Sunday, September 19, 2010

Supply List

I know that most of you in teacherland have already set up your classrooms, have started off the school year, made your to-do lists...but I just couldn't help but to post this great supply list from Mimi.

I just discovered her blog, and I really believe she is saying what most teachers are thinking but are afraid to say out loud.  I haven't read her book yet, but it's definitely on my to-do list now.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Helping parents establish routines

I know that Back to School night is coming up and soon after report cards and parent-teacher conferences. Parents often ask for advice regarding how to best support their child at home, and they may want to see handouts or resources. I thought this little chart would be useful for helping establish a homework routine. 

For more of Sylvia's great ideas, check out A Purse Full of Cheerios.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Setting up the classroom

Because of my new position this year as an academic intervention specialist, I did not have the opportunity to set up a classroom...and I missed doing it a lot.  I am hoping for the chance to go back to the classroom, and this blog is an opportunity to remember what I've done and what I might tweak in the future.

Ahh, the word wall.  According to the literature (for example, here and here), the word wall should be accessible to the students, and the white board is a perfect place because the words can then be magnetized (magnetic tape is one of my many best friends).

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Here goes...

After much thought and careful consideration, I'm actually joining the realm of educational blogs, hoping to share some ideas from my classroom experiences, but also to obtain new ideas from all the wonderful, hard-working, and inspirational teachers that are out there, trying to make a difference.  I hope I become worthy to have you as an audience!