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Posts Made By: mamahawk
Board: ARCHIVE 08-09-2009, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By mamahawk

All teachers know that you need to make friends with the secretary and custodian FIRST. The secretary will know the rules (or who to ask). Remember to always say thank you and when they look...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-08-2009, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By mamahawk
Alternate Groups

I like the PP's diagram. I've only taught a combination math class for two years at the 3rd/4th grade level and looped with the one group the second year. (I was working on my Masters and thought...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-08-2009, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By mamahawk
Gathering Around

One year I had my 8th graders listen to the radio program of War of the Worlds. They had already read the book and after the radio program they watched one of the movie versions (latest one had not...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-07-2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By mamahawk

In this part of Kentucky the YMCA has a wonderful Y-Club program for middle school. The local leader came in a led groups in parlimentary procedures, making speeches, debate, leadership skills, etc....
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-07-2009, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By mamahawk

Since you're a first year teacher in 8th grade I'm going to assume your experience with the SIZE of your average eighth grader may be limited to interacting with them one on one or in small groups....
Board: ARCHIVE 08-05-2009, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By mamahawk

I think that when I went to see Harry Potter the theater was running a clip for an upcoming movie for Where The Wild Things Are. It looked kind of scary to me but the producers of these movies...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-02-2009, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By mamahawk
Ugly Green Sheets

I had a similar group one year and I instituted the "Ugly Green Sheet" system. I found that kids of this age are always over committed with things they must do and things they want to do more than...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-02-2009, 09:34 AM
Replies: 14
Posted By mamahawk
Placement Test

The 4th up levels have a placement test that you can use to level the individual students. I've used Saxon at my past school with middle schoolers and liked the program. When I moved to new school...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-02-2009, 09:21 AM
Replies: 22
Posted By mamahawk

Like the PP I would highly recommend the Winebrenner book. As the mother of one of these kids and as a teacher in a regular classroom this book has been a big eye opener and help. I even gave it to...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-31-2009, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By mamahawk
Fire Hat

I have a friend that wears a red plastic fireman's hat to remind her first graders (several in the room are ESL) that unless its an emergency - blood, etc. - they should not interrupt her at the work...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-30-2009, 12:51 PM
Replies: 30
Posted By mamahawk
Paint Crew

One year our small private school let me paint my classroom :). PTO supplied the paint/equipment and I supplied the labor. My two college sons and four of their friends (two former students) came in...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 07-29-2009, 11:17 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By mamahawk
Cabinet organization

NeeCee I'd die for your cabinets -- I have NONE. They are building us a brand new school (open in March; we hope) and the plans call for many cabinets...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that plans...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-28-2009, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By mamahawk
Peony Room

Have you checked out the Peony Room? Scroll down to bottom of Home page. Great teachers on this board who incorporate Daily Five into classrooms.
Board: ARCHIVE 07-28-2009, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By mamahawk
Have patience...

Editors doing upgrading last night. They've been told about profile problems.
Board: ARCHIVE 07-24-2009, 06:12 AM
Replies: 17
Posted By mamahawk
Fire Drill, etc

I use the number order for everything even fire drills, etc. My kids quickly line up and leave the room in any order but when they get outside they put themselves in number order. If the person in...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-21-2009, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By mamahawk

I don't know if you are a faith based school but here's a thought. I gave my sixth graders each one of those angel in my pocket coins.
Board: ARCHIVE 07-16-2009, 09:09 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By mamahawk
Offically Addicted

OK, you know you're addicted to PT when you go on vacation and you borrow your best friend's computer and stay up REAL late and play on PT :D. OK, so, now I'll admit to my real addictive behavior...I...
Board: Private Schools 07-16-2009, 08:50 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By mamahawk
Exit Slips

On another board NeeCee (I think) attached her exit slips form. Probably on the 4-6 Board or the Busy Board within the last week. I was thinking these would be great for Mass participation. Two...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-15-2009, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By mamahawk

I've attached name tags to sides of metal desks with Velcro dots. If you line up the dots on the same spots you can change out tags very quickly. My desks were SO heavy it was easier to move...
Board: Educational Technology 07-14-2009, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By mamahawk
Bigger One

My son has the $199 size. It takes practice to write with these and still stay on the lines in text template. His girlfriend gave him one for his May birthday and what with finals, etc. he has just...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 07-13-2009, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By mamahawk
Lunch Cards

My middle schoolers have lunch cards, milk cards, etc. In the morning I just put them in pocket chart and kids can pull out cards as needed. I see my homeroom kids at first period and then not again...
Board: Educational Technology 07-13-2009, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By mamahawk
Wacom Bamboo Fun

My son (college aerospace engineering major) just got one of these pen boards (??). He let me play with it today. It was a major fun time!

Does anyone know more about these things? Does anyone...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-12-2009, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By mamahawk
Mead Points

If you go to the Mead teacher site armed with points on each product and barcodes (you also have to keep the receipts) you can register AND if you get a bazillion of such points you can earn some...
Board: Private Schools 07-08-2009, 07:25 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By mamahawk
Costume Box

We have a middle school communal costume box. Most of the things in it are pieces of cloth - long, short, lots of colors, lots of browns and whites. The families have also donated various wigs, fake...
Board: ARCHIVE 07-06-2009, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By mamahawk
Volley Ball

How about a beach volley ball team or some other beach sport?

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