As much as I would love to take credit for this brilliant idea, it was first introduced to me by the 4th grade teacher at our school. And I have to say, it is one of my favorite behavior management strategies! It's simple and it's effective - what more can you ask for!
One of my biggest pet peeves is when our class is in the midst is a brilliant class discussion, and a student raises their hand ... I call on them thinking more brilliance is about to be shared, and they ask, "Can I go to the bathroom?" My immediate thought, NOOOOO!!
With temps in the 90's this week where we live, it's hard to believe today is the first day of October! And you know what that means - Halloween is JUST around the corner! Our wheels are already turning thinking about what kinds of fun Halloween-related activities we can do with our students. Today, we're sharing four ELA Halloween Activities we've done with our kiddos (ranging from 4th through 12th grades!) during the month of October that are fun and still Common Core aligned!
The first day of school. It's a whirlwind few hours that leave us ready for bed by 7PM and longing for the carefree days of July when all your "worries" revolved around finding a beach towel and some sunscreen. But, let's face it, that first day of school is also incredibly exciting! We certainly get a rush from showing off our semi-"Pinterest Perfect" classroom to our new students. We love passing out our stack of syllabi and having students place them in their brand-new binders! Honestly, all those school supplies make us feel like it's Christmastime! And many of us are all too familiar with those night-before dreams/nightmares and lack of sleep.
When I was first given my weekly schedule, I quickly realized I was going to have to sit down for a while and figure out when/where each subject I was going to teach would end up. As a first-time 5th Grade teacher coming from Middle School and High School English, the thought of having to break up the day to fit all of the subjects perfectly into a specific number of minutes for each week gave me a bit of a heart palpitation.