Communicating Student Behavior

Behavior management is always a hot topic. There are some teachers that are strongly against clip charts while others would never dream of getting rid of theirs. Some schools or districts mandate what tool is used for behavior management. The bottom line is that as long as you are using something that works in your classroom that is great.
Behavior management is always a hot topic. I'm not here to convince you one method is better than another. I'm here to talk to you about the importance of communicating behaviors in the classroom to parents. Find out the easiest and most effective way I've found to communicate with parents DAILY.

I'm not here to convince you one method is better than another. I'm here to talk to you about the importance of communicating behaviors in the classroom to parents. I've found the easiest way to communicate daily with your parents about classroom behavior is to send home a behavior calendar. I know, I know... this is nothing new. But do you ever consider what your behavior calendar can do for you?

Community Circle Discussion Starters

Some classes participate in Community Circle weekly, while other teachers find it more valuable to make it part of their daily routine. Most teachers set aside 10-20 minutes per session. When starting out you should model, later you can choose students to lead. When you begin you might want to choose one word answer prompts to help encourage students who are nervous about sharing. This is also good when you have a schedule change that leaves you short on time; but the goal should be to move beyond that to answers that will help you learn more about each other and strengthen the sense of community in your classroom.


There are just a couple important rules to follow:

Crayon Storage Made Easy!

I don't know about your classroom, but I've always found crayons cause a lot of trouble! Someone broke their blue, someone lost their red, all the yellows disappeared from table one, etc. Then magically at the end of the day all those crayons end up on the floor!


One way I've found to combat the crayon complication is to have a central location where all the extra crayons are stored.

12 Items That Might Be Missing In Your Classroom

You’ve spent countless hours planning, organizing, and creating an inviting learning environment. You feel a sense of pride as you step back surveying your room while at the same time thinking to yourself “What did I forget?” It is kind of like packing for a trip, no matter how well you plan, you’re going to forget something and not realize it until the very moment you need it.

Four Reasons to Focus on Word Families

Word families, words with the same the same rime, are also known as phonograms. They are an important tool in helping emergent readers learn to decode words. They help children use patterns to recognize letters and sounds that work together in a systematic way to form words.



Here are four reasons to focus on word family instruction: 

Five Ways to Build Rapport with Parents

Parent communication can make or break your classroom. Begin building rapport with your students and their parents right from the start!


Three Books to Ease Student Anxiety

The first week of school can be tough for a lot students, especially kindergartners or first graders. Kids may be worried about making new friends or meeting a new teacher. They could also be nervous about entering a new grade level. Whatever the source of their anxiety, taking the time to validate their feelings will help your students feel at ease. These books are great for the first week of school because they address common feelings that your students may be having.

The first week of school can be tough for a lot students, especially kindergartners or first graders. Kids may be worried about making new friends or meeting a new teacher. They could also be nervous about entering a new grade level. Whatever the source of their anxiety, taking the time to validate their feelings will help your students feel at ease. These books are great for the first week of school because they address common feelings that your students may be having.

Five Icebreakers for the Beginning of the School Year

The first day of school can cause anxiety for many children. They often worry if they will know anyone or make friends. Ice breakers are quick, fun activities that help put students at ease and often help them realize commonalities among their classmates. Here are a few popular ones to try in your room.


Why You Should Prep for a New Student Now

A few years ago, my classroom resembled a revolving door.

I was hired two weeks into the school year... there was a surprising amount of kindergarten enrollment and they added an extra position at the last minute. I had three days from the time I was hired to get everything moved into my room, setup, and be ready to teach on Monday.

I started the year with 17 kindergarteners. It was awesome. However, after the first month of school, my kindergarteners were constantly welcoming a new friend or saying goodbye to a loved classmate. You see my principal had parents volunteer to move students to the new kindergarten classroom. Since most kids were finally getting settled in their classrooms, many of the parents that volunteered to switch classes knew they would not be staying long.

Throughout the year my number of students fluctuated between 16 and 25. One thing that I needed, but never had time to focus on was prepping materials to have on hand for when I welcomed a new student to our class.

Every time we had a new student, I was scrambling during lunch or planning time to find all the necessary forms and handouts to send home with the them. Each time I thought to myself "Get your act together! Make a few extra copies and get some packets ready for if another student comes." I never did though.

Not only was it stressful each time a new student came (filling in curriculum gaps, building connections quickly, restructuring groups, finding a new chair, etc.), it was also time consuming to gather all the materials.