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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Student Independence from Day One

The Big Goal Student Independence Student independence is key. In fact, my whole goal for my students is to be able to do whatever I teach them on their own. Without me. This independence applies to everything. I want them to connect mathematical ideas on their own. Those decoding skills I teach during conferring, I want them to do it once I walk away. I want them to know what to do when the fire alarm goes off. I want them to know what to do if they make a mistake or need to go to the bathroom. My goal…

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Brag Tags- I tried them and I didn’t love it

What’s a Brag Tag? Brag tags hit the world of teaching a few years ago. Although the concept, providing students with a token for doing something, wasn’t anything new, they were redesigned and better than ever. I was teaching second-grade and kept getting passive-aggressive feedback about how my teaching wasn’t cute. When I switched grade levels, I decided to become a cute teacher, and I hated it! 😂It’s just not my style. Here are a few examples of Brag Tags I handed out in my classroom. Of course, I purchased a few bundles from TPT, but in true Natasha fashion,…

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