Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Guided Reading Stations are Great for Multi-Teacher Classrooms!

Yesterday was great because...
1) It was pajama day!
2) I was able to take pictures of the amazing kindergarten and first grade teams using station teaching to instruct all students during reading time.

Many co-teachers will tell you that having other adults in the room can be wonderful but it also can be tricky. How do you utilize every general education teacher, learning specialist, paraprofessional, speech therapist, social worker, and occupational therapist that comes in to provide supports? 

Here are some great examples from our kindergarten and first grade teams. Some professionals are working in small groups, some are working individually with students, some are teaching and some are managing more independent centers. Whatever the focus, it's clear that every adult in both of these classrooms has a role, knows their role, and is able to support students in meaningful ways.  

Take a look at how each professional is working with a group of students in a different area of the room.
Check out this class of 30+ first graders! Some groups are working with teachers and others are working on an independent activity.
In both K and first, teachers are using small groups of varying sizes to teach specific reading skills.

Below are some pictures from our kindergarteners and first graders working independently. When I took these pictures, I noticed that every single student was focused on their work and knew exactly what needed to get done. 

Here is an example of students working on two different activities at the same table.
The first grade class uses the Time Timer as a reminder to switch to their next station after 20 minutes.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Turning Inspirational Quotes into Reality in your Classroom

I am not always convinced that a beautiful graphic or clever font and a few quick words can really impact me in a real way. That being said, there are a few quotes, comics, and sayings that catch my eye. I've accumulated my favorites and posted them below. What's more (There's more?!?! What a treat!), I've included how to take these lovely words and incorporate them into your teaching and classroom. Now these quotes are way more than just inspirational... they have a purpose!

First off let's thank Michael J. Fox for the words of wisdom! I agree wholeheartedly, Mr. Fox!
How can I use this in my classroom?

How can I use this in my classroom?
  • Agree on a day and time each week to meet face to face... and stick to it!
  • Lesson plan together (templates here, here, and here)
  • Share your lesson plans and modifications via email, Dropbox, or Google Drive
  • Ask your colleagues for their help or their opinion
  • Talk to others about the work they are doing in class
  • Plan for when you're not in the classroom
How can I use this in my classroom? 
How can I use this in my classroom?

How can I use this in my classroom?

How can I use this in my classroom?