Sunday, November 11, 2012

Teaching Tips Linky Party!

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I'm teaming up for the Miss Kindergarten Teaching Tip Linky Party

I have so many great ideas to share, but I'll stick to my Top 3!
1) Happy Notes!
Often parents only hear from us when their child has done something wrong. I love to tell them when their kids have done something right! I send these home with at least one child a week... well actually, I just email them.  Either way, they get instant great news. I send home a happy note for several reasons. If a kid has behavior struggles, I send one home on a particularly well behaved day. If a student struggles with writing, then writes an amazing story they get a happy note. If a student usually sits alone suddenly tries to interact with new friends, they get a happy note. I make a HUGE show of telling them about the Happy Note I'm about to send. I'll even read the whole email to them before I hit send. This is a great way of reinforcing great school choices when they get home. The parents always talk about how proud they are of the students when they get home. I often get a quick email response from a happy parent and I'll read it to the student. The kids get so proud of accomplishments that sometimes they even ask for Happy Notes, and usually I'll do it because it means the kids know they are doing great.

2) Organization!
Organization is the only way I survive my K-2 class! My biggest achievement is my set of daily folders. I have 6 folders: one for every day of the week, plus one labeled "next week." Every copy for the day is in that folder. I tend to plan a full week ahead (or more) and place all the copies for Monday into the Monday folder, and then Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. This is especially helpful for a last minute sub! All the work for the day is already sitting and waiting to go. I also like to plan ahead so I also have a set of folders for Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies so I can have a whole unit copied and ready to put in the folders for the week when the time comes.

3) Classroom Management: Class Dojo
I get zero credit for this, I'm just obsessed with this program and love bragging about it! The kids earn points for good behavior. I have it on my iPhone and the kids get points all day. People with SmartBoards can do it on there even easier, but I don't have one.
 

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