Author Archives : Deann Marin


December Teacher Talk

 
 
 
 
It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for the holiday festivities or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.
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Connect Kids to the Real World with PBL
 

 

What if you could connect your units of learning to current events without missing a beat with meeting the standards? Find a way to accomplish this here!
 
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Qi Gong and Emotional Well Being
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

This past summer, I developed a love of Qi Gong which is a mind-body-spiritual practice that enhances our mental and physical well being by integrating posture, movement, correct breathing, self-massage, sound, and deep focus

 

 

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Beware of Creating Sweeping Generalizations
Be careful not to say way more than you meant to say when comparing adjectives and adverbs.


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Recycle Drinking Straws Into Christmas CreationsBy Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile

Make a beautiful Christmas tree plaque using only drinking straws and paper! Teachers and students will enjoy making these and giving them as gifts. Learning happens incidentally-lots of math, “engineering”, and language skills involved.
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An Ideal Gift
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

It costs not a penny! It’s so easy, and it fills everyone (teacher included) with genial feelings! Perfect at this time of year, or anytime! Give this gift to your students.
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Finding Success With a Challenging Class
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

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My Favorite Teaching Things
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

My favorite things to use in my classroom.  Simple tools to make a teacher’s life easier.  Pleasures perfect for teachers classroom gifts. 
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From a Wanna Be Organizer
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Okay, I admit it. . . I’m a wanna-be organizer. I’m envious of those classrooms (and homes!) that never have piles. Here are some tried & true tips for what has helped me (attempt to) tame the chaos.

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Please check out the tips from all the members in this link-up. You’ll find 
some fab ideas.


We Teach So Hard…Episode 18 Fur, Feathers & Scales: Animals in Your Classroom

Hissing cockroaches, live chickens, exploding cricket cages and more! This episode is meant for all teachers who have ever contemplated having animals in their classroom…and for those teachers who would never dream of it! Seriously, this episode might make you pee your pants…some of us might have in the recording of it. Let us entertain you with the highs and the lows of classroom pets.
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Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/
Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/
Deann @ socrateslantern.com/
Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/


We Teach So Hard……Episode 17 Stem…Steam…PBL? Decoding the Acronyms

STEM? STEAM? PBL? What’s the difference? Give us a listen as we discuss the differences, the reasons for incorporating it in your classroom, as well as some practical tips and tricks for success. Let us entertain you with a few fails of our own, as well!

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Like what you hear? Visit us at our blogs below! We promise, you won’t be sorry you stopped by! Don’t forget to comment or rate our podcast!

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Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/
Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/
Deann @ socrateslantern.com/

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We Teach So Hard…Episode 16…It’s a Teacher’s Thanksgiving

Mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries and TURKEY! It’s a buffet of Thanksgiving topics for teachers! We’re laughing and crying our way through Thanksgiving cocktails, teaching ideas, sing-a-long songs, culturally responsive teaching, and more! You don’t want to miss this episode…we PERFORM a head banging rendition of our favorite Thanksgiving song! The words are included for you below! (To the tune of Frere Jacques)
Turkey dinner, turkey dinner,
gather round, gather round,
who will get the drumstick…
yummy, yummy yumstick?
All sit down, all sit down.
Cornbread muffins, chestnut stuffin’
pudding pie, one foot high.
All of us were thinner,
’til we came to dinner,
me oh, my…
me oh, my.
 

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Like what you hear? Come visit us at the links below!
Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/
Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/
Deann @ socrateslantern.com/
Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/
 
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November Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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Politics, Elections & Voting, Oh My!
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

We educators, need to have faith that students care enough about our democracy to become voices of change.
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Holiday Self Care
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

My message today is about some ways that you might consider in taking care of yourself during these always fast paced couple of months ahead.
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It Depends on the Angle – Complimentary and Supplementary Angles
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

Since most students are visual learners, I try to visually help them remember definitions. This is how I visually taught them the difference between complementary and 
supplementary angles.
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Why Does U Always Follow Q in English Spelling?
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Have you ever wondered why the letter U always follows Q in English spelling? Here’s the answer.
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Do You Know These Top 5 Core 2-Word Phrases?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Far too many students never make it to the symbol sequencing stage of AAC use. Whether because of presumed lack of potential or lack of knowledge about how to move students along beyond single words, we end up with many AAC users who are not communicating as competently as they could – and need.

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Avoid Comparing Adjectives That Are Absolute
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Something can be unique, but not more unique.
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Free Art DecoChristmas Tree Coloring Pages to Support St Jude’s Childrens Hospital
By Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile

Get some free “Art Deco” Christmas coloring pages with links to powerpoint tutorials showing how to make Christmas graphics using basic shapes. 
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Five Tips for Teaching Literary Analysis Writing in Grades 5-8
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn five practical tips for teaching one of the most challenging genres in writing.
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Preserving History
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

History books (& Hollywood) have often depicted Native Americans in very stereotypical and often degrading roles. Researching and creating scrapbooks of California tribes highlights the important relationship between the regions and natural resources, dependence on the land, as well as their beliefs.
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Reasoning with Evidence & Persuasive Thinking
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

 

Raise your hand if you wish your students would support their thinking with evidence! Visible thinking’s Claim-Support-Question is a great way to build your students’ capacity. This post explores how reasoning with evidence can flow across your curriculum with one BIG thinking routine!
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We Teach So Hard…Episode 15…Attitudes of Gratitude



Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Do your students? How do you teach gratitude? Join us as we explore books and resources for teaching gratitude, not just in November, but all year long! The research says our brains and our bodies are healthier when we learn how to incorporate gratitude into our daily lives.


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Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ 
Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ 
Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ 
Deann @ socrateslantern.com/

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We Teach So Hard…Episode 14…The Election: Teaching With Intention to Work Through Contention

Join us as we explore approaches to use when you teach about the election. What happens when students have questions that are difficult to answer? How do you remain neutral? How do you discuss American politics today? DO YOU discuss American politics? This podcast can be a starting point for your classroom lessons!

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Kathie @ triedandtrueteachingtools.com 
Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ 
Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ 
Deann @ socrateslantern.com/ 


WeTeach So Hard…Episode 13….Parents and Students and Teachers…OH MY!

It’s that time of year again…parent-teacher conferences. Nothing causes sleepless nights and stomach butterflies like the anxiety we feel as we prepare for conferences. But guess what? Parents get nervous, too! And if you do student-led or student-involved conferences, your students are a bundle of nerves as well. That makes for a lot of anxiety around the conference table. Join us as we share tips and war stories to make your conferencing less anxious!
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Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ 
Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ 
Deann @socrateslantern.com/
Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ 


We Teach So Hard…Episode 12 Halloween Horror or Heaven?

Halloween is often a teacher’s personal horror story! LOL! We, at WE TEACH SO HARD, feel the pain, because we’re here in the trenches with you…scavenging the aisles of Target the night before for a costume that isn’t sexy…binging on the chocolate you bought for your students…watching the room parents take over…all on a full moon! We raise our pumpkin spice latte in empathy, sympathy and solidarity!

So, come laugh and plan your Halloween survival strategies with us at We Teach So Hard. We’ve got you covered with some funny stories and expert tips!

Be sure to listen to our latest podcast on iTunes here

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You can also find us on our blogs. We love to write almost as much as we love to talk. Come visit!

Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/

Deann @ socrateslantern.com/

Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com

Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/


October TeacherTalk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s October Teacher Talk Time…..Well, the first month of school is over and it’s BOO-tober, time for Halloween fun, Columbus Day and beautiful fall weather.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
 
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Some tips for creating a safe and accepting bully free zone in your classroom.
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Interactive, Mentor & Read Aloud? Oh My! Choose Your Next Read Aloud
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Interactive read aloud? Mentor text? What are these and how do they elevate your reader’s workshop? This post explains how they “feed the beast” and take your reader’s workshop to the next level.
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Halloween Spooks

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

October is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing in your students.
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Bring on FALL!
By Wendy McCarty of 1st Grade Fireworks

Bring on FALL! We are ready!
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Prefixes and Suffixes: Ready to Use Lesson Presentation
By John Dsouza of John Dsouza

A Lesson Presentation that presents Teaching Resources in Prefixes and Suffixes. This presentation presents perfect teaching resources that will help the teachers to walk into the classroom with ready to teach confidence as it covers all that a teacher and a student need for a vocabulary lesson on Prefixes and Suffixes.
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Make the Connection! Getting Parents and Speech Pathologists to Work 
Together.
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Make the Connection is my new book for bringing parents and professionals together as partners in working on teaching a nonverbal child to communicate.
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Be Lear Me. Fall is Great! Using Leaves in Science Investigations
By Vicki Rauch of Scipi

How do you save fall leaves so they can be mailed?
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One Student I Will Never Forget
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

I will always remember her– she was the only student I ever had who wept hysterically in my class. I learned a lesson about the fragile ego of students who fail, which I knew, but failed to fully comprehend.

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     “I Spy” Collage Project
By Margo Gentile of  Margot Gentile

What’s more fun than searching for pictures in an “I Spy” type of collage? Making one yourself and then “trying it out” on your friends! You’ll find complete directions and a student’s finished product here.
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All About Spelling: Independent Product Review
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

One of the things I was surprised to find out when I started reading handwriting research is that handwriting is the most significant obstacle to the quality and quantity of written language composition. Now I’m finally going to get to my point: guess what the second most significant obstacle to written language composition is? You got it, spelling.
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Tips on Using Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 

Learning to compare adjectives and adverbs is easy. Here are some tips to help you get it right every time.
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Simple Ways to Build Relationships With Your Students

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn easy ways to build relationships with your students and create a positive classroom environment.
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Questioning Strategies
By Lisa Robles of Lisa TeachR’s Classroom

Here is a quick explanation of the DoK levels of questioning
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We Teach So Hard…Episode 9: The Lies Teachers Believe Series, Lie #2 – Nice Girls Don’t Speak Up

 

Girl! Shut your mouth! Ever have anyone tell you that? Nice girls don’t talk politics. Nice girls don’t stand up when they’re being abused by employers. Nice girls don’t speak up when it’s wrong for kids. Seriously? Speaking up doesn’t mean you’re a “B—-!” Come laugh, cry, and examine why women teachers believe those lies about “nice girls.”

Be  sure to listen to our latest podcast on iTunes here

Like what you hear? Then come visit us in our Facebook group! We’re getting ready to begin a book study about emotional resilience for teachers.

Or, visit us at our blogs!
Deann @ socrateslantern.com/ 
Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com
Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com
Kathie @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/

 


We Teach So Hard…Episode 8…The Lies Teachers Believe Series…You Are Not Enough

Liar, liar pants on fire! We need to scream it from the rooftops! Society tells us lies about teachers, and we believe them. Join us as we explore lie #1…You are not enough. You know you believe it, at least some of the time. Many of us spiral through a tornado of  Join us as we explore lie #1…You are not enough. You know you believe it, at least some of the time. Many of us spiral through a tornado of guilt. Join us as we laugh, rant, and problem solve our way through this belief. Like what you hear? Be sure to SUBSCRIBE or rate us. Or consider joining our facebook group

Be  sure to listen to our latest podcast on iTunes here 
Or come visit us at our blogs. We LOVE to share about our classrooms!
Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/
Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/
Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/
Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/


We Teach So Hard Episode 7: Organization Intervention

The dust has settled and the new school year has begun. Your desk is piled with papers and the name tags on your students’ desks have begun to peel. How do you maintain your classroom organization when you’re drowning in a tidal wave of paper work, reports, data folders, assessments and ungraded papers? Join us as we discuss organizational tricks…like hosting an after school bonfire to manage your paper work…Anyone have the marshmallows?…. JUST KIDDING! Kind of. 

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If you like what you hear, be sure to visit us in our WE TEACH SO HARD facebook group. We’re starting a new book study that we’re REALLY excited about. Visit our Facebook page by clicking this link

OR visit us at the links below!
Kathie  @ www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ 
Deann  @ socrateslantern.com/ 
Tracy   @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ 
Retta   @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/


September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
 
 
 
It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
 
If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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A Teachable Moment in History
 I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a  spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect. 
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Finding Life Mentors in Mentor Texts
I’ve been thinking a lot about mentor text lately. Mentor Text. Another piece of education-speak. Sounds official, important, and perhaps a bit daunting for a new teacher or a seasoned one like me, who may not have attended a training or researched  the term. The first time I heard the term, it sent me running to Google for a definition. I found that mentor text is a piece of literature that teachers and students can study, imitate, and apply to other texts and for different purposes.
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Once Upon a Time…Slaying Dragons and Story Problems

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Tackling story problems with kids can feel like trying to slay a dragon. This post describes an approach that has worked for me. Get ready to teach math like a reading teacher!

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Info, Info, Read All About It

Travel brochures highlight the features of each California region. Using researched information, this beautiful project focuses on a specific region.
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The Hidden Power of a Classroom Read Aloud
Find the hidden powers of a great classroom read aloud and increase student engagement in reading, writing, and social studies.
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Within Within (Words Within Words)

The beauty of spelling with letter tiles is that the “outcome” isn’t permanent. Kids aren’t afraid to stretch their spelling acumen by experimenting with letter tiles. Students hear teachers say “Mistakes are OK, you learn from your mistakes.” We all know that’s true and we wish to impart this wisdom to the children, in the hopes that they will embrace this perspective. However, kids still don’t like to make mistakes. With tiles it’s different. Tile spelling seems more like play, and the letters are easily moved to make adjustments to correct a word.

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Here’s Help with Five Confusing Words

The words who’s or whose and their, there, or they’re are frequently confused and used incorrectly. Here are some tips to help you use them correctly.

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Sock It Away! What to do with Those Annoying Cell Phones in the Classroom

Most of us can’t live without our cell phones. Unfortunately, neither can our students. I teach on the college level, and my syllabus states that all cell phones are to be put on “silent” or turned off when class is in session. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yet, one of the most common sounds in today’s classrooms is the ringing of a cell phone, often accompanied by some ridiculous tune or sound effect that broadcasts to everyone a call is coming in. What can a teacher do?

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How Emma Learned to Read

Read this different story about Emma’s first learning experience.

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Do you know Yuyi Morales?

Get to know Yuyi MOrales! She’s an amazing author and illustrator.

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Teaching Children to Help with Household Chores

5 Steps to Embrace Personal Responsibility: 1. Motivating Your Child

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Ultimate Teacher Self Care

Teacher self care includes physical things like proper rest, as well as financial matters – like saving for the summer. Learn tips to save for the summer

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Letters Ff, Tt, Rr and Ii of 26 Letters in 26 Days

By Beth Coogle of Coogle It

Take a look inside my kindergarten classroom to see how we are learning the alphabet. This blog shows activities and photos for letters F, T, R, and I. STEM, literacy stations, and small group instruction is included.

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We Teach So Hard…Episode #6…Building Relationships 101

 

In this latest episode of WE TEACH SO HARD, we explore ways to build relationships with parents and students and share some humor along the way. Give it a listen for some tips and tricks to make your start to the school year smooth one.

I had to miss recording this podcast so I wanna share some advice from my many years, on the front lines, as a middle school teacher.  The kids are a different breed, pubescent, beautiful, intelligent, wonderful to teach, great sense of humor, with one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence. Once those hormones take over, teaching them becomes more of a challenge.

  • Have morning meetings, many children come from conflicted homes and just need time to get things off their chests.
  • Once they’re able to say what’s on their minds, most will be able to get to work.
  • Talk to them, be humanistic, use humor and be able to laugh at yourself, if you make mistake admit to it, they’ll realize everyone makes mistakes and that’s ok.
  • Find the time to talk to them. It will help you understand what makes them tick. I spent time during home room chatting with each student. It means the world to them and they’ll remember you for it.
  • Keep in contact with parents, let them know that you truly care for their child, and are there for them. #halfthebattleiswon
  • Be  yourself when speaking with parents, joke with them, it breaks the ice. Let them see your true personality as well as your humanity.
  • This is a biggee!!! If you have something negative to say about Johnny, begin with the positive and end with a positive. It’ll make parents feel a little better and they’ll respect what you have to say much more. Best of all, you’ll be working as a team for the betterment of their child.
  • When you need help with something, ask the parents, they’ll be there with bells on. When my students wrote and performed Greek plays, parents helped with costumes/scenery. annnd of course loved seeing their child’s performance.
  • If a parent gets angry and says something you don’t like, don’t react with anger. Take a deep breath, answer calmly and honestly.  I know, I know, sometimes you just wanna use some 4 letter words and tell them off, but don’t do it!

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Tracy @ mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/
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Retta @ rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/


We Teach So Hard: Read Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

Join WE TEACH SO HARD as we talk shop about great back-to-school reads that foster community, conversation, and collaboration. In this episode we explore ways to use picture books with all students, as well as some great chapter books to start your school year. Project ideas abound! Be sure to visit our blogs this month for more ideas and free resources about starting your year off right with winning books. 
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A Good Book Can Start the Year Off Right
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child’s Mossy Oak Musings

My room has a lot of soul. I learned early on in my career that a good book can change my classroom world, create a paradigm shift, and cultivate respect, empathy, imagination and empowerment. I moved around a lot early in my career, so I needed to take those powerful books with me. I never stopped hoarding. Let me tell you about some of my back-to-school teaching treasures.

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Tried & True Picture Books to Begin the Year
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools

You’re never too old to be read to and who doesn’t love a good picture book? I always begin the school year reading picture books to my class, rather than jumping right into a novel. (And I continue to read them throughout the year!) There are so many great themes in pictures books, as well as starting points for meaningful discussion.

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Read Aloud Books for the Beginning of the Year in Middle School

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

As Teachers, we want our students to step over stumbling blocks, and not be intimidated by obstacles that stand in their way. We want them to realize that they can do anything they set their minds to. Characters in novels can help them overcome these challenges head on, and develop strategies to alleviate them. The books I’ve chosen to share with you are humorous, thought provoking, and great for 6th graders.
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A Gift from the Sea to Start Your Year
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Maybe you have already started your school year, or maybe you are about to start. There are so many wonderful picture books to get your students off to a great start: Enemy PieEach Kindness, and of course First Day Jitters! The best ones, I think, speak to us about how we treat each other and the everyday choices we make.

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We Teach So Hard Episode 4: Setting The Stage For Parent Curriculum Night & Open House

Got the open house blues? Got the curriculum night flop sweats? This episode is just for you! Crickets and second graders running amok work wonders for establishing those parent relationships! This episode of We Teach So Hard is filled with tips and tricks (along with a few nightmare stories) for a successful open house or curriculum night. Like what you hear? 

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We Teach So Hard…Episode 2 Keeping it Real on the First Day of School

Heeey my friend… Grab some coffee or a glass of wine and give us a listen as the fearsome foursome share tips and ideas for a successful first day. As an added attraction, you’ll even learn how to wash the parent nose prints off your classroom windows. Listen for fun activities to teach procedures, foster community, and thrive instead of survive.

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August Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s AugustTeacher Talk Time…..Hopefully those of you who are back to school this month are off to a great beginning with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

 
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Qigong,The Healthy Body Routine that I Fell In Love With
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

If you’re anything like me, you just don’t love exercising, no matter how much you try to like it, you just don’t. Of course you want to eat that delicious cookie, ice cream, or chocolate, but you don’t dare because it goes right to your hips and you’ll feel oh so guilty! 
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August 
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Aaaaahhh….August! August is the Sunday night of a teacher’s year. We are looking forward to our learning and teaching days to come, yet longing for just a little more summer.
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Back to School & The First Days’ Razzle Dazzle …Feathers & Sequins Not Necessary
By Tracy Wills of Wild Child’s Mossy Oak Musings

I used to feel a lot like Billy Flynn on the first few days of school. Billy Flynn is the flim-flam lawyer character in the musical “Chicago.” The first day of school felt like opening night at the theater…a little bit of grease paint, some sequins, some feathers… and JAZZ HANDS! 

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3 Tried and True Tips to Start the Year off like a Boss!
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

In my earlier years of teaching I used to spend the time before school focusing on the physical aesthetics of setting up my classroom (and it sure was cute!), but my focus has shifted over the years. Read on for 3 tried and true tips to start the year off like a boss!
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Integrating Contemporary Algerian R and B Music in the French Classroom
By Lorraine Sabio of Urbino12

Algerian R and B in the French Classroom
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Back to School 2018
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Here’s an idea for the first week of school.
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Common School Irritations
By Scipi of Scipi

Have you ever noticed that the same old problems keep resurfacing year after year in your classroom? Isn’t it funny how the little things sometime put us over the edge?
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How to close read a novel with your whole class.
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Step by step instructions on how to close read a novel with your whole class.
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4 Easy Steps to Master Buttoning
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Teaching children to button is easy and straightforward, but is a skill that is often overlooked.  
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My Five Favorite Apps for the Classroom

By Katie DeLeon of A Basket Full of Apples 

Do you want to know what awesome apps to use in your classroom? This is the blog post for you! Learn all about my favorite apps. 
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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Grading 
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn three easy ways to help reduce your grading and increase your valuable time with students. 
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Students are Busy as Bees earning Brag Bracelets
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Brag bracelets provide a fast and easy form of positive reinforcement for students’ behavior and academic effort in school. This immediate award is a positive boost reminding students of their worth. You can use them throughout the school year to encourage students to apply their best work ethic while boosting self-esteem.  
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First Week of School Activities
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching

 

Great tips for activities to do with your class the first week of school.

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Something New and Exciting to Share Because We Teach So Hard!

 

Exciting happenings at Socrates Lantern! I’ve teamed up with 3 teaching friends on a new endeavor! WE TEACH SO HARD…A podcast for teachers who love to talk shop, talk trash, and talk life.

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May Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s May and June is just around the bend. You’re probably counting the days till summer vacation. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you in September

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Pack a Super Summer Kit
Suggestions for a super summer kit, to keep them learning over their vacay.
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How to Keep Your Class Engaged Through the End of the Year
The end of the school year is just around the corner. You’re looking forward to summer vacation and so are your students, but you still have at least 3-4 or more weeks left, so what do you do to keep those kiddos turned on to learning?  Here are some tips.
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The Difference Between Giving Up & Knowing When You’ve Had Enough

Angst and thoughts about the issues that teachers face today…one teacher’s journey.

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He Can’t? I Bet He Can!

Sometimes students who are severely physically disabled are thought not to be able to learn; especially when they can’t speak or respond. We need to think outside the box.

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Summer Reading: What’s Hot? and What’s Cool?

Reading Spotlight’s May Blog Post explains how to find out “What’s Hot? and “What’s Cool?” this year for Summer Reading. Want to know “Why Kids Don’t Read,” “How to Motivate Summer Reading,” and “Why Summer Reading is So Important”? You’ll find links there, too, for this valuable information.

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Tales from a Teacher: The Light Bulb

It’s math time again! Each day this week I’ve been watching my students’ eyes glaze over while teaching. Last night, I stayed up late to plan out today’s difficult lesson. As I approach the board…
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Mad Tea Party Mother’s Day Tea
How do you honor your mothers? Plan a Mad Tea Party Mother’s Day Tea!
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Save The Insects: Having Fun With Insects and Plants

Creative teaching ideas for students to explore insects and plants with hands on activities, as well as a creative research component to keep them reading and writing about insects and plants at home.

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Why I seek volunteers for classroom book clubs and where I find them

I love having volunteers participate in my classroom book clubs. Read about why I make the effort to bring the community into my classroom and where I find willing volunteers.

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Riddling for Geometry

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Although most students think of geometry as shapes, it’s so much more! Geometry riddles are the perfect opportunity to promote thinking and reasoning! 

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April Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s April already, the school year is almost over. Easter and Passover have come an gone, now it’s time to look forward toward spring vacation if it hasn’t already come and gone. Stop by our blog linky and see what great tips and advice are there just for you.
 
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April Activities Just for You
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Turning my thoughts to sunny days and warmer weather!!! Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. I just love the aroma. Not only is my birthday in April but it brings us Passover, Easter, and one that you may never have heard of, can you guess? If you said Jelly Bean Day, you’d be right.  I don’t know about you, but I looove jelly beans. They come in so many awesome flavors, no I don’t like the black ones, but I had an aunt who used to love them.
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STEAM: From Sandbox to Spectacular
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

How to take your STEM activities to the next level for upper elementary students.
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Tone
By Gini Musmanno of The Reading Spotlight

A message to Myself: My tone of voice has a greater influence on children than I might think. Remember the time…
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C-Stem
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Learn about C-Stem and tools for coding!
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The Hidden Curriculum
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching

Finding books to read with your class that tell more than a single story.
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The Teacher’s Role in Classroom Book Clubs
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Simplify using classroom book clubs by understanding the role of the teacher on meeting day. Learn key tips to ensure your classroom book clubs will run smoothly.
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March Teacher Talk 2018

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 
 
 
 
St. Patricks Day and so many more tried and true teaching ideas are here for you to check out this March.  Best yet,soon it will be spring and the end of the year will be here before you know it. 
 
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Digging Deeper for Role Models

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Suggestions for behavior management, using the examples set by famous women in history.

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It’s March….Let’s Go Fly a Kite
When I taught special needs kids, each month we would do something special for those who earned enough points. One of their favorite activities was to make and fly kites in March. Years later, I was mainstreamed to 6th grade and the children also loved  this activity.  After they flew their kites, they wrote two papers, one explaining how to make a kite and the other about their experience. Wanna do this with your class, here’s how…
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Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck Using a Classroom Economy System

A classroom economy system will help students take ownership in the classroom. It can also help with learning real-world financial literacy in a fun way. Setting up your classroom economy strategically will pay you dividends down the road.

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March Madness

Read about a Role Model Project as well as an easy way to provide extra practice in decoding skills.

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Texas Teachers- Do you know that the Science TEKS have changed?

 Texas Teachers- Science changes are here!
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No Curriculum? No Problem. How I Cover My Daily 2nd Grade Lesson

Tips for teaching your daily literacy instruction when you don’t have a reading curriculum.

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Integrating STEAM into Literacy Night

How I integrated some STEAM into Literacy Night.

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The Fine Motor Advantage: Nuts and Bolts

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Last time we talked about how children with good fine motor skills are most likely to succeed with academic challenges in K to 3rd grade. This time we will look at specific skills. 

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Finally Understanding Fractions

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

A glimpse into CGI math and how it gives students a deeper understanding of fractions. As students grasp relationships and strategies for solving fraction problems, they are able to apply this knowledge into traditional fraction problem solving.

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Five Ways to Support Struggling Readers During Book Clubs

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Running classroom Book Clubs can be rewarding and challenging.  One of the biggest hurdles to creating a successful Book Club meeting is the struggle some students face when just simply reading. Learn five ways to support your struggling readers during book clubs.

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February Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our February Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a Happy Valentines Day.  We have so many fab things this month from  proof-reading ideas, to ELA to math activities, to celebrating Black History Month and President’s Day, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators. This month, we’re honored to have Daniel with us, as our  guest blogger.
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Navigating Life as a Single Dad
By Daniel of Dad Solo whose guest post can be found at Rainbow City Learning 

Single parents have a difficult job, and even in the best of circumstances, it can be a struggle. Moms have it tough, but so do dads.
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I Dreaded my Third Period Class
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It was cold and blustery outside, one of those days that you just wanted to stay under the covers. But it was only hump day and I had a busy schedule, so I dragged myself out of bed, had my cup of coffee and a piece of toast, jumped into my car and was on my way. 
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Is This Routine? Why Not?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

 

Research tells us that routines are the heart of language and symbbol development. Routines are a sequence of actions or events that are repeated over and over again.
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Add Projects to Your Bag of Tricks!
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

 

Have you ever set a goal to cover everything you are required to teach during the school year?  Many teachers try to meet this goal each year and end up frustrated because we are short on time!  It is very difficult to get everything we are required to teach during the school year, take the cross-curricular approach!
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Improving Class Cooperation
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

 

Wishing and hoping, and thinking and praying, for a courteous and amenable class? Then give students a little nudge toward cooperation and affirmation of each other this month.
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Amazon Alexa in Your Classroom
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Learn about using Amazon Alexa in your classroom.
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Building Understanding, One Brick at a Time
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools

 

Getting your hands muddy is a great way to learn! Social Studies is meaningful when students experience content learned.
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How to Select Books for Your Classroom Book Clubs
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

 

Read five essential tips for finding “just right” books for your classroom book clubs. The books you choose are crucial to running successful classroom book clubs.  
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The Fine Motor Advantage
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

What does research tell us about the impact of fine motor skills on early academics?
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January Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s 2018. Time sure flies. WE have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.
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Problem Students Got You Down? Begin the New Year Right, with These Discipline Tips

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Have you been struggling with Johnny or Sally since the beginning of the school year? Have you been racking your brain trying to come up with some creative ways to turn their unacceptable behavior around? Did you dread coming back to work in January? Well, I’ve been there and know exactly how you feel. If you said yes to any of these questions, I can give you a hand.
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Lessons Learned With Miss Brooke

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Musings on what I have learned from a long ago favorite teacher.

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The Mini-Lesson: A Natural Scaffold For Struggling Learners
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings

Would you rather attend a doctor’s appointment or your own autopsy? Mini-lesson structure helps teachers avoid an academic autopsy with end-of-unit assessments. It’s scaffolded instruction at its best

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A How-To Guide on Writing Conferences
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Just like when you scaffold and model the requirements for an essay in a mini-lesson, you do the same thing individually for each student through conferencing. Many students don’t need to hear the lessons you taught at the beginning of the school year. Conferencing will help you deliver differentiated instruction. Here are some tips of how you can implement writing conferences in your classroom.

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The Five Best Reasons You Should Be Using Book Clubs as Part of Your Classroom Reading Program

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Book Clubs can be an essential tool for boosting rigor and engagement in your upper elementary or middle school classroom. Learn five reasons why you should consider Book Clubs as a regular part of your reading program.
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What About Social Studies?
By Michelle Web of Teaching Ideas for Those who Love Teaching

Have Fun With Social Studies

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Mentor Sentences – Teach It So They Remember It
By Alison Monk of the Literacy Garden

Effectively teach grammar skills in the context of authentic literature through the use of mentor sentences.

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New Year, New Goals
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

 New Goals Happy New Year! The new year is always a great time to reflect back, set goals, and start fresh. Repurpose those NYE decorations for some fun health goal setting with your students!
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Is Your Child Afraid of Going to the Doctor?
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

If your young child is fearful of going to the doctor, there are many things you can do to help them feel calmer and to prepare them for their next visit.
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December Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and New Years, or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.

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The Quiltmaker’s Gift: Anticipation, Generosity, Reading Lesson Ideas & A Freebie!By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

In this post, I use a picture book, “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” to unpack our thinking about protagonists, antagonists, theme, conflict and persuasive talk and writing. This includes an idea for a motivating Generosity Challenge, too.
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Holiday Musings
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

For some of us, this is a joyful time, but there are many who are alone, and unhappy.  Some have no money to buy gifts and others are out in the cold with no homes.  It breaks my heart realizing that some people feel alienated from their families which can lead to depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Our kiddos aren’t immune, they see what’s going on and may not know how to deal.  
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The Great Homework Debate Comes Home
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 

Thoughts on the place homework has in real life. What makes homework authentic and a part of lifelong learning?
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Hour of Code is coming: My top 5 web sites/apps!
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

My top five programs/apps for coding!

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Identifying Learning Disabilities in English Learners
By Rebecca Olsen of 2livNearn

Distinguishing between the second language acquisition process and a learning disability can be tough, even for seasoned professionals. But it’s not impossible to tease apart the two in order to make appropriate educational decisions for students. Click to find out more!  
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How Many Ways Can I Use This Toy?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

If you’re gearing up for holiday gift giving, here are some tips for ways to build language through play.
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Wiggly Kids: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Thinking & Remembering!
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

Researchers have found evidence for the use of movement tools, but there are some children with whom these tools have the opposite effect.
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Geology Rocks!
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Teaching Next Generation Science Standards is easy with the help of theater arts! Students explore the various aspects of earth science while reading, speaking, singing, and dancing about the concepts!
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Bring History To Life With Informational Texts
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

Tips on how to use more informational texts with your students.

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November Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern






It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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4 Ways to Balance Reading & Writing Instruction

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

 

Is your language arts instruction balanced? What’s good for reader’s workshop is good for writer’s workshop. This post outlines 4 ways to find that balance.
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Raise Your Hand
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 

Inspired by the Girls Scout’s new badge encouraging girls to speak up in class, this post offers some ways to encourage reluctant participants to raide their hand and speak up in your classroom.
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Great Gifts for Children

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

We all want to give our children their most desired gifts. Here are some inexpensive but worthwhile gifts that promote happy memories and rich relationships throughout their lives.

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Whoa, The Behaviors!
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

 

The students have become secure with you as their teacher. You’re starting to see that they are comfortable with each other as well. This combination is something you want; however, it can bring out behaviors in students that are distracting to all that you have worked for!
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3 Ways to Use Comic Strips as Writing Scaffolds

2livNlearn of 2livNlearn

 

Comic strips can be used a scaffold to make writing more accessible to learners, reduce intimidation, motivate students to share their thinking, and make writing fun!

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Thanksgiving Traditions and Fun Classroom Resources
By Greg Litton of  Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers

 

Do you enjoy special Thanksgiving Traditions? Here you will find some fun facts and two great resources.
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Bartering for Resources
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

 

Teaching students about the relationship of region to natural resource, and the importance of bartering amongst Native American tribes. This is a simple and effective lesson! FREEBIE
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8 Essential Handwiting Readiness Skills
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

This 4-minute video demonstrates what skills are needed for young children before they are ready to learn to print.
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Be sure to stop by all of the posts in our link up for Turkey Month



October Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
It’s October Teacher Talk Time…..Well, the first month of school is over and it’s BOO-tober, time for Halloween fun, Columbus Day and beautiful fall weather.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
 
If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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How to Talk to Parents and Keep them on Your Side

One of the main things I realized, after years of teaching, is that parents need you to care about their child, they want you to make their learning experience interesting, challenging and fun. The best way to do this is to make sure their little one knows that you are there to listen, and support them with positive reinforcement and encouragement
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 Changing the Face of Failure
 
Facing project failures in class and changing course with a growth mindset

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Project-Based Learning: Three Things to Remember When You Count Like an Egyptian

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Project-based learning is beneficial for so many reasons, but the reason that I love it so much is that it allows students to discover new passions that the curriculum doesn’t necessarily introduce.Project-based learning, however, is only as successful as the teacher’s pedagogy. Keep reading to hear me out!


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Math IS Fun and Games
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Keeping students engaged and working independently is challenging! Math games and task cards help Math Workshop to run smoothly. Be sure to download your FREEBIE!

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Is Your Classroom NGSS Ready?

By Kari Hammerschmitt of Anchors and ABC’s

There are many questions to consider as you plan for a successful year of science learning. What initial steps will you take with NGSS? 

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Get More From Your Writing Workshop
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

 

At the beginning of the school year, most students can easily write a couple of paragraphs about their summer vacation, a previous accomplishment, or what they hope to accomplish this school year. This is a piece of cake for the students! Then the real writing assignments begins. Many teachers ask themselves, “Where do I start?”
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Cooperative Learning Doesn’t Have to Be Hell
By Rebecca Olsen of 2LivNLearn

Want to know how to implement effective cooperative learning strategies in your classroom? Frustrated trying to manage your students’ behaviors? Cooperative learning doesn’t have to be hell with these expert tips and tricks. 
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What can I do about Halloween at School?
By Greg Litton of Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers

Does your school celebrate Halloween? Do you do alternative activities? 

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A Masked Task
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Sptlight

The table was set for dinner. Plastic dishes, spoons, and cups were attached to the tablecloth that covered a large box. Read on to discover, as I did, a unique and motivating format to inspire creative writing for all ages.

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Keep The CreativityBy Michelle Webb of 

Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Keep the creativity alive in your classroom.

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September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

 

It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
 
If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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The Magic of the Good Table
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

What my students taught me about the magic of sitting at the good table. Their perception of what made this table the good one was a great life lesson for me!

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9/11 A Teachable Moment in History
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.  I went through my usual morning routine, got in my car and drove to work thinking about my class and the kind of day it would be. I arrived at school, went to my room to gather my thoughts and prepare for what was ahead. Soon my students began to trickle into homeroom, announcements over and Channel One, our news channel had ended. We had our morning meeting, switched classes and World History began.Today’s students didn’t experience this and it’s history to them.  Many weren’t born yet and those that were, are too young to remember. It’s up to us to help them understand what happened that day and to never forget. 
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Got Game? 3 Tips for Making Games Effective for Learning
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

 Using games in the classroom is not a given for learning. Following three key teaching practice while using games WILL guarantee success! Check out the freebie, too!
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Building Amazing Digital Portfolios
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Would you like to start using digital mportfolios with your kids? Here is a short tutorial on creating and using them in your class with the new Google sites.
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3 easy ways to use data in your classroom
 By Katie De Leon of A Basket Full of Apples by Katie

 Do you use data in the classroom? Do you have your students use data? Using data can really help drive your instruction and help your students take ownership of their learning. There are many different ways that you can use data in your classroom.
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Increase the Good Behavior in Your Classroom
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Classroom management must be under control before learning can take place. You can have the best idea for a lesson, but without successful classroom management, it will more than likely flop. A well-managed classroom is more productive and will keep you from getting frazzled later on in the school year.
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It’s football season again. How much do you know about Traumatic Brain 
Injury?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

It’s football season again, and the start of driver’s ed. How much do you know about brain safety and how to educate kids with TBI?
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Teaching Newcomers Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful
By Rebecca Olsen of 2LivNlearn

Do you have a Newcomer or Non-English speaking student in your class? Don’t stress! Instead follow these tried and true steps for a smooth transition for you
 both. 
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Teach Kids to Listen the First Time
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

As students progress through school, listening skills receive less instruction with each progressive year. Read about a format to help teach you kids to listen to you the first time!
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Patricia Polacco, The Wonderful Author
By Shana of The Thrill of Third Grade

Patricia Polacco is one of my all-time favorite children’s authors.
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Painless Problem Solving Daily Routine
By Greg and Cheryl Litton of Learning Resources for Teachers

Do you struggle with teaching problem solving? Wouldn’t it be great if your students were excited about problem solving every day? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your students thought problem solving was FUN?
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Assessment Shortcuts
By Michelle Webb of Those Who Love Teaching

Learn tips and tools to assess your students. Strategies for making authentic assessment part of your teaching.
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Apples or Oranges, Handwriting, Practice or Instruction?
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Too often we as well-meaning parents or educators, because we want our children to be highly successful, skip steps and stages that children need.  Understanding these key steps for children will help us to provide them with tools vital for written language skills and lifelong learning. 
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I Love You California
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching

I’m always surprised when my students seem to not know much about their city, let alone the state they live in.  A terrific way to assess what your students know before you begin to teach geography is to ask them to draw their state and everything and anything they know about it. They are encouraged to label cities, attractions, bordering states, etc.
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Targeting High Achievers in Middle School Math
By Dr. Crystal Brown of Teaching to Change the World

In every classroom, there are students with varying levels of understanding regardless of the content. Teachers have a enormous task of reaching all those levels to help them meet or exceed the learning standards. Math is a subject that presents challenges for teachers to differentiate instruction.
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Remembering 9/11 A Teachable Moment in History

 

I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a  spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.  I went through my usual morning routine, got in my car and drove to work thinking about my class and the kind of day it would be. I arrived at school, went to my room to gather my thoughts and prepare for what was ahead. Soon my students began to trickle into homeroom, announcements over and Channel One, our news channel had ended. We had our morning meeting, switched classes and World History began.

At 9:20 we escorted our 6th graders to the gym for their P.E class, it was now our planning  period. As is our usual custom, my partner and I went to the office to check our mailboxes. Unfortunately, this was not to be an ordinary day, I turned when I heard a loud explosion  coming from the TV running in the office and was horrified by what I saw, it was the 2nd plane crashing into the World Trade Center. I felt as if I were in a nightmare, disbelief and terror filling my head. We both stood there speechless, unable to comprehend what our eyes were showing us. I called my husband and told him what had happened, he spent the day glued to the tv. Being a New Yorker for a good many years, he was affected deeply. To this day, he is unable to watch videos of that fateful day.

Today’s students didn’t experience this and it’s history to them.  Many weren’t born yet and those that were, are too young to remember. It’s up to us to help them understand what happened that day and to never forget.

Without further adieu, here’s your 9/11 teachable moment lesson plan.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Share feelings, understanding &amp; knowledge about 9/11
  • Clear up any misconceptions to  improve their understanding
  • Write a  questionnaire that they can use to interview an adult who remembers 9/11
  1. Introduce lesson by having the class speak with their partner about something new and or good that has happened in their lives. Share with the class.
  2. Find out if your class knows what anniversary is coming up.  Many will know. Have a brief discussion about it.
  3. Give each student the blank web diagram and have them free associate any words, ideas,  images that come to them and write them in the empty boxes that are provided.  Give them about 10-15 minutes or more.
  4. Draw a circle on the board with September 11 written inside.  Ask the class to share their free associations with you. Write each one on the board with lines leading to the center circle.
  5. Clear up any wrong information for them. Ask if they have any questions.

Let them know that throughout history, major events have occurred, that have left a lasting impression  on those who have lived through them and 9/11 was one of them.  Reiterate that the majority of grown-ups will remember it vividly. You may also want to ask the class if they know anyone who was personally effected by this catastrophe.

Assignment: The kids will be reporters for t.v, a newspaper or the internet, and their task will be to interview an adult who lived through this event.  They will come u p with at least 6-10 questions that require more than a yes or no answer.  They may work with a partner, in class, to come up with questions.

 Examples of the types of questions to ask:

  • How did you find out about the attacks and what were you doing at the time?
  • How did you feel about the attacks?
  • What are some of the pictures that have remained in your mind?
  • How did the rest of that day go for you?

As a group activity, choose the best questions, have them record them, and leave blank spaces between each one.  Pick a student to interview you while the rest of the class takes notes.  If you  plan on doing this over a few days, you may want to type the questions yourself and give the kids two copies, one for notes during your interview, and the other to use for their homework assignment.

Finally, have your students participate in a ceremony of remembrance by having them share their  interviews in class .

Evaluation and Culmination:

  • Have your class work in pairs to come up with at least one idea that they’ve learned from this activity.
  • Share with the class and discuss.
  • Encourage the kids to watch a 9/11 ceremony on t.v,  or the internet.

One more idea for you. You can have the class turn these interviews into a 9/11 Remembrance Book and add some illustrations that they’ve made.

Here’s a link to web charts for you to use.

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Resource: http://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/911-anniversary-teaching-guide

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