V is for Vocabulary

Posted June 12, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Colorful Word Sort, Formative Assessment, High School, Learning, Middle School, Novelty, Teaching The Hunger Games, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

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V is for vocabulary. Meaningful vocabulary study facilitates students learning academic language of specific content areas. It is not enough for students to copy definitions of vocabulary words; they must describe the meaning of those words, use those words in context, and draw or use graphics to represent what those words mean. Providing multiple opportunities for students to encounter academic vocabulary increases the likelihood of students owning academic language.

Colorful Word Sort (CWS) gives students an opportunity to categorize and play with academic language. CWS is a great way to introduce students to the academic language of a specific content area at the beginning of a semester or terms essential to understanding the concepts of a unit. It helps teachers gage the background knowledge of their students while students are engaged in a team activity.

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Vocabulary Sort

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U is for Understanding Friendship

Posted June 10, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Building Relationships, Elementary, Friendship, Middle School, Relationships, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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F is for understanding friendship. Friendship plays a part in many of the novel studies we constructed and so we developed a stand-alone lesson plan about friendship. In Friendship Investigation Lesson Plan, students identify elements and benefits of friendship as they analyze their own friendships. The purpose of this lesson is to enhance and extend students’ understanding of what it means to be a friend.Friendship

 

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Friendship Investigation Lesson Plan

T is for Thriving in the High School Classroom

Posted June 8, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Building Relationships, Building Trust, Classroom Community, Classroom Management, Conferences, Constructivism, First Days of School, Getting to Know You Activities, High School, Relationships, Research, Resources, Social Justice, Teaching Ideas, Thriving in the High School Classroom, Uncategorized

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T is for Thriving in the High School Classroom, an E-book that provides practical suggestions, tips, and strategies for building a community of learners in the high school classroom. It’s researched and classroom based. Here’s what you will find.

  • Chapter 1: Rest, Reflect, Renew
  • Checklist for Last Week of School
  • Checklist for Summer—Personal and Professional
  • Checklist for New Teachers or Teachers with New Positions
  • Checklist for Month and Week before School Starts
  • Checklist for Home Visits
  • Chapter 2: Family Engagement
  • Sample Course Syllabus (Includes Letter to Parents and Students)
  • Help Me Get to Know Your Child
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Help Wanted Form
  • Sample Newsletter
  • Sample Unit Letter to Parents
  • Chapter 3: Beyond the Classroom WallsSecondary Book
  • PIN Handout
  • Conference Note Taking Form
  • Student Input for Conferences
  • Student Portfolio Choices
  • Teacher Conference Sheet for Individual Students
  • PowerPoint Presentation for PIN
  • Chapter 4: Engaging in School Culture
  • Substitute Feedback Form
  • Substitute Folder Checklist
  • Movie Activity 1 & Activity 2
  • Chapter 5: It’s About Time
  • Unit Calendar
  • Task List
  • While You Were Absent
  • Grouping Techniques
  • Chapter 7: Building Relationships with Students
  • Alphabet Squares
  • Class Bill of Rights Lesson
  • Classroom Bingo
  • Student Assistant Application
  • Game On
  • If You’re Looking for…
  • Inventories—Reading, Writing, and Math
  • Not Just a Number
  • Questions to Prompt Student Thinking
  • Student Information Sheet
  • Sign the Brick Wall
  • Student Interview Activity/Collage Activity
  • Student Search
  • Team Statistics Group & Team Statistics Individual
  • Team Building Activities
  • Getting to Know Your Students PowerPoint Slides (Stand Like Me and Dragon
  • Introducing Yourself to Students PowerPoint
  • Chapter 8: Responding to Student Behavior
  • Problem Solving Plan
  • Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bullying Pledge
  • Chapter 9: Professionalism and the High School Teacher
  • What is Professionalism?
  • What is Professional Behavior
  • Chapter 10: Last Words, Next Steps
  • Books that Inspire and Teach
  • Movies that Inspire and Teach
  • Quotes to Contemplate
  • Questions to Ponder
  • Renewal

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Thriving in the High School Classroom

S is for Student-Led Conferences

Posted June 6, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Conferences, Elementary, Middle School, Parent Conferences, Student Led Conferences, Uncategorized

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S is for Student-Led Conferences, for both elementary and middle school. One of my responsibilities while transitioning a junior high school to a middle school was the implementation of student-led conferences. I admit I was worried that teachers, parents, and/or students were not going to be happy with this new concept, but the feedback we received from teachers, parents, and students was overwhelmingly supportive of student-led conferences.

From this we developed student-led conferences in three easy steps followed by guidelines for implementing student-led conferences at the elementary level. We also knew there was a need for some practical guidelines and advice regarding parent conferences at the elementary level. All three guides are complete, practical, and ready to go with everything you need for conferences.

 

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Student Led Conferences for Middle School: A Guide for Planning & Implementing

Student-Led Conferences for Elementary – Guide for Planning & Implementing

Elementary Parent Teacher Conference Packet – Everything You Need

R is for Reading in the Summer

Posted June 4, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Bookmarks, Critical thinking, End of the Year Activities, English Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized, Writing

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Are you looking for ideas for the last days of school, a summer gift for your students, and a way to support students and families in sustaining reading and writing progress over the summer? Our Summer Reading and Writing Journal will help students set goals for summer reading and writing during the last days of school. Summer Reading and Writing Journal works great for a summer reading class, too. This product includes:

  • Teacher Guidelines
  • Parent Letter
  • Teacher and Student Postcards
  • Suggested Reading Lists
  • Student Reproducible Bookmarks

Student Reading and Writing Journal (38 pages) includes:

  • Student goals for reading and writing
  • Reading Log
  • Writing Prompts
  • Pages for writing and for drawing
  • Summer Calendar to record reading and writing activities
  • Suggested Extension Activities
  • End of Summer Reflection Page

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Summer Reading

Q is for Quick Mini-Lesson Plans

Posted June 2, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Character Analysis, Constructivism, Critical thinking, Economic Systems, High School, Learning, Lesson Plans, Middle School, Point of View, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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Q is for Quick Mini-Lesson Plans. Sometimes you need a mini-lesson plan, ready to go, to add to or introduce a larger lesson or unit. These three mini-lessons came out of some of our novel units, but really adapt easily to other topics or novels, so we created mini-lesson plans, ready to go. Whether it’s character analysis, point of view, or a mini-lesson in economic systems—these work!

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P is for Poetry Journal

Posted May 31, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Classroom Community, End of the Year Activities, English Language Arts, First Days of School, Getting to Know You Activities, Poetry, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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P is for Poetry Journal. Six poem formats that include samples, practice pages, and final draft pages. Poems are word play and provide the reader another way of looking at something familiar and perhaps not so familiar. This packet works well as mini-unit for the first or last days of school. During the first days of school, it gives you an opportunity to learn about your students and perhaps some of their strengths. At the end of the school year, it provides an entertaining way to end the year and something wonderful to send home to parents. The six poetic formats are:


• Auto-Bio PoemPoetry Journal
• Five Sense Poem
• Haiku Poem
• Cinquain Poem
• Diamante Poem
• Acrostic Poem

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