Archive for August, 2009

Saturday, August 8th, 2009 by crystal

In a second or third grade classroom, there are so many different ways to arrange the students’ desks- however, not all of these ways are very effective for learning and teaching. It is important to arrange your desks in a manner that the children can learn best based on their learning style, need, or due to behavior circumstance. In my years of experience, I’ve got it narrowed down to two arrangements that I alternate between that are the most effective for everyone involved.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 by crystal

Keeping and maintaining a constant schedule is of utmost importance! It will make life easier for you, the children, your co-workers, and even the parents of your students. I realize the first day (maybe two days) of school is hectic, so starting a routine is a bit difficult then. If you take anything at all from this post, take this: DO NOT start your school year off without a routine-DO NOT take more than a couple of days of “flying by the seat of your pants”. You will pay for it in the long run. Children, especially elementary aged children thrive off of routine. They feel more comfortable in your class because they know what’s coming next.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009 by crystal

Oh, how I remember my very first open house night…I was SO nervous! Getting the classroom set up, getting lesson plans done for the first day or two, and so on was all a breeze compared to the waiting….the waiting…for all the children AND their mom AND their dad AND their grandma AND their siblings running all over the place…and so on- I think you get the idea! After 7 years of open house, I still get a little nervous. Here’s a few tips to help you get through that night and meet YOUR objective- get a “snip-it” of the children you’ll be teaching for the next nine months!

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