F is for Formative Assessment

Posted May 12, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Assessment, Best Practice, Constructivism, Critical thinking, Formative Assessment, High School, Learning, Middle School, Novelty, Reflection, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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We often focus only on what we do not know and perhaps it might be beneficial to also know what we do know. We developed two products to facilitate formative assessment by creating fun and fast exit slips and fast formative assessments. These two products are grounded in our own practice as well as research.

Exit Slips and Tickets Out are fast formative assessments that you can use daily to see how you and your students are doing. The novelty of these exit slips will catch your students’ attention. They will also give you ideas for creating your own. This product includes:

  • One-Minute Write
  • Muddiest Point
  • Ticket Out
  • Exit Slip
  • Admit Slip
  • One Thing I Learned Today
  • Halftime Report Basketball and Football Themed

Fast Formative Assessment Strategies: Checking for Understanding is a packet of mini-assessments ideal for closing a lesson or unit for grades 6-12. These mini-assessments get students focused on showing what they have learned in clever and engaging ways. This product includes:

  • Stick it With 6
  • Hey Granny Did you Know?
  • Resume of a Leader/Portrait of a Character
  • Scene Rewind
  • A Poetic Moment
  • Fact Checker Quick Check

SALE 20% off May 14-15 Exit Slips and Quick Formative Assessment Strategies

E is for Esperanza Rising

Posted May 11, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Best Practice, Bookmarks, Constructivism, Critical thinking, Enrichment Activities Esperanza Rising, Esperanza Rising, FREE Bookmarks, Learning Stations, Literature, Middle School, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Resources, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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E is for Esperanza Rising, a novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan. The first time this novel came onto my radar was when my granddaughter was reading it in fourth grade. She is an avid reader and lucky for me, loves to discuss what she is reading with me. I suppose we are both book nerds—nothing wrong with that.

A few years later I picked up the novel to consider for a novel study and her retelling came back to me as well as how meaningful the novel was to her. As I read it I was taken with how the author titled each chapter with the name of a food that was relevant to that chapter. Then I thought it would be fun to create a novel study that focused primarily on each food as well as how that food was symbolic of the ongoing story. So the Enrichment Activities Connected to Chapter Foods emerged. This product includes:

  • 14 Individual Lesson Plans (1 per chapter)
  • Chat Stations Activity
  • 12 Food Cards for Forming Student Pairs, Trios, and Quads
  • Permission Letter to Parents/Guardians
  • 1 PowerPoint with 58 Slides and Teacher Guide for PowerPoint

SALE 20% off May 12-13 Esperanza Rising Enrichment Activities Connected to Chapter Foods

And, don’t forget to check out the FREE bookmarks!

D is for a Decision Making Process

Posted May 10, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Constructivism, Critical thinking, Decision Making Process, High School, Middle School, Resources, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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D is for a Decision Making Process. As adults, are there not those times that a decision making process would make your life easier? And, if adults could benefit from a decision making process, then middle and high school students certainly can benefit. This particular product came out of one of our novel studies. Jennifer developed it into an independent process that easily fits in with social studies or literature units. It’s easy to implement and students seem to really engage with it. So, try it out for yourself or your students. Our favorite comment from a teacher who bought this products is:

…moreI decided to download this grid and it was the best decision in my entire life! (11/6/14)

Now, should I continue working or go watch Netflix? Should I make popcorn or just have some mixed nuts? Should I buy the Porsche or Mercedes???

SALE May 10-11 20% off Decision Making Process for Middle and High School Students

Decision making

C is for Colleagues

Posted May 9, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Bookmarks, Building Relationships, Collaboration, education, FREE Bookmarks, Kindness, Professional, Reflection, Relationships, Resources, Teacher Appreciation, Teachers Pay Teachers

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C is for colleagues, those persons with whom we share our professional and personal lives. I have had two experiences working with colleagues that almost seem like Camelot. At Burlington High School I worked with Carl, Patti, and Judy. I learned more about my own teaching from Carl and Patti than any other colleague—we teamed taught, experimented with block scheduling, and established site-based management. Judy was my life-saver when I had to call in sick because one of my kids was sick. But, more than that she and I shared our ideas about how high school English should be taught. Judy was innovative and supported my own innovation—gave me courage to go ahead and try it.

At Cadinal Stritch University, I worked with Linda and Jennifer, among others, to develop a Masters of Arts in Teaching program, designed for people who had a non-teaching degree who wanted to teach. I’m very proud of the teachers we turned out and to this day, those teachers are making a difference for kids. Linda, Jennifer, and I published two books together on classroom management, one for elementary and one for high school. We presented together at national conferences and area school districts—what fun! Today we are partners in Surviving to Thriving LjL and continue to create teacher materials that engage kids and are easy to implement for teachers.

When we presented, we always had give-aways which included bookmarks with inspirational quotes for teachers. So, we decided to offer those bookmarks to teachers free of charge. This product includes 16 reproducible bookmarks with directions for 7 Ways to Use Bookmarks with your colleagues. Each bookmark has a graphic and teacher quote. As you think about your own colleagues, think about how much you appreciate them and their role in your professional life.

16 Free Bookmarks

B is for Bell Ringers and Bell Work

Posted May 7, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Bell Ringers, Bell Work, Best Practice, Building Relationships, Building Trust, Classroom Community, Critical thinking, Discussion, High School, Learning, Middle School, Teachers Pay Teachers, Uncategorized

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B is for Bell Ringers or Bell Work or those little assignments you give to students as they walk into your classroom. I remember them as sponge activities, sponging up every moment for teaching and learning including the moment a student walks into class. These activities only work if they are engaging, quirky, interesting, fun, relevant, and/or off the wall. The key to making these activities work is to refer to the activity sometime during the lesson—beginning, middle, or end and students sharing responses with a partner, the class, or you.

I strongly believe bell ringers should NEVER be graded or checked off or whatever. On the other hand, students should know by your practice that responses will be shared with each other, the class, and/or you. The classroom climate you establish will encourage or discourage students to share responses. All responses should be respected and respectful.

One of our new products is Bell Work-Set 1, available on Teachers Pay Teachers. These are designed to be used for morning meetings, advisory, or anytime, including the beginning of class or end-of-the-class reflection. These prompts are useful to keep in a substitute folder, have them ready to use for shortened periods, or when there’s that odd amount of time left at the end of a lesson. Each day includes a question or prompt, an optional student handout, and a sharing strategy that you could easily incorporate into other lessons. Finally, these activities build community and relationships between you and your students and among your students throughout the school year. Bell Work Set 1 includes:

  • 20 Day of the Week Questions and Prompts—4 for Monday, 4 for Tuesday, 4 for Wednesday, 4 for Thursday, and 4 for Friday (4 weeks)
  • PowerPoint Presentation with 24 PowerPoint Slides with directions and suggestions for sharing
  • Outline of PowerPoint Slides and Notes/Directions
  • Easy Reference Guide to Sharing Strategies Included in Bell Work Set 1

THREE DAY SALE (May 8-9) 20% Off!

Bell Work

A is for Animal Farm

Posted May 4, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Animal Farm, Best Practice, High School, Literature, Middle School, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Resources, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching Animal Farm, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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One of my favorite blogs is Compulsively Quirky written by Irene. Recently she published a blog about the A to Z Challenge. “For the past several weeks, I’ve been toying with the idea of participating in the 2017 AtoZ Challenge. Every April, bloggers write their way through the month publishing a post each day except Sunday based on every letter of the alphabet.

While I don’t think I can blog my way through the alphabet in one month, I am going to attempt to post a blog based on every letter of the alphabet in the coming weeks. My theme focuses on products my colleagues and I have created for Teachers Pay Teachers. The comments we receive regarding our products communicates to us that we are making a difference for teachers and students. So while I share a little history and description of our products, I hope you might pick up some tidbits and tactics for the classroom. And, who doesn’t love a thematic alphabetical list?

A is for Animal Farm, a novel by George Orwell, is more relevant today than ever. It’s a short novel, but worth reading or reading again. Some of the propaganda tools used in the Animal Farmnovel appear to be the playbook for the current administration. Animal Farm is the perfect novel to illustrate George Santayana’s quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

The Discussion and Activity Guide is a great tool for classroom book clubs, independent studies, and community-wide reads. The unit works very well for a whole class study of the novel including propaganda techniques used in the past and present.

Animal Farm Bundle3 DAY SALE (May 4, 5, & 6). Save 20% off the Discussion and Activity Guide as well as the unit. Save even more if you choose the bundle which includes both products at a discounted price.

Word of the Day: Kind

Posted November 14, 2016 by Neiman
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I was at Trader Joe’s the other day, looking for red roses that were advertised. I needed them for my granddaughter’s 15th elegant birthday dinner. Colors were black and white, with a pop of red–the roses. My husband asked someone while I was checking out. I found my husband with an employee opening boxes of red roses–I said, oh I have already checked out And with that, the Trader Joe person presented me with a bouquet of red roses and said, no charge. Now some might say it was just good customer service, and it was, but it was also an act of kindness. Be kind!

From Surviving to Thriving

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kind

adjective

Simple Definition of kind:

having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others

Synonyms: attentive, considerate, thoughtful

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