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Rockin' This Teacher Thing Episode 2

In Episode 2, of Rockin’ This Teacher Thing… #002  First-grade teacher McKenzie Reyant,  joins us to talk about math instruction in her classroom. Then we'll look at how Formative Assessment can be easy, fast, and informative in the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.  In this episode, we discussed (time stamped): Intro (:05) Interview W/McKenzie Reyant (:48) Why Teach Math This Way? (2:31) Game Types To Use (6:34) Formative Assessment Intro (10:45) Quick Formative Assessment (11:56) Formative

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Welcome To Rockin' This Teacher Thing Episode 1

In Episode 1, of Rockin’ This Teacher Thing… We are going to take a look at freshening up our classroom attention getters as well as making them do double duty by using them as a teaching tool. You'll get some ideas to get you started and a free printable to help you build your attention getting arsenal.   We will talk briefly about this podcast, Rockin’ This Teacher Thing, and what to expect in the future. 

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Christmas Printables For December

Christmas Printables For December Fun Christmas worksheet printables are a must for any Kindergarten or First Grade classroom.  Unless you’ve experienced an early primary classroom in December you have no clue what it’s like.  There’s a sense of joy, anxiety, hopefulness, naughtiness, kindness, generosity, and greed all wrapped up in a 5-7 year old body.  December Can Be Tough On Everyone It’s a tough time of year for many kids.  They are dealing with issues

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How To Use Transition Songs In The Classroom

Use Music To Transition Students When music is coupled with routine your transition times are going to be filled with fun and efficiency. No more telling students what to do. “Put your papers away and go back to your seat,- PuT YOUr PAPERs Away and go Back To YOUR SEAT (x50) PUT YOUR PAPERS AWAY AND GO BACK TO YOUR SEATS RIGHT NOOOOWWW!!!!!” It’s exhausting.  Stop Using Your Voice Start Using Transition Songs Unless you

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4 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with Kindergarten Students

4 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with Kindergarten Students Overview: Building relationships with students is the cornerstone to good classroom management.  But how do you develop strong relationships with 5-year-olds? Here are 4 easy ways to build relationships with kindergarten students. Happy Classrooms Having excellent classroom management is essential for a happy classroom.   It means the difference between skipping out the door at the end of the day and hiding in the bathroom, afraid to

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If You Don’t Have A Solid Morning Routine You’ve Got Nothing

Solid Morning Routine Or Bust Overview: A sure-fire way to make yourself miserable is to skip the morning routine with your students.   If you are into misery and frustration or you want to be an ordinary teacher and do just enough to get by, well then skip the morning routine and stop reading now.  If you want to have an extraordinary classroom filled with happy adults and even happier children, then a solid, well run

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