K-5 Teacher Talk December 2019

Teacher Tip: Forgive.

Chase Mielke, author of "A Letter to New Teachers", confesses that he’s spent too much time ruminating about students who were mean to him and to others, parents who made irrational demands, and colleagues who put him down. Finally he saw “that the only person suffering from my resentment was me” and started practicing meditation and forgiveness. And he forgave himself for his own mistakes.

Here are some ideas on how to survive the next 9 days!

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." ~Aristotle

Upcoming Professional development opportunities

DEcember Breakouts

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Feel free to reach out if you need help setting up your physical boxes/locks.

strategies and skills

  1. Check out these bookmarks that support questioning and academic vocabulary of each ELA standard! Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade
  2. Heart Word Magic- Really Great Reading calls high frequency words "heart words" since students should know them by heart. They created these short videos to help students learn to read and spell hard-to-decode heart words.
  3. Although beneficial, it takes time to pass out manipulatives to each student during math instruction. These free virtual manipulatives make it less of a hassle. Have students use a Chromebook or use with your SmartBoard.
Be the Best Educator You Set Out to Be (Part Three)...Be a collaborative educator. Teaching is hard. We can't do it on our own. Find a tribe and work together. ~Steven W. Anderson www.web20classroom.org

Helpful RESOURCES and Ideas

  • IXL has a Google Classroom Share button to create assignments or posts directly from IXL to your Classroom. Log-in, click on a skill, find the green Google Classroom share button on the right hand side of the screen. Follow the on-screen prompts to post to Classroom.
  • Japanese WWII pilots, board game creation, roadkill, and more! Check out this list of 2019 Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Book Winners.
  • Wonka's "Golden Ticket" Writing Contest- creative story starters of 100 words or less, deadline is December 20th, only judging based on imagination
  • A collection of books on Snowmen and Elves are available at Epic. If you're not already using Epic for student selected reading, check it out. It would make a great workstation.
  • Biodiversity Field Trip Grant- Planning a science geared field trip that aligns with natural resources? I'd be happy to write this grant with your grade level. Contact me if interested.


Created with images by Victoria Heath - "untitled image" • Markus Spiske - "untitled image" • Oana Craciun - "untitled image"