Thursday, February 25, 2016

Saving Time During Transitions

I don't know about you, but in my classroom, instructional minutes are precious.  I am always looking for ways to get more done in the time I have with my students.  Here are some strategies I use to make every minute count:

  • I always get my class ready before the next break.  Before we leave for recess, we get all of the materials we need for the next lesson out and ready on our desks.  Students always move much faster when they are motivated to get outside and play!  When we return, we jump right into the lesson with no wasted time.  We repeat this process throughout the day before each break.
  • At the end of the day, students prepare the room for the morning.  When they walk into the classroom, they should be able to begin the morning's first activity immediately.
  • I play music for transitions.  I like to make certain procedures routine by adding a song in the background.  If students hear the same song every day during clean up, they will begin to naturally cue in to the timing of the song and learn to pace themselves, so they are finished by the end of the song.
  • An organized classroom also limits time spent on transitions.  Having clearly labeled, easily accessible supplies ensures students are not wasting time looking for materials.  It is also important to have pathways that are free of clutter and wide enough to move through with ease. I have often found that simply moving my desks around makes traffic flow and therefore transitions, easier.

Do you have quick tips to save time during transitions?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I'm on Amazon!

It's finally here!  A Yearlong Guide to Figurative Language covers eight figurative language concepts.  It's user friendly, with easy to follow activities to enhance figurative language instruction. This book is a great product to use on its own or as a supplement to current instruction.

If you are interested in purchasing my book you can check it out here: A Yearlong Guide to Figurative Language.  Thanks for all your support!  It means a lot to to me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Yearlong Guide to Figurative Language

I wanted to share the exciting news that my book entitled A Yearlong Guide to Figurative Language will be available on Amazon in just a few short days!
Please feel free to give it a look! I can't thank all of you enough for your continued support!