In our classroom, I utilize a reading workshop model. A mini-lesson followed by independent reading and guided reading. I’ve always wondered how I could make independent reading more robust. I love the “why” of independent reading but there were always a few students who weren’t totally into it. Given that so much time is spent independent reading […]
Touted as Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, these cookies live up to their name. They stay so soft and chewy for days. Browned butter here makes all the difference, creating a toffee-like depth that makes your taste buds oh-so-happy. Happy almost-weekend, All I’m so ready for it, after this whirlwind of a week. That includes today’s incessant…
Learners need to feel safe
Learners need to have structure
Learners need novel activities
Require frequent responses
Allow appropriate wait time
Combine content with music or movement
Provide water every 10 to 45 minutes
Offer fresh or dried fruits
Create a relaxing atmosphere that feels “homey”
Allow students to make choices
This Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken is quick, easy, and absolutely scrumptious. It’s the ultimate spring-summer dinner; light yet incredibly tasty. It’s an instant hit you can count on. April showers are swooping in, but they’ve got nothin’ on our bright spring vibe today. The skies might be pouring, but we’ve got a kitchen full…
My favorite foodie site has just solved the “sloppy” problem with sloppy joes!!!
This is going to make me fall in love with sloppy joes again! NO MORE MESS!!
During an RTI Training, the presenter shared the 4 things the brain remembers…
When introducing ideas the children need to remember, incorporate one of these into the lesson to improve their retention!
Mindfulness has become extremely popular recently and I believe that this is a practice that children need as much…if not MORE…than adults!
Just think about it….as adults we have developed self-regulation skills that we use when we have extreme feelings like anger, sadness, fear, or worry. For children, although some are more resilient than others, these skills are not necessarily hard wired. They have to be taught and cultivated until children are able to do them independently and be able to identify when they need to use them.
Dan Harris, ABC news anchor, defined mindfulness as the ability to see what’s going on in your head combined with the ability not to get carried away with it. Sounds like something we ALL can use!!
Mind Yeti is a great place to start practicing mindfulness in classrooms OR at home. Watch this video to see how!
Sounds like it’s worth a try? Let me know how it goes!