Exit Tickets

Exit Slips

Exit Slips are great way for you to get feedback from your students about how a lesson or the whole day went. They take less than 5 minutes and can be anonymous if you choose. These are informal assessments and can be a nice way to see what students are still confused  or what they really got. Included here are some exit slip examples and ideas. What’s your favorite out the door assessment?

Learn and Grow,

-Miss. Moriah-

– Check out this article and learn about ideas for online exit slips!

-Want some ideas for exit slip questions? This article has 53.

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Class Expectations

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It is hard to plan expectations or rules for a group of students you haven’t met. Especially when you are not sure what grade or population you will be working with as a first year teacher. In this post I wanted to target the first year teacher; since I will be one soon too!

-Ideally you should try and keep the expectations/ rules for the room at 3-8 and grow them if needed. More than that is hard to follow and remember. If you overload students with 30 rules and procedures about the classroom PLUS the lunchroom, bathroom, nurse, and hall all on the first day it’s a lot! They will not remember it all and you can’t really expect them to either.

-What are your must have rules or expectations? The ones you know you can’t runt eh room without? Do you have a pet peeve that can be prevented with a rule? I really don’t like disrespectful students and need personal space to work. In my room please/thank you, and respecting others personal space will be must have rules.  Others,I may come up with the help of my students. What do they need to succeed? Why not ask the class and edit from there!

-It’s important to consider when creating your rules if there are food allergies in the class (including yours)! Can students have snack? What is ok to have for snack?

This is just a small list of many things to consider when planning setting up classroom expectations. Check this out for more tips!

*What is your classroom must? What do you consider when planning classroom rules and expectations?

Learn and Grow,

-Miss. Moriah-

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Up-cycle Your Classroom

What’s up-cycling you may ask? It’s taking things that could be old or recycled and turning them into everyday useful things! Decorating and keeping a classroom stocked can be expensive, especially in the primary grades. So I wanted to take the time and post about how to up-cycle and DIY some things for your room.

 

Before I get into useful tips on how to reuse the things in your room, I wanted to tell you about a great hidden gem of a website. I’ll post the link as always. If you type it in BE CAREFUL not to reverse the wording. This is a page I learned about from an art professor and the products are amazing! You can buy all your glue, paper, markers, and craft sticks in bulk cheap. If you have a limited budget and need to buy these items out of pocket go here!

This blog, the Clutter-Free Classroom, has great ideas on how to reuse and decorate containers for classroom storage.

Students or you have a messy desk? Those desk and paper organizers can add up your first year. Who doesn’t have cereal boxes though?

What other ways can you re- purpose items in your classroom?

Share and Grow!

-Miss. Moriah-

 

Quotes and Inspiration

Quotes and Inspiration

Grades due, gotcha blue? IEPs, 504’s, the acronyms in meetings I can’t take one more!

Sometimes, ok many times, in the year being a teacher can be stressful. You may wonder why the heck did I get myself into this?! I love quotes as little pick me ups of inspiration. They work great not only for me but sometimes for students too (depending on how old the student is). If your students are working on ELA skills like, decoding a digging into meaning, starting the day off with one may not be a bad idea. They are nice discussion points and can be community building.

Since the holidays, grades, and first snow are all fast approaching I think we could all use some words of inspiration to keep us going right now!

 

Keep Calm, Grow On,

-Miss. Moriah-

 

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”Socrates

“Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.”Abraham Lincoln

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”Rita Pierson

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”Abraham Lincoln

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

*I saw this one recently and it’s a good one for the class wall 🙂

“There’s an old saying: Erasers are for people who make errors. But a better saying: Erasers are for people willing to correct their mistakes.”

“A hundred mistakes are an education if you learn something from each one.”

“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.”-Smiles

“Form good habits. They’re as hard to break as bad ones.”

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”-Thomas Fuller

 

Fidgets

Fidgets are the perfect little tool for classroom teachers of all grade levels. So what’s a fidget? A fidget is a little toy or object you use to fill a need of releasing excess energy. Students can have then attached to their desk or hold them in their hands. They can be DIY, store bought, soft, hard, twisty, bouncy, the possibilities are almost endless!

While fidgets may not be good tools for all learners they can help many. Here you will find links to explore if they may work for you, easy to make fidgets, and some store bought ones too!

Learn and Grow,

-Miss. Moriah

Articles and Info

I’m not a sit still teacher. How can i expect sit still students? Learn more about why fidgeting is ok and can even be beneficial by exploring the articles posted here.

  • The WSJ posted an article about how the may benefit students with ADHD to fidget as they learn.
  • This former preschool teacher posted about her experience with fidgets. She defines them and gives some inexpensive younger user examples.
  • The NEA posted a nice article with some teacher reflections on how you can accommodate the wiggles.
  • Within this article you will find many ideas for sensory fidgets to use in your classroom.
  • While this article does not relate to students, it relates to the ones they love. It was interesting how their school tool can be used in a different setting and I thought it would be worth the share.

Fidgets of Fun!

-These were created for office health. But they could be great fidgets if used appropriately.

-This site has all the fidgets you could ever want!

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Spark Cubes AKA Story Cubes

Have you ever heard of Story Cubes? If you haven’t I highly recommend finding a set ( or two) for your classroom. Later on I’ll post a picture and but here is a link to where you can find them online.

I found this gem a few years ago at a store when they were closing and have used them for everything but the game the game on the box.  Basically, they are dice with images instead of dots. I have renames them “spark cubes” because they spark ideas.

Some ideas for these cubes can be sparking creative writing, bell ringers, or a station for ELA.

I made a lesson to help students understand verbs using movement. Students were placed in groups of three or four and each group was given 1-2 cube. They had to roll the cube then draw and write what they thought the image was on a paper. After that, they were asked to collaboratively write a 3-5 sentence story with VERBS (action words) and act or dance it out. They were asked to share this with one other group as I wandered around to observe and assess.

The stories were all unique and the students had fun. These spark cubes are a great creative tool and I would recommend them as a tool for your classroom.

 

Learn and Grow!

-Miss. Moriah-

Array City

If you’re like me, the term array as applied to math may be fairly new. However, once I began to understand them I could see how they could be useful learning tools for students. If an array is something that is a new term to you or it is a little confusing I recommend this page. I like the visuals and explanations.

I am  currently placed with 3rd grade students in a city setting. They have been working to learn multiplication with arrays. Some students are behind  academically and others have behavioral needs in the room. When the teacher asked if I wanted to create a lesson, I jumped at the chance to integrate my love of art into the lesson! Many of the students in the room love superheros too so I thought about this when creating part of the lesson.

*Note- there are a lot of steps but we gave them a check list on the board.

In the lesson students review arrays as a group.  Then they were  asked to solve six multiplication problems from a worksheet and draw the arrays (this group needs that extra scaffolding). After they have solved and drawn, students had to check for correctness with an elbow partner. Once the arrays were checked, students got construction paper and turned the arrays into a city scene like the one shown here.

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But, the fun didn’t end quiet yet! I really wanted to know what happened in the city. So students were given graphic organizers to write 3-5 sentence stories in. Many students in this class struggle with where to place capitals, punctuation, or just don’t like to write. I told them if they want to write four perfect ( Capital, !.?, best spelling) sentences about how Batman saves their city from evil that was ok with me. Many students told me about Trick-or-Treating but I did get a lot of superhero stories too!

Here is the Pokemon story from one student.

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Do you like the idea for this lesson? Great let me know! It aligned with common core grade 3 ELA and Math standards. They kids enjoyed it and it would make for a great bulletin board. I can’t take all the credit though. I borrowed the idea from this page.

Learn and Grow!

-Miss. Moriah-