Jul 18, 2019

Vocabulary Practice: Making it Meaningful

Gadzooks! I just LOVE words!  These are just a few of my favorites!  Do you have some words that you just love?  So what is all this brouhaha over teaching vocabulary you ask?  Well...vocabulary is such an important part of reading instruction!  Research says that kids need to be exposed to a word 6-12 times before they actually master the word!  Putting words into a center for kids to "work on" just isn't enough!  Having them look up words in the dictionary is not only boring, but a meaningless activity!  I'm not saying throw the dictionaries out but giving a list of words and having them copy definitions is a waste of time!  1.  Some definitions leave the students stumped and continuing to question the meaning.  2. Copying definitions isn't going to help them master a word's meaning. 3. Many words have multiple meanings, so more than likely they are going to copy the shortest definition whether it is the one that matches the meaning you are teaching...or they are going to be asking, "Which definition do I copy?"    When it comes to vocabulary practice, there needs to be more!!  

But what?!?
Are you bumfuzzled at what to do?
   Well, I have some activities that will please even your persnickety students...and it won't cause a great hullabaloo in your classroom!

Jul 2, 2019

This or That? Classroom Choices

Everyday, there are choices to be made.  
For the most part, we like to have choices.
For kids, it's no different.  At my school, students get to make a lunch choice with 4 options.  Sometimes, that is even a struggle for a few!   Choices and Decision Making go hand-in-hand and should extend the mere daily lunch choice...for several reasons.

Jun 30, 2019

Flexible Seating: Potential Problems & Remedies

As addressed in my last blog post, flexible seating in the classroom is a big topic these days.  Some might ask what is wrong with traditional seating.  My answer to that is NOTHING.  Nothing is wrong with it!  However, some students just do better with something more flexible.

Jun 29, 2019

Flexible Seating: Trend or Best for Students

Flexible seating is all the CRAZE in classrooms right now!  More and more teachers in my district are embracing this concept in their classrooms....some are just getting their feet wet while others are going all in.   

So, as you continue to read, just remember this is MY take on the subject.  This is from what I've done and what I feel!  

Jun 25, 2019

2 and 1/2 years

Two and a half years is a long enough break, don't you think?  LOL  What have I been doing during that time?

Well... I bought a new home, and with that there was moving and work to be done outside of school hours.  Then, our family got not one but TWO new additions...I have two new grandbabies six weeks apart.  Well...and life in general...

So, I'll be starting my twenty-second school year in the public school system in 2019-2020.  With the next school year, I am planning on changing up some things in my classroom.  I have taken some summer PD that has inspired me to try some new things.  I plan on sharing those things on my blog, so I hope you will check back to hear all about them.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer...and I encourage you to think outside the box at ways you might reach your students better in the coming school year!

Chatterbox Blessings,

Nov 13, 2016

A Love For Reading

Teaching reading is my passion.  As a child, I didn't like to read a lot.  I was a good reader but when it came to chapter books, I think I just couldn't keep my attention on it long enough.  Now, I love to read, and I love to teach reading!
When Reading First was the "in thing", I was asked to help write the grant for my school.  Having a strong reading comprehension program with rich language and vocabulary is a must, however, grant-writing isn't really my forte'....but I digress.  I came across so many strategies that worked well in my class!  The kids loved them and actually got excited about learning!
We all learn in different ways, and kids are no different.  We, as educators, need lots of tips and tricks in our teacher toolboxes!  As you know, when you get kids involved in their learning...talking with their peers...getting hands-on... and doing activities other than just paper-pencil, they are going to  be more enthusiastic about learning!  Personally, I get GIDDY (probably more than I should...lol) when I find new strategies to use with my kiddos!  You do have to model and practice partner/group activities just like you would for centers so guidelines are established and practiced, and mastered so students can be successful...but you already know that!  :) 
So that's why I created this huge reading and vocabulary strategies packet.  There are 80+ pages and it was a real labor of love for me!  Everything is right in one place to pick and choose what works best with our students.  Each one is tried and true.  Of course I have my favorite go-tos.... Anticipation Guide,Carousel Graffiti, and Appointments for reading strategies....

and Pictionary, Word Bump and Paint Chip Vocabulary for vocabulary.   Perhaps you are needing some new ideas, as we all do!  I'd love for you to check it out.  You can find it HERE.  
As always, I appreciate you stopping by!  It does my heart good to share and connect with other teachers!
Chatterbox Blessings,

Oct 29, 2016

Whew! Just In Time!

I've been working on this....however, I forgot to get it uploaded!!!
I wanted to have it uploaded for Halloween...and I barely made it!  But this sweet story is good for anytime! 
You can have it here...Hope you enjoy!
Chatterbox  Blessings,

Vocabulary Practice: Making it Meaningful

Gadzooks! I just LOVE words!  These are just a few of my favorites!  Do you have some words that you just love?  So what is all this b...