Friday, October 28, 2016

FRIDAY FIELD TRIP - 28 October, 2016



THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Sean Coughlan asks, "Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework?"

Peter Schmidt talks about the tricky task of teaching about Trump.

The Telegraph reports that a third of new teachers quit within the first five years.

Ten lessons Sophie Devonshire learned as a student teacher.

There is an increase in Scottish parents complaining about their children's teachers, says Andrew Denholm.

Shocked teachers reveal some of the worst lunches they've seen their students eating.

Tom Sherrington lists what he believes are teaching pitfalls.

Catlin Tucker talks about "unlearning everything" she was taught about teaching.


THIS WEEK IN TEACHING IDEAS
Friday Film Club: Teaching with 'The Man Who Sells the Moon'.

Exploring space with Dr. Seuss!

Halloween candy bouquet ideas!

Five minute film festival to use films as writing prompts!

Student-led Pokémon-Go project transforms a school!


THIS WEEK IN INSPIRING
Congratulations to this New Britain teacher who won a $25,000 education award!

This Perth teacher got quite a surprise during a school graduation assembly!

Two teachers share the love of education on World Teacher's Day.

Sherwood students rally for their teacher to get a kidney.


THIS WEEK FROM THE VAULT
Why do teachers quit? Liz Riggs asked the question in 2013. Has anything changed since then?


THIS WEEK IN RANDOM
Spoiler Alert! The Walking Dead returned to our screens this week and we finally learned the answer to *the* question of the year! But has TV violence gone too far?

Is it Bill Murray or Tom Hanks? You decide.


Friday, October 21, 2016

FRIDAY FIELD TRIP - 21 October, 2016


THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Timothy D. Walker investigates how American teachers work longer hours than their international counterparts.

Meghan Keneally says that teachers are having a difficult time explaining the election to their students.

Is kindness more important than good grades? These teachers think so.

Why does character education matter in schools? C. M. Rubin weighs in.

Maha Bali discusses what she learned from co-teaching.


THIS WEEK IN TEACHING IDEAS
With Halloween around the corner, take a look at these cute Halloween teacher gift ideas!

Try out this gorgeous Halloween Eye-Spy Bottle!

Mary Braswell details some fun Halloween activities for younger students.

Feeling creative? Have a go at making this Jack-O-Lantern cake.

Like to use board games in the classroom? So does Isla Hearts Teaching!

These art pumpkins are gorgeous!


THIS WEEK IN INSPIRING
Always great to hear about inspiring teachers like this.

Inspirational teacher raises money for hospital that saved his life after a traumatic brain injury.

Robert Sibley talks about his inspirational teachers.


THIS WEEK IN RANDOM
Tom Cruise and James Cordon recreate Tom Cruise's film career!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Fun Way to Teach Irregular Past Tense Verbs!

Irregular past tense verbs can be tricky for the little ones. Especially when they're speaking, you hear 'brang' and 'runned' and 'throwed' and 'drawed'... to name a few! What's more, many other students don't recognize the errors when they're listening to their peers. And since irregular past tense verbs are learned through repetition and memorization, you don't want your students repeatedly hearing the wrong verb forms and getting confused.

Enter... BANNED WORDS!

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BANNED WORDS PACK HERE!

This is SUCH a fun resource! We pretend that some words are 'banned' in the classroom. Students get a real kick out of remembering which words are allowed and not allowed. It's fantastic for memorization and repetition... without being boring!

You can even make these really sweet posters and keep adding new 'banned' words throughout the year.


And if your students need extra review, there are lots of fun worksheets and an engaging game to keep them on track!


And your students will be irregular past tense verb experts in no time! :)

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BANNED WORDS PACK HERE!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

ANNIVERSARY BONANZA: $50 TPT Gift Card Giveaway + A Product of Your Choice From Isla Hearts Teaching + 14 Days of Freebies!



It’s my second TPT anniversary and it’s time to celebrate by hosting a HUGE GIVEAWAY. The prize is a $50 TPT gift card and a product of your choice from my store. Pretty cool, huh? All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below! (I've included a bunch of different ways to enter to make it easy for everyone! :) Enter as many times as you like and spread the word to your teacher friends by sharing the link!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

End of the Year: Student Gift Ideas!

The end of the school year is always an exciting and busy time with barely any moments to breathe! :) So many things to remember like permission forms to sight, activities to plan, classrooms to move, decorations to put up and take down (but not *too* early!)... not to mention a class to teach and keep motivated during those last few weeks!

It's little wonder that the days start passing so fast that you wake up and wonder where all the time has gone. Amongst the chaos, it is sometimes difficult to think of an inexpensive (and meaningful) gift to give your students before they leave your class. I know some teachers are very organized and have their gifts planned way in advance, but here are some gift ideas that are good to go... even at the last minute!

1. CLASS DVDS
If you have taken photographs and/or video recordings of your students during the school year, compiling the data on a DVD is a great gift idea. It doesn't have to be fancy. It could just be a simple slideshow of the students. On the other hand, it could be a well-edited movie with all the bells and whistles. Adding a customized cover is a nice touch. It's a thoughtful idea to incorporate student artwork or a class photograph.

2. BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES
Like most teachers, you probably have some pictures of your students from when they first entered your class at the beginning of the school year. It can be a fun gift idea to have 'before' and 'after' photographs side-by-side. These pictures could be placed in a frame. If you don't have any early pictures of your students (because let's face it, I *did* say this post would help those of us who like to do things at the last minute ;), you could take photographs of your students now and place them in frames like a graduation picture.

3. STATIONERY
There are so many great stationery ideas. I think it's fabulous to give students stationery because it encourages them to 'keep learning' in a subtle way!
Some ideas that are tried and true include:

* Making little stationery party favor bags!
* Giving students a wooden ruler with 'you rule' on a tag and writing a personal message to each students on the wood on the back of the ruler!
* Gifting students with a pencil/pen, along with a notebook/notepad/sketchbook etc.
* Giving students a little watercolor paint set

4. BOOKMARKS
Bookmarks are functional and promote a love of reading, but they can also be personalized to make each student feel special. As a child, I always liked gifts that I couldn't eat (I preferred the little toy in my party favors bag to the candy!) and I loved presents that were somehow uniquely meant for ME. Yes, that sounds a tad egotistical, but we all like feeling singled out for our good qualities!

Here are some bookmarks that are super easy to make and very cute! Because they can be laminated, they are durable and last for years to come.

Get the template for these bookmarks HERE!

What's more, in addition to being a keepsake for your students, they will get lots of use out of it!

Good luck with your end of year and have a fantastic summer vacation! And if you're in need of something quick and easy to send home with your students to prevent the 'summer slide', these Common Core aligned packs might be just what you need! (And parents will be thrilled!)

Prevent the 'summer slide' between KINDERGARTEN and FIRST GRADE by clicking HERE.

Prevent the 'summer slide' between FIRST GRADE and SECOND GRADE by clicking HERE.

Prevent the 'summer slide' between SECOND GRADE and THIRD GRADE by clicking HERE.

Monday, May 9, 2016

FREE PLURAL POSTERS

GET THESE SUPER CUTE POSTERS FREE HERE!
 
If you're anything like me, you love simple and easy-to-understand posters for your classroom! I've created this fun set of posters to help your students remember when to use the 'es' for plurals.

At the top, they have a nice, easy explanation:

 
And at the bottom, they have some examples with pictures!

 
 


I love bright colors, so they come in a whole range to make your classroom look super pretty!
 
And best of all, they're FREE for you to download!
 
Be sure to let me know how you like them! :)


Monday, March 14, 2016