Get to Know Your Reading Buddy/Neighbor

My Neighbor sticker When I was in elementary school, my class was always partnered with another class so we could do “Reading Buddies.” My school always partnered a younger grade class with an upper grade class so we could get together and read each month. This provided us a unique opportunity to read to/listen to another student. Each kid was assigned a kid from the other class and we were partners the whole year. We occasionally did a craft or something with our reading buddies as well. Anyway, it was fun to get to know my partner as the year went on.

My Buddy sticker

This inspired me to make 2 little “get to know you” pages that teachers can use within their own classroom or between classrooms of students in an arrangement like “Reading Buddies.

Click here for the free printable: Get to Know Your Buddy and Get to Know Your Neighbor. Enjoy!

Get to Know Your Teacher (Back to School Activity)

I’ve posted another fun back to school printable over at We Are Teachers! This one’s all about you, the teacher! It will help your students see that you’re a real person and that they can relate to you! Click here to see the printable.’

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Squarehead Teachers Birthday Giveaway!

Happy 3rd birthday, Squarehead Teachers!

Let’s kick of this school year right! Another giveaway to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this blog!  I’m so thankful to all my family, friends and readers for making this blog such a fun success!

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The Prize: 2 winners will each receive 2 Stamp Stations! Stamp Stations are new and unused. Each has 6 self-inking stamps in one, all centered around a theme (writing, for example). This blue one is all about motivating good writing traits, with stamps like “Topic sentence?” and “Sentence variety please!”

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Here’s the detailed image of the stamps:stamp detail - blueEach Stamp Station has a theme, and the winners will each receive 2 Stamp Stations.
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Participating in this birthday giveaway is simple. All you have to do is follow this blog. If you’re already a follower, then you’re already entered! If you still need to follow this blog, you can accomplish this one of two ways:

OPTION 1: (Available to WordPress members only), click the “follow” button at the top of the page to follow with your WordPress blog reader.
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This giveaway ends at midnight (PST) on Friday, August 21, 2015. Don’t wait!

The Fine Print: Participation is optional. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be two winners. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23. The winner will have 72 hours to respond and provide me with shipping information so I can mail them their prize! If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winner will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor. If you have additional questions, please contact me!

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Interview A Classmate (Back to School Printable)

Class icebreaker activities are always fun. Here’s a simple way to get to know your students while assessing their writing. It’s a simple “Interview a Classmate” activity, free over at my post on We Are teachers. Click here to hop on over there!

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Goal Setting Sheet

A while ago, I posted this on We Are Teachers. If you haven’t hopped over there to check it out, you should. There are tons of great ideas over there. This page is another good back to school page. It’s all about setting goals for the year. Click here to go to my post.

 

Goals preview

Learning Styles Survey

Here’s one of my recent printables over at We Are Teachers! It’ll be great for your first week of school when you’re learning about your new students and planning how you can create the best learning environment for them. Click here to go to my post.

How Do You Work Best preview

 

Learning Survey Printable

Another freebie for you over at We Are Teachers! This one’s all about figuring out how your students learn best. Click here to visit my post and download the page!

How Do You Work Best preview

Teacher Chat!

Teacher Chat - TealI’ve decided to start learning more from other teachers around me. I’m eager to start conversations with other teachers to learn from them. I’ll be sharing what I learn in a series called “Teacher Chat!”

Chat with Diane from the USA

What grade(s) do you teach/have you taught? 2nd & 3rd

What’s one thing you do to prepare for/get through parent-teacher conferences?

I have students write a fill-in-the-blank letter to their parents telling what they like about school, their hardest and easiest subjects, their friends. At the conference, that letter is the first item in their folders. I have the student read it to their parents which gives us a great starting point for talking about reading, or whatever their strengths and weaknesses that they wrote about.

What’s one of your favorite end-of-the-year activities to do with your class?

I love to give each student an award. (There is a great list on squareheadteachers.com.) This is the last thing we do before they leave on the last day. We put the chairs in a big circle and then I pass them out, telling a little about what the student did to earn the award. We let each person determine which cheer they want us to give them for their award. It’s a super positive way to end the year.

 What’s one thing you do to encourage good behavior in your class?

Tired of tattling, I made a “Caught InThe Act Doing Something Good” spiral notebook. When kids notice someone doing something good, they write it in the notebook. I read it once a week, kids loved it!

Tell us about one thing you wish you’d known when you first started teaching.

I will never be “caught up” or “finished” with the things I want to do for my class. So, don’t stress, do what you can, then go home and have an enjoyable life outside of teaching.

 What gets you through a hard day?

On hard days, I like to remember the small things that I am making a difference on with individual kids – especially the tough ones.