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Posts Made By: lbarrett
Board: Kindergarten 11-15-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By lbarrett
Order and timeframe for teaching alphabet and sounds

Just curious as to the order and amount of time you devote to teaching the letters of the alphabet. Our seasoned Kindergarten teacher has a specific letter order (b, m, s, t, a, c, l, p, etc) that...
Board: BusyBoard 10-26-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By lbarrett
Do you have laptops or iPads?

If available, try to find some way to integrate more technology into the classes to get them connected or generate interest in math. There are so many apps and many computer programs and...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 06-24-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By lbarrett
Lots of great ideas already shared here. To add...

Lots of great ideas already shared here. To add to them:
--own workspace in the room
--have student teacher keep a journal of experiences...he/she can write questions as they come up, new ideas,...
Board: BusyBoard 06-13-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By lbarrett
Switched to Studies Weekly

I used to use TFK but wanted something more correlated to our standards in social studies. I found Studies Weekly which is closely correlated to our state social studies standards and we love them! ...
Board: The VENT 04-18-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 44
Posted By lbarrett
I totally agree with MissSunnyDay2!

Well said, MissSunnyDay2! I'm not a "Pollyanna" but I am a teacher and a professional and will demonstrate that professionalism by performing the job I am hired to do to the best of my ability...
Board: Fourth Grade 04-12-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By lbarrett
In Virginia, the third grade test can be given in...

In Virginia, the third grade test can be given in two sessions. We have always given our fourth grade test in one session. I haven't read the testing manual for 2014 though...check with your test...
Board: Fourth Grade 12-14-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By lbarrett

Love the suggestions from "justforgrins"
Just a few thought come to mind....I've been there too!
First, group your kids according to areas for growth--skills most needed and work with those...
Board: BusyBoard 08-05-2013, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By lbarrett

I agree with the PPs...move the internet safety and cyberbullying to week 1/2. I think you will find most of your sixth graders to be super tech savvy. I would suggest that you identify some...
Board: Fourth Grade 10-28-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By lbarrett
Wright Group Lead 21

Our school adopted the Lead 21 series from the Wright group and I am highly disappointed so far this year. I am not impressed with it nor would I recommend it to another teacher.
Board: Fourth Grade 09-25-2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By lbarrett
graph Progress

Why not have your students graph their progress from the timed initial (cold) read to the timed read at the end of the week? I know my students love to graph their progress from the beginning of...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 07-21-2012, 06:02 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By lbarrett
Dinah Zikes

If you google "Dinah Zikes foldables" you will get several links like:
that is a pdf you can download and use. They are...
Board: Third Grade 06-26-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By lbarrett
Bank Accounts, Auctions and End of Year Prize

I have "Barrett Bucks" that I award to students. I designed the currency, copied on green paper and cut it out before the year began. They get a monthly salary but have to pay rent on desk, fire...
Board: Fourth Grade 06-23-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By lbarrett
students love these as well

Top Secret by Gardiner
Daughter of Liberty by Quackenbush
Secret Soldier by McGovern
Board: Fourth Grade 06-23-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By lbarrett
How long do morning meetings last?

Just curious about how long or how much time you schedule for the morning meetings?
Board: Fourth Grade 06-23-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By lbarrett
Studies Weekly Also and Chapter Books

I suggest Studies Weekly publications as well. The students love them. They are excellent. Also, I do novels that correlate with our SS curriculum standards (i.e. Blood on the River (Jamestown for...
Board: BusyBoard 12-31-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By lbarrett
thanks for sharing

Love the sites....thanks for sharing!!!:D
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 09-04-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 0
Posted By lbarrett
Top Secret (Novel by Gardiner) Unit or Activities??

Does anyone have a Novel Study Unit or Activities you are willing to share that you use with the novel Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner?
Thanks in advance!!:)
Board: Fourth Grade 07-19-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By lbarrett
Valley and Ridge here....

and we're interested. Can you PM with details of what you have in mind so I can plan ahead?? :D
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 07-15-2011, 03:44 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By lbarrett
Try watching these Videos will LOVE your smartBoard. The Smart Exchange site is great to download resources. Check out Youtube and Teachertube for SmartBoard and Notebook software tutorials...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 07-14-2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 17
Posted By lbarrett

I prefer desks myself and I teach fourth grade (12th year). To share the experiences of two of my colleagues....6th and 7th grade level...they decided to change from desks to tables to promote...
Board: BusyBoard 07-12-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By lbarrett
Lots of $1-$5 downloadable ebooks as well

Got my freebies and several great $1 - $5 downloadables--sale through July 19!! Check them out at:

Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 06-17-2011, 03:37 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By lbarrett
Bless you!!

More people should be like you! Congrats for taking action to save that little dog!!
Board: Fourth Grade 06-17-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By lbarrett
Historical connection

Many of my novels cover history content.....for strong female, high-interest, I would recommend Daughter of Liberty by Robert Quackenbush...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 06-17-2011, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By lbarrett
Thanks for the suggestions!

Thanks for all the recommendations!! I love ProTeacher......super collaboration and a wealth of expertise! :D
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 06-16-2011, 09:19 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By lbarrett
Gradebook Software recommendations needed

Just wondering which Gradebook software you would recommend for a self-containted elementary class. I am currently using Teacher's Toolbox and am comfortable with it, however, there is a glitch...

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