I consciously overplan the first few days. The worst possible first-day scenario is to arrive unprepared. Over the years, I've collected a number of first-day activity ideas - far too many to use.
I've pared down the activities based on the following considerations:
My first goal is to build classroom community, making all students feel comfortable and successful.
I’ve been reading a lot of assignments of late to do with literacy generally and the “literacy wars” in particular. Perhaps predictably the students fall comfortably into the “phonics” or “whole language” camps – few have made the accurate observation that both approaches co-exist in the classrooms of effective teachers. Some have stretched a little further to include the…
I‘ve been reading a lot of questions on several Blogs and Facebook pages recently about maintaining children’s interest and attention while they are doing their schoolwork, whether it be at home, or in the classroom. At the same time I have been seeing comments about problems that parents and teachers are having with children’s lack of interest in reading. So as a parent of 2 children, I’d like to share something with you that has really helped us with our 2 children, in both areas – and at the… Continue
Added by Nicholas Tee on September 10, 2010 at 7:38am —
You know you have students hooked on a book when they complain because the movie isn't as good as the book. You know they "get it" when you hear someone responds with "the movie is never as good as the book!"
One of my goals as a teacher is to instill a love of reading in kids/teens while I can. Studies show that kids don't read for pleasure. I want to hook them on… Continue
I am looking for a class to have a book club with. We would have weekly readings. Each student would weekly write a comment and respond to a comment. We are a second grade class and would like to work together with a class close to our age. We also need to be able to communicate in English only sorry.
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We are also looking at a paper airplane project in the Spring.
Added by Ian Snyder on September 28, 2009 at 3:44pm —
I've had the students create their blogs on the schools intranet worpressMU installation. So far I've got 25 of 60 blogs set up. Their were/are some minor problems, but I will get them all a blog eventually.
I had student reactions ranging from this is very cool ... all the way to you can't make us do this. It is math class and some of them are excited about reading and blogging and some not so much.
I'm reading the following for a course I am taking,
schools need to be able to provide high-quality instruction in both word-level and comprehension skills in order to meet the diverse needs of students who continue to struggle with reading in late-elementary, middle, and high school
and it occurs to me that this statement appears perfectly okay. But is it? If literacy is communicating and comprehending using a medium, then isn't… Continue
Added by Durff on July 27, 2009 at 8:30am —
I'm enamored by the simplicity and educational value of the Tarheel Reader. I've been a big cheerleader and now we at EFL Classroom 2.0 are holding a contest. Make a Tarheel Reader and win Amazon book gift certificates!
You will need a special code when you register there to make a book. Follow the directions under "write a book" to get it Or just… Continue
Added by ddeubel on May 11, 2009 at 3:31pm —
We're working through a novel together in 5th grade right now. The name of the novel, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, is secondary to the title of the unit, "REFLECTIVE READING". We are really trying to hone in on what it is exactly that makes a reader "reflective". Here's the anchor chart that we have come up with for now. This chart was created during two… Continue
In the past few months 'Inanimate Alice' has made great progress in reaching out to educators around the world. The Education Packs associated with the series have been accessed from 35 countries. These are available at http://www.inanimatealice.com/education/index.html
'Inanimate Alice' is a born-digital fiction, an interactive story for kids growing up in the videogame generation. About an hour of on-screen time and associated material makes for an in-depth look at what the digital… Continue
Added by Ian Harper on February 18, 2009 at 4:39pm —
I've TRIED to manage without a "reading table" for a year and a half now and I just can't get past the PSYCHOLOGICAL need for one. I'm in the middle of my second year teaching fifth grade after twelve years at second grade, and I just can't go another day with out that kidney-shaped fixture in my classroom.
I tried meeting with fifth grade groups around my rectangle table, but that just is not conducive to get… Continue
I made a video of this week's News-2-You: America's New President. I used it and language supports with an 8-year-old, as part of a lesson for the presidential inauguration. The video, supports, and more information can be found on my blog
Added by Eric Sailers on January 18, 2009 at 11:30pm —
I'd love to begin a movement that would culminate in the spring called the Book the Time Campaign: getting as many people as we can to read aloud to a child or many children. Then we could have one day, in March or April, that is the culmination of those efforts, with lots of celebration for the importance of reading aloud in a child's life. Would anyone be interested in joining in and figuring out how to make this happen? I love the idea of it being worldwide!!! I could ask my wonderful… Continue
We just wrapped up a two week unit on exactly what it means when the teacher says, "You have to read nonfiction differently." Kiddos at my school have HEARD that phrase before, but many could not really explain exactly what that meant. So on Friday, as an assessment, I had them write out answers to these three essential questions which we had discussed in… Continue
I'm a big fan of textmapping (check out the site www.textmapping.org) which is the brain child of a Mr. Dave Middlebrook. The process is a lot of work and takes some time to set up, but it is SO worth it! I've used this technique to teach nonfiction features the past couple of years. Here's how the process works.… Continue