Classroom transformations are something I have learned to love to incorporate to add instant student engagement. Over my seven years of teaching kindergarten, I have done a different transformation almost every year depending on my class and their interests. I know what you might be thinking - Stephanie, classroom transformations are exhausting and expensive! You're right, they can be! I ... Read More about 5 Easy Classroom Transformations
Student engagement is one of my top goals in my classroom - if students aren't engaged in what they are learning, it doesn't matter what you are teaching. Have you ever heard the famous words from Ben Franklin? Involving students in learning is essential for student engagement! So, here are my 6 quick tips to increase student engagement: Using a microphone in my classroom has been a ... Read More about 6 Quick Tips to Increase Student Engagement
Before I get started, I want to preface that I learned so much from following Marsha McGuire (@adifferkinder on IG and her blog www.differentiatedkindergarten.com). She is a gold mine of kindergarten center ideas and resources! So that being said, my centers are based off of her amazing differentiated instruction and center management system. One of the biggest challenges at the beginning ... Read More about A Beginner’s Guide to Guided Math and Reading Centers in Kindergarten
Kindergarteners learn all the basics for being in school. It is sooo important for kindergarten teachers to teach little learners the procedures using kid-friendly visuals and songs/poems that will help these expectations stick. Each procedure that I introduce, I always model the expectation first, have a child model it, and then the whole class models the expectation. Let me start by ... Read More about Teaching Routines & Procedures in Kindergarten
Are you ready to tackle your classroom organization to do list this year? Let me help! Here are some of my easy to implement classroom organization tips for a successful school year. Organize Your Physical Space Start with planning out your classroom space for working areas such as centers, work spaces, flexible seating, art area, etc. In my kindergarten classroom, I like to have ... Read More about Classroom Organization: Tips to Save Your Sanity!
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorites to celebrate in kindergarten! Leprechauns, rainbows, and all things green make it all a fun celebration for the littles. Whether you're in person or virtual with your kiddos, here are some ideas that are sure to engage your little learners! Digital Escape Games are one of our class favorites this year! This one is no different! I like to share my ... Read More about Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Fun