Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sailing Into Summer Fantastic Ideas to End the Year School


Hello Readers,

I am linking up with some great blogs to help you sail more smoothly into summer.

Below are some of my favourite year end tips.


Final Exam Tip

Give students time in class to review for the exam. I turn exam prep questions into race, challenges and stations where students get to review with different people each time.


Classroom Tip to Remember 

Students enjoy when you use their names or your pets names as examples on quizzes and tests. My students always liked to see what my cat or dog was buying or building on our math tests.


Classroom Thing to Change for Next Year

Next year I will have and assign classroom jobs. It will give students more ownership of their classroom if they know exactly who is accountable for what task.


Year End Gift Idea 

People love tumblers with built in straws to hold their water or summer drinks. You could also put a roll of lifesavers or other cute candy in the tumbler to thank people for being a "lifesaver" or a "smarty".


Classroom Organization Tip

Label everything. I mean everything. When my classroom items migrate to other parts of the building they always return home! It also makes putting things away easy if students know exactly where the papers, textbooks and extra pens are housed.

I still have a month left to go with my eighth graders, but I am excited for the teachers whose summer is starting soon.

Have a great summer!
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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Calming the Chaos Year End Teacher Survival Tips


Welcome to the 3rd annual Calming the Chaos blog link up of year end tips for teachers.

Every year we strive to bring you new useful year end ideas that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow, or modify to suit your class' specific needs.

After you read the tips on this blog, be sure to check out the links below for other fantastic ideas from real teachers for teachers.

Have a wonderful end to your school year - I still have 2 months to go!

Keep up all of your classroom routines until the last day of school. This is not the time to try a new classroom management system or change routines that your students are familiar with.


Give students a chance to be the teachers. Plan your lessons so students are the ones teaching. You could use the jigsaw small group method or whole class instruction. I love to put students in charge of year end review.


Have your current students write an advice letter to your future students. In the letter, have your students write survival tips for achieving success in your grade. I save these for the first day of the new school year.

Want no prep resources to keep your students engaged during the last few weeks? Check out these items from my store. 

     
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Other fantastic ideas below!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Canadian Teaching Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Kindergarten to Grade 3

Grades 4 to 6


Grades 7 to 12

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