September 14, 2020

Reyes Family Fire Relief Fund

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 Our community working together!




https://gf.me/u/yyc38gHappy Teaching!

September 13, 2020

πŸ’•Reyes Family Fire Relief Fund

Hello to everyoneπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•


I just wanted to thank everyone who has been reaching out to us since last Tuesday.  Yes, my family and I are safe and we still have a house!  The fires in Southern Oregon have decimated our community. 


So much loss, trauma, and tragedy.


I am reaching out and sharing a Go Fund Me page for 3 families I have the honor of knowing.  I have taught their children over the years and watched their successes and accomplishments.  In the blink of an eye all was lost as their trailers and belongs burnt to the ground.


 

Click Below if you would like to donate now:

https://gf.me/u/yyc38d

 

If you can, please share this 'Go Fund Me page' on your social media, email or blogs.


The smallest donations are appreciated.


I would love to offer some hope to these 3 families as they struggle through the unthinkable.


 Click Below if you would like to donate now:

https://gf.me/u/yyc38d



With much love  πŸ’• and appreciation,

September 4, 2020

Distance Learning: What Parents Need to Know!

Back to School!         

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Tuesday my district goes live on line with students! We are all so excited, but nervous, too.

I wanted to start my school year out helping parents organize and prepare for the first days of school, at home!  Here are some tips, tricks and ideas I shared with my student's parents.  

What Parents Need to Know About Distance Learning 
 
Build a strong relationship with your child’s teacher.  Call, email or text your child’s teacher and introduce yourself.  Tell the teacher about your child, and your family.  Ask what you can do to help her/him and ask what you should do when you need help. 
 
Set and keep a daily school schedule and routine at home.    Students thrive when routines and schedules are followed strictly.  Consistent routines create an atmosphere that allows children to feel secure and know what to expect.  Remember to include in your daily schedule breaks at regular times for stretching, snacks, lunch and physical movement outside when possible.  Create a plan and
stick to it!
  
Locate or create a space in your home for each individual child.  This is where they will do their distant learning and school work. Organize the the space by making sure the materials your child needs are easily accessible and within reach.  Limit distractions between children in the same room by using headphones, computer privacy screens or poster boards.  Desks, tables or other working spaces, which are in the same room, need to be positioned back to back to minimize distractions and horseplay! J
  
Many parents feel like they need to teach or reteach distant learning lessons.  Let the teacher do the teaching and help your children if they struggle by having a conversation about what your child understands and does not understand about the lesson.  Help your child explain their thinking about the lesson and see if they can sort out their thinking on their own.  Sometimes kids just need a sounding board.  If your child is still stuck, contact the teacher.

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Ask for help. Don’t be reluctant to contact teachers, reach out to other parents, or family and friends.  We are all coping right now with similar worries, frustrations and problems. By reaching out to each other we build a strong foundation for our own family and the families in our community. 
 
Encourage reading. Read with your children.  You can read books, recipes, newspapers or magazines.  The point is just to read everyday with your children.
 
Set clear expectations with your family.  Have a family meeting and come prepared to share your expectations for school with your children.  Explain that school is still school even when distant learning and that you expect the best effort from your children.   Establish realistic consequences for your children if their schoolwork has not been completed in a timely manner.  Hold weekly family meetings to talk about your families agreed upon expectations.  Consider how those expectations were met. If the expectation has not been met, calmly give the consequence that you established if schoolwork was not done.   Be consistent.  Keep everyone in the family connect with student education and achievement with these important family interactions.

 
Provide feedback.  Kids love stickers, stars, praise and positive reinforcement.  Remember to always praise the behavior you are looking for (‘Wow! I am impressed with how you made sure to use your best handwriting when writing your story!’ versus ‘good job on that story.’)
  
Model patience, perseverance, understanding and compassion.  Covid-19 has created unprecedented stress in many if not most families.  Now is the time to teach your child patience, understanding and compassion.  Talk about perseverance and different strategies to create it when doing schoolwork.  Let your children know that taking a break when frustration comes in is a great skill to learn, but the real life skill is going back to a job and getting it finished!
 
Don’t forget to have fun.  Kids are kids and love to learn through play.  Make games and fun activities out of school work.  Ask your children how they could make up a game to help them with some of their assignments.  Make if fun to learn.
 
Keep track of assignments.  Make a schedule and post it on the refrigerator.  Review it together with your children each morning and set goals.
 
Encourage writing by asking your children to keep a diary or journal.  Make a homemade journal and teach your kiddos how to keep a diary.  Integrate writing into real life home activities.  These writing activities are great in English or your native language.
  
Promote conversation in any language.  Ask your child what they did today at school what was the most interesting, difficult, important things you learned today.


I am also sharing it with you, too! (click here for your free copy).  


Send this list home to take the first steps in assisting parents in making a successful transition to distance learning!


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All my best,







August 27, 2020

πŸ“šπŸ“š ZOOM and Online Distance Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette πŸ“šπŸ“š


Hello everyone!

Many of us are getting ready for Distance Learning.  We know that both students and teachers reap the rewards when best practices are used.  Therefore, I decided to write down some Best Practices for Distance Learning that I wanted to remember and engage in.  I thought I would share my list with you!




My Best Practices in Distance Learning

 

·     Explicitly teach expectations and engagement

·     Describe expectations for online participation, communication, and etiquette

·     Get students into the habit of participating

·     Make online learning as interactive as possible

·     Balance synchronous and asynchronous learning

·     Give students choices

·     Engage students with a variety of ways to learn

·     Change your background each week

·     Only use 4 or 5 activities so kids know what to do

These are some of mine (so far).  I would love to hear some of yours!
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ZOOM and Online Distant Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette
Are you ready to start up your Distance Learning Classroom this fall?

We are here to help!  This colorful poster is engaging to use with your students to teach and review proper Zoom etiquette during the first weeks of school and beyond!
Maintain your classroom expectations using this engaging online poster. 

This set includes 5 posters each with a different center picture that will help you consistently monitor and practice the online etiquette of your students. You can either send this out to your students before you start your lessons as a reminder or display it as you start your daily Zoom lessons as a review.

Perfect for all distance learning platforms!


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Need an ELD pacing guide?



This one is free!

As many of you know, I am a K-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 

 

Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!

 

If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.  I use these products according to language level more than grade level.  Each column represents a language level.  The column has language grammar, forms and functions I teach for that level.  Under the column heading I list products I use to teach those language components.  Some of the products may have a grade level on it, but I have used it at that language level based on the language I am teaching students at that level.

 

Happy Teaching!




August 18, 2020

πŸ’•Time for TPT's Back to School BONUS 🚌 Sale!πŸ’•

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Hello Teachers!
Happy August! 

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The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners. 

 
 
 


Here is another great product (AND it is digital) to start out your year! 
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August 14, 2020

5 Things You've Gotta Do Before School Starts!

Hello everyone,
August has arrived and one way or another we will be in school!  Here are 5 things you gotta do before school starts!

1. )  Take a look
at your pacing guide for the year and gather the supplies, resources and materials you will be needing for at least the 
first month.  Organize your files and your grade book so you have a clear path forward.
Whether in the classroom or distance learning it is time to think about classroom rules and consequences.  

2.)  Make and share the rules you come up with and post them for all to see.  Once you have created your classroom rules and consequences make sure you are consistent with them.  Think about the consequences and make sure they are something you can live with!

3.)  Assemble your substitute plans.  It is not too early.  Once you have your sub plans created you won't have to think twice about them until an unless you need them.

4.)  Get your grade book ready.  Don't wait, this is one of those overlooked things.  Then when you are ready to record your  first assignments it becomes a big chore.  Do it now and you will be grateful later.

5.) Get a letter ready for parents and students.  Make sure that your families know what to expect.  Welcome them to school and talk about your routines and procedures.  Ask for their volunteer help and create a 'team' attitude right from the start of the year.

These 5 things will give you a head start to the school year!

Happy Teaching,




Need an ELD pacing guide?



This one is free!

As many of you know, I am a k-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 

 

Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!

 

If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.  I use these products according to language level more than grade level.  Each column represents a language level.  The column has language grammar, forms and functions I teach for that level.  Under the column heading I list products I use to teach those language components.  Some of the products may have a grade level on it, but I have used it at that language level based on the language I am teaching students at that level.

 

Every classroom is different!
 Every teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and district . DO IT! Make it work for you. For example, March is testing month for me. If you need to switch months around to meet your testing time, that is just fine. Do what is best for your students in your classroom.

The whole year is planned out for you!

 


August 7, 2020

πŸ™Œ Math Vocabulary Cards πŸ™Œ Spanish Freebie

Hello Teachers,

Let's πŸ™Œ celebrate πŸ™Œ  August with  a Spanish Math Vocabulary freebie. 


These Spanish GeometrΓ­a vocabulary cards are great hands-on Math games and activities for second, third and fourth grades.

They are easy to use in every situation including  math stations, centers, rotations, review, test prep, early or fast finisher activities and more. 

Use these fun and engaging activities with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade elementary students. 

With easy differentiated options, they fit a variety of learners. 

The critical thinking work for enrichment, GATE, or worksheet alternatives for individual kids, small groups or partners. 

Great for ELD and ESL



Grab yours today! 





Happy Teaching!







(Year 2, 3, 4). #EarlyElementary#MathGames#Geometry #GeometrΓ­a#Spanish


August 4, 2020

BIG BACK TO SCHOOL SALE AT TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all happy and healthy as we start off August.  I have been enjoying summer outside and right now my garden is showing it!


Lori's Garden

Today is the day! You can save up to 25% at Teachers pay Teachers August 4th and 5th.  


Look for my Digital Activities to get you going on Distance Learning!


Check out my new products!


5th Grade Academic Vocabulary ✅ Distant Learning - Digital Activities ✅




Here is how to build academic vocabulary with your 5th graders. Look no further because this IS the vocabulary resource you need to teach vocabulary knowledge.This year long 5th grade vocabulary program includes academic words, word journal pages, vocabulary games, activities, vocabulary tests and assessments…everything you need to raise vocabulary acquisition.


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Happy Teaching and shopping!



July 28, 2020

☝Distant Learning Tip

☝Distant Learning Tip ☝

Provide each family with a list of basic virtual classroom etiquette for your online classes.  Include in your lists things such as, muting microphones, using sidebar chats (if you provide them), adding classes to a google calendar or family calendars.  Don't forget to teach students how to create or use non-distracting backgrounds. Remind them this is both visual and audio distractions.  Non-distracting backgrounds can be as simple as a blank wall. Ask students to leave their device on a table and not to hold or move it around.  Mention to students that the TV and music should be turned off,  pets are out of the room, and there are no distractions in the background (clothes and brothers and sisters). 

Happy Teaching!
Lori