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!
Creating a standards-based classroom is hard work! Thank goodness, I’m not on my own. Meet my team of helpers.
This is Scooter, we collaborate, we share ideas. Here she is selecting clip art for a project.
Meanwhile, Lucky makes sure that my computer bag is nice and warm in case I should need it.
I’m fortunate to have such a great creative team. I hope I haven’t made anyone jealous with my riches of blessings.
I’ll leave you with a look at my summer reading list.
Gotta go. I have work to do and my helpers are waiting.