FEATURES FOR TEACHERS
Features For New Teachers
Volume 2, Issue 17
Our seventh grade team
accomplishes this by creating a course introduction pamphlet.
This tri-fold pamphlet is given out on the first day of class and
presented by each member of the teaching team.
That way we teachers are all on the same page, and students have
consistency between their classes.
Creating a pamphlet is
relatively easy on a word processing program.
You will need to change your page setup from 'portrait' (normal
8.5 x 11 tall) to a 'landscape', the 8.5 x 11 long.
You will also need to create two or three columns to type in (two
if you are simply folding in half, or three if the pamphlet is a
tri-fold). Your word processing program will automatically adjust your
document's margins, though you might want to print it out and double
check the margin space when you're finished (sometimes copy machines
will 'slide' your original up to 1/2 inch, so try a sample).
Once the paper is folded, this setup will make your pamphlet look
bi-fold pamphlet is easy to create and fold, but a tri-fold looks so
much nicer both to your students and parents.
You'll want a catchy cover
with basic class or grade information.
Include a school graphic or clip art with the teachers' names,
the classes, periods, room numbers, and other key info. We've added a place for both students and parents to sign,
indicating that they have read through and understood these rules and
procedures. This returned
signature becomes the students' first assignment for your class.
In fact, I like to allow three days to get them turned in, giving
10 extra credit points if it's two days early, and 5 extra credit points
for one day early.
The next few pages display
what we will cover in class this year.
Its not in great detail, but simply an overview.
In English, for example, a brief section is devoted to our main
areas, writing, reading, literature, speech, technology, and
presentations. In science,
a brief section is devoted to the areas of ecosystems, matter, waves,
rocks & minerals, and weather.
The same is done for math and social studies and any other core
The last few pages cover class
rules and procedures. We
always try to have just a few important rules that are general enough to
cover most events that can happen in class.
We like to include a rule about respecting all people and
materials, since this is general enough to cover most poor behavior
choices not specifically mentioned.
You'll want to include a
section on your discipline procedures so students know exactly what
punishments or consequences are due to them if they make poor behavior
choices. Again, leave
yourself room by adding a statement such as "Serious or continual
problems may result in skipping one or more discipline steps."
As always, follow your school or district's codes or policies in
making up your class rules.
Procedures are different from
rules in that these are desired behaviors you want your students to
display at particular moments in class.
Some procedures will include your class warm up or wrap up,
passing in papers, raising hands, lining up, sharpening pencils, and
even answering the telephone, among others.
You'll want to spend some quality time thinking of what your
students are going to DO in class, and the most effective way to
accomplish these tasks. Be
clear and simple when writing these down so the kids understand them.
The rules packer looks nice and professional. Students and parents alike will enjoy (and respect) the fact that you've taken the time to spell out exactly your expectations and to begin communicating with them. By having a section to sign and return, no one can claim they weren't aware of your rules or procedures.
After meeting with your child's teacher spend some some time thinking about these
Starfall is an exceptional website for children to practice reading skills in an interactive manner. The majority of the website is free, but the site does offer several writing journals, materials, and books you can order to use either with the website or in your own curriculum.
Among the many interactive games and activities are video read-along stories involving snowmen (this one was very cute) to sing along with and a mouse who writes letters to grandparents. Its a great chance for students to learn and use vocabulary skills along with reading and writing.
Four specific sections of the site are designed to help with letter/sound recognition, beginning readers, intermediate readers, and advanced readers. Each section has activities to help students not only learn to read, but to have fun while reading.
The download center features free printable worksheets, activities, and materials you can use in your classroom. These are all in Adobe for ease of use.
This is a user-friendly website with quick links to the various parts of the site. You could use this as a an interactive site to use in class, as a supplemental for your students to check out at home, and even as a homeschooling website to teach children.
Check this site out, you'll be glad you did. Simply click the link below:
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest holes just by not stopping, never giving up!
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