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August 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s August Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully those of you who are back to school this month are off to a great beginning with the best classes
 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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 Is Summer Vacation Over Already?
Someone posted on Facebook that August is like Sunday for teachers! We’re elated when the weekend comes around, and love Saturday, it’s one of our fun days, but then the dreaded Sunday comes, you have to correct papers, do lesson plans, and go to bed at a reasonable hour, you know the routine.  Then there’s the month of August, it just seems to zooooom by and before you know it your summer vacation is like a dream gone by.  But you do Love teaching, it’s your calling. Read on for some first day teaching tips.
How Morning Meeting Can Become a Sacred Space
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 Adding new practices to make Morning Meeting a peaceful and calm transition to your teaching and learning day.

 5 Meaningful No-Prep Activities for the First Week of School
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools 

If you’re frantically planning for your first day or week of school, here are five tried & true activities (not busy work!) to keep your students engaged while you get to observe and learn more about them. And be sure to download all the FREEBIES!

 Developing Powerful, Enthusiastic Readers

 Every teacher wants a classroom filled with powerful and enthusiastic readers. This is a terrific goal for the new school year…and it can be accomplished with
this design.
 Free Video to Teach Prepositional Phrases
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Here’s a FREE video to teach prepositional phrases.

 Developing and Writing Effective Lesson Plans for Math
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

 We often hear of research based strategies and how to use them in our classrooms. Having worked at two colleges in the past ten years, I have discovered that some who are doing this research have never been in a classroom or taught anyone under the age of 18! (Sad but True) 

  Using Math Centers in the Upper Elementary Classroom
By Kris McWilliams of Mistakes Allow Things to Happen

 Thinking about adding Math Centers to your classroom math block? This article will help you take steps to implement a plan in an upper elementary school classroom.

 Ease New School Year Teacher Anxiety
 By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Tips to ease Teachers’ back to school anxiety.

 Math Games: Observing Your Students Makes Back-to-School a Breeze!
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs 

 Want to know an easy peasy way to really get to know your kiddos at the beginning of the year? Play some math games with them and sit back and watch. This is one teacher’s approach to collecting student data.


Recommended Reading Board
By Erik Arndt of Insights to English

Create a wall display of books (or better yet: series of books) that your students should consider reading. Make sure to have a variety of formats and genres so that there’s something for everyone!

 This is the Time to Start Your Year Off Right With an Amazing Close Reading Lesson
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

 This is the time to start your year off right with an amazing close reading
lesson. As the school year starts, this is the best time to start with
close reading.


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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!

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



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


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.

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.

Finding Success With a Challenging Class
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing


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. 

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.


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

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

Don’t Let the Pencil Craze Get to You!


Are pencils driving you crazy?

Students not having a pencil?

Losing them? Breaking the tip?

The pencil craze got to me too!  It doesn’t need to!  During my student teaching we had cups with pencils at each group that we sharpened every morning and ensured there were plenty in each cup, which was great!  That was in first grade. Over the years, I became use to about 2-3 students per class not having a pencil, therefore, I always purchased a box or two at a time and handed pencils out to those students.   This year was a little different for me and the pencil craze got me!  So many lost pencils, broken pencil tips, or students just didn’t have a pencil.

I felt pencil crazed!  A solution must be found!!!

After much thought I came up with my “Pencil Station”!

Read All About My Pencil Station at MMooreEducationalResources.com! 


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New Beginnings: Classroom Organization

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Are you looking for Ways to Organize your Classroom?

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 You’ve come to the right place!

Get help from these seasoned and creative educators from Caring is Sharing Teacher Collaborator Blog Hop


By Mary Carr of Carrberry Creations

Feeling over whelmed by where to start when organizing your classroom this year? Find strategies for success int his blog post.


by Jenny Kramer of Miss Jenny and Edutunes

As you prepare for the beginning of the school year, consider organizing your day–and your lesson plans–around music. Music brings joy to both students and teachers. Songs are amazing tools for organizing a classroom, and managing a classroom, in a very positive way.


By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Great ideas for classroom organization to save you time and money.


By Marypat Mahoney of Just Add Students

Looking for some quick tips to help you organize your desk this year? Here are 7 tips to help you get there! #5 is my favorite!


By Crystal Brown of Dr. Crystal Brown

Learn how Microsoft OneNote can improve how you plan as teacher, organize your notes and files from meetings and professional development and share them with colleagues. 


How Using Binders Saved My Teacher Sanity

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

How a disorganized person found a way to bring organization to my teaching life.


By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It seems like every year, summer vacation goes quicker and quicker and before we know it, school comes a calling. What I’ve always liked about teaching is that each year is a new beginning. What happened last year is in the past and I’m always so happy to meet my new charges. New challenges, new things to teach, new things to learn, different methods and programs keep my teaching fresh. I’m going to share some of the things that I do to organize my classroom into a good environment for learning.



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