Do you know how you have favorite lessons that you look forward to teaching each year? I certainly do. Today, I'm going to share with you my favorite lesson in my Teaching Points of View reading unit! This one is a favorite for two reasons. First, it features a skit, which I rarely do, so my students tend to be extremely engaged during the lesson. Second, students take on the role of author and write the same short story three times, using the three different points of view. I truly believe that when students become the author, this abstract concept becomes more concrete for students. Let's rewind a few years. I'm sitting in my closet- as an ELL teacher who spent most of her day coteaching in upper elementary classrooms, I was fortunate to have my own tiny windowless room that was just big enough to house my desk, a table, and a few filing cabinets- racking my brain trying to think of a point of view activity that would be meaningful for our fifth graders. We had...
Good classroom organization is a MUST for any successful teacher!  No matter what organizational tools you are using to keep organized (book crates, teacher binder , student binder , filing systems, etc.) having a solid system in place can make or break your year.  Throughout my time in the classroom, I developed a few key classroom organizational systems that I know will help you get your papers in order, and keep you and your students organized all year long! Don't forget to grab my FREE Checklist! 1.  EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE Before I start organizing my classroom, I use the idea that "EVERYTHING needs a place" and start from there.  If everything has a place in your classroom, it is easier to keep everything in its place...Simple, right?  I make a list of everything I need in my classroom and build my "Organization Plan".  This is a great time to think about how you will store resources in your classrooms, such as math centers , wr...
At the end of every school year, I tore down my classroom, packed my three boxes and started getting giddy for summer vacation. I always swore I would spend my time off splashing in the pool and reading at the beach. But, as soon as I pulled that final staple out of the wall my mind immediately began to obsess over how I would set up my classroom for the upcoming school year. There were years I would plan elaborate classroom themes and there were years when I simply selected a color scheme and built my space around that. Regardless of which choice I made I always loved the process of planning it out over the summer and then rolling up my sleeves and making it all come together in the fall. If you are like me then you have already begun visualizing how your home away from home will look when you go back to school .  If you are eager to dive right into the planning and prepping phase then you can put these tips, ideas and FREE resources to good use right away. If you pref...