Monday, July 22, 2013

Day 4: ELA Sale! & 10 Things I've Learned from Teaching


It's Day 4 of our Christmas in July sale! 
What's on sale today, you ask? Well, I want to help you get your rooms ready with some ELA resources I use in my classroom on a daily basis.

First up... Reading Genre Posters!
I just recently overhauled this packet with new graphics, fonts and backgrounds! Ten posters are included in two different versions: chalkboard and printer friendly versions. The packet has each genre on a full page as well as a student friendly reference page will all 10 genres on one page. These are great to use as reference to help engage your students in learning the different book genres addressed in the Common Core Standards.

My second Deal of the Day is my Monthly Vocabulary Word Banks and Writing Pages!

I don't know about you, but I have tried so many different ways to get my kids to take ownership of their vocabulary and spelling during independent writing time. These word banks are a lifesaver!!! They are organized by month. There are premade word banks with important monthly words and holidays and blank pages so students can add words they need. I have my students add their vocabulary words to it each week. The packet also includes monthly graphic organizers and monthly primary and intermediate writing pages.

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who are participating too. 

I am also linking up with Miss Kindergarten to share 10 Things I've Learned from Teaching.

1. Make sure you have 3 or 4 students in your class that know how to tie shoelaces, so they can help their friends tie their shoes, instead of you! (one of my pet peeves)

2. Be Prepared: As a teacher you need to expect the unexcepted and be able to roll with it. If you are prepared, it makes it much easier

3. Teachers have VERY strong bladders-enough said.

4. Find one or two colleagues you can trust to vent to. Teaching is extremely rewarding, but so frustrating at the same time. Talking to someone who understands what you are going through makes things so much better.

5. Classroom Management: Having a classroom that runs on its own is so importatnt. Train your students about your expectations and rules from Day 1 and your year will run smoothly.

6. You can never have enough Kleenex in your room! Stock up!

7. Kids "eat" pencils. You can never have enough of those either! If you see them on sale, buy a pack.

8. Kids love to be recognized for their "greatness". Find each kid's "greatness" and announce it to the world. They will do anything for you after that! It shows you care and that you pay attention to them.

9. Wear comfortable shoes. For me that means wearing flats, tennis shoes or sandles. You are on your feet all day. There are moments you need to hustle and 4 inch heels just don't work in our profession.

10. Take a deep breath and know that tomorrow is a new day with new adventures!



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