Safe summer booklet to read and color.
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I’ve been seeing these t-shirts on Pinterest that say “I teach children, not standards!”. While I think I know what they mean by this; we also need to remember that it is a GOOD thing to teach the standards. The standards are, after all, nothing more than a list of things that kids need to know and be able to do. My t-shirt will say, “I teach children all of the standards so they can be successful in school and in life”. Ok, I might need to work on that. Below are some things I have been working on to make my classroom standards-based.
I would love to know what you’re doing in YOUR standards-based classroom. Please share in the comments!
I use these “Sunshine Notes” as a way to provide positive feedback to parents about their child. Many years ago a paper company donated boxes of bright yellow paper to my school and that is what inspired me to use the “sunshine” theme. I have continued to print the notes on yellow paper for the past 20 years.
They are quick and easy to use. I print a stack of them ahead of time and clip them to a small clipboard along with a list of my students’ names. When I catch someone doing something good; I write a quick note, drop it in the folder box to go home and check off their name on the list. That is how I make sure I don’t inadvertently skip someone. It only takes a moment and it increases the positive communication with parents.
Click below to download a free printable template for my Sunshine Notes. Enjoy!