Teachers Pay Teachers has something to celebrate: 13 new milestone achievers in just one week. Let’s see what terrific resources these tenacious Teacher-Authors have in store for us.
13 August Milestone Achievers
His tip: “One of the most important classroom management strategies I discovered was to get students engaged the minute they walk in — even before the bell rings — so no time is wasted. I created these Daily Warm Up Questions for US History to project on the board every day of the school year for just that purpose. As soon as students walk through the door, they’re connecting to past learning and preparing for what we’ll do that day!”
Try her: Bloom’s Buttons
Her tip: “Bloom’s Buttons are an interactive way of incorporating Bloom’s language and questioning into your daily reading lessons. After reading a story, take a moment to take a button break. Have a student select a random colored button that represents a level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The questions are color coded and designed to be placed on a ring. Once they choose a button color, they’ll get a question that corresponds to that particular level of the Bloom’s hierarchy. You can have students answer the questions independently, with a partner, or even in small groups. This resource will get students thinking about the story, as well as thinking about their own thinking!”
Her tip: “I created this packet especially to beat the back-to-school jitters. The fun hands-on activities and the classroom essentials included will help you begin a fairy tale school year!”
Her tip: “How do you set your students up for success as readers from day one of the school year? In order to maximize reading growth and enjoyment, the proper routines and expectations must be established right away during Reading Workshop. The 25 mini-lessons included in this product will walk you through how to set up these routines and expectations during whole group mini-lessons, guided reading, literature circles, and reading conferences. Each mini-lesson includes detailed teacher directions, a presentation to share with students, and the coordinating handouts. As an added bonus, you’ll receive instructions on setting up teacher binder to track lesson plans, anecdotal notes, and graphic organizers to help with differentiated reading instruction. Students will also create a Reader’s Notebook along the way that will be used throughout the remainder of the school year. Don’t make the mistake of diving into reading instruction too quickly without taking the time to do the mini-lessons in this kick-off product. (Also available for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 9-10).”
Her tip: “Parents and students alike are loving my Differentiated Fluency pages. They’re so versatile! Use them for nightly homework or even for a quick in-class assessment. You can differentiate by topic, or by level. My students loved self-monitoring their progress and seeing growth in their ability to read accurately, smoothly, and with great comprehension! My standardized reading scores were amazing this year, and I attribute that growth to the sequential, phonics-based practice they engaged in daily.”
Try her: Procedures and Routines Made Easy!
Her tip: “The beginning of the year can be a crazy whirlwind! There are so many procedures to teach, while simultaneously creating a respectful classroom family and helping the students acclimate to their new environment. I love using these procedure cards with kids of all ages. I simply go through and choose the procedures and routines my students need to know (boy, are there a lot!) and put them on a ring. This reminds me to introduce them and allows the students to play the included games with their new friends as they practice over and over. It’s fun watching the cards on the ring slowly disappear as they master the procedures; however, thankfully they can always be pulled back for a quick refresher anytime during the year.”
Her tip: “I’ve bundled all of my Common Core Math Assessments together in this MEGA bundle. This includes grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5! I LOVE using these assessments as quick quiz grades since they’re SO EASY to correct and grade! There are at least two assessments included for each Common Core Math standard. These assessments would be great to use at the beginning of the year as pre-tests to assess what your students already know. Since there are two assessments for each standard, you could also administer a post-test to see if students are making progress or mastering a specific standard.”
His tip: “This unit is the perfect complement to a (whole class or small group) reading of The One and Only Ivan by K. A. Applegate. The lapbook activities provided are a perfect formative assessment and are a great way to collect and store evidence of your kiddos’ various reading comprehension skills. Parents love seeing their child’s creativity and thinking in a scrapbook-ready form, too!”
Her tip: “There’s a lot of jargon and paperwork in special education today, so if you’re a new special ed teacher, or a veteran one, you can focus more on working towards meeting IEP goals and collecting data from student work.”
Her tip: “Create a Common Core Morning Work binder for each of your students. Switch out the cover and content with my monthly morning work packets. You’ll have the entire year set with Common Core math and literacy practice.”
Try her: Writing
Her tip: “I began using quick writes with my 1st graders a few years ago when it became apparent that the actual act of writing was overwhelming for more and more of them. Having one sheet to use for the week seemed easier for them to manage. Just having a few lines per day freed them from the fear of having to fill the entire page. They began to focus on the fun prompts and the idea of answering in complete sentences. My firsties enjoy these quick write sessions and it’s easier to transition to longer writing projects now. Be sure to spend some time — at least a week — modeling your expectations. There’s a rubric included, even though Virginia does not follow Common Core, so you can see how I select a few things at a time to focus on. My firsties know I will choose one day a week to assess based on the rubric; they just don’t know which day. I hope your kiddies enjoy these as much as mine do.”
Her tip: “With so much competition from electronics, teachers need to capture their students’ attention and make learning exciting. This is a tool that can be used all year long and with any text! Students interact with the text by marking their thinking with their manipulatives (triangles from key rings). They use triangles to ‘point’ to their answers/thinking. Reinforce or introduce reading skills and strategies with this reading comprehension pack. Key ring manipulatives color coordinate with the posters so students can reference them during reading. Color-coordinated materials and manipulatives make it easy for teachers to assess quickly! Perfect for guided reading groups. Can be used in small groups, whole groups, or independently. Students love using the key rings to make their learning more interactive and exciting! Happy students = happy teacher!”
Her tip: “Use the activities in this packet to create multiple stations around your room. When a student finishes early, you can send him or her to a station to get more letter practice. You can also send this packet home with students who need a little extra practice.”
Congratulations to this impressive bunch of milestone-achieving Teacher Authors. For more back-to-school products and ideas, check out this list of first-week back resources. Your name can be here someday, too! Want to know how to get started? Here’s a great guide to becoming a Seller.