Flexible Seating Reflection

Flexible Seating Mistakes We all make mistakes. Here’s a little teacher flexible seating reflection- I didn’t launch flexible seating as well as I should have. I made a lot of assumptions I should not have made. Each class you have is different and comes in with different experiences and background knowledge. While I applied that to my content teaching, I didn’t think about flexible seating! 🤦‍♀️Things weren’t working. Instead of flexible seating providing powerful choice and agency it was standing in the way of our learning. Instead of learning conflict resolution we were constantly tattling. Finally, we just needed a…

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Changing Our Thinking: Parents Don’t Care

Rethinking what we do is what teaching is all about. This series looks to bring up those practices and offer ideas that are more relevant in today’s classroom. I know parent/teacher conference time is coming up, and today we’re discussing how we talk about student’s families. Sometimes we act like parents don’t care about their children- that isn’t true.  We’ve All Heard It… Or Said It Parents Don’t Care “I can’t believe they don’t even care about their child.”  “____’s mom couldn’t bother to show up for parent/teacher conferences again.” “We waited for an hour, but ____’s dad never showed…

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Weekly Wisdom

Initiate the Learning Process The teacher’s task is to initiate the learning process and then get out of the way. -John Warren Well, yeah sometimes as teachers we do accidentally stand in the way of learning. Maybe it is putting up a scaffold that isn’t needed or waiting a bit too long before allowing independent practice. Sometimes it is keeping kids in a small group when they’re ready to move on. It happens!  Once when our TCRWP staff developer visited our school in the US we had to go off and coach a partnership. I went and taught a little…

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A Class Gratitude Activity

Tap Someone WHo Has your class ever had a moment (or several) where it seems like they just can’t get along? Does every little moment turn into a small tiff? When that happens, it is best to pause the academic learning and work on some social-emotional learning. It’s time for a class gratitude activity! Tap Someone Who is the perfect one. I learned this activity at summer camp, and I have played it with adults, teens, first graders, and everyone in between. Summer Camp When I was a junior in high school, I was a counselor in training at the…

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Friday Five: Building Community Through Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting- Building Community One Morning At a Time One Good Morning, Sunshine! Morning meeting begins with a greeting. The greeting helps build community because it allows students to say hello to each other and to settle into the learning space for the day. We, as teachers at meetings, also like to have time to say hello to each other before we begin the work we have at meetings. Kids want the same opportunity, and it isn’t tough to facilitate it.   Greetings can be opportunities to get silly with your class. Just a few weeks ago, we did a greeting…

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