Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I really enjoyed reading all of your great tips! If you would like to join in the fun, please read the details about linking up here! There was a bit of confusion last week so PLEASE read the guidelines before linking up (links that do not follow the guidelines will be deleted). I had a lot of fun coming up with new tips for you all this week so I hope you enjoy them! I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading your comments! If you find one of my tips helpful or have something to add please let me know about it in the comments.
Any other teachers out there obsessed with labeling? I love to "feel" organized! I really like Avery labels (and I'm not being paid to say that:) because you can use them for so many things! These labels (Avery labels 16281) are self-adhesive tabs. You can download a template, type up your labels and print them out. I just attach the labels to regular office paper, hole punch it and place it in my binder to use as section dividers. I love how easy it is and how I don't have to worry about losing my labels with those slid in section dividers that always seem to fall out! It's super easy to switch them out as well! You just peel off the sticker and place a new one on. These labels have 6 different colored tabs so you can even color-code if you want!
Teach your students how to follow directions. Most students learn how to follow directions early on in life by simply being told to do certain things (i.e. "Bring your dishes to the sink", "Brush your teeth, then put on your pajamas and go to bed"). However, I'm sure you have encountered a student or two who can't seem to remember how to follow even the simplest of instructions. When I was teaching 4th grade I would give my students a "following directions test" such as this one. Not only did we have some good laughs but I think it made a lasting impression on them. Throughout the remained of the year I could say, "Now be sure to read each question carefully as you remember what happens when you don't!" If you really want to be sneaky (and make an even bigger impact) you could throw in a few of these questions on a REAL test! Keep them guessing so they always have to follow directions carefully! I believe that when you are intentional about teaching students how to follow directions, you will also find that they are improving their critical thinking skills. Just think how much better they will be able to solve logic puzzles! Your students will enjoy learning to follow directions with these fun free activities (primary grades and beginning and intermediate) from Dr. Erica Warren (she also has more that are paid products). I also have a few critical thinking activities that you can check out here (my favorite is the sequencing sort skill center and the logic puzzles).
Most teachers these days have a blog but when it comes to editing the HTML code it can be a scary thing since there is no "undo" button! I am one that learns by doing (trial and error) so inevitably there have been a few times I've really messed things up (when it comes to code). I finally got smart and starting taking screenshots of the code before editing it just in case I messed it up so I would be able to put it back to what it was. When I replace code I also do a "Command X" (or cut) instead of delete so I can re-paste it back in if the new code doesn't work.
Here's a fun little tip for class presentations, plays or skits. Have a student "director" use a hollywood slate board to call out "Action!" after a 3 second countdown. Another student can then start rolling the film (the video camera is a McDonald's toy). This is a great way to involve more students if your play or skit doesn't have enough parts for everyone.
When I was little I used to love fruit until my brothers told me there were worms in my apples and ants in my raisins. I haven't touched fruit since! My husband thinks I'm crazy. Now it's a texture thing for me. I know...I have issues, lol! People always ask me, "Not even strawberries?" or "Not even watermelon?" to which I respond, "Well, I love fruit snacks and I drink apple juice!" Hehe! Their next question is, "Do you feed your kid's fruit?" and the answer is YES!!! Thankfully, my kids LOVE fruit (I don't let them around their Uncles - haha)! One of my son's favorite fruits is bananas. I learned this trick in Costa Rica while observing monkeys (or maybe someone just told me ;) Monkeys actually open bananas from the bottom which is much easier. If you pinch both sides of the bottom the peel comes right off. Works great!
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Have you checked out the free TpT back-to-school e-books yet? Every year TpT asks their teacher-authors to put together one page for the books that includes a teacher tip, links to a free resource and a paid resource. These books are so fun to read and learn some new tricks and tips for the upcoming school year.
This year there are seven e-books. A K-2 e-book, a 3-5 math and science, a 3-5 ELA & special education, a 6-12 math, a 6-12 ELA and humanities, a 6-12 social studies and a 6-12 science e-book.
Click on each image to download the e-books. The first person to comment below with the e-book and page number of my Teacher Gems page wins a free (up to $5) product from my store!
After you read the e-books come back and tell me about your favorite tip(s)? I'd love to hear about it! Blessings on a new school year!
I hope you all enjoyed reading my tips last week! Since we did not have a lot of people link up last week, I'm offering a little incentive for those who link up this week! Find out what it is at the end of this post. To read the details about linking up click here!
Last week I got to visit my mom's cousin's (I think that makes her my 2nd cousin) classroom. She is an amazingly talented preschool (Young 5s) teacher who has been teaching for 31 years and has LOTS of great ideas! She was so kind to let me explore her classroom and take pictures which she said I could share with all of you. So...here is one of her great ideas. I've shared the idea before to run off all the copies you will need for the week and place them in a filing system labeled with each day of the week (see it on Pinterest). Well, she has a similar system but takes it a step further. She has these bins labeled with each day of the week. She not only puts copies of papers she will be using but also all the materials she will need for that day. So for example, if on Monday she will be teaching about ladybugs, she will put red and black construction paper cut-outs that she uses for constructing a lady bug, googly eyes, pipe cleaners (and any other materials needed for the craft), a book on ladybugs, a ladybug puppet, etc. She keeps each tub filled for an entire week out. On Monday after class she takes out the Tuesday tub and sets out all the needed supplies for the next day. Then she refills the Tuesday tub for the following week Tuesday's lessons. Now she is all ready to go for the next day and set for the week! She says this is such a huge help if she is sick and needs a sub because she doesn't have to do any extra work!
I have been a long-time PC user so when I finally made the switch to a MAC there were a few things that really bothered me. First, I just have to say that for the most part I really LOVE my MAC it just takes some getting use to. One thing that drives me nuts about it is that when you download anything it goes to a folder called "Downloads" and doesn't give you the option to choose which folder to save it to. I don't know about you but I download a TON - mostly TpT products for homeschooling! I know that you can go into Preferences in Safari and choose a different folder to download to but then you have to do that every time you download which is kind of annoying. It wasn't until recently that I discovered that if instead of just clicking on "Download Now" (which automatically downloads to the "Downloads" folder) you can right click and select, "Download Linked File As". This is just like doing a "Save As" on a PC. You can now choose which folder you want to download it to! YAY! This is going to help me be so much more organized with my files! So simple, yet it took me over a year to figure out! You probably figured this one out a long time ago but if not I hope this tip will save you some time and frustration!
Have you ever had to put a sleeping baby into a car seat? You either need to have one person hold the straps up while you gently place the child inside or you end up digging the straps out from under the baby and hope you don't wake him up in the process! Well my dad came up with this great idea! Simply place a small piece of velcro on each strap and the outer rim of the carseat - problem solved! Just be careful not to get the rough velcro that could scratch your baby. I found that this works great on the shoulder straps but not so great on the bottom buckle. Still, just using the velcro on the shoulder straps is a huge help!
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