Friday, August 1, 2014

Seriously, Cannot Believe It's Almost Back to School - Back to School Giveaway!

Can't believe it's almost back to school - the calendar just turned to August and I feel like all my free time is gone!

This shows you exactly how I feel about it.

Ha Ha!

So, to help you with the Back to School Blues - I am having a giveaway on my blog!  A $10 gift certificate to TPT!

Enter below :)

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  1. One of the best things I ever did at back to school was to assign numbers to my students. I have NO idea why I didn't do this before. It made putting papers in alphabetical order SO much easier. I also have a can of popsicle sticks with the numbers on them, so when I need to choose a student for something they cannot say it was unfair. They love watching me draw the numbers out of the can. I also learned to put a toilet paper roll inside the can, that way I can put sticks which have already been drawn inside it, and I won't pull those numbers again.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Two tips: take melatonin the night before the first day to sleep, and have all students' names on index cards before the first day. It makes assigning seats so easy, and I'm ready to start calling randomly on students before I know all of them!

  3. I heard a funny tip this week at a math conference. (funny and not so funny) When you are walking around your room and see a student with the correct answer, stop and ask them why they did that. (pointing to a part in the problem) Then watch---they will most likely erase it.

    The lesson is to remember to ask your students WHY even when they have done the work correctly to prepare them to defend their answer and deepen their knowledge.

    Love the geometry reference sheet! Thanks so much.

  4. Get everything organized before your first day! Helps to make your day go smoother!

  5. wear comfortable shoes, especially the first 2 weeks back!

    btw... just bought and made our Suduko board... LOVE IT!!!!

    Hodges Herald

  6. My back to school tidbit - I always have a checklist/agenda behind my podium on the first day of school to make sure I don't forget to go over anything and to keep me on track. On the first day of school, my mind is race a million mph, so I need this to 1) Calm me down and 2) Be organized! :-)

  7. Jennifer, Keep up the great writing activities! I'm sharing all of your work with our department during Pre-Planning.It's fabulous!

  8. My back to school tip is to have something engaging for your students to do on the first day of school. The first day of school for a high school student is typically pretty boring because they are in and out of meetings and listening to all of their teachers discuss the class syllabus. If you have a mathematically engaging and challenging activity for your students, you will have them hooked from day one! You must also remember to model classroom behavior from day one. In order for classroom routines to have the desired outcome, you must show the students what you expect the minute they walk in the door.

  9. My back to school tip is having all your procedures well thought out and planned. Be prepared to explicitly teach, practice, and assess your classroom procedures.

  10. My favorite tip is to overplan - I wasn't prepared at all last year and it was awkward just standing there for a bit. Plan extra things just in case something doesn't go well!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  11. My co-teachers and I always overplan and wear sneakers!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)