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Posts Made By: Giraffiesauru
Board: Fifth Grade 05-09-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Promotion and Social Distancing

Our school has always marked the end of fifth grade by having a promotion celebration. We did a ceremony with friends and family members present, sort of like a kidís version of commencement. Then...
Board: BusyBoard 06-27-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Giraffiesauru

Iím at a board meeting as I type this. Itís packed with teachers.
Board: BusyBoard 07-22-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Giraffiesauru

Will you elaborate on how you teach syllables? So important in upper grades!
Board: BusyBoard 07-22-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 24
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Say more?

Can you say more about how you set this up with your class, and also what age group? Thanks.
Board: BusyBoard 07-22-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Giraffiesauru

Those are Fabulous!!!
Board: BusyBoard 07-20-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Giraffiesauru
inspired as I was on hold FOREVER

with the insurance company for my mother. LOL
Board: Fifth Grade 07-20-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Take a Deeeeep Breath.

Lucy's teacher manuals are long winded and overwhelming. My first year, my coach recommended focusing on the teaching point, posters/anchor charts and the share. then we worked on conferencing. still...
Board: Fifth Grade 07-20-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Tracking Books Read

I'm interested to hear from others about whether and how you track the books kids read all year. I use reader's workshop and I typically have a book log for kids but I'm looking for something more...
Board: The VENT 07-20-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Be You!

I've taught 3, 4, 5 and I've always had better years when I stopped trying to be other teachers. I don't do too much "decorating" before the year starts. My philosophy runs toward letting the class...
Board: BusyBoard 07-20-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Are the kids behinz? Today they Ketchup.

I'm cracking myself up a little. I decided to re-work my absent folders. Laughing so much I thought I'd share.
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 06-04-2017, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Giraffiesauru

These are great ideas. Thank you.
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 06-03-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Portable dwellers unite!

Please, let's start a board here for teachers in portable classrooms. Here's a starter topic:

They didn't give me desks, just tables, so what do I do with students' stuff?
Board: The VENT 08-17-2016, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Giraffiesauru

Our P does this too. She always "schedules" a staff meeting for the same time our open house is supposed to end. We have to all gather in the library.
Board: BusyBoard 08-17-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Same position

I have a new Principal and V.P. This year. Our former were promoted because they are just that amazing. We have a Leadership Team that consists of one representative from each grade level and area,...
Board: Paraprofessionals 08-15-2016, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Paras are Awesome!

I was a ParaPro for 9 years before I earned my teaching credentials. I know what it's like to work as an aide, and now I know what it's like to work WITH aides. I just want to put it out there that...
Board: BusyBoard 08-15-2016, 06:51 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Giraffiesauru

I would love this. Boys are generally very straight forward. I'd be concerned for the girls, since there are so few. Cliques happen.

Get the book, Yardsticks. Helps a lot with understanding...
Board: The VENT 08-01-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 33
Posted By Giraffiesauru
I was gonna say...

Magic erasers (get them at the dollar store) and any window cleaner with ammonia. That will cut the grease. Or a power washer, LOL!
Board: The VENT 08-01-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By Giraffiesauru
That VP

Should work in a 90% poverty school with kids in trauma. Love is needed there, plus a million over skills.
Board: The VENT 08-01-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26
Posted By Giraffiesauru
I came here to say this. Do it.

The public need to know what they are getting when they vote for charter schools. This is a classic example of how they think school can be run like a Wall Street business. Children are not widgets....
Board: Fifth Grade 08-01-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Well, it's August now...

And I do feel so much better. I taught summer school with an incoming group of fifth graders, some of whom are in my class next year, although they did not know it. What a wonderful group of little...
Board: Fifth Grade 06-17-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Thank you

For the advice. Routines is a spot that I've already identified as needing a brush up, so a good reminder. And I do have an out of town vacay coming up. I just want to be in love with it again....
Board: BusyBoard 06-16-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By Giraffiesauru

I'd say that community building is essential! I do work at what you might call an urban school; we have more than a dozen languages spoken here and a 85% free and reduced lunch rate. Our school...
Board: BusyBoard 06-16-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By Giraffiesauru
I feel for you

Every time I have moved into a room it was dirty and full of stuff. I once spent a week just cleaning a room. I always leave a clean room, I think it's a professional responsibility. A principal...
Board: Units of Study 06-16-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Me too

My district adopted this for next year, too. We have used it for a few years, so will be easier I hope for my school. We get two, 8 hour day trainings, plus there are a number of teachers from each...
Board: Fifth Grade 06-16-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Giraffiesauru
Tough year recovery plan needed

So I had my first year in fifth grade and it was really tough for at number of reasons. They certainly are a different type student than younger ones. I learned a lot, but will be relieved when this...

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