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:
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!
Wow, a blog! Who would have thought we would ever do something like this? Certainly not us, but here we are! Who are we? We are The Teacher Team. We are a husband and wife team who come from a long line of teachers. John is a high school teacher and is the Department Chair in the Science Dept at his high school and Carol is an elementary school teacher having taught all grades, K-6. Carol is currently teaching 6th grade but has a wealth of experience in all things elementary. We both have worked or currently work in Title I schools and are transitioning existing lessons and creating new lessons with common core standard content and methodology. We both embrace and actively teach with technology, and love to share with others what we have learned. We view our teaching style as facilitators, providing a rich and inspiring curriculum where students discover the joy of learning themselves. Our schools are very different demographically and we think this adds to our perspective as educators. As we move forward in this blogging adventure we hope we can share some insight into our world of teaching and education.