ready to learn! Brain Break Activities List Quiet Ball My students BEG for this brain break activity. You just need a ball of any sort. Stand ... Read More about Creative Brain Break Activities