August 29, 2019

๐Ÿงก❤️Time for Past Tense Verbs๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me!❤️๐Ÿงก

Teaching irregular verbs spans first to 3rd grade and beyond.  Here is a quick look at some of the Common Core Standards for irregular verbs.  

Students quickly understand that irregular past tense verbs don’t end with ed but make the past tense more creatively!

Sometimes past tense verbs are tricky!  Here are some irregular past tense verbs that don’t change between tenses!
bet            bid             broadcast
cut            hit              hurt
let             put            quit
set            shut          spread

Some verbs can be regular or irregular:
Burn                   burned/burnt
Dream                dreamed/dreamt
Hang                   hung/hanged

August 22, 2019

๐ŸŽณGames - engage your students with fun! ๐ŸŽณ

Hello everyone!  
I love games ๐ŸŽฒ๐ŸŽฒ in the classroom and they are a big part of my practice and review time.  Many folks have asked me why I find games so valuable, so I wrote the following!  

๐ŸŽณAre you struggling to get students to:
รผ  pay attention
รผ  participate in the lessons you teach
รผ  engage in cooperative groups
รผ  attend to tasks that focus on practice
รผ  be responsible for their own learning

If your answer is yes to one or more I suggest you add games to your instruction.

๐Ÿ•นWhy should we include games as part of our instruction?

When we include games in our instruction we tap into the essence of high quality instruction. Games motivate and engage student learning in so many ways.
ร˜  Lowers students affective filters
ร˜  Creates common classroom experiences
ร˜  Develops an environment where it is fun to teach and learn
ร˜  Provides a safe place to wrestle with new knowledge
ร˜  Retention of knowledge through student interaction 
ร˜  Expands subject or topic understanding by hearing different perspectives about the same knowledge
ร˜  Constructs social skills

๐ŸŽฏNotes on classroom management:
Game playing needs to be highly structured. Start with your learning target or objective. Choose a game that tightly corresponds to your objective/target. Make sure the game is reinforcing your lesson.

o   Before game play cover all your expectations.
o   What starts and ends a game?
o   What will the player do?
o   What do the other students do during play?
o   How will you deal with common undesired behavior?
o   Will you use a timer or timekeeper to create a fun sense of urgency?
o   Finally, what is the consequence for misbehavior?

Games need to be active and engage all players.  Stick to procedures and routines for game playing.  When students know the game procedures and routines more time playing is more time learning.  Don’t hesitate to put your own spin on familiar games.  Use fun ditties to remind students of the rules!  For example, when handing out game pieces recite:  “You get what you get and don't you don’t throw a fit!”  And when presenting dice:  “If you throw the dice off the table you loose your turn, roll it gently!” 

Have fun!❣️

August 14, 2019

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 3☀️

Hello everyone!
 ☀️Learning Centers Made Simple!  Part 3☀️

This is part 3 of using centers in your classroom…

Have you wanted to try centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  Have you tried centers and not been successful?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about  centers.

Welcome to a center-based classroom!

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children work at a theme center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and

make centers a reality in your classroom!


By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during “guided reading.” Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach “responsibility” as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
Q: How does a center-based classroom look?
A: Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classroom. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.


Q: How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?

A: Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of

your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.


Q: How long is center time?

A: That depends on you and on how many centers you have

each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of

groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.


Q: When it is time to change centers, how do I get my studentsattention?
A: Ringing a bell or calling out “freeze” or “give me five” are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to “freeze” when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

Happy Teaching,

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

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August 13, 2019

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 2☀️

Hi everyone,
 ☀️Learning Centers Made Simple!  Part 2☀️

Let's continue on our discussion on running a center based classroom.  Let's take a look at the answers to some common questions teachers have as they get started!

 Questions and Answers!
Q: What is a center?
A: A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies
so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.
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Q: How many students should I put in each group?
A: We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.
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Q: How long do students spend at each center?
A: Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.
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Q: How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?
A: By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.
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Q: How do I group my students for centers?
A: To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

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For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

Check out our next post for more insights to running centers in your classroom!

Happy Teaching,

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

August 12, 2019

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple!☀️

Hello everyone!

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple!☀️

Have you wanted to try learning centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  

๐ŸŒ‹ Have you tried centers and not been successful? 

If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about math and literacy centers.

Let's start with the basics! ๐Ÿ…ฑ

What does a center-based classroom look like?

A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.


What's the rationale?

Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!๐Ÿ’ญ Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group

reading instruction.

๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers enhance student learning.

๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers teach students responsibility.

๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of

learning styles.

๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for

students to learn from.

๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level

while reviewing and practicing skills.

๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers promote cooperative learning

 Stay tuned for the next post and the answers to some common questions about Learning Centers.

Happy Teaching๐Ÿ˜Š

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

Happy Teaching!


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