16 Boring Words & What to Use Instead (Infographic)
Are boring words hurting your writing? Some words, when repetitively used, become boring for the reader. Consider using a synonym instead, which might help convey the meaning more vividly and accurately.
Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments ~ DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Idea
DIY Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments are an easy DIY gift idea for the holidays. Make them variety of ways and give them away to all your friends for Christmas!
Going for Gold: An Homage to Effort
One School's Focus on Grit and Resilience photo courtesy of Hubspot Before you begin reading, predict the numbers that complete this equation. Intelligence =_____% effort vs. _____% ability* Consider this quote from Michael Jordan: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot. . .and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan (1997 Nike…
15 Life-Changing Middle Grade Books - WeAreTeachers
15 Life-Changing Middle Grade Books Great story + life lesson = 15 middle grade books worth checking out!
Joanne Miller on Instagram: “This time of year can be a little trying, so I’m trying my best to stay focused and concentrate on all the positive things happening in our…”
4,292 Likes, 185 Comments - Joanne Miller (@headoverheelsforteaching) on Instagram: “This time of year can be a little trying, so I’m trying my best to stay focused and concentrate on…”
Living the (Residential) Life
capersiste: Interactive board? Check. (Credit to Pinterest though, I’m not this awesome all by myself)
Testing, Testing, Testing! TREATS!
It's that time of the year! Testing time! Our school has done something a little different this year to try and increase scores and morale. Time will only tell with the scores but morale is definitely up! Last Friday we had a surprise pep session at the end of the day where the teachers actually danced. All I have to say is that if you can get me to dance in front of that many people, don't ever doubt my dedication as a teacher! Here is a link to our little I-Step song "Test Them Maybe" that…
Tabletop Twitter: The teacher chooses a passage from a book for students to respond to. Student write their own response and then move around to respond to what another student said. Since this is a Twitter-inspired activity there is no talking and short responses.
CLASS DISCUSSION TECHNIQUES: NO HIDING, NO OVERPOWERING
Classroom discussion techniques to maximize participation. [infographic]
This is my bulletin board to feature the star of the week. Students will create their own brag board to hang in the spotlight. I used old protein canisters to create the spotlights.
Bookmarks: language for classroom collaboration. Use these to help your students communicate with groups, patterns, or whole class discussion. 21st century skills.
Testing Treat Freebies
Testing season is upon us. Teachers are stressed. Kids are anxious. Pencils are scarce. Everyone could use a pick me up about this time of year. Leave your children little pick-me-ups each day of testing to let them know that someone is in their corner, cheering them on! If your children don't test, let your class pay-it-forward by leaving small treats and notes for students in a testing class. Here are a few pictures of the treats from Learning in Wonderland's Instagram. Her treats are…