Oooo am I posting this late on Tuesday or what? I blame my busy day. I went for a bike ride with my husband, laid by the pool enjoying one of the most beautiful summer days we've had yet this summer while reading Notebook Connections by Aimee Buckner on my Kindle (if you are looking to refine your sutdent's Reader's Notebook- I'm only 40% the way through, but lots of ideas that I want to try!).
Then I was off to a dress fitting to pick up my bridesmaid dress for this weekend, went to Target to get a gift for said wedding, and naturally, had to buy a new dress, shirt, and shoes while I was there, then hopped the highway to the mall to get a few other things.
I came home and finished our delicious dinner that I got from Skinny Girl's blog and it was amazing (we even made the avocado dressing). I'm now here sitting on the couch with my husband watching the last Harry Potter movie. He finished reading the whole series today (not all in one day of course) and so he wanted to watch the film so he can basically state out loud all the things that are incorrect. It makes me laugh.
That is why I'm just now posting Week 6's:
I don't know about you, but when I started this back to school series, "back to school" seemed far away still. Not anymore! The stores are full of school supplies, ads are bursting with deals, teachers are feverishly putting their rooms together- it's practically here! I've got tips for the next 4 weeks and then BAM... school's back in session!
This week's focus:
These little babies are super versatile. Depending on how many kids I need in a group determines what end of the stick students look at. I love this because they always pay attention to the sticker end, but they don't realize I'll have them look at the colored dot end. Muhahaha. So sneaky.
If I want partnerships (2), I tell them to look at the numbers, If I want groups of 3 I tell them to go by the shapes. You get the idea.
This year, I want to try to also have a system in place where students have some control. They at least think they have control, but I still hold more control, but again, they don't know that. Muhahaha.
There were a few things I've seen on Pinterest and other teachers blogs. One idea that I'll be using is from Angie over at Fall into First. I snagged her Hive Helpers freebie from her Facebook page after becoming a fan. Students can go around and fill in different hive numbers. Read more about it here.
I don't think it is a freebie any longer, unfortunately, but there are other ideas you can create in your room that serve this same purpose. Another one that I thought was adorable was this "Phone-a-Friend" from Miss Nannini . Students put partners on "speed dial." How fun! And it's a freebie in her store!
Now it's your turn:
You have 2 options
1) Respond to the question in the comments section
2) Grab the buttons and link up with a longer post!
No need to link up on Tuesday! You can do it any day of the week until the next Tips to Tame 'Em comes out!
I hope to hear some of your awesome ideas!