# Tag Archives : #MarchTeacherTalk

## March Teacher Talk

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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## For a multitude of teachers and kids, the anticipation of spring and excitement of summer break are shrouded by stressful thoughts that emerge during testing season.  Of course, if you’re an educator, you can’t get away from it, stress is your ever present companion, it’s an inherent part of the job, especially during this time of year. To add insult to injury, if your students do poorly, it’s on you.

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The Thief of Joy
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Finding joy in the selection of read-alouds this month.

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Slope for Vertical and Horizontal Lines

I work in the Math Lab at the community college where I also teach. Last week, I had two College Algebra students who were having difficulty with slope. They knew the equation y = mx + b, but were unsure when it came to horizontal or vertical lines. Read how I used visuals to help these students.

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By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Check out this advice from a famous basketball coach. It can be effectively applied to teaching, too.

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Watermelon Subtraction
By Margot Gentile of Margot Gentile

Watermelon slices naturally look like big smiles, don’t they? There will be smiles all around as children manipulate the movable parts to “bite” into watermelon slices and remove seeds. They will be delighted to “see” and understand the concept of subtraction and teachers will love this freebie!

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6 Confusing Words to Master
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Learning to master confusing words, is an essential skill for all writers.

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Today We Are Leprechauns

Learn how you can use STEM in your elementary classroom this March with a fun Leprechaun activity. All smart Leprechauns hide their gold, but a truly tricky one will also build a protective container to keep out humans. Check out the ideas my students came up with in this St. Patrick’s Day STEM lesson.

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Classroom Seating Arrangements for Grades 4-8
By  Marcy Howe of It’s A Teacher Thing

Classroom seating arrangements can make or break a classroom. Learn about four classroom seating arrangements that work and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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Striving & Thriving: Remembering Purpose in the Reading Classroom
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings

Sometimes, your teaching attitude just nose dives into the concrete pavement, and sometimes it takes new learning opportunities and our students to remind us that we are striving and thriving. Grab a box of tissues!
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Building Student Empowerment
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

It was my first year of teaching and I was a little nervous and very excited about my first parent-teacher conferences. 3 parents out of my 27 students showed up. 30+ years later. . I have 100% parent participation.

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Make sure you stop by and read the informative posts submitted by all of these awesome educators.

## 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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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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Make sure you stop by and read the informative posts submitted by all of these awesome educators.

## March Teacher Talk

St. Patrick’s day and so many teacher tried and true ideas are here for you this March. Best yet, spring is next week and the end of the year will be here before you know it.

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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Zen Classroom

Some ideas for bringing peace and calm to your classroom, using practices found in yoga.

A Disciplined Child is a Happy Child

I can’t express enough that one of the worst things a teacher can do is to prejudge a class or a student before they even enter the room. Let’s face it, some kids get along better with some teachers than they do with others, so it’s better to listen but with a grain of salt and                                                                                           make your own judgment.

Make Math FUN this St. Patrick’s Day

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun time of year and can break up break up the monotony of the winter months and make way for some fun! I think you will enjoy this limited release of engaging activities for students to use while still sticking with my curriculum. I have made these math riddles to combine fun and learning for this time of year.

Harnessing the Wind

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Exploring NGSS physical science with some engineering! A true inspirational story motivate students to apply the engineering process to real life.

Illuminated Angles: Using Medieval History to Classify Angles

Math doesn’t have to make you or your students cry. This explores one way to make measuring and classifying angles fun while “getting your history and literacy on.” Guaranteed teacher smiles AND student engagement.

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## March Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Welcome to our March Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  We have so many fab things this month from  Women’s History Month to Reading and Math activities, as well as Easter Stem Olympics, there’s even a post on Kite Flying to reward your classes for good behavior. So relax with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and take a look at what these educators have to say. You’ll be happy you did!

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs and blogging buddies and 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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Finding positive role models for our students in Women’s History.

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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.

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Women’s History Month

It’s Women’s History Month. Here are some great books to read to your kids!

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Pi Day is March 14th

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

What is Pi Day? Why was March 14th chosen?

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Using Core Words Every Day

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Teaching AAC users to communicate doesn’t take a lot of fancy materials or extra planning. Most of the time it’s as simple as engaging the learner with what he likes to do.

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Fast-Paced Fractions

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools

Fraction review is filled with action & movement! Playing Scoot gets students up & moving, while practicing fraction concepts!

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March Into Eggstravagant Math

By M. Moore of Moore Resources

March into an Eggstravagant Math Activity. Enjoy a great activity I’ve completed with First Graders & Middle Schoolers! Every year around spring break I’ve enjoyed executing this wonderful fun egg math activity with my students. There’s minimal prep time and materials for this activity.

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By Shametria L. Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Menus, a content-focused set of options from which students choose activities and tasks on which to work, are a great way to add some challenge and pizzazz to your everyday mathematics curriculum and can be created for a variety of purposes and designed to include a variety of activities. In this 4-part series, I share four of my favorite math menus that provide instant opportunities for differentiation because students choose which activities they would like to complete based on their own interest and ability levels. Each post describes a different menu, provides examples of how to use it, illustrates advantages and disadvantages, and includes sample work from some of my past students.

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By Megan Bodman of Adventures in Teaching 4th

Get 8 tips for recharging your batteries during the time of year when stress is high!

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Easter STEM Olympics

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

Blog post outlines 5 egg-celent Easter-themed STEM challenges that can be modified for use with grades 2-8: Nice Nest, Carrot Carriage, Bean Bind, Basket Bounce, and

Egg-hanced.

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By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Increase student time on task with a few simple yet effective tools.

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Zones of Regulation: Using Visuals for Feedback and Self-Regulation

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Do your children shut down or act out when they hear your voice giving then behavioral cues and feedback?  If so, visual cues can be a lifesaver!

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If This Spells D-E-A-D How Do You Spell Head?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Manipulating sounds in words can be a very difficult task for students who just can’t figure out how the individual sounds go together to make words, and how they can come apart.

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## Let’s Go Fly a Kite

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

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.

I am going to show you how to make simple kites that your class will love doing.

Materials for a garbage bag kite:  plastic bags, two sticks, string, a ribbon and a nice windy day.

Step 1:  Take two sticks, wooden dowels, or garden stakes and put them into the shape of a cross., one horizontally and one vertically. Place the horizontal stick about a third of the way down and tie them together with a string.

Step 2: Wrap the string securely around the horizontal and vertical sticks so that they stay together.

Step 3:  Cut the bag to fit the kite frame. Secure tightly by tying the ends of the bag to the frame at the tip of each dowel or stick.

Step 4:  Tie string from one side of the horizontal stick to the other, make it loose so that it forms a triangle, see first picture in step #4. Tie a large ball of string to thebottom part of the vertical stick. Loop under the loose portion of the horizontal string and tie a knot then tie another knot where the horizontal and vertical strings meet. You’ll know you’ve done it right if you see a triangle shape. See 2nd image in step #4.

Step 5: Tie some colorful ribbons to the end of the kite to give it balance. If it seems flimsy , you can attach washers to the ribbons to add support.

Step 6: Voila, your kites are complete. All you need is a sunny and windy March day and some space for your kids to run with their kites. Have fun. By the way, you can have a contest to see which kite flies the highest or the best.

Another fun thing that I’ve done with the kids is to take them camping at the end of the school year, but that’s another story.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

Deann

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