Big Idea: On the first day of school, I not only distribute the required course syllabus and play a name game with my students, but I also spend a majority of the time introducing two critical classroom procedures: the talking box and how to exit.
Does your brain feel like it's short circuiting? Are your hands so tired they're just about ready to fall off? Quick! Grab a dice and roll to see what quick and fun activity you can do to wake your body up!
MUST use this site for my summer planning!!!! Now I'm leaning towards using a spiral notebook again instead of a 2-inch binder. Interactive Student Notebook - A unique resource that will change that way you teach & the way your students learn forever!!!! The ultimate differentiating Instruction & alternative assessment tool!!! Over 100 pages!!!!
Asses Yourself! 1. I do not yet understand. I need coaching. 2. I am starting to understand. I need coaching for now. 3. I understand! I make a few, small mistakes at times. 4. I understand very well. I could explain this clearly to others. (Blog post about helping students)
Literature Circle Activities (with rubric) that are engaging and appeal to different learning styles. These are very versatile. They can be done as a group, with a partner, or independently. They're great for assessments and as discussion starters.