Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The "E" Word?

Student: "Teacher!  Teacher! Stan just said the "E" word."
Me:  "D"?
Student:  "NO! E!"  Writes an e on a piece of paper and looks at me like I am a total idiot.

- - - - - - - - -

Any ideas what the "E" word might be?  l called the student over and he admitted he said something he shouldn't have and he knows that the "E" word is real bad.  He promised not to say it again, so I guess that's good!

Oh 3rd grade!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wonderopolis - A Wonder a Day - Free Resource

Wonderopolis is a free website with a different wonder everyday. They have a topic and information related to the topic. These would be great quick little lessons to start out a day in a classroom or to fill some time. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Substitute Teacher Tip - Wear Layers

Always dress in layers, because you never know!

You just never know what it's going to be like in a building.  Even one you have been in before.  I went to one building that is always so hot in the winter that you have to open all of the windows in the classrooms, if you can. I dress accordingly, and have even brought a fan with me in December!  However, I was in this building the other day and apparently the one classroom I was teaching in did not have the heat problem.  I didn't bring a sweater, and was wearing a short sleeve dress, and I was freezing all day long.  It's taught me to always dress in layers, even if you know the situarion.  I usually keep an extra set of clothes in the car, just in case, and that can come in handy too.  If I remember it's there!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Help with Cleaning up the Classroom

I usually need reminders of good ideas, and this is one I've heard many times before but always seem to forget when the classroom is messiest. 

Play secret scrap.  Tell kids that there is a certain piece of garbage or debris on the ground and that you will reward the student who picks it up with a prize.  (Sticker, pencil, etc)  This little trick usually gets every piece of everything picked up off the floor and you don't have to try to find the broom or crawl around the floor picking everything up while trying to leave on time.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mailbox DEALS 5 for $10!!

Mailbox is a staple in the teaching world.  I'm sure you know all about it!  Right now they have activity and theme books on closeout $3 each or 5 for $10.  Some of these would be great to keep in your substitute bag, if you sub in elementary school often.

Their graphic........
1. Click this email and shop for Closeouts. No coupon code is needed.
2. Add 5 or more Closeouts to your shopping cart and each Closeout item will drop to only $2!
While supplies last. No adjustments on previous purchases. Subject to change without notice. Qualifying items are found on the page titled "Closeouts".

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Interesting ways to take roll....

I hate taking roll. It's super important for us, but the kids see no value in it and even the best classes can't stay quiet and attentive the entire time.  Their only bright spot is getting to take it to the office.  Hopefully I see that kid again.  I haven't on a few occasions in the upper grades.

I was reading the blog "Dr. Jean & Friends".  She has some great ideas for ECE and Kindergarten teachers, which is what I have been doing the last few months.  One of her posts sparked a great idea for subs. 

Give students a question and have them answer instead of saying "Here" or "Present".   Here are her suggestions, which could be altered for older kids but they would probably like to answer these questions as well. 

Here are a few starters:
If you were an animal, what would you be?
If you found a genie in a bottle, what would you wish for?
If you were a candy bar, what would you be?
What is the theme song for your life?
What book character would you like to change places with?
If you found $100, what would you buy?
If you could go on a magic carpet ride, where would you go?
Happiness is…
If I were the teacher I would…

Younger kids will probably give you one or two word answers, but you might want to limit it for the older ones. Maybe three words or less.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Easy Art Projects to keep kids busy.

Splish Splash Splatter: The Longest Line Drawings, sub idea for art gr 4-8I sometimes offer a prize if the kids get the project done by the end of the day, with certain instructions of course.  You can't give me a sloppy mess and expect a prize.

The longest line is super easy and comes out pretty cool. It's even easy enough for Little Firsties.