I've received several emails recently asking me questions about my Fast Finisher (Extra Time) Folders. You can read all about them here, but in a nutshell they are my system for managing students who complete work very quickly. Those students know that they can choose a folder and complete the activity whenever they finish the current … Continue reading Fast Finisher Folders: FAQ
Y'all are going back to school, and I'm having a baby. The end result is the same, though, right? Less sleep, more stress, and a house that's never clean? The difference is in the preparation. I've got my hospital bag packed (wishful thinking since I still have a month to go...), but how is your back-to-school checklist looking? … Continue reading Back to school, baby!
Note: Much of my knowledge about comprehension checks has come from Betsy Paskvan, a Japanese teacher here in Anchorage, AK. Betsy has presented many times on checking for comprehension at state and national language conferences (she'll be at NTPRS this summer), and she often travels to other school districts to offer them professional development on comprehension checks … Continue reading Comprehension Checks
Carrie Toth recently shared an awesome idea for Encouraging student participation on her blog. Follow the link to check it out!
Some of you may know that I have the mother of all multi-level classes this year: 6th-12th grade, 1st-7th year Spanish. I asked parents and students for grace during the first few weeks as I figured out how to meet everyone's needs, and they did. We are now finishing up week four, and I have a … Continue reading Multi-Level Classes
When I spend time explaining my syllabus on the first day of school or at open house, I often get that deer in the headlights look: Acquisition, Storyasking, Standards Based Grading...it's a lot to take in at once! And because there is never enough time on either of those occasions to accomplish everything that I … Continue reading Syllabus Homework
We had WAY too much fun storyasking in my previously-Plan B class today!! I am amazed at the transformation that they have undergone in the last few weeks--anll it took was finding the right system! We have been using the Marble Jar, and they are totally rocking it. They hold each other accountable («¡Cállete! ¡Habla … Continue reading Soliciting [Illustrated] Responses
Ah, fourth quarter. How I despise you. I think that it is particularly frustrating in Alaska because the days are SO long now--there is still light on the horizon at 10:00pm, and it keeps increasing! Kids are out late and are zonked in the mornings and antsy in the afternoons. After a particularly frustrating day … Continue reading Classroom Management
I just finished an epic fail group project: the project itself was a fail, but it did have one small success, and so I will post on that. One of the most difficult and most important steps of developing and assigning a group project is forming the groups. If you let kids choose, some … Continue reading Group Projects
While preparing for the Yup'ik Immersion training last week, I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for elementary TPRS resources and suggestions. Michel Baker's blog and Carol Gaab's article (linked in the YI post) were most helpful. According to their writing, one common obstacle for elementary TPRS teachers is managing student responses during … Continue reading Managing Responses