Monday, February 8, 2016

Who Are "They" Anyway?

I have noticed a mysterious group of people who are constantly putting obstacles in my path.  I want to be this creative passionate teacher, but "they" are sucking the joy right out of teaching and learning.

"They" keep coming up with new rules for me to follow.  "They" won't let me get a class pet.  "They" made me take the futon home.  "They" want me to read the script from the adopted curriculum and stick to the pacing calendar.  "They" would prefer I don't schedule any field trips.

I have discovered if I keep asking who "they" are and begin holding individual decision-makers responsible for their decisions, some of those obstacles disappear.  

It's time to put accountability in the right place.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Create a Bar Graph

  A couple of weeks ago, I shared a graphing activity about favorite lunches.  This week I am sharing a blank set of forms where students can create their own question, survey their classmates, and create a bar graph to display their information.

To download the forms pictured above, click here.

For a birthday graph activity, click here.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey and Colin Jack

Students can imagine how having a dinosaur around could be useful.  I created a printable that goes with this book.  I left off the word dinosaur, because students could imagine other creatures, real and imaginary, and how they would be useful.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

My Current Assignment--ELL

Although I returned to teaching as a substitute teacher, right away I started to get offers of long-term work.  Currently I am teaching the English Language Learners at the school I was at for the last six years.

I find it interesting what commercial curriculum companies think students new to our country need to know.  Like all the other highly-scripted programs I have used, the writers must think that all students who are learning English are all the same.  (Picture the car commercial with the car-shaped cookies baking in the oven.)

One page had a picture of South America that was labelled Africa.  

Frequent readers of this blog won't be surprised that I'm creating lessons as I go.  I hope to share some of them with you soon.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Quote of the Week -- January 31, 2016

"You can never fail until you stop trying."
~Albert Einstein

Happy Friday,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Groundhog Predictions 2016

Next Tuesday is Groundhog Day and I wanted to share my Groundhog Predictions freebie.  Students make predictions and track the weather for six weeks from Groundhog Day to the First Day of Spring.  Students practice finding average temperatures for a week and creating a bar graph to display the information.

When I created Groundhog Predictions, I included a data collection page for Leap Year.  If your class is participating, you will need that page this year.

Groundhog Predictions is available for free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Groundhog Predictions is also available in my Teacher's Notebook store.

Happy Friday!

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