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Classroom Management

Character Education

Character Education

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Just as all children do not come to school with the same background knowledge and foundations for reading, children do not come to school with the same upbringing and values. As educators, we must provide foundations in all content areas, as well as character education. We must decide what is
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Literacy: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach

Literacy: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Not all students learn the same way or at the same rate. To ensure that students will receive the instruction they need, a balanced literacy approach is implemented in my classroom. The following information is in my 2nd Grade Handbook so that families understand and support the various components that
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Small Group Management Ideas for the Classroom

Small Group Management Ideas for the Classroom

Managing small groups can be tricky.  In younger grades, students may need more assistance or have more questions about what they need to complete.  In the upper elementary and middle grades, minimizing distraction is key.  Three really good teachers shared their expertise and ideas for managing small groups instead of letting them manage your classroom.


Pick-a-Pocket Folder

Pick-a-Pocket Folder

Idea by Farrah, Kindergarten Teacher, Nanuet, NY I organize my folders according to alphabet letters, numbers or themes. I also color-code my entire collection of folders (one color for each category).


Solution Sunday: Folders That Fit Those Backpacks

Solution Sunday:  Folders That Fit Those Backpacks

The Problem:  Papers that go back and forth from home to school have really taken a beating this year.  It is not that students are being careless, the problem seems to be that the folders are not quite fitting in those backpacks – especially those smaller backpacks in the lower grades.  No matter how you
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Solution Sunday: Keeping Hall Passes Germ-Free

Solution Sunday:  Keeping Hall Passes Germ-Free

The Problem:  Your hall and bathroom passes have become germ central.  Between the colds and sicknesses that have been running rampant in the classroom and the less-than-stellar hygiene of some students, those passes are a mess.  No matter what you try – laminated cards, sticks, or bracelets – keeping them clean and stopping the spread
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How to Support Classroom Aides

How to Support Classroom Aides

Teacher Question:   “How can I support my classroom aides so they feel like valued team members?”


PowerPoint for Teaching Points

PowerPoint for Teaching Points

Idea by Kim, 6th Grade Teacher, Round Lake, IL One of the best ways to build students’ trust when using the Daily 5 is to spend about a week on each category, modeling, practicing, and troubleshooting.  


Smooth Moves

Smooth Moves

Idea by Autumn, 3rd Grade Teacher, Pinetown, NC I use all parts of the Daily 5 method, but, due to time constraints, we only include three parts per day. As far as working with students who are off-task, I rely on repositioning them in the classroom. For example, sometimes, I have these students work in
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Magic Carpet Time

Magic Carpet Time

Idea by Emily, 2nd Grade Teacher, L’Anse, MI I follow the Daily 5 book pretty closely. To build students’ trust, we spend a lot of carpet time together making “I” charts, as well as discussing and practicing expectations.