Friday, July 15, 2016

Back to School Tips and Tricks

I know what you're thinking, "Back to school already?!"  But, some of us, including me, will be heading back to the classroom in just a few weeks.  If you are one of the lucky ones who still have weeks of summer left, just save this post for another day.

1.  Lesson Plans:  Last summer, I worked really hard on my writing lesson plans to make my school year easier.  It worked better than I ever imagined.  I made a list of skills, the order I want to teach them, and notes on anchor charts.   If you go to my TpT store and download the preview, you can try it out for 2 weeks.

You can find it {here} in my TpT store.  You can read more about it {here.}

I love my new Smart Phonics series.  I have been busy working on it this summer.  You can use it on the Smartboard or on an iPad using the app.  You can find it {here}.  There's also a free file so you can try it.  You can read more about it {here.}

2.  Technology:  I use technology everyday in my classroom.  I love my Smartboard and often use it with my Elmo.  All of my students also have their own iPad they can use in class.   Here are a few of my favorite sites that I use with my students.

Nearpod-Nearpod can be used on a computer or on an iPad.  It allows teachers to make their presentations interactive for students.  Teachers can insert videos, quizzes, and other sites for students to explore during the lesson.  Teachers can also add in slides that allow students to write, type, or highlight.  My students will complete 20 problems in math with me using Nearpod with little to no complaint because they only see one problem at a time and they can choose their ink color on the iPad.  You can see a math lesson I prepared for my students {here}.  The best part of Nearpod, it's FREE!

EdTech Software- EdTech Software allows teachers to organize their ebooks in one account.  This not only makes it easy on the teacher, but puts all of the students' books in one place and makes it easy for them to use/find.  This site also allows teachers to customize their textbooks/lessons because they can insert videos, quizzes, games, and other articles.  So, if your school/district has your textbooks online, you will want to check out this site.  You can try it {here} for free.

You can read about some of my other favorite apps {here}

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  1. I wish I could start lesson planning now, but I'm starting a new position and I have no idea who my students will be! Any suggestions on how to get ready when you don't know what to prepare for? I know I'll be teaching "resource" for children in K through 3, possibly 5, and also behavioral intervention for the same grades.

    1. When I taught resource, I pulled a few activities that allowed the kids to tell me about themselves but also allowed me to gauge their basic skills. This made it easier for me to plan academics for the upcoming weeks. Good luck!


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