Teachers, parents, and children are all gearing up for the first day of school. Take some advice from an established teacher and don’t try to lecture on the first day! Your students won’t be paying attention. Instead, try this activity.
Break away from expensive, one-size-fits-all curricula and incorporate tradebooks into your reading instruction utilizing book clubs and reading groups. Most of your students will enjoy breaking away from the traditional textbook and giving voice to their opinions about popular books.
The Program “Drop Everything and Read” is a valuable component to the elementary classroom. Don’t make it the activity you squeeze in, only if you have time. Rather, take a hard look at curriculum requirements, and make independent reading the priority in the classroom it should be.
If teachers want to motivate their students and help them learn while doing so, consider giving children a chance to sing, act, and perform. Children’s theater is an excellent way to bring even the most reserved child out of his shell.
In my experience, your school year will go much smoother if you begin the year focused on building community in your classroom. The following ideas can be implemented at any time, but will probably work best in the first months of the school year.
If you’re looking for a great resource on taking the competition out of games and sport activities read the book “Everyone Wins” by Josette and Sambhava Luvmour. Learn how to put some of their ideas into practice here.
Children enter our schools motivated and excited to learn. It’s only after teachers start “motivating” them that they typically become unmotivated to learn.
How does grading relate to the purpose of assessment? Are we so caught up in assigning numbers to rate our students that we forget the purpose of evaluating students?
Character building programs along with pedagogy that emphasizes cooperative learning should be a part of every elementary student classroom. A school teaches character one way or the other and the children reflect the values of its leaders and teachers.
The reading process involves fluency and comprehension, the latter of which is usually sacrificed by focusing too much on the skills aspects of reading. Parents can help their children make sense of what they read using a handful of time-tested strategies.
Teachers who have an extraordinarily shy child in their class may want to take a closer look at the child’s behavior, as he or she may have symptoms of a child anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism or SM for short. Certain teaching strategies can be employed after SM is diagnosed.