Friday, August 25, 2017

Teacher Guide for a Great Classroom

It's back to school time.  It's crazy, but even after twenty years in the classroom, I still get butterflies at the end of summer--I mean, in my tummy.

Part of me knows I'll be fine.  As soon as the kids walk through the door, it's all good, because all my preparation, instinct, adrenaline, and calm kick in.

All my superpowers rally 'round, and pull me through that first day...

And then the next...and the next, till it's June.  Then in June, I stand there with my jaw hanging, and I ask: how in the world does the clock spin faster every year?

Well, this year I managed to jot down my best tips to keep it together, keep it together, keep it together, keep it together--besides saying that 8X fast (just kidding)!

No joke, though, my tips turned into a 700-page compendium that keeps me sane.  Of course, I'm sharing!

The Teacher Guide for a Great Classroom is designed with one goal: to help you to be CALM and CONFIDENT in your classroom—as if you've done it a million timeswith teacher scripts, lessons, posters, printables, tips, behavior management resources and materials you can use all year.

It begins with good behavior management.  My approach is creative, organic, and very effective.  At every step, I start with the tools for no-stress behavior management. Then I show you how to infuse these with respectful fun, so they come alive in your classroom.

Once behavior is in place, you can move on to crafting the kind of lessons that make you--and your kids...and your admin--smile.  The Perfect Lesson includes checklists, charts, cheat-sheets, tips, scripts, class posters, lesson plans and lesson plan templates so you can tick off "yes, yes, yes!" on your Danielson teacher evaluation.

The Substitute Teacher Kit is for the days you're absent.  You know you drag your self into school sometimes--though you really need to stay home--because it's easier than pulling together last-minute lessons.  

And even worse, you dread picking up the pieces of the hurricane, aka your well-meaning sub.  This kit gives you substitute lessons and directives ready to go, so you can return to a clean, organized room.  It also serves as a great refresher course for regular teachers.

There's a delicious bonbon at the bottom of the bag. My beloved Math Song MP3s to relax or energize your class.  As soon as I hear the first beat of the music I go "ahh!" and so do my kids.  We never do get tired of them.  Can you ever get tired of fun or calm?

The Counting Songs feature a soothing vocal over relaxing music with a soft beat.  They're great for meditation, transition, stretching or dancing, and a couple dozen more things.
 Rap Your Math is a math drill in a catchy rap song.  You can change the verses daily to match your lesson.  And kids vamp to this like they own the universe.  For the moment, they really do. 
This kit will help set the tone for a great year of teaching.

Here's the full roster, including 3 mega-resources: 
...and these BONUS MP3s for creative classroom management: 

Rap Your Math – Math Drill in a Song  MP3
Counting Songs for Relaxation and Behavior Management MP3

In The Teacher's Guide for a Great Classroom you'll find:
• What to do and say during the entire school day
• Making a good first impression
• Mastering behavior management
• Teaching rules
• Presenting a lesson
• Lessons in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, art, and music
• How to handle assemblies, parties, trips, fire drills and other emergencies
• Dozens of printables for fun, easy lessons to use all year

As always, I'll be thinking of you and wishing you all the best as you start your new year!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kindergarten Creative Back to School Ultra Bundle

Kindergarten Back to School – CREATIVE  ULTRA-BUNDLE at 43% OFF

Kindergarten Back to School: Be CALM and CONFIDENT on your first days of school—with kindergarten back to school scripts, lessons, posters, printables, tips and materials you will use all year.

This Kindergarten Back to School Creative ULTRA-Bundle is compiled by a long-term kindergarten teacher with attention to every detail. From kindergarten classroom set-up to the moment you meet your students, through the first week of school and beyond, this kit will help set the tone for a great year in kindergarten!

Kindergarten Back to School Creative Mega-Bundle Includes 800++ pages and 11 MP3s:

First Days of Kindergarten Teacher’s Kit
School Rules Pack
Bathroom Rules
How to Tie a Shoe: Photo Tutorial

Sight Words Songs, Crafts and Printables
Vowel Vest and Short Vowel Fun
Nursery Rhymes: Creative Writing and Bulletin Boards
Look At Your Writing – K Rubric in a Song - MP3
ABC Song - MP3 and ABC Chart
Personal Word Wall Printable for each child's writing notebook or folder
Feedback Comments – Easy Printable Check-Off Tickets with Comment Space for Kindergarten

How to Draw People and Familiar Objects for Narrative Writing
How to Draw Farm Animals
How to Draw Forest Animals

Count to 20 Lesson and Display Printables
Number Chart Robots with 1 – 30 Charts: Beautiful Display Pieces!
Number Chart Robots with 1 – 100 Charts: Fabulous Display Pieces!

AND ALSO Classroom Management:
The Perfect Lesson Plan: checklists, charts, cheat-sheets, tips, class posters, lesson plans and lesson plan templates for K – 5
NOT JUST FOR SUBS--A GREAT SUBSTITUTE BINDER for the days you are absent:
Substitute Teacher Kit: In-Depth Guide and Dozens of Printables for Kids
Behavior Management Callbacks -- a creative approach to discipline in the classroom.
Behavior Management – Behavior Modification Charts -- a creative approach to discipline in the classroom.
Behavior Management with Humor -- a creative approach to discipline in the classroom.
Rap Your Math – Math Drill in a Song MP3
Counting Songs for Relaxation and Behavior Management
Brain Breaks for the 5 Senses

Please take a look today
to take advantage of the 43% off--
During this One Day Sale!
Wishing you all the best,

Monday, August 21, 2017

Teacher Resources SALE and TpT GIFT CARD

Please join me in a $10 TpT Gift Card Giveaway!

Simply visit one or more of these 
Back to School Blog Posts
listed below
and leave your comment at the end of that post:

10 Reasons You NEED Behavior Management with Humor

·         Humor is one of the most powerful tools in guiding behavior

·        Humor is creative and memorable 

·        Laughing shakes up our immune system and heals mind, body and soul

·        Be kind--and smile!

·        Be firm--Teach the rules step by step and discuss so kids internalize them

*   Be FUN!   Make learning exciting, and add plenty of brain breaks

·        Safety first, then fun--Teach rules first!

·        Humor should heal, not hurt--Never be cruel, sarcastic or disrespectful

·        Set up a "stop" signal to set boundaries or for emergencies

-- Please leave a comment at one of the 3 posts above

-- For a chance to win $10 of great resources for teachers.
Winners will be chosen by a random number selector.

Thanks for joining the fun! 

Contest begins 12 AM Monday August 21st and ends 2 PM Tuesday August 22nd EST. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This Giveaway contest is now closed.
Congratulations to YearnToLearn -- our randomly selected winner.
Thank you,

Thank you, everyone who participated in the Giveaway!
I sincerely appreciate your comments on the Back to School posts.

Best wishes to all as we head back to school!  🙋

Even sweeter:

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a ONE DAY SALE--up to 25% off everything--Tuesday ONLY, August 22nd. 

ENJOY, and see you there!!

10 Keys to Using Humor in Behavior Management

I LOVE using humor in behavior management!
Laughing shakes up our lymph system, and heals our body, mind and soul.  It strengthens the immune system, lowers our blood pressure and makes us more present and alert.  It’s empowering, rapport-building…AND I can tell you from experience, it’s one of the most powerful tools in your behavior management kit!

Here are ten keys to using humor responsibly:

1)      Safety first, then fun.  You can’t have humor in an out of control class.  That’s not funny.  It’s an accident waiting to happen.
2)      Teach school rules first—what’s expected and why—so everyone will be safe and happy.
3)      Keep humor in perspective.  Kids are in school to learn the common core subjects...and laugh.
4)      Humor should heal, not hurt.  It should never be sarcastic, cruel, cynical, aloof, embarrassing or disrespectful.
5)      Emphasize respectfulness—seeing others as they are and appreciating them as they are—and respectful humor.
6)      Know your kids.  You want your humor to speak to them personally in a warm and cozy way.
7)      Know yourself.  Introduce your humor gradually, at a comfortable pace that matches your style.
8)      Talk to your kids about mindfulness—being attuned to the priorities of the moment.  Humor should be mindful, or appropriate to the context.  You wouldn’t wear a red clown nose during a fire drill.
9)      Set up a stop signal.  It can be, “Give me 5-4-3-2-1,” with five fingers lowered in turn.  This is important to set boundaries or for emergencies.
10)    Relax and go with the flow.  Enjoy your kids, and the life you’re living!

I love a good laugh, and over the years I've collected hundreds of funny things to say and do that will get kids to behave--and enjoy life and learning.  That's heaven to me.  And also, Survival 101 in the classroom. 

Now that it's all down on paper, I'm thrilled that I can share it with you.

Behavior Management with Humor is a mega-resource that teaches step-by-step skills for discipline—and then adds tools and strategies to make it FUN.

If you’d like a Behavior Management MEGA-Bundle—with School Rules, Behavior Management with Humor, Behavior Modification Game Charts, and Behavior Management Callbacks—it’s here.
I’m on a mission: to help you feel CALM and CONFIDENT—and ready to laugh—starting on your first day of school. 

As always, I'm wishing you all the best!