Below is a song that you may find helpful! It is to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it.”
I would be sure to use motions on the 3rd line of every verse. The 4th verse could be eliminated if you wish.
And on the 3rd verse, it works best if you actually say “apostrophe” when spelling “they’re”
T-h-e-r-e tells us…[Read more]
At the end of the school year, I like to give each of my students a small gift. Do you have any suggestions for worthwhile gifts that cost only a few dollars? I could go and buy some candy or little trinkets, but is there something that would be more valuable to my students?
You have some valid concerns here! I assume that you have been in communication with her parents about this? If not, I would highly recommend it because they may have some valuable insight. Is she this quiet and shy at home or is it something that shows up only at school?
It sounds like she is a perfectionist and struggles with the fear of…[Read more]
You’re welcome! If you run into any particular difficulties with it, let me know! I will say that I often wait to play this game until mid-week when students know the words better. That way there’s not as much thinking and waiting time needed.
In spelling class, my students also really enjoy doing a chalkboard relay. I’m not sure if this is a…[Read more]
This sounds like “Sparkle”, a spelling game that we play in my classroom on a regular basis!
Yes, the players stand or sit in a circle. In my classroom, I have students sit on their desks and then we go around the room in a set order. When a student gets out, he has to sit on his chair.
The teacher gives a spelling word to the first student and…[Read more]
I send home as much of the student’s make-up work as possible (even tests) with the student’s sibling if I can, because it makes the return day so much easier for him. I typically give the student a checklist of items to complete that he is to return with his work. In my experience, parents/students have done very well making sure this work is…[Read more]
Most mornings I choose 2 “prayer leaders” who are asked to pray for the prayer requests given that day. I sit on my stool and they come up front and stand on either side of me to lead the class in prayer and then I close. Some students are accustomed to praying aloud at home and others are not. I think that this is a great opportunity to teach our…[Read more]
This is not an easy question.
My first thought is that these students have to know that we believe in them and are rooting for them, that we are on their side and not against them. They need us to point out their strengths and see potential in them, rather than constantly focusing on the difficult subject(s) at hand. We have to remember and help…[Read more]
I find Jonas’ point D and Darrell’s comments about learning styles interesting. I agree that students have different strengths (visual, auditory, kinesthetic), and that perhaps instead of focusing on how each student learns best, we should focus more on the most effective way to present the specific lesson at hand.
But isn’t it true that teaching…[Read more]
I love using music/songs as a memorization tool and Bible memory is no different! This year as a school, we are working on memorizing Psalm 119:1-72, using the songs from this website: http://www.pursuinglife.com/scripture-songs.php. We are doing the first 9 tracks, approximately 1 a month, with the possibility of doing the rest another…[Read more]
I agree with Mr. Goertzen that it is important to help students in such a way that you are guiding them to independence. I think that responding to students’ questions with more questions to help them think for themselves is an excellent way to go about it. Often, when students say that they don’t know how to do something, the 1st thing I do is…[Read more]
At Shalom we have a handful of students with significant math learning disabilities and they are using the Semple Math program as recommended by Lynell Nissley. It is an alternative math curriculum that would need to be taught by a tutor. I have not taught it myself, but it gives a completely different way of thinking about numbers and I believe…[Read more]
Here are some suggestions for you! There are different types of ADHD and the needs of each student and situation vary, but this is a starting place. And by the way, these things can help all students, not just those with ADHD. 🙂
- Give the child a list of the tasks that he needs to accomplish each day and teach him to use it as a reference…