Sunday, August 30, 2015

Behavior Management Cards

I am a big believer in having a behavior management system that allows some flexibility for the teacher, as well as give multi-sensory cues to the student.

In middle school, I knew a clip chart wasn't going to fly. So I created a card reminder system. 

While creating the cards, I thought of three main behaviors I wanted to see. These were: Teamwork, hard work, including staying on task, and evidence of higher-level thinking. I named these "Praise Cards". 

Then, I thought of the three main behaviors I wanted to curb. These were: Talking at inappropriate times, off-task behaviors, and leaving the group or their seat at inappropriate times. I named these "Reminder Cards".  

If I see a desired behavior, they get a Praise Card to keep for the period.  At the end, they write their name on a slip of paper to be entered into a drawing for prizes.  I plan to draw names about once every month or so.

If I see negative behaviors, I give a verbal warning first.  If the behavior continues, I give the Reminder Card.  If it still continues, I give a written referral (our school policy).  I find that having a reminder in front of them usually curbs the behavior for the period.

I made a PowerPoint of the cards so I could print as many as I needed.
This editable PowerPoint includes:
~4 "Reminder Cards" for talking
~4 "Reminder Cards" for off-task behavior
~4 "Reminder Cards" for being out of seats
~4 "Praise Cards" for teamwork
~4 "Praise Cards" for hard work
~4 "Praise Cards" for higher-level thinking

If you want to pick up a copy, click here.

Do you use a card system in your classroom?  I'd love to hear how!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Virginia is for Teachers!

I am proud to be part of a new collaborative blog known as Virginia is for Teacher Bloggers!

This is just a lovely group of teachers from Virginia with diverse backgrounds and skills.  We share tips, resources, and (my favorite) FREEBIES!

Come check out the prizes and resources we are offering by clicking HERE.  Can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Secret Sale!

TpT is having a secret sale for TODAY ONLY!

Don't miss it!  Click HERE to go to my store and see what's on sale!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Life Science Cooperative Learning Clock Partners

I've always liked using Clock Buddies in my elementary classroom.  I love how quickly it can create pairs and quads for cooperative learning.

I've been wanting to create something specific to Life Science/Biology that functions the same.  So I use 12 of the key Life Science terms and used them in place of the clock numbers.

I will give this to the students on the second or third day and have them attach it to the front of their science notebooks.

If you'd like to pick up a copy, click here.

Do you use a clock partner system?  I'd love to hear how!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's Time for a Sale!

I am beginning to get my lessons ready for the start of school in a couple of weeks. So I was excited when TpT shared that they would be having their Back to School sale on August 3rd and 4th (this Monday and Tuesday)!

Everything in my TpT store will be 20% off!

So, stop by my store to get 28% off on August 3-4th!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Teacher Savior: Pork Roast

I love my slow cooker!  It lets me avoid the stove and spend 30 minutes or less to come home to a hot meal.  This saves my life on long days, not just those school days.

This time, I'm making pork roast, noodles, and gravy. Even my 16-month-old and picky-eater-husband love it!  Even better:  There are few ingredients and dishes to clean up after the prep.  

2 cans Cream of Mushroom Condensed soup
*1 packet brown gravy + 1 beef bouillon + 1 soup can of water cube OR 1 can condensed French Onion Soup
**1-3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water

3 pound pork roast
Whole wheat egg noodles or mashed potatoes

*I have used both.  Here's the difference:

  • The gravy + bouillon + water will give you a creamier texture and slightly saltier taste.  **You will also need to add more cornstarch to the final gravy to make it thicker than you would if you use the French Onion 
  • The French Onion Soup adds a lot of onion chunks to the gravy.  If you don't like onions in your gravy, you need to strain them out before making the gravy.

In the slow cooker, mix together the soups OR gravy + bouillon + can of water (see above for how to choose between the two).  Add the roast and flip a few times to make sure it's coated.  

Do NOT add the 1/4 cup of water yet.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6.

Remove pork and let it rest on a cutting board or plate.  Mine is almost so tender that I don't need a knife to cut it!

Turn the slow cooker on high, put the lid back on, and let it get good and hot while you start the water for the noodles or potatoes.  After the cooker is hot, add the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water and stir until it's thickened to your desired consistency.  

Pour over noodles or potatoes and enjoy!

Do you find your slow cooker to be a teacher savior?  I'd love to hear how you use yours!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Interactive Science Notebook Setup FREEBIE

As I am beginning to think about classroom expectations and procedures for the upcoming year, I am starting with Interactive Notebooks.  These are a crucial part of my daily learning routine.  They worked excellently last year, so they are making a repeat performance this year!

First step, gather teacher and student materials for direct instruction and student output.  It's fairly simple: Notebooks, paper, tape/glue, writing materials, and rubrics.

Then I create examples of what teacher input looks like.  For example, note-taking or bellringers (the review question posted on the board as the students enter the room).

Next, I plan possible student output examples to show student mastery of content.

Then I plan out what kind of stations you want to use for cooperative and independent learning.  These are the stations I use on "Lab Day" so that not all students are doing the same learning activity at the same time.

These are some of the examples included in my Interactive Science Notebook FREEBIE.  If you'd like to pick up your copy, click here.

If you're interested in the complete Interactive Notebook Packet:
It is part of my 23-page Interactive Science Notebook packet.  This packet includes:
~Materials suggestions
~Teacher planning sheets
~Suggested station activities
~Table of Contents pages
~How to make bookmarks
~Input activities: 
~Note Taking Strategies (PLAN and Cornell)
~Output activities:
~Thinking Stems
~Concept Map
~Compare and Contrast
~Vocabulary template

You can pick up a copy by clicking here.

Do you use Interactive Notebooks?  I'd love to hear how!