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May 26, 2016

Student Teaching: How to THRIVE as a Student Teacher!


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Congratulations on starting your journey towards becoming a licensed teacher!  
       
       I wish you the best of luck during your student teaching experience. Student Teaching can be exhausting and stressful at times - but you will also find it very rewarding to work with students. By choosing to read this article, it means you care and you want to come into the field feeling prepared. It may also mean you are feeling anxious and you are uncertain of what to expect. 

If you looking for help or advice on how to THRIVE during your student teaching experience, read the tips below!

1. Accept that there will be times of being in "Survival Mode". Try to roll with the punches the best you can. Remember, student teaching is not indicative of what real teaching is. It will be very different with your own classroom and without college assignments and deadlines.

2. Do not dwell on lessons that did not go as planned. Try to learn from your mistakes and consider what could have gone better.  Try to reflect on your lesson mindfully. Be kind to yourself.  Try to implement what you have learned in your next lesson.

3. Balance your time the best you can. Carve out time for yourself so you avoid getting burned out. There will be times where you must complete student case studies or work portfolios, where important deadlines must be met. Be sure to reward yourself after completing these large projects. Spend time with your friends and family. 

4. Be over-prepared for your observed lessons. Have activities
     ready for early finishers. Be sure to watch the clock and your pacing. Make sure to provide differentiated resources for students and provide opportunities for everyone to participate. 

5. Get to know each and every student individually. Try your best to have all their names memorized by the end of the week. Make sure to differentiate learning for students who need it - EVERY child deserves the opportunity to succeed in the classroom!

6. Don't be afraid to ask your host (master) teacher questions.
         The relationship between you and your host teacher is of utmost importance. It can make or break your Student Teaching experience. Try your best to build a positive and professional relationship with your host teacher.

7. Get Organized and Set Daily Goals
        Set daily goals for yourself and try to stick to them. When I was in my program, it was easy to become overwhelmed looking at all the future assignments that were due.  A side note - I live in California and I had required CalTPA tasks that took weeks for me to complete. I had to break the task into smaller parts so I wouldn’t panic about the enormity of the assignment. What helped me the most is creating my own Student Teaching Binder. 


Student teacher binder

Inside my student teaching binder I had interactive graphic organizer templates that I could add on to ANY existing lesson! This would create more engaging lessons and I always had them as a back-up plan if students finished their assignments early.  

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How to THRIVE as a Student Teacher. I Love Tips #2 & #7!! Student Teaching Binder & Survival Kit Resources.


My binder was also filled with Classroom Coupons and Brain Breaks to help with behavior management when needed. Even though I implemented the behavior management tools that my host (master) teacher already had set into place, I sometimes needed something extra to motivate the students (especially during the observed lessons!). 

How to THRIVE as a Student Teacher. I Love Tips #2 & #7!! Student Teaching Binder & Survival Kit Resources.

Inside my binder, I had TONS of schedule and planning pages. I would have a weekly planner for my program assignments and a separate weekly planner for my classroom placement. I had binder tabs and divider pages for every subject. I used different sections for student case study assignments, my portfolio, and the CalTPA tasks (a teaching requirement only in California).

Student Teaching Binder Resources


There is no doubt that my student teaching binder played a large role in my successful student teaching experience. I felt organized and prepared for the journey. It was reassuring having teaching resources, behavior management strategies, and class schedules all in one place. 

I kept all my digital files from my binder and created a resource that I felt aspiring teachers could utilize for their own journey! 

TpT Student Teaching Resource


The Ultimate Kit for Student Teaching
 includes all the resources I mentioned above. 
This kit includes 2 Files - 1 Editable Teacher Binder (You can edit all text to fit your needs!) and 1 Non-Editable (270 pages total)

Contents Included:

-3 Different Style Binder Covers & Spines, Binder Tabs
-Everything I Wish Someone Told Me About Student Teaching
-The Basics on Student Teaching
-Student Teaching Checklist
-Example of a Formal Lesson Plan Template
-Your Role in the Classroom
-The Relationship with Your Host (Master) Teacher
-Classroom Management Tips
-Tips for Planning the BEST LESSONS
-What to Have Inside Your Teacher Bag
-Cover Pages for Subjects, Classroom Observations, Portfolio, Class Schedule, Student Case Studies
-Lesson Planning Pages
-Teaching Activities
-Fun Story Starters
-Over 30 Pages of Graphic Organizers to help you create fantastic lessons
-Classroom Coupons
-Brain Breaks
-Rainy Day Activities


More from this resource: 

Tips on how to create lessons that will WOW your master teacher!
How to THRIVE as a Student Teacher. I Love Tips #2 & #7!! Student Teaching Binder & Survival Kit Resources.


How to THRIVE as a Student Teacher. I Love Tips #2 & #7!! Student Teaching Binder & Survival Kit Resources.

1 of the 3 Student Teaching Binder covers & spines to choose from! 


For those of you who are either currently in the credentialing process or have already gone through it, what would your advice be to aspiring teachers? What made your experience successful? Now looking back, would you have done anything differently? Post below!

May 22, 2016

Music & Rhythm Fun in the Classroom!

Hi teacher friends,
Happy #TeacherSockSunday! :)

Today's featured resource is MUSIC AND RHYTHM FUN!

    Looking for a fun end of the year activity that students will LOVE? Teach your students the very basics of rhythm! Great classroom music activities included for all primary ages.

Even if there is no prior knowledge with reading music, these fun rhythm activities are for all music levels!
Students will learn and practice beginning note values! (whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, quarter rest)



More about this resource:

Table of Contents:
Overview All About Rhythm…………………..…………..……4
Rhythm Versus Beat…………………………………….…...…5
Rover’s Rhythms – Learn Note Values.……………….....…..6
Rover’s Rhythms – Move to the Rhythm………….…........…7
More Rhythm and Movement…………….…………..………..8
Create a Rhythm Haiku – How to……………….………….....9
My Rhythm Haiku – Writing Page……………….……………10
Create Your Own Rhythm Poem……………………………...11
Matching Game………………………………………………12-19
Rhythm Bingo.…………………………………………………..20
Rhythm Phrases Bingo…………………………………….....…21
Rhythm Phrases Bingo Continued…………….……………….22
Rhythm Phrases Bingo Answer Key……………………….….23
Rhythm Bingo Squares……………….……………….…….….24
Thank You Page………………………………………………..25







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May 8, 2016

Ocean Animal Activities - Teacher Sock Sunday

Hi teacher friends,
Happy #TeacherSockSunday! 

    So I have been dying to wear these jellyfish socks and now I have the perfect teaching resource to go with them! Ocean Animals is such a fun unit to explore towards the end of the school year. In this resource, students learn fun facts about seahorses, jellyfish, whales, sea turtles, dolphins, clams, crabs, and sharks! 

Great Activities for 1st-4rd Grade!

These ocean activities work well with any ocean unit. Also great for substitute teachers to use and for Fun Fridays

This creative writing resource also has an activity where students can create their very own sea creature!


More about this resource:

Table of Contents:
Turtle Page - Students discuss what they know about turtles, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Seahorse Page - Students discuss what they know about seahorses, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Jellyfish Page - Students discuss what they know about jellyfish, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Whale Page - Students discuss what they know about whales, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Research and Learn Part 1 - students research & learn new fun facts and information about seahorses, jellyfish, whales, and turtles. 

Clam Page - Students discuss what they know about clams, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Dolphin Page - Students discuss what they know about dolphins, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Crab Page - Students discuss what they know about sharks, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Shark Page - Students discuss what they know about seals, what they would like to learn, and their first observations.

Research and Learn Part 2 - students research & learn new fun facts and information about clams, dolphins, crabs, and seals. 

Test Your Knowledge Part 1 - students write fun facts about seahorses, jellyfish, whales, and turtles. 

Test Your Knowledge Part 2 - students write fun facts about clams, dolphins, crabs, and sharks.

Brainstorm: Students take what they learned from the previous pages and begin brainstorming their own sea animal creation. They draw and write about where it lives, fun facts, survival needs, and the friends and predators their animal has. 

Create Page: Students a "Wikipedia" style article about their ocean animal species. 

Animal Story: Students will write an exciting story about their ocean animal and its adventures in the sea. 

Animal Story Illustration Page

This resource is also Common Core Aligned! 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy
W. 1.2, W.2.5, W.2.2, W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.






Looking for more Under the Sea fun? 




Contains:
StudentSavvy's Ocean Animal Writing Activities - Common Core Aligned, 
Ocean Task Cards - Math and Literacy - Common Core Aligned, Ocean & Sea Clip Art!, 
Ocean Animals Mosaic Eggshell Art Project! 

Contents:
OCEAN TASK CARDS
30 Task Activity Cards, 30 Ocean-related questions and activities
Print and cut each card out and be sure to laminate for repeated use!
You can also hole punch and place cards on a ring.
These cards are great for small groups or morning work! Works well with any ocean unit. Also a great resource for substitute teachers to use or for Fun Fridays! 

OCEAN ANIMALS MOSAIC EGGSHELL ART PROJECT!
-Full directions with list of materials required for this project
-Tips for how to prepare and execute the project smoothly
-Free Clipart for students to cut out and trace (For those who don't feel comfortable with free-hand)
- Finished Product 

OCEAN ANIMAL WRITING
Research and Learn Part 1: Students research & learn new fun facts and information about seahorses, jellyfish, whales, and turtles. 

Research and Learn Part 2: Students research & learn new fun facts and information about clams, dolphins, crabs, and sharks. 

Test Your Knowledge Part 1 - students write fun facts about seahorses, jellyfish, whales, and turtles. 

Test Your Knowledge Part 2 - students write fun facts about facts and information about clams, dolphins, crabs, and sharks. 

Brainstorm: Students take what they learned from the previous pages and begin brainstorming their own sea animal creation. They draw and write about where it lives, fun facts, survival needs, and the friends and predators their animal has. 

Create Page: Students a "Wikipedia" style article about their ocean animal species. 

Animal Story: Students will write an exciting story about their ocean animal and its adventures in the sea. 

Animal Story Illustration Page

OCEAN AND SEA CLIP ART
30 Ocean Critters in a variety of color combinations



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May 4, 2016

Organize and Transform Your Classroom!


     There’s nothing better than having an organized work environment. My brain always feels like it’s going a mile a minute and I find myself not paying attention to where I set things down or even what I’m actually doing while trying to multitask. For example, I’ll make numerous copies of activities for the week ahead and just leave them in a pile without thinking twice. I’m just too busy to take a breath and organize them in any logical way. I’m somehow always convinced that I would benefit more from barreling onto the next task instead of fully completing the first. Then when it’s time to begin those assignments with your students, good luck finding what you need!
If this sounds all too familiar, I hope these tips will help you stay organized. (and sane!!)

1.)    Have a plan
 Consider all possible devices you can use (electronic or not) to help organize your workspace –computer, desks, file cabinets, anything! Have a plan of attack – what would work best for you throughout your day? Think about the activities you do in your classroom… if you have a designated small group area, wouldn’t it make sense to keep all the supplies for small group near that location? Create a classroom map if you need to!

2.)    Locate the problem areas and tackle them!
Have you seen the movie The Intern with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway? (If you haven’t you should watch it, I highly recommend it). In the film, Robert De Niro’s character (Ben) is part of a senior internship program for an e-commerce fashion site. Hathaway’s character (Jules) is the extremely busy owner of the company. It is clear that Jules and her team do not have time for the senior internship program so Ben is ignored in the company and left to his own devices. In their busy workplace, there is a desk with a ginormous messy pile of random supplies, papers, and junk. The first time his character is noticed by Jules is when he cleans the desk. That simple yet powerful gesture was a memorable moment in the film.
Most of us can relate to having a designated junk area. My personal favorite are junk drawers – out of sight, out of mind!  Sift through all that junk and see if you can find a common theme, what is the best way to categorize the papers?

3.)    Brush up on your computer skills
There are many wonderful online tools to help you stay organized. Getting on the virtual bandwagon also helps get rid of the clutter! Storage tools like Google Drive and Dropbox are great to have. (and they are both free!) Evernote is also a great tool that lets you store photos, documents, websites and more, syncing to all your electronic devices.

4.)    Lose the guilt of getting rid of things & reduce the classroom clutter.
Teachers are caring individuals. We care deeply about the environment and not being wasteful. It pains us to toss away paper or supplies. Personally, I would always save mason jars and bottles for crafty classroom DIY projects that I knew deep down I would never have time to actually do. If it’s too hard to recycle or throw away, give your stuff away to other teachers! Try to reduce the guilt along with the clutter.

5.)    Last but not least, create a space that makes YOU HAPPY.
Did you know the average person will spend 92,120 hours at work in a lifetime? That’s a lot of hours! Yes, it is important to create a welcoming environment for your students but most importantly, YOU need to feel good about it.
 Get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy. According to Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”

Not only dispose of things that do not spark joy, but find the things that do! I am a planner junkie and I am obsessed with having a teacher calendar and agenda that brings me joy – after all, it is something that you use multiple times a day! 

I loved designing and using the Personalized Teacher Binder. This single download has 30 different covers and styles to choose from! It has Fashionable binder designs you will be sure to love - Includes boho, shabby-chic, keep calm, whimsical, fashion, glittery, abstract, modern... every style to suit your mood!



You can just type and edit into the design so you can mix and match styles! Or you can stick to your favorite design and create multiple subject binders!








May 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers!

     Teacher friends, It's that wonderful time of year again! It is time for a Teachers Pay Teachers Statewide SALE! It's happening RIGHT NOW! 





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May 1, 2016

Teacher Sock Sunday: Planet Decoder Wheel!

Good morning teachers! Happy #TeacherSockSunday!
If you weren't aware of this fun fact, I love funky socks. I ESPECIALLY love funky teacher socks. I have a ton. Because I have a ton of funky teacher socks, I decided I should do something fun with them. Every Sunday I'm going to feature a resource that teachers will find helpful in getting them through the upcoming school week. 

Today's resource is the Planet Decoder Wheel! 


Want to really engage your students while teaching science lessons on planets and solar system? Students will love this FANTASTIC spinning study tool! Easy to assemble and a fun activity for all students who are studying the solar system!

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This product features detailed descriptions of each planet and simulates how they orbit the sun. 

See how it works below!









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