Many of us have been there: You transition into your math block to a class full of groans. You ask yourself, “How did I get here? Why do my students hate math?” After many years of teaching math to lots of different grade levels, I have a few explanations and some ideas on how to encourage your students to love math.
Let me just say this… individualized newsletters are awesome! For the longest time I would have parents call me with questions that were answered in my monthly newsletter. It got me thinking: What can I do to get students to get the newsletters to their parents, and how can I get parents to read them?
How I ended up using individualized newsletters
Two years ago I decided that the problem was the format of the newsletter.
Classroom reward systems evolve every couple of years, but one thing stays the same: prepping and managing some systems can be VERY difficult. Read on for the types of reward systems to try and the ones to stay far, far away from.
A good classroom reward system has a small number of moving parts. It can be prepped once a month, or even less. It should include ways to recognize individual students for meeting their goals (behavior and academic),
A writing station is an area designated for writing resources like dictionaries, pens, pencils, and more. It can be on a bookshelf, table, desk, or any other area you designate only for writing. Read on to find out the important of a writing station and how to create one for your classroom!
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Why you need a writing station
Keep Resources and Supplies Organized
Keeping your writing resources in one place is a smart strategy.
The most important part of PBL is choosing a topic that your students will be interested in. You can choose a general category (animals) or zoom in on a specific topic (penguins). It’s up to you! Keep an eye on your class for a few weeks to figure out what they’re interested in.
Whether you’re headed back to school or looking for new ideas mid-year, you have to check out these must-have resources! Read on for my must-have classroom items!
Ok, so no pencil sharpener is completely indestructible (especially around kids), but this is the closest I’ve found. My search for the perfect (or at least working) pencil sharpener started my first year teaching. After my first three electric sharpeners broke,