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maybe turn something like this into an interactive white board activity, in which students draw onto the white board but write their message at their desk, and then have students come up and share what they wrote next to their drawing Journal Topics, Journal Prompts, Daily Writing Prompts, Writing Topics, Writing Assignments, Morning Board, Morning Activities, Bell Work, Responsive Classroom

Whiteboard Journals • Desks & Dreams

For my Publishing class, I get my students in the mood for writing by doing a daily journal prompt. So far, I’ve borrowed a lot of these ideas from Pinterest, but my students really enjoy seeing what the question and illustration will be for the day. I try to set aside some time to doodle (which ends up calming me as well) each day to make the writing prompt fun and colorful. Here are some of them so far! It ends up being a great use of my whiteboard and starts the class off with reflection…

Classroom management for upper elementary can be a challenge. Try this teacher vs students classroom management game - Teacher Organization, Teacher Tools, Teacher Hacks, Teacher Resources, Teacher Binder, Teacher Letters, Class Tools, Organized Teacher, Teacher Supplies

Let's Talk Parent-Teacher Conferences

I am not sure how you feel about parent-teacher conferences, but when chatting to colleagues, I have encountered everything from frustration and dislike, to enjoyment and gratification. Personally, I love them: I find that meeting the parents or guardians of the teens I work with every day can be the most insightful, valuable and constructive experience. Below are just a few of the top tips I have garnered from my many meetings with parents (often learned the hard way)…

Zoom Activities to Use with Distance Learning – Lucky Little Learners It’s important to set some Zoom etiquette before meeting with your class. These Zoom ground rules will set the tone so that your meetings are more productive. Online Classroom, Classroom Rules, Google Classroom, Flipped Classroom, Classroom Ideas, Teaching Tips, Learning Resources, Home Learning, Learning Spaces

Zoom Activities to Use with Distance Learning

Zoom is being used by teachers and students all over the world right now. Here are our favorite Zoom activities to use with your classroom.

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Emergency Door Curtain Organizer

Emergency Door Curtain Organizer: Safety in our schools is at the forefront of everyone's mind, and back-to-school time is a great time for teachers to take a moment to prepare for anything the year may bring. One item safety officials recommend for the classroom is a device to blo…

I January 17 at PM é One of my friends told me about a powerful lesson in her daughter's high school class this winter. They're learning about the Salem Witch Trials, and their teacher told them they were going to play a game. "I'm going to come aroun Faith In Humanity Restored, The More You Know, Life Advice, Mind Blown, Thought Provoking, Mood, Witch Trials, In This World, Normal Person

I January 17 at 6:38 PM é One of my friends told me about a powerful lesson in her daughter's high school class this winter. They're learning about the Salem Witch Trials, and their teacher told them they were going to play a game. "I'm going to come around and whisper to each of you whether you're a witch or a normal person. Your goal is to build the largest group possible that does NOT have a witch in it. At the end, any group found to include a witch gets a failing grade." The teens dove into grilling each other. One fairly large group formed, but most of the students broke into small, exclusive groups, turning away anyone they thought gave off even a hint of guilt. "Okay," the teacher said. "You've got your groups. Time to find out which ones fail. All witches, please raise your hands." No one raised a hand. The kids were confused and told him he'd messed up the game. "Did I? Was anyone in Salem an actual witch? Or did everyone just believe what they'd been told?" And that is how you teach kids how easy it is to divide a community. Keep being welcoming, beautiful people. Shunning, scapegoating and dividing destroy far more than they protect. We're all in this together. - iFunny :)

I January 17 at 6:38 PM é One of my friends told me about a powerful lesson in her daughter's high school class this winter. They're learning about the Salem Witch Trials, and their teacher told them they were going to play a game. "I'm going to come around and whisper to each of you whether you're a witch or a normal person. Your goal is to build the largest group possible that does NOT have a witch in it. At the end, any group found to include a witch gets a failing grade." The teens dove…

Quality Work Alert INSPECT what you EXPECT is part of Teaching classroom management - assignment the best it can be! 5th Grade Classroom, Middle School Classroom, School Teacher, Future Classroom, Year 6 Classroom, Ks2 Classroom, Music Classroom, Teacher Organization, Teacher Tools

Quality Work Alert: INSPECT what you EXPECT - At Whit’s End

You know that feeling. You have spent hours or even days preparing a set of lesson plans you feel are so engaging for your kiddos! Heck, you even have pulled students into your planning to get their input on how you can make the lesson/assignment the best it can be! At the end of the […]

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Glow and Grow Goal-Setting

It's parent-teacher conference time, and I always like to include students' input whenever possible. They do not attend our conferences, and without their voice, it always seems a bit too one-dimensional. I have used goal-setting sheets in the past (HERE), but wanted to mix it up a bit this year. Working with Growth Mindset, I created a "Glow & Grow" form for students to fill out. The "Glow" side contains what they are most proud of in that subject, while the "Grow" side contains their…