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    I teach 2nd grade and I was wondering what are some of your favorite chapter books that 2nd graders can read with assistance. I'm looking for a good chapter book for a literature circle at the end of the year.

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    girl in gulfport A to Z Mysteries, Geronimo Stilton, Junie B. Jones, Rickey Rocket, Amber Brown

    On 3/17/09, Jenetty77 wrote: > Goone Bird Greene Ralph S. Mouse Katie Kazoo Switcheroo Magic > Tree House series The Boxcar Children series > > These are tried and liked by my 2nd graders. > > > On 3/17/09, Ms. H wrote: >> I teach 2nd ...See More
    Mar 18, 2009
    Stacy My highest guided reading group is currently reading The Chocolate Touch and they love it!
    Mar 22, 2009
    I'm trying to find an assembly that would reinforce anti gangs. We have had anti bully and character education. Has anyone had or seen one?
    I used to give my teachers a Happy Face Chart and they seemed to like it. It didn't require any reprimands and the students knew how they stood every day.

    Each child had their name on the bulletin board with three happy faces next to it. Then a note folded up and a picture of a phone.

    During the day, if they broke a rule like ta...See More
    Cath I'm sure for some people they may find success with this type of system and it may be beneficial to use as a temporary measure early in the year. I think it is over kill in most classes to use all the time though. The kids shouldn't need this kind of behavior management system once they have learned your expectations and routines. I would also be v...See More
    Mar 18, 2009
    I have been using BEE folders for the last few years. My school adopted the COLT as our mascot this year. Any ideas for an Acronym for COLT notebooks for next year????? Thanks!
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    Third grade On 3/18/09, scteach wrote: >> I have been using BEE folders for the last few years. My >> school adopted the COLT as our mascot this year. Any ideas >> for an Acronym for COLT notebooks for next year????? >> Thanks!

    COLTS: Carefully Organized Learners & Terrific Students
    Mar 18, 2009
    A spinoff On 3/18/09, Third grade wrote: > >> On 3/18/09, scteach wrote: >>> I have been using BEE folders for the last few years. My >>> school adopted the COLT as our mascot this year. Any ideas >>> for an Acronym for COLT notebooks for next year????? >>> Thanks! > > > COLTS: > Carefully Organized Le...See More
    Mar 19, 2009
    Hi there, i am going to be doing a mini lesson on beginning Elkonin/Letter boxes. Has anyone had any experience with this? I am still having some trouble understanding it and figuring out how to explain it to kids with out sounding too complicated to them.
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    SHB. Actually, I am wanting to use them to teach the concept of segmenting words into sounds. I was just wondering how to introduce this technique.

    On 3/18/09, A question wrote: > What is your purpose in introducing the boxes to your > students? To help with spelling? Before they are > introduced, your students should be very strong w...See More
    Mar 18, 2009
    Cath I use Elkonin mats with my students to teach them how to segment and blend CVC words. Email me if you want a copy of the mat I use. Here is how I introduce them: I give each student (I do it small group but you could do whole class if necessary) a laminated mat and three counters (could use pennies or whatever small enough). I give the kids a word,...See More
    Mar 18, 2009
    I have made sticker books for my students and that has worked out well for rewards. I happen to have a binder at home and use card stock to imprint their names on a title page with my art software. The size of the book is about 4" by 6" and has about 6 pages. Card stock can go through regular printers.

    I begin the day with everyone having ...See More
    I have been in many classrooms and I have never seen centers in 1st grade. Everything is whole group or small group instruction.

    What I would worry about is how much time is spent in independent activities. There isn't any learning going on in centers. At best, it is reinforcement.

    There is just so much time in the day and in shou...See More
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    Samantha/NC It is what you prefer! Is the seatwork that your students are doing reinforcing your lessons? The same work that your students may be doing in their seats, I just put it in a small group of kids and call it a center! as for assessments, they are continuous and on-going no matter what type of work the students are doing--I find that I get more accom...See More
    Mar 19, 2009
    Gracie to Samantha How I would love to visit classrooms. Actually, I would rather be teaching myself. But unfortunately I am on disablitity now! (Mut have been those heels!, lol)

    I agree, if your seatwork is your centers and reinforcing your lessons that were presented that day, great. I get nervous when I hear "I change my centers every 3 or 4 weeks".
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    Mar 19, 2009
    I have a student who needs to be challenged. I am looking for an online resource for some math challenges that I can print out for him. He loves worksheets, but I am looking to work on problem solving as well as basic drill. Any suggestions?
    PedagoNet Have you examined the many resources found here
    Mar 18, 2009
    Suzie You might want to look at a series of higher-level math worksheets called Sunshine Math Superstars. The price is very reasonable, but if you're lucky you might be able to find the problems online for free.
    Mar 18, 2009
    I am looking for a teacher who will agree to do an interview with me. I am a student studying Educational Psychology and it was instructed that I utilize this website to interview a teacher.

    Whoever answers this I appreciate your time and any effort(s) that you may share.

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    Kindergarten Teacher No problem. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. That's always beneficial to me...........

    On 3/20/09, Courtney wrote: > Dear Kindergarten teacher, > > Thank you so much for your quick and clear responses! I really appreciate it!! > > Thank you so much for your time, > Sincerely, &g...See More
    Mar 21, 2009
    Kindergarten Teacher Gracie- I really love what I do! Thanks for the compliments.

    On 3/20/09, Gracie wrote: > Kindergarten Teacher. I thought you did a grand job > answering those > questions! You were absolutely was your > responsibility! And the fact that you went out to the > bank to see what they could offer for your class was >...See More
    Mar 21, 2009
    This is my 3rd year teaching. I was previously in business and completed an ACP to become a teacher. I am shocked to discover that so many teachers are not only technologically illiterate, but do not care to really learn about technology.

    I learned about technology in the business world where I usually just picked it up having to use an a...See More
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    ACP There is a complete continuum on the LOTI scale from casual use of technology to complete use of technology to teach. Public education is many years behind higher education and the business in general in the use of technology. There are many reasons for this, many have been stated. IMO the biggest reason is that we implement it backwards. The buzzw...See More
    Mar 26, 2009
    Rebecca I am a middle school and high school teacher but saw this thread from the main board.

    Keep in mind that using Smartboards, projectors, teacher chosen websites and such is really not teaching students anything about technology and does NOT get kids to analyze and problem solve in itself.

    If you are a teacher who successful integr...See More
    Mar 26, 2009

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