Sunday, March 10, 2019

St. Patrick's Day fun activities

Here are some things we've been doing this March to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Click the links or images to go to my TPT store.

St. Patrick's Day Lucky Opinion Writing








                          
                        
Check out my old post for some more fun St. Patrick's Day ideas!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Growth Mindset



Early on in the school year, we learn about Growth Mindset. It's based on a concept / book by Carol Dweck, and it has been adapted to apply to classrooms. Students are taught that effort and hard work are more important than thinking some people are naturally born "smart". The focus is on the journey of learning and growth vs the end product and a number grade.

Click on the image or grab this freebie over in my TPT store! Please leave a rating. :)

We read My Fantastic Elastic Brain as well as some of the following books, some of which were part of a funded Donors Choose project on Social Stories:
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There are so many cool resources out there on Teachers Pay Teachers!



Click here to find other Class Dojo videos on Growth Mindset!

What challenges or successes have you had with your students?
Can you recommend any other resources?



Monday, February 25, 2019

Reading-Rewards reading log

Do you struggle with getting your students to read? Or do they read, but not log their reading? Do their reading logs never get signed or mysteriously vanish? Do your students magically need to run to the bathroom when you try to check their reading logs? I have the solution for you-Reading-Rewards!
Here is a video I created to teach students how to log their reading.


Students are really motivated for a few reasons. 

1. They can choose and change their avatar.
2. They earn badges and RR miles.
3. It is a social thing. Others can see what they are logging, or not logging.
4. Because they can see what other classmates are reading, they often want to read those books, too.
5. They know they are going to be held accountable. Believe it or not, they like this in fourth grade.

Check out some of my (free) rewards they can choose from. This year, they are all about sitting with a friend and reading to another teacher's class. Previous classes really loved to sit at the teacher's desk, have lunch with the teacher, and to be teacher for a day.


Here is a rubric I created. Students get a monthly reading homework grade. I actually give students a copy of the school calendar and have them color in the days they logged. Then they look at their online log to give themselves a grade. They also keep a copy of the rubric stapled into their homework folder.


What do you think? Are you willing to try it out with your class? 
Do you already use Reading-Rewards or do you have another system?

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