Current Homework & Important Papers (CHIP) Folder (Guest Post)

Graphic3CHIP stands for “current homework and important papers.”

One pocket is for current homework that students have been assigned. The other pocket is for important papers (reference sheets that we use frequently, reading  passages that we are working on, group work info, etc.). Nothing else goes in this folder so that it doesn’t get cluttered. I use the boomerang folder for assignments that have been graded and papers for their parents and pretty much anything that is in their take home mailbox. This system has been helpful in keeping my students organized.

Click here to see the full-size PDF: chip-folder-cover-pdf.

About the author:
Lauralee specializes in dual immersion (English/Spanish) and math education. She currently teaches sixth grade. She enjoys travelling and spending time with family.

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3 Years Old!

This blog is now 3 years old! Happy birthday, Squarehead Teachers!  Stay tuned! A celebratory giveaway is coming very soon!

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Here are some of my favorite posts from the past 3 years:

47 Questions New Teachers Should Ask

30 Most Important Classroom Procedures

Aesop’s Fables Collection (free worksheets)

Desk Fairy Printables

The Secret Way to De-Clutter Your Classroom!

I’m on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Hello friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying all the ideas and freebies I post here on my blog! I feel great that I’ve been able to help so many hard-working teachers and parents. I am ready for a new challenge!  I’m going to start adding new materials to my store over at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Of course, I’ll still continue to add things to this blog, but I hope you’ll poke around on my TpT store as well!  (There’s already a new freebie waiting for you!) Thank you!

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Teacher Appreciation Poster Idea – Cinco de Mayo Theme

My friend recently shared this picture with me:

Teacher Appreciation Week - Cinco de Mayo

Their school celebrated teacher appreciation week the same week as Cinco de Mayo. I love how the parent who helped coordinate this poster combined the Cinco de Mayo and teacher appreciation themes! And what kid can resist taking a picture with a fake mustache!? 🙂

Send me photos of fun teacher appreciation ideas! Email them to squarehead teachers at gmail dot com.

Alter Your World by Recognizing Innovative Teachers

Here’s a cool opportunity from Altitude Summit:

“We have partnered with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who supports teachers and celebrates innovation in education, to bring our Alt community a fantastic opportunity. During the next two weeks, we hope you will join us in a contest to celebrate just that and participate for a chance to win a ticket to Alt Summer for yourself and $500 cash for a deserving teacher.

Between May 1st and May 15th, you have three ways to appreciate an educator in your life who is using social media in innovative ways in the classroom. If you’re an educator, we’d love to hear how you are using social media.”

Click here to read more.

What it Means to Be a Teacher

I recently came across a well written piece called “A Letter to My Children: What it Means to be a Teacher.” The author provides some insight to her own children about teaching. It’s definitely worth the read. Here are some of my favorite lines:

“Teachers don’t see their classrooms as places where you go to make rules and assign homework.”

“Teachers worry about their students the way I worry about you.”

“Teaching doesn’t open at 8:00 in the morning and close at 5:00 at night.”

“[Teaching] creates an eternal optimist of you. It reminds you that every life matters…”

“Teachers could have chosen any profession, but instead they chose to teach you.”

“Take the lessons of teachers with you: work to discover and be your best selves, see potential in others, extend kindness, and ask tough questions.”

“We spend one week each year remembering to appreciate teachers, but I want you to spend a lifetime teaching appreciation.”

Teacher Appreciation Perks 2015

Being a teacher is hard work. It’s nice when people recognize that! Looks like McDonald’s is giving teachers some pretty sweet perks this year! They seem to be decided by region, so I’d do an internet search for your area. For example, in Arizona, McDonald’s is giving teachers a free extra value meal (and some get keytags for free beverages) and in Nevada, teachers get a free breakfast.

Click here for another great list of perks!

If you hear of any other valuable teacher perks, please comment below! Thanks!

Spelling Doodles

This is a cool idea! I like the idea of having kids come up with their own ways of grouping the words. Great post, Room Mom!

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spelling doodle sample sharpie

Along with every other 4th grade student, I want to avoid “write the spelling words 3x each” spelling homework. I am actually not against that kind of homework (especially if the students are writing the words in cursive) since I think it builds a motor memory, but we all get bored with it. One new activity I am using is a Spelling Doodle. Students use every word on the weekly list to design a word doodle. The challenge is to think of various ways to group the spelling words. Students use a combination of phonics knowledge and word meanings to create word categories. Not only do students practice writing spelling words correctly, they are also activating their knowledge about the ways letters combine to create words, word usage, and definitions of the words.

spelling doodle with list

Give the student a piece of white copy paper and some colored pencils or fun pens. Using all…

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