Small Groups- “How Do I Organize Them?” (Part 5)

Small Groups- “How Do I Organize Them?” (Part 5)

When talking with teachers, the major reason I’ve heard as to why they do not pull small groups or struggle with them is how to “choreograph” them. Who goes where? How do I remember? Well, I have a solution for you! read more

Small Groups- “Read To Someone” (Part 2)

Small Groups- “Read To Someone” (Part 2)

So you’ve finally managed to get your small groups running and students are working independently from you, but what do you do now? What do students work on and how do I chose? What resources do you use for each rotation? Here are some ideas to help you simplify your planning for your small group rotations. We’ll start this week on the “Read to Someone” rotation: read more

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils!

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils!

How do we solve the pencil problem?

Pencils, pencils, pencils. We still use them you know.  Computers, smartphones, devices are all the rage but the good old pencil is still a valuable tool for students. I would never have imagined that keeping sharped pencils in the hands of second graders could be so complicated! Having entered a second grade classroom after teaching fifth and sixth grades for so long was a transition, but I found out that of all the adjustments that were needed to be made, managing pencils proved to be the biggest “challenge” at the beginning of the year. Upper grade students managed this beautifully, but I quickly found I needed to reach out to veteran primary teachers for solutions as to how to keep sharpened pencils in the hands of students with minimal disruption. Here were some great ideas provided by these talented and seasoned teachers.  Maybe one of them will work for you! read more