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Posts Made By: kindiesarefun
Board: The VENT 11-16-2019, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Thanks for all the responses

It's interesting to hear about the culture and norms at other schools. At my school all teachers compliment other classes often, but most do not correct others. I guess it just feels undermining to...
Board: The VENT 11-14-2019, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Co-worker disciplining my students

Hi, everyone. I am a veteran teacher with a good reputation and generally very good classroom management. My class this year is pretty rough--not terrible, just very young, busy and active. Lately...
Board: The VENT 09-30-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 25
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
In my school we use the Responsive Classroom...

In my school we use the Responsive Classroom approach and no teacher uses any form of public discipline such as clip charts or color change. We believe it robs students of their dignity.
Board: Kindergarten 08-29-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
I also love Responsive Classroom. When children...

I also love Responsive Classroom. When children feel a part of a community and have their basic social and emotional needs met their behavior usually falls into line. Clear expectations, modeling...
Board: Kindergarten 08-29-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
A few years ago I decided to streamline my...

A few years ago I decided to streamline my "helper" system, because it was too confusing to remember who had already done what jobs, and also some jobs were not as engaging as others (ie closet...
Board: BusyBoard 08-19-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
I don't know about this program, but lots of...

I don't know about this program, but lots of teachers in my school are using Classtag. Some parents like it and some do not...I think the ones who don't like it are overwhelmed with the different...
Board: Kindergarten 08-07-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
We have an early lunch, so we give the kids a...

We have an early lunch, so we give the kids a snack break in the late afternoon. It's about ten to fifteen minutes long. Yes, it takes away from academic time but gives needed practice in self care,...
Board: Future Teachers 07-01-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 35
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Follow your bliss! The world needs mature,...

Follow your bliss! The world needs mature, passionate teachers. I say go for it!
Board: Kindergarten 06-29-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 23
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
We do about a half hour of play first thing in...

We do about a half hour of play first thing in the morning. We take the kids outside to play for about ten minutes after morning meeting and they get twenty minutes of recess after lunch. At the end...
Board: BusyBoard 06-12-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Wait...your district is requiring you to take a...

Wait...your district is requiring you to take a test but you have to pay for it??
Board: The VENT 06-09-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Whaaaat???? Are you in a union? That would never...

Whaaaat???? Are you in a union? That would never fly in my district.
Board: BusyBoard 06-01-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Ours is a mess. There are lots of great resources...

Ours is a mess. There are lots of great resources in there but also a lot of junk. Teachers sneak in and stash stuff they no longer need but can't throw away...books from outdated reading series, old...
Board: Kindergarten 05-19-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Each class does their own thing...anything from...

Each class does their own thing...anything from an ice cream party to a small carnival! Just depends on the teacher. I say a few words about each child, present them with a little poster with some...
Board: The VENT 04-17-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Sometimes during really pointless or stressful...

Sometimes during really pointless or stressful meetings I imagine that I have just won the lottery and this is my last year of teaching. Then I just smile and nod my head at the absurdity of it all!...
Board: The VENT 03-08-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
It's very annoying when students are called to...

It's very annoying when students are called to the office for early dismissal, when there is no note or email sent in ahead of time. We have to stop everything to get the child packed up and then...
Board: The VENT 03-06-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Thanks, everyone! I know I am lucky that my...

Thanks, everyone!
I know I am lucky that my principal has my back. I guess next year I will proactively teach parents about the chain of command for communication. Oh and did I mention this dad is a...
Board: Kindergarten 03-06-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Thanks for all the thoughtful replies! We are...

Thanks for all the thoughtful replies! We are just now starting a dialog on what it would look like. Do teachers generally split the teaching day...say, one does the morning meeting, one does...
Board: Kindergarten 03-05-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
inclusion classroom

Does anyone teach in an inclusion classroom? I teach kindergarten and the special ed teacher and I have been talking about piloting this model next year. We have 8-10 special education students...
Board: Kindergarten 03-05-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
We use it and it's the worst! Your kids who score...

We use it and it's the worst! Your kids who score well during the first screening will suddenly bomb the next time because the test will be so much harder--they are expected to read whole paragraphs!...
Board: The VENT 03-05-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Going over my head

I have a parent who has gone over my head to complain to my principal on multiple occasions. My principal always has my back but I'm still frustrated that this dad will not come to me with his...
Board: BusyBoard 02-24-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 29
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
December 31 in Connecticut. Our poor fall...

December 31 in Connecticut. Our poor fall birthday babies are really at a disadvantage. Four and a half is way too young for Kindergarten!
Board: Kindergarten 02-20-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Yay! Nothing better than water play! When we take...

Yay! Nothing better than water play! When we take our classes to the forest we have a small stream for them to play in. I let them direct their own play and they end up doing all the things you would...
Board: Kindergarten 02-20-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Like several other posters, I start my day with...

Like several other posters, I start my day with morning choice (play). I put out six or seven choices, from play dough to legos to coloring to beads, and the children settle in and play for about 15...
Board: The VENT 02-14-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
Ugh, so glad we don't have those kinds of bonuses...

Ugh, so glad we don't have those kinds of bonuses where I teach...there is already enough pressure to teach to the test and ignore students' social and emotional needs! Using a bonus as incentive...
Board: The VENT 02-09-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 16
 
Posted By kindiesarefun
In my school the interventionist pushes in and...

In my school the interventionist pushes in and takes a small group at a table while I do either whole class instruction or centers with the rest of the class. It works well for Kinders because it...



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