The first month of school is filled with so many new adventures. There is so much to do regarding setting up classroom routines. We don’t start teaching content until a few weeks into the school year. Up until that time, we see what new our students can do. We generally assess reading and writing and review math. This is a great way to get to know your students so you can plan your lessons for their needs. Here are nine free activities we use for the first month of school.[Read more…] about 15 Free Activities for the First Month of School
Back to School
One of the most effective classroom management strategies is the classroom community you build with your students. We start our school year with collaborative tasks to help students get to know each other. These activities help students learn to communicate and build trust. Collaborative tasks help students learn to work together toward the classroom community they want to achieve.
Come learn more about how we use collaborative tasks in our classroom.[Read more…] about How to Use Collaborative Tasks to Create Classroom Community
One of our favourite things to do on the first day of school is a simple art project. We’ve collected some art projects for back to school that we’ve used over the years to help us get to know our new students. Self-portraits and names are great ways to get to know the personalities of your new students. Even more, having conversations while students are working is a fantastic way to get kids talking without realizing they are sharing.
Come check out these art projects for back to school (that can work any time of year)[Read more…] about Simple Art Projects for Back to School
We created a back to school checklist to think about what might happen this year. It’s not possible to predict exactly what will happen. Things tend to be getting back to normal, but it the past few years have tuaght us anything, don’t get complacent. You might be teaching in person, online or some sort of combination of these things.
You might be teaching a new subject or a new grade level. You might not know anything about what you’ll be doing.
None of it is within your control. So, let’s talk about the things you can control and get ready before you have to go back to school no matter how it looks.[Read more…] about Your Must-Do Back to School Survival Checklist
It was the first day we were allowed to reenter the school after a major renovation. It was a disaster. Before the end of the previous year, we packed up everything and carefully labeled it. Nothing was returned to the classrooms. Students would be arriving in ONE day! Yup! You heard that right.
What a nightmare! Fortunately, we worked with the most amazing staff on the planet. We planned out a solution to bring everyone’s anxiety level down to a manageable level. We hosted a walking set-up bus.
What is a walking set-up bus? Keep reading to find out.[Read more…] about How to Get Your Classroom Set Up in One Day
We firmly believe that teachers should enjoy the time off they have and shouldn’t be forced to work. It’s the time we all need to replenish and prepare, but if you’re a little like us, you thrive when you are well-planned and prepared. It’s time to get organized for the year ahead.
That’s why we wrote this post. These are the things we try to get done over the summer months so we don’t have to worry about them in the first days of school. having a simple plan makes answering the bombardment of questions from students so much easier.
Are you getting ready to start a new school year? Well, keep reading because these common sense things are the things you should be thinking about. We’re sharing them because these are all things we messed up in the past and want to pass down our wisdom.[Read more…] about 5 Things To Get Organized Before the School Year Starts