Vicki Davis

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wincherella:

talesofan8thgradeteacher:

Another character education idea for you, courtesy of my grade partner!
180 gifts - “Today is a gift, that is why it’s called the ‘present’”
At the beginning of the year she gave each student a 5 index cards. They could write an inspiring quote, poem, phrase, song lyric, etc on each one. Now each day, right at the start of class, she pulls one from the pile randomly and reads it. It’s her little way of starting every day with a positive tone. Also, it serves as a count up to the 100th day (or countdown to the end of the year if its that kind of week).
They look forward to it daily! And other teachers, classes, students stop by to get a little uplifting boost in their day!

Reblogging to try after Christmas

Love this idea! I am doing this!!

wincherella:

talesofan8thgradeteacher:

Another character education idea for you, courtesy of my grade partner!

180 gifts - “Today is a gift, that is why it’s called the ‘present’”

At the beginning of the year she gave each student a 5 index cards. They could write an inspiring quote, poem, phrase, song lyric, etc on each one. Now each day, right at the start of class, she pulls one from the pile randomly and reads it. It’s her little way of starting every day with a positive tone. Also, it serves as a count up to the 100th day (or countdown to the end of the year if its that kind of week).

They look forward to it daily! And other teachers, classes, students stop by to get a little uplifting boost in their day!

Reblogging to try after Christmas

Love this idea! I am doing this!!

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dawdle longer: What do you do when you are out of ideas?

dawdlingaudrey:

I hit a wall. A BIG, ugly, “I have no idea how to make this anthology interesting or relevant” wall.

I was talking to my fellow Middle Grades ELAR TA this afternoon, and she is having a similar problem with the class she is teaching this semester. The trouble is, we are all each other really has….

I hit Twitter and look for ideas. I search for the words “lesson plans” in quotes along with the topic I’m searching for. I spend time looking at what other teachers do. But, like you, I never never settle.

I’ve been teaching 11 years and often feel unequipped. I lose sleep before the year starts wondering if I’m ready. But once I get in there, it is all OK. I am going to teach if it kills me (and them perhaps). But it is what I do. I don’t stop until they “get it.”

Sounds like you’re doing that to. Welcome to teaching - you’re going to be fine.

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Light a match

Remember the enthusiasm you had when starting out? If you threw out all of your files and started over - what would you keep? What would you toss? I almost think sometimes a fire in the filing cabinet might do a lot of us some good - we could start fresh and just bring out the best stuff. Think I might light a match.

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My Cool Cat teacher profile on @sharemylesson

I’m testing the share my lesson site, in particular, the friending feature. I’ve friended some people that I know but was hoping that some of you who are planning to join the site  or are already there would friend me. (If you’re doing common core, it is a must join to get free resources and lesson plans aligned to common core.) This is the sister site to the TES site out of the UK that I’ve been using for some time now and if you have a profile there, just log in with that and accept the terms to move things over. If you uploaded to the TES site, you’ll want to move over those resources. Thanks for helping me test it.  Full disclosure, I’ve been doing work for TES and share my lesson for some time now. As you can tell, I do love what they are doing and their passion to help teachers mobilize and organize their own free content to share with others. the TES site uses the UK system and standards and now they’ve done the same thing in the US. Thanks for helping me test. (I would also appreciate someone sending me a message to see if that works too and you can message me any feedback and I’ll pass it along.) http://bit.ly/NdlZ0k

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Space Station Kids — talk about a great site to use during the last week of school.
kbkonnected:

Space Station Kids
#elemchat #spedchat #scichat #space
Learn about outer space, the international space station, what life is like in outer space.  They also include a short quiz based on what you have learned from the site.
Screenshot below on what you will find under the tab “Life in Space” Many questions that kids really have are answered.

Included in  Sensational Science Sites
You may also like…
Living in Space: Designing a Space Station
Build Your Own Space Mission
100 Amazing Online Tools to Learn about Outer Space
The Museum of Unnatural History
Pluto Rap

Space Station Kids — talk about a great site to use during the last week of school.

kbkonnected:

Space Station Kids

#elemchat #spedchat #scichat #space

Learn about outer space, the international space station, what life is like in outer space.  They also include a short quiz based on what you have learned from the site.

Screenshot below on what you will find under the tab “Life in Space” Many questions that kids really have are answered.

Included in  Sensational Science Sites

You may also like…

Living in Space: Designing a Space Station

Build Your Own Space Mission

100 Amazing Online Tools to Learn about Outer Space

The Museum of Unnatural History

Pluto Rap

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