Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer To Do List: Content Objective Strips

Being a trained TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) educator, it has always been emphasized that both content and language objectives should be posted on the board in kid-friendly language. But, regardless of your student population, posting the content objective is just a great teaching strategy. 

For the past 6 years, I've been using my trusty laminated sentence strips and vis-a-vis markers to conveniently and effortlessly post my content objectives. However...I've decided that on my summer to do list, I am going to revamp these overused puppies. {Look at how they are curling up, sun-bleached, and the kids always asked what a SW-BAT was!?! Hence the use of white strips and the term, "I will be able to} :)
Here are some downloadable pieces for you to do the same. Plus, with the new CCSS (Common Core State Standards) upon some of us next year, I also thought it convenient and administrator-pleasing to create an area to list the standard.

Make a set for each subject {even a couple extra}, laminate, and use a vis-a-vis marker to write your daily objectives. When needing to change an objective, just use a dampened paper towel to clear the strip. Clipart by Scrappin Doodles.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer To Do List: Behavior Reports

During the summer, one of the tasks I work on is completing my behavior report sheets for the entire school year. Each of my behavior report sheets has four school weeks on it. This cuts down on the number of times that I have to change out the page. 

I’ve included a snapshot of how I save these templates. By labeling each sheet as weeks 1-4, weeks 5-8, etc., I can easily find and access the appropriate page.

I place one sheet inside of each student’s home to school folders. During dismissal time, students are responsible for coloring in their own behavior. In the past, I’ve colored in the behavior myself. This would take up the majority of my prep…and students were detached from the responsibility and reflection. I know that some teachers put a stamp or sticker on each student’s hand to indicate daily behavior. {In my opinion}, this cuts into instructional time and promotes extrinsic rewards.

Here is a diagram explaining some of the components of my behavior report. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Game Day!!

On the last day of school, students attend for just a half-day. The first part of the day, students help clean desks and chairs, stack small furniture, sort and organize textbooks, and pack up their belongings.

After all of our chores are done, we have a large, open area. To celebrate our last day of school together, we have a game day!!  I send home a note requesting that students bring in a puzzle, card game, or board game to share. I also allow the students to bring in their slippers (only to wear in class) and a stuffed animal.

Students love sprawling out and playing their games with a partner or small group. Some of the games are for the whole group to play including the teacher!! I love this last day of school because it’s a great way to spend time with those I’ve come to love and will miss dearly. Here’s a note for you to use to host your own game day! Clipart by Lettering Delights.    

Sunday, May 8, 2011

School Memory Book Cover

As the end of the school year approaches, many of you have been scooping up my school memory book from TpT. Thank you for liking this idea! It was the #4 best selling item on TpT last week!!

This memory book includes an About this Year page, My Favorite Things, My Favorite School Lunch, My Favorite Recess Activity, My Favorite Subject, My Favorite Book, My Favorite Class Activity, My Favorite Field Trip, I’ll Never Forget When…, the Funniest Moment, Special Letter to My Teacher, What a Friend, Next Year…, and an Autograph page. There are over 17 pages of writing activities included in this purchase!! 

I have received several requests for a cover, after purchasing the commercial license from Lettering Delights for the font is a cover for the memory book. Enjoy!! Thank you for your support. I truly adore making products for you and your students. Clipart by Scrappin Doodles and Lettering Delights.