December is my favorite time of the year in my classroom. There is just something about the holiday spirit that keeps me happy the entire month. The kids also LOVE December. BUT there are two truths about December in the classroom. KIDS ARE HYPED UP AND NEED TO BE ENGAGED 24/7. KIDS STILL NEED TO LEARN. Those two things are difficult to put together sometimes! So, I wanted to share with you the ways that I keep my kids engaged in rigorous learning material all month long. ... Read More about December in the Upper Elementary Classroom
What is the number one most important thing with classroom management? If you want a well managed room you need one thing and one thing only: relationships. If you don't have a good strong relationship with your kids they won't respond to any system you put into place. If you don't laugh with your kids, smile at them, ask them questions, hug them, high five them, etc. they won't respond. Before you worry about the type of system you have or are going to put into place, worry about how ... Read More about Classroom Management Made Easy!
Everyday in upper elementary my students visit one reading center. Each week they visit teacher time, word work, work on writing, listening to reading, and read to self. Psst.. at the bottom of this post you can grab a video that talks about all of the centers. Why use word work? During word work students get to play with different word patterns, word meanings, and high frequency words. They also gain a stronger knowledge and interest in learning unique and interesting words. By playing ... Read More about How to Run Word Work in Upper Elementary Reading Centers
Everyday my kiddos visit reading centers. We work through teacher time, word work, work on writing, listening to reading, and read to self! In this part of the blog series we are going to talk about how I teach in small group! Let me tell you I LOVE me some small group time. I get to know the kiddos on a personal level! Why teach guided reading? You get to read with kids in a small and intimate group which helps you get to know their strengths and weaknesses. The students learn and ... Read More about Teaching Guided Reading
In upper elementary you need to focus on reading skills and reading strategies often, but you also want to do fun themed and engaging activities! In October my favorite activity is the Bat Cave Challenge! I've loved watching my kiddos face light up when I come running in to the classroom as a bat! Plus, who wouldn't want to pretend to be bats for a day?! What is a reading skill challenge? A 1-2 day challenge that focuses on reading and writing skills. Always engaging and fun ... Read More about Bat Cave Reading Skill Challenge