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Z is for Zing!

June 20, 2017

tagedo kids want teachers to beZ is for zing. Synonyms for zing include energy, enthusiasm, and liveliness. These are traits that we found middle school students want in their teachers. “Ask the Real Experts about Good Teaching,” an article published in the April 2014 issue of AMLE magazine, elaborates on these traits. And that’s what we think about when we are designing discussion and activity guides, lesson plans, and units—what will engage students and make learning fun and meaningful. And, so we are guided by our vision that our professional work is motivated by the possibility that every child will have great teachers.

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X is for Xerox

June 16, 2017

X is for Xerox because all of our products comes with reproducible components that can be adapted to teachers’ styles of teaching, content, and/or students’ needs. And, if paper copies are not needed, components can be loaded on tablets—whatever the need.  

1280px-Mimeograph.svgWhen I started teaching, schools were still using stencils and mimeograph machines (I do miss the pleasant aroma of the mimeograph purple ink). Then copy machines started popping up and what a godsend they were, although no more purple fingertips—a badge of teaching! Now we have super-duper copiers and kids have tablets—what’s next?

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K is for Kickin’ Bookmarks

May 23, 2017

bookmark thisWe love bookmarks, so much so that many of our products include easily reproducible bookmarks and we offer FREE reproducible bookmarks in our store, Surviving to Thriving LjL on Teachers Pay Teachers. So, download some free bookmarks and share them with your students, their parents, and your colleagues.

FREE 16 reproducible Bookmarks for Teachers that includes 7 Ways to Use Bookmarks with You Colleagues.

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Sixteen FREE reproducible bookmarks with quotes from The One and Only Ivan.

Eight FREE reproducible bookmarks with quotes from Esperanza Rising.

Eight FREE reproducible bookmarks with quotes about homework.

Four FREE bookmarks that focus on friendship.

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Learning Stations and Cranberries

November 10, 2016

cranberriesLearning stations engage students in active learning. “Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes—to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry—the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the supplies available” (Jarrett, 2010, p. 56).

Learning stations are designated areas in a classroom, hallway, cafeteria, or community room where students complete tasks. Everything the student needs is available at each station, which could include handouts, activity sheets, experiments, photographs, videos, music, artwork, food, cranberries, etc. There are step-by-step directions at each station. Students move from station to station individually, in pairs, or small groups. The number of stations can vary as well as the time estimated at each station for students to complete the station task. And, students can work at their own pace.

Learning stations work for all grade levels. Consider inviting parents, older students, or preservice teachers to help with setting up stations, guiding students through stations, or even be part of a station, giving interviews, clarifying instructions, doing demonstrations. For example, a parent helper might serve samples of cranberry juice at a tasting station.

Check out Crazy for Cranberries Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities to use as a template for developing and setting up learning stations in your own classroom. It’s a great example of the types of stations you might set up as well as what you need for each station. It’s a delicious example of using learning stations!

Crazy for Cranberries Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities includes

  • 19 page-teacher guide
  • Materials and picture guides for each center
  • Answer key for student journal
  • Optional QR codes or print resources
  • 14-page student journal
  • 11 center signs for each learning station

Jarrett, O. (January 2010). Inventive learning stations. Science and Children 47.5: 56-69.

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Son by Lois Lowry

The One and Only Ivan

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Building Positive Relationships with Support Personnel

August 19, 2016

Schools would not run smoothly without the secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, security team, or 728d6ee6ea0b81a533d0f45ed29dae10food service staff. Often their support is so seamless, we almost forget that they exist and we often take for granted, all the glitches they unglitch. So, as you are thinking about building a classroom community, take a moment out to think about how you might build positive relationships with your building’s support personnel. Here’s a few suggestions from our books, Thriving in the High School Classroom and From Surviving to Thriving: Mastering the Elementary Classroom.

  • Acknowledge support personnel with a smile, a nod, or short conversation.
  • Turn in paperwork on time. If it’s going to be late, let the secretary know.
  • Communicate with the custodian when a class event is going to result in extra trash or your classroom furniture arrangement may impede cleaning.
  • Don’t forget to let the food service staff know when your students may not be dining in the cafeteria.
  • Take time out to introduce yourself to the security team and find out what you can do to make their job easier.
  • If you have bus duty, connect with the bus drivers.

And, as we all know, it is the school secretary who really runs the school!

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