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Posts Made By: westwitch
Board: Third Grade 08-22-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By westwitch
Franklin Spellers?

Love these! they're battery operated, hand held spelling gadgets. The kids love them, and they're great for editing. The fancier ones "talk", but the basic models work fine. You could get...
Board: Third Grade 08-22-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By westwitch
Try this...

Lots of great ideas on this site. Hunt around for Gr 3 Writing/ narrative.

https://melrosecurriculum.wikispaces.com/K-5+Writing

I like to read "You Have To Write" by Janet Wong. It's a...
Board: The VENT 08-20-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By westwitch
Sad

I feel bad for you...and for your class this year.
Board: The VENT 08-18-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By westwitch
Never fails...

The nanosecond I assign numbers to my students, another one shows up at the door! I hear ya!
Board: BusyBoard 08-18-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By westwitch
Different, but maybe helpful

http://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_career.htm

these are fun if you want pre-printed...and they're free!
Board: BusyBoard 08-16-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By westwitch
Homework!

We scan the weekly homework packet. It's a giant PITA, but every week there's at least one child who loses the packet and needs a copy. The few weeks I was slow getting it posted, I heard about...
Board: The VENT 08-06-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By westwitch
Been There!

I stopped eating in the lunch room several years ago when a colleague who "ruled the roost" held court in there on a daily basis. Something I said was taken completely out of context and repeated,...
Board: BusyBoard 08-06-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By westwitch
Not too much

"Pocket" graduation pics of my two kids in a small side by side frame; 3 x 5 snap of DH and me in jackets standing on beach in the fall. My diploma from grad school in a plain wood frame on the...
Board: BusyBoard 08-06-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By westwitch
Unenrolled!

After 14 consecutive unexcused absences, kids in my school are UNENROLLED. When they get back, they may find themselves having to find a different school in the district. This started being more...
Board: Third Grade 08-04-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By westwitch
Check the "Post Office"!

Laney

On the main page, just under the Busy Board is the Post Office-check there and I'll bet you find someone willing to penpal!:)
Board: Third Grade 08-04-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By westwitch
Spelling City?

Has anyone sprung for the "enhanced" version? It's close to $50, and I'm getting very tight fisted these days. Worth it?
Board: Third Grade 08-04-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By westwitch
We Use Nicky's, too

These are "floppy" soft vinyl folders that absolutely last the entire year. They have a clear plastic overlay on the front cover, and I have the kids design a cover illustration on the first day of...
Board: The VENT 08-03-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By westwitch
Feel your pain!

Glad you got things squared away!

Had the same thing happen to me: the former occupant of my room left a closet that looked like an episode of "I Love Lucy" (everything but he bowling ball fell...
Board: BusyBoard 08-03-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By westwitch
Palmer

Another former Catholic school student...we had the desks with the holes for the inkwells (antiques!) and one sadistic nun who insisted on the use of fountain pens over ballpoint. As a lefty, I...
Board: BusyBoard 08-01-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 22
 
Posted By westwitch
Being "sneaky"

I let them sit where they want the first day...so that I can see who "clicks" with whom, who's "odd man out", who the "marchers to their own drum" are...

THEN, I make seating assignments! They're...
Board: BusyBoard 08-01-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By westwitch
Reteaching

It's all "reteach". We use our prep time (while kids are in Art, Music, PE or Health) for block planning. The kids I see are usually struggling, but don't qualify for SPED or Title 1 intervention. ...
Board: BusyBoard 07-31-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By westwitch
Limit the duration!

I teach third. I do twice a week, before school, for a set number of weeks, by invitation. It's usually Math, but may be reading or writing help depending on the need.

I usually wait until...
Board: BusyBoard 07-31-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By westwitch
Nope!

You were very generous in purchasing all the materials up front. If a child lost a text book, or a library book, he or she would be expected to pay to replace it, right? This should be no...
Board: Third Grade 07-30-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By westwitch
How many?

How many years have you been teaching with Storytown? After several years, it can ALL get pretty boring! I like "Ruby the Copycat" as a kick-off, but agree with you that the other selections...
Board: BusyBoard 07-30-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By westwitch
Expecting too much!

When I was brand new, I think the "rose colored glasses" were taking over on lots of levels, and I expected too much of kids and families who just couldn't live up to my expectations. I learned:
...
Board: The VENT 07-23-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 16
 
Posted By westwitch
Union helps

Are you in a union? If so, check to see if they have seminars for soon-to-be-retirees. They'll answer lots of questions, and let you know what your benefits are for your state (we can't draw both...
Board: Third Grade 07-09-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By westwitch
Lockers!

We are blessed with hallway lockers! The only drawback is when kids insist on getting backpacks with wheels: they almost never fit...
Board: BusyBoard 07-09-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By westwitch
Box

I keep the boards in a box at the front of the room, and they help themselves...they are responsible for bringing in their own markers (part of the school supplies list which, thankfully, our school...
Board: BusyBoard 07-07-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By westwitch
Write a Book!

If you pull this off, you should write a "how-to" book! I'm frugal, but this goes "above and beyond". Just wondering, is this a school-wide thing? Do you have a PTO that can help? Are you allowed...
Board: Third Grade 07-07-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By westwitch
Loops and Other Groups

It's by Mary Benbow, who's an OT. Love it! We had HWT...hated it


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