Thank you for addressing this question, Peter. The question is not always a belligerent one and at times it gives us cause to ponder and fine-tune our own teaching. I have often thought back to one student who demanded an answer to her, “Why do I have to learn this? I will never use it in my life!” From a bit more of a distance now I would wis…[Read more]
Several years ago after a friend recommended “The 24 Game” as an excellent math game, I purchased one. I absolutely agree that this one is worth buying — and using! Note: for 4th grade I use the single digit version. I wonder what educational games any of you would have to recommend?
This is an idea along a different vein:
Although this idea comes too late to incorporate this Christmas season, perhaps it is an idea worth sharing for other years or seasons. I know students love to receive gifts, but I find they also delight in being able to give. With this in mind, for a number of years I have deliberately planned a way f…[Read more]
Does your school sponsor a Parent Teacher Fellowship evening in the late winter? How do you structure the evening? What are your goals? What have you done that worked well or did not work so well?
Learning new vocabulary words is a fairly big deal in my classroom. We memorize 1-2 Latin or Greek roots each week in addition to quite a few words regularly chosen from their reading books. At the end of each chapter book we have a vocabulary test and I am always looking for new, innovative ways to review. I would love to have input. Some of…[Read more]
I thought of this discussion a week ago when an excellent student, who had gotten a 100% on the two previous math tests surprised us both (became I’m guessing simply overly confident and careless) by getting a pretty low score on this third test. Since the grade really did not reflect his regular daily performance nor his level of understanding,…[Read more]
I think you are bringing some clarity to the question, Carolyn. There are times when I know the test results do not accurately reflect the student’s understanding. Some bomb a test because of a late night, or an allergy, or because they freeze up on tests. In these cases I easily give them a second chance. On the other hand when a child pul…[Read more]
For a number of years we have had high schoolers involved in helping with grade school classes. Some of this is simply helping with checking, correcting, and doing other odd jobs. But there is also the option of teaching a class, such as a math class. Twice in the last three years this kind of arrangement has resulted in the “senior – tur…[Read more]
I am adding my belated two bits here on your question, Peter, and it is simply that I agree 100% with the thought given that if the consequence has served its purpose and it is no longer a problem, freely and happily drop it! Congratulate them (and yourself) for having moved forward. If I continue to give a consequence for their very oc…[Read more]
This is a question primarily for elementary teachers: we ask students to bring all their items clearly marked on the first day of school. And yet, it is a request easily overlooked. How do you deal with this? The last 2-3 years on enrollment day I handed out a note listing the items to each student asking them to check each items as they mar…[Read more]
Travis that is a great idea! Never thought of that one! Like you said it addresses the guard distance issue as well as keeps the prisoner from simply zoning out in frustration with not being able to still participate in the game. Any guidelines on guarding the jugs? Carolyn, I didn’t quite understand the “no guarding jugs closer than half the…[Read more]
Recess is an important part of the day. What are favorite games in your classroom? Do you have a handy list to refer to when you sense that a much played one is wearing thin? Do you have students choose or do you as the teacher choose most of the games? Do you always play with them? Do you appoint “recess helpers” to take out and bring in t…[Read more]
Yesterday I spent some time outlining the year for our Language curriculum. In the process I noted when I will be teaching the homophones: there, their, and they’re. The first two are often sticklers and I wish for someone who knows a memorable way to teach them to pass their wisdom on to me!
I just finished reading Shari Zook’s excellent blog on Getting Children on Board and am pondering that second point so aptly made: “When children are given real responsibility, they tend to rise to the challenge.” It reminds me of especially one group of students who taught me a lot about the value of delegating responsibilities in the class…[Read more]
We always hand out a supply list, available here. The first day I ask students to wait to unload their backpacks until we can go through the required supplies list (item by item) with the whole class (including checking that everything is marked); they pull out whatever item I request and then place it into the desk according to my…[Read more]
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