It’s a Cyber Tuesday Sale!

Here’s a quick note for all of you! Teacherspayteachers is have a two day cyber sale and I don’t want you to miss out!! It started Dec. 2 and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 3!

It’s time to empty your shopping cart and save money at the same time! All my store products are discounted 20%. I’d love for you to check out the savings in my store, so click on the link below…https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Susan-Mescall

You work so hard creating fabulous lessons for your students, so let me help you in this busy, sometimes crazy, month! Don’t forget to use the promo code CYBER19 as you check out. You’ll earn an additional 5% off your purchase.

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

What Happened in the Classroom When I Posted the Schedule

I was recently asked what advice I would give a brand new teacher.  Well, I’m not a new teacher but I felt like one when I moved to a new school last year.  After my experiences last year, I would always suggest posting a daily schedule!!   Who knew a classroom schedule could be a game changer and bring calm to a classroom of fifth graders?

Up until last year, I was a departmentalized 5th grade teacher with no control over my schedule.  All that changed last year when I moved to another school.  Suddenly, I had a lot of control over when and what I taught AND I was self contained… meaning I taught all subjects except specials and science to a fabulous group of 5th graders.  Wahoo!!! There was just one problem….due to the specials, not one of my days’ schedule was the same!

Looking back,  “Hello, Captain Obvious.  a posted schedule is the answer!”  Well, I never claimed to be the sharpest pencil in the box!  It was a rough couple of  beginning days….”What’s next?”, “What books do I need this morning?” “What specials do we have today?”  I could go on, but it is just too embarrassing!!!

About the third day, after answering way too many questions about “What are we doing today” or “What books do I need to have?”,  I had a moment of clarity after the students left!!! I literally walked over to the white board at the front of my room and wrote the next day’s schedule on the white board.  My classes were listed in one color; specials and non-academic activities such as assemblies in a different colors.

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Nirvana!!!  No, not the grunge band…but perfection!   No more, “I don’t have my math book!”, “I thought today was computers, not media!”   No more clamoring from the students as to what the day would bring as students came in.  Suddenly there was peace in the classroom!

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graphic by http://www.mycutegraphics.com

 

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Let me know what you think.  Leave me a comment!

 

 

Get Ahead of the Summer Slide!

Are you worried about your K-2 reader losing some ground as summer rolls in? There’s a quick and easy game you can play with your K-2 child that will help them keep their reading skills sharp!  Here it is…

Slide1Outdoor Bingo! Picture and Word Game K-2

Here’s the better news!!!  It’s on sale right now until June 5!  Have fun!

Sue