New Addition to “Your Essential Teacher Binder”: Ocean Theme!

What is “Your Essential Teacher Binder”? We’ve all heard of the famous “teacher binder” that contains everything that you need to run your class and lessons successfully! It is essential to your teaching, but not everything fits into the three rings of a binder, so we added in a few resources for your classroom too! We like to think of “Your Essential Teacher Binder” as a collection of teacher resources to help you organize both your teaching and your classroom.

All teachers have various ways of organizing their lessons, plans, and classrooms; however, we have grouped together a great set of resources to assist you in this endeavor!

So what’s included in this classroom kit? There are more than 70 pages featuring:
– Desk nameplates (2/sheet) for both upper and lower grades
– Student hook/cubby nameplates (6/sheet) that can also be used to label bins etc
– Hall pass, office pass, and washroom pass
– Bookmarks (4/sheet) with “During Reading” suggestions
– Monthly student behavior log (2/sheet)
– “While You Were Absent” sheet for students
– Classroom job labels (30 different jobs to choose from!)
– Student of the Month an d Week (upper and lower grades)
– Student Birthday Postcards (2/sheet)
– Lesson plan monthly cover pages
– Classroom calendar monthly labels for both upper and lower grades
– Subject area cover pages for lesson and unit plans
– Substitute teacher feedback form
– Professional development log and Staff meeting record sheet
– Parent contact log (individual student)
– Month at a glance, Monthly plan at a glance, Week at a glance
– Individual student and whole class information sheet (5 students/sheet)
– End of the year classroom inventory
– Lesson plan and mark book cover page

We have tried to include as many printables that we could think of, but if you have any suggestions, please let us know and we’ll add them in!

These kits come in a variety of themes, including outer space, aliens, polka dots, swirls, monsters, apples, and now…oceans!

 

Strategies for Basic Addition Facts

We are always struggling with moving our students along the learning continuum.  We have a wide array of curriculum to teach.  When it comes to Mathematics and the acquisition of this amazing subject, we must be able to decompose the facts and their strategies before we are able to teach it to our students.  We are skilled and have great knowledge but sometimes it is difficult to revert back down to the basics.  We must teach addition facts in their most simplest forms.  Studies show that students will be more successful when these basic addition facts are acquired in the proper order.  I have provided a quick description of each one with an example of how to demostrate and teach that fact.   Print it out (link below) and keep it in your teacher binder.  Even if you teach higher than grade 3, you never know when you will be teaching a student who has learning gaps that you will need to address.  Addition Fact Strategies

 

“Your Essential Teacher Binder” now on sale!

What is “Your Essential Teacher Binder”? We’ve all heard of the famous “teacher binder” that contains everything that you need to run your class and lessons successfully! It is essential to your teaching, but not everything fits into the three rings of a binder, so we added in a few resources for your classroom too! We like to think of “Your Essential Teacher Binder” as a collection of teacher resources to help you organize both your teaching and your classroom.

All teachers have various ways of organizing their lessons, plans, and classrooms; however, we have grouped together a great set of resources to assist you in this endeavor!

So what’s included in this classroom kit?  There are more than 70 pages featuring:
– Desk nameplates (2/sheet) for both upper and lower grades
– Student hook/cubby nameplates (6/sheet) that can also be used to label bins etc
– Hall pass, office pass, and washroom pass
– Bookmarks (4/sheet) with “During Reading” suggestions
– Monthly student behavior log (2/sheet)
– “While You Were Absent” sheet for students
– Classroom job labels (30 different jobs to choose from!)
– Student of the Month an d Week (upper and lower grades)
– Student Birthday Postcards (2/sheet)
– Lesson plan monthly cover pages
– Classroom calendar monthly labels for both upper and lower grades
– Subject area cover pages for lesson and unit plans
– Substitute teacher feedback form
– Professional development log and Staff meeting record sheet
– Parent contact log (individual student)
– Month at a glance, Monthly plan at a glance, Week at a glance
– Individual student and whole class information sheet (5 students/sheet)
– End of the year classroom inventory
– Lesson plan and mark book cover page

We have tried to include as many printables that we could think of, but if you have any suggestions, please let us know and we’ll add them in!

These kits come in a variety of themes, including outer space, aliens, polka dots, swirls, monsters, and apples!

 

Virtue of the Month: Subway Art (JK-Grade 8)

Check out our Virtue of the month Subway Art package now available on ‘teacherspayteachers.com’. Just click on the image above!

 

It’s all in the number!

Projects, Paper, Letters, & Tests! Oh My!

As a teacher, you know full well that we are overwhelmed with all kinds of items we collect to grade, review, hold on to and file.  Over and over, you always have students who forget, who do not complete, who do not remember.  I have found that creating a numbering system within my classroom works well to keep track of these problems and help me follow up.  At the beginning of the year, I assign a number based on my classroom list.  I do this alphabetically, therefore student 1 is assigned number 1, student 2 is assigned number 2 and so forth.  All students get a number and stay with that number for the whole year.  It facilitates the process of scanning  a stack of papers to just checking the number.  If you organize your papers in  numerical order,  then you can quickly check if there is a number missing instead of a name.   I also find it easier if you let your students know that you require the numbers to be all written in the top right corner.

I keep a class list along with their number in my teacher binder where I can reference back just in case.  Also, for my students reference, I put a list on chart paper on the wall.

With this number management system in place, I can instantaneously follow up with students and discuss where their item is or what I can do to help.

Where do I utilize this system? Here is a brief list:

1) Tests

2) Assignments

3) Notebooks

4) Permission Forms

5) Letters/Notes

6) Student Portfolios

7) Fire Drill Line Up – I call numbers out instead of names to check if all are present

8) Duo tangs

9) Textbooks

10) Workbooks

11) Classroom Library sign out sheet

Working smarter not harder is what it is all about!

Parent Communication Log

Here’s another resource for your teacher binder!  Before September, print out a copy of this parent communication log and use one for each student in your class.  When an issue arises, keep track of when you have communicated with parents/guardians and note the resolution and next steps.  These communication logs are great to use as reference when writing report cards and to be discussed during parent-teacher interviews.

Just click on the image below!