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Teacher Tool Box

Teacher Tool Box
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Grace Cho

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My Teacher Tool Box! Teacher Tools 10 TOOLS: Communicating with Parent(s) is crucial because knowing what kind of family environment and background the student comes from will help the teacher provide the best learning environment for the student.
Having a strong and positive relationship with the parent(s) of the student gives the best chance at success for each student!
Communicating with the Parent(s) can sometimes make our students feel nervous, scared or embarrassed. It is important to let our students know that the reason teachers communicate with parents is to encourage and support our students. Let's make this a fun, encouraging and positive experience for not only our parents but also our students! Ways to Communicate with Parents: Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences: Like the traditional parent-teacher conference, this meeting is an opportunity for teachers to meet with the parent(s) outside of the classroom. In a Parent-Teacher-Student Conference, the difference is that instead of the teacher leading the meeting, the teacher allows the student to tell the parent about their achievements, their growths, their goals and what they would like to work on. This gives a chance for the teacher, student and parent to have a trusting relationship and it gives the student the opportunity to truly take ownership of their education. This conference should take place around 3 times per semester, one in the beginning, middle and end. Scholastic provides a great web page that helps teachers plan and organize a parent-teacher conference.
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/planning-parent-conferences Non-face to face communication Through the use of technology, teachers today have the liberty of contacting parents by phone, email and other tools such as a classroom blogs and newsletters. Non-face to face communication is just as important as face to face communication because it allows the teacher to be connected and updated with the families of the students on a regular and frequent basis. It may seem like an easy task at first, but it is important to be consistent with this method of communication. Susan Graham-Clay writes an article about how teachers can use different methods to communicate with parents effectively.
http://www.adi.org/journal/ss05/Graham-Clay.pdf Ask them to get involved! Invite parents to class functions, hold open houses, have an open-door policy, ask parents to be an active part of their children's education by providing opportunities for them to be involved in school through activities such as volunteering or simply being at functions! Their presence makes a tremendous impact on their child's education! Open door
Open mind
Open heart
Policy! How I will implement this in my own classroom... As a future teacher... I feel very strongly about communicating with parent(s) even before the school year begins because through research and personal experience, I have realized the great impact that support and involvement of a parent can have on a student. As a future teacher, I believe that it is my privilege to be able to make powerful support systems for my students to have the best opportunity for success. It is my mission to be able to bridge the gap between school and home--to provide the most safe and stable learning environment for my students. My Plan.... Summer before school begins:
Contact parents through a classroom newsletter introducing myself and a little about the year ahead!
Phone calls to get to know about the parents and family. Beginning of the School Year/semester
First day of school newsletter welcoming my students and parents to a new year!
1st parent-student-teacher conference to discuss academic goals, know what level students are at, get to know one another. Mid-semester:
Open-houses
Invite parents for events: ex)thanksgiving/Christmas parties, pajama reading day etc..
Parent-student-teacher conference 2 End of the semester:
Parent-student-teacher conference 3
end of the semester open house Throughout the year:
email
Classroom blog with pictures, my thoughts, resources( Disability Resources Notebook, volunteer sign up page, articles and more), parents can upload their suggestions and pictures throughout the year.
monthly or frequent newsletters! RTI: Response to Intervention Guided Reading Response to Intervention (RTI) promotes early intervention and prevention of retention for students who are struggling or falling behind academically or behaviorally. RTI ensures that all students receive rich and high-quality instruction that meets their needs and their individual academic levels.
There is so much diversity in the classroom that goes beyond race: learning styles, strengths and weaknesses, language barriers etc...and RTI helps teachers meet the needs of our different students with a tiered method of instruction. RTI Action Network shows great ways to use RTI in all grade levels.
http://www.rtinetwork.org/learn/what/whatisrti Ways to use RTI in the classroom: Guided Reading Guided Reading gives teachers the opportunity to meet with children in smaller groups during the class day. This allows the teacher to give more specific instruction to meet the needs of the students.
During this time, the teacher will meet with different level reading groups and teach them in a specific way to help them become better readers. Scholastic's web page describes and demonstrates a great way to set up, plan and lead guided reading sessions.
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/guided-reading-primary-classroom Engage the Parents RTI professionals stress the importance of family and parent involvement in this process! It further shows the fact that children with supportive parents are more motivated to improve and learn!
It is important for teachers to partner up with parents for the students success, let the parents know where the students are in terms of academic progress and work together to provide the best assistance for the students. The RTI Action Network describes different ways parents can be involved in the RTI process to help their child be successful.
http://www.rtinetwork.org/essential/family How I will use RTI in my classroom As a future teacher... I will use the method of guided reading groups to help tailor my instruction to meet the needs of my students. Reading and Math are subjects that students commonly struggle with and as a future elementary teacher, it is important that I implement RTI in my classroom so that my students leave my class with a strong foundation and confidence in these subjects. Also, for students that are especially struggling, I will take the time to meet with them on an individual level. This may take place during a special lunch time or after school tutoring session. Another option may be spending even an extra 5 minutes reviewing with the child during class. Many students who are behind or struggling to keep up with their peers often feel a sense of frustration or lack of self-esteem during class. It is my mission to not only help my students get back on track and get on a specific reading level but also inspire the unmotivated, encourage the discouraged and ignite a passion for learning! make it fun and hands-on! First Day Survival Guide Teachers Parents Students Survival Kit for Teachers: As a teacher, a survival kit for myself might include:
extra school supplies as well as cleaning supplies
a list of emergency phone numbers
a planner and calendar
snacks
back up lessons for the day(just in case) A first day of school survival kit for teachers may help teachers feel more prepared and confident for their first day. Along with the survival kit, teachers need to be thoroughly familiar with the school rules, policies, guidelines and more. For students: Children may feel scared or nervous on their first day back at school! It is a new environment with new people and a new schedule, so a back to school survival kit will help children feel welcomed and relaxed. It is important for teachers to let students know that we are here for them and that we care about them! For Parents: No matter how old our children gets, parents feel anxious and worried about their child's first day of school. So, providing a survival kit for the parents,which can be as simple as a letter assuring them that their child is in good hands, will show parents that we are here to support their children! A great idea would be to send home a letter before school starts about reminders such as what students need to bring, list of school supplies, information about buses as lunch! How I will implement this in my classroom... As a future teacher I will.... It's true that teachers, parents and students all feel a sense of excitement, nervousness and anxiety on the first day of school! But as a future teacher, I know that the efforts that we make through preparation and passion will help both students and parents feel safe, reassured and excited for the new school year! My Plan: Teacher: Students: Parents: Be prepared by having emergency contacts, procedures and resources such as first aid on hand!
Every teacher has a different way of being organized and prepared, but what helps me is being color-coded, keeping a planner for each month, week and day.
Know my school before the school year even begins! Provide a note/treat from the teacher saying welcome and that I am so excited to get to know them!
Provide a place where students who do not have school supplies can borrow items anytime!
Make sure students know ride/carpool plans and and that they have their lunch! Provide a packet that contains important information such as:
contact information
bus information
lunch information
our daily schedule
class introduction
teacher introduction
other resources for parents "we are teachers" is a great website for how to further implement this on the first day of school:
http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/what-we're-teaching-this-month/back-to-school-survival-guide Check out this blog for a great example of a survival kit: http://keepinglifecreative.com/freebie/diy-first-day-of-school-survival-kits/ Transitions: How to use transitions in classrooms: A wonderful way to transition between activities smoothly is through the use of songs!
There are different types of songs: welcome and good-bye songs, warning songs and songs that tell students what time of the day it is! Especially for younger grades, it is important to use the same songs each day so that students are able to take ownership of the task and transitions: clean up, putting away stuff, coming to circle time etc.. This website has a wide range of songs for the classroom: http://www.songsforteaching.com/transitions.htm This website gives practical and creative ways to transition in between activities: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-preschool/35804-preschool-transition-activities-transitions-in-the-pre-k-classroom-can-be-easy/ Music and Singing Exercise it's a great idea to let children move around before going on to the next activity.
whether it is stretching or jumping jacks, moving around will help student with transitions! How I will implement this in my classroom... As a future teacher I will... use effective and age-appropriate transitions in my daily classroom to help my students focus, stay on task as well as feel familiar and comfortable in my classroom. Smooth transitions between activities are very important! It helps students stay focused and on task as well as helps students know that a new activity is about to end or begin. I believe that using music in the classroom is a great tool for teachers to help with learning, so I will use songs and motions to incorporate movement during my transitions. "Five minutes left to play
Put all of your toys up for the day~~" ~~~ Playground and Lunchroom Management This website gives a detailed and organized way of how to organize and manage behavior on the playground. http://www.beenleigss.eq.edu.au/behman/epm.htm BYU's article on how to manage playgrounds and children's safety is inspiring, clear and practical. http://education.byu.edu/pbsi/documents/APBS_Exter_Play.pdf Education world also provides a detailed way of managing appropriate behavior in the lunch room: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/shore/shore024.shtml As teachers, it is important to monitor our children inside and outside of the classroom in order to give all students the right to a safe playground and lunch experience. Did you know that more than 40% of bullying happens on the playground? How to manage Playgrounds and Lunchrooms Playgrounds: Lunchrooms: Both: teamwork among teachers and staff
set clear consequences and stages of consequences for behavioral issues
compliment, reward individuals, groups and tables for positive behavior
establish a clear code of conduct
encourage teachers to have a more active role during this time! show students how to properly hold trays, clean up after themselves and stay organized by grade, groups or class.
monitor the lunchroom in groups. Teachers or staff must always be present. have organized games such as basketball, tether ball etc...
make sure students understand the rules of handling playground equipment.
remind students of rules SAFETY FIRST! How I will implement this in my classroom... As a future teacher I will... Actively participate and be involved in the prevention of injuries and bullying by implementing these management rules in my school
I will be patient and kind when disciplining my students but will not tolerate inappropriate behavior because safety comes first!
I will work cooperatively with my teammates to provide a safe and fun environment for my students.
Use literature to teach my students the negative effects of bullying and hurtful behavior. Bully Free Zone!! Sharing and Caring for one another in and out of the classroom! Follow the Rules! Safety First! Integrating Technology Technology as a learning tool! This article talks about the benefits of the use of technology in the classroom: http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/sabaa/502/Saba_Synthesis_Paper.pdf As the generation is changing into a more fast-paced, technology-centered one, it is important for teachers to teach in a way that is effective for students.
Using technology in the classrooms can meet the diverse needs of students, encourage a more positive attitude towards learning and change the quality of their work as well as inspire creativity. Education World gives teachers great advice on how to integrate technology in our classrooms: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech146.shtml Ways to integrate technology in the classroom.. Simulation and Virtual Field Trips technology allows kids to go anywhere in the world and explore things, people and places with the click of a mouse! Assistive Technology assitive technology helps students with learning disabilities. Games/quizzes/review teachers can now use a variety of websites--many free of charge, to help students learn, review and have fun in an interactive and visual way! Enhance the Quality of Student's work and Inspire Creativity teaching students to use different programs such as Microsoft office and kidsperation, my personal favorite, is a great way to inspire creativity and encourage professional-level work. How I will implement this in my classroom... As a future teacher.... I strongly believe that with the changing world, we need to teach our students how to be successful in the ever-changing and always upgrading world.
Incorporating technology means not only using technology to teach but also teaching my students how to use technology to enhance and enrich the curriculum. I plan on incorporating technology daily in my classroom in many different ways.
Whether it is using technology to help present my lesson, use assitive technology to aid my students with learning disabilities or using media and fun websites to help enhance my curriculum, I plan on teaching my students with the frequent use of technology and also teaching them how to use the computer. LEARNING CENTERS Learning centers allow time for students to take what they learned as a whole and apply it without the teacher constantly guiding them.
It gives students an opportunity to grow and learn from self and peer instruction.
This is also a great way for the teacher to spend time with guided reading groups! How to implement Learning Centers in the Classroom This website is a great way for teachers to reach every child through the use of learning centers: http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/learning-center.html This page gives an excellent description of why learning centers are important and how to implement them: http://elementarylearningcenters.blogspot.com/ Prepare different centers:
-have all the materials small groups have clear expectations and rules! guided reading time! How I will use this in my classroom... As a future teacher I will... Use learning centers to use scaffolding to help my students grow as learners.
Using centers means that I am giving my students the opportunity to explore, learn, be creative and review content material in a meaningful way. Organization and Management of Time scholastics has a great page on how to manage classroom time : http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/time-management Different ways to manage and organize time in the Classroom! Students: teacher: both: Keep a planner and calendar of daily activities and goals
Allow enough time for transition and clean up
Plan ahead and think ahead assign responsibilities and leadership roles to students
keep the daily schedule consistent so students know what's coming up next
allow plenty of time for each activity or spread out lessons over more than one day. have a visible schedule in the classroom
have transition songs/methods that the whole class knows and recognizes
have an organized classroom
BE FLEXIBLE! How I will implement this in my classroom... As a future teacher... I will be organized, prepared, thoughtful in my planning and prepare for the unexpected.
I will be flexible, understanding and pro-active.
I will have a class schedule for the class as well as keep a planner and calendar for myself. This website describes how to manage time wisely in the classroom: http://www.classroom-management-success.org/time-management-in-the-classroom.html my class schedule! Color-coded calendars and planners! Organization is key! Differentiation in our classrooms is crucial in meeting the diverse needs of our students.
It helps teachers to meet the various needs of our students in a number of different ways. 8 lessons learned from differentiation: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/8-lessons-learned-differentiating-instruction What is differentiation? http://legacy.mckinneyisd.net/departments/curriculum/MISD/Secondary/differentiation_in_the_classroom.htm student-centered instruction How to implement Differentiation in the classroom: Quality>Quantity instruction There are different ways you can differentiate for your students: 1. Content
2. Small groups
3. Teaching Strategies
4. Materials used How I will use this in my classroom... I believe that differentiation empowers teachers to teach in a way that meets the needs of his or her diverse class.
I will use differentiation to provide the most individualized and tailored instruction to my students.
One of the most important aspects of differentiation is getting to know your students very well! To provide my students with the best program, I will take my knowledge of research and child development along with my knowledge of each individual student. Embedded Instruction Embedded instruction helps students gain independence in daily activities through planning, implementing and evaluating lessons and the student's progress.
This type of instruction helps students gain interest, encourage participation and learning in an environment that is stable and safe. This website is very thorough on the definition and on how to implement embedded instruction:http://embeddedinstruction.net/what-embedded-instruction-early-learning embedded instruction: http://embeddedinstruction.net/files/uploads/home_press/CRIEI_poster_Embedded_Instruction.pdf How I will implement this in my classroom: As a future teacher i Will... The great thing about embedded instruction is that it does not break the flow of learning and it is in a natural environment for the student.
This method of instruction may occur one-on-one and in a small group setting.
It is important for teachers to record the reactions and progress of the student. My plan... I plan on using embedded instruction to encourage my students to participate more, gain confidence and independence as well as help them gain interest in learning!
How I plan to do this is through small groups and one-on-one instruction. Planning
Evaluating
Implementing Bibliography: : Scholastic provides a great web page that helps teachers plan and organize a parent-teacher conference. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/planning-parent-conferences
2. Susan Graham-Clay writes an article about how teachers can use different methods to communicate with parents effectively. http://www.adi.org/journal/ss05/Graham-Clay.pdf
3. http://www.rtinetwork.org/learn/what/whatisrti
4. Scholastic's web page describes and demonstrates a great way to set up, plan and lead guided reading sessions. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/guided-reading-primary-classroom
5. The RTI Action Network describes different ways parents can be involved in the RTI process to help their child be successful. http://www.rtinetwork.org/essential/family
6. "we are teachers" is a great website for how to further implement this on the first day of school: http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/what-we're-teaching-this-month/back-to-school-survival-guide
7. Check out this blog for a great example of a survival kit: http://keepinglifecreative.com/freebie/diy-first-day-of-school-survival-kits/
8. This website gives practical and creative ways to transition in between activities: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-preschool/35804-preschool-transition-activities-transitions-in-the-pre-k-classroom-can-be-easy/
9. This website has a wide range of songs for the classroom: http://www.songsforteaching.com/transitions.htm
10. BYU's article on how to manage playgrounds and children's safety is inspiring, clear and practical. http://education.byu.edu/pbsi/documents/APBS_Exter_Play.pdf
11. http://www.beenleigss.eq.edu.au/behman/epm.htm
12. Education world also provides a detailed way of managing appropriate behavior in the lunch room: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/shore/shore024.shtml
13. Education World gives teachers great advice on how to integrate technology in our classrooms: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech146.shtml
14. This article talks about the benefits of the use of technology in the classroom: http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/sabaa/502/Saba_Synthesis_Paper.pdf
15. This page gives an excellent description of why learning centers are important and how to implement them: http://elementarylearningcenters.blogspot.com/
16. This website is a great way for teachers to reach every child through the use of learning centers: http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/learning-center.html
17. This website describes how to manage time wisely in the classroom: http://www.classroom-management-success.org/time-management-in-the-classroom.html
18. scholastics has a great page on how to manage classroom time : http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/time-management
19. 8 lessons learned from differentiation: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/8-lessons-learned-differentiating-instruction
20. What is differentiation? http://legacy.mckinneyisd.net/departments/curriculum/MISD/Secondary/differentiation_in_the_classroom.htm
21. This website is very thorough on the definition and on how to implement embedded instruction:http://embeddedinstruction.net/what-embedded-instruction-early-learning
22. embedded instruction: http://embeddedinstruction.net/files/uploads/home_press/CRIEI_poster_Embedded_Instruction.pdf
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