Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How to Handle Students That Push Buttons

If you are reading this article right now, then you have a student, students, or even a class that knows how to push your buttons.  

Before you make for final decision to leave teaching altogether and embark in a career as a professional circus tightrope walker, read this article.  This article will provide helpful classroom tips that will help you make it through the rest of the year.

1.  Don't Take It Personal

This first tip might seem hard, but it is so true. Many students are well meaning.  After a long day, a pile of things to do, and deadlines, it might feel as though a student is targeting you directly.  By reminding yourself that it is not personal, it will be much easier to forget about a bad school encounter when you get home.

2.  Establish Relationships
Celebrating successes and having brief chitchats will let a student know that you are redirecting a behavior but have genuine care and concern about the student's school success.  At the beginning of the school year, I like to call parents just to introduce myself and let them know something good that I have observed.  Having students fill out a sheet that lists hobbies and interests also helps.  These conversations are great bridge builders.  If there is a problem later on, a parent and child will know that you come from a genuine place of concern.

3.  Have Check-Ins
Sidestepping bad behavior before it happens is helpful.  I use behavior plans with students that have repetitive disruptive behaviors.  A student can do a progress check every hour, in the mornings or afternoons or  just once a day.  This helps students become more self-aware.  This also make it easier to identify any triggers that lead to problematic behaviors such as transition times, lunch, etc.

4.  Celebrate Good Things
Point out the times when a student is following directions and celebrate it.  This is often very helpful.

Additional Resources

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Inference Playing Cards (Updated)

Many of you have already purchased my Inference Playing Cards.  Well, I have been in art overdrive and decided to add illustrations to this resource.  The newer version was recently uploaded.

Yes, you read correctly.  These are playing cards.  As students race to empty their hands of cards, they are actually reviewing inferences and reading strategies.  My students (even the reluctant ones) really have a fun time with these cards.

It is fun to watch students really get into the game and build their game strategies as they learn how to infer.  This has been one of my best sellers.  To access this resource, click here.

Time to Turn Trash Into Treasures

With Earth Day just around the corner, I began thinking, "What sort of extraordinary things could I create from ordinary things which might otherwise be thrown away?"  Here is just one of my Trash to Treasure ideas.

Go to any Quick Trip or a store similar to that and ask if you could have some plastic cup lids, two for each child.  (Stores are usually happy to help out teachers.)  I like the sturdy 4" red ones.  Instead of placing a straw in the designated spot, place a brad to connect two of the lids.  These should be touching each other top to top or flat side to flat side.

After the lids are together, place a few stickers on the outside of the lids.  What do you have?  A card holder!  Just slide the game cards in between the two lids, and they will actually stay there!  These are great for little hands which have difficulty holding several cards, or for older hands which aren't functioning like they use to, or for disabled or crippled hands.  My grandchildren love them because they can now play Old Maid without dropping and showing everyone all of their cards.

Free Resource
Also, go to my store and download a free version of my resource entitled Trash to Treasure.  It is an eight page handout that features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy-to-construct crafts made from recycled or common, everyday items. In this resource, discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom.

Do you have a Trash to Treasure idea?  Share it with us by leaving a comment.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Freebie Friday

Each week, we feature free teaching resources.  Stop by to see what is free this week.Click Here To Access Them

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Free Leveled Fiction Passage

Enjoy this free resource.  This free document is a sample of my leveled passage bundle. Save hours of planning time with leveled passages.  Click Here To Access It

Monday, March 7, 2016

St. Patrick's Day and Spring Task Cards

St. Patrick's Day and spring are both almost near.  These fiction and nonfiction task cards will help students learn more about both topics as they build comprehension skills.  

Fables, short stories, and nonfiction information are included.Click Here To Access Them.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Create Color Overlays

Some students often lose their places when they read.  This simple classroom DIY can help.  

Whenever a student reads, he or she can use an overlay.  Keep a basket of them at your guided reading table.  Sometimes, I hand them to a student to keep at a desk.

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