Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is the latest instructional method for classroom management. PBIS is designed to support students in achieving social, emotional, and academic success. It was developed from the idea of behavior analysis and has roots in educational law since the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
One of my favorite school memories was as a young child in preschool. My speech therapist, Mrs. Patrick (no pun intended), and her assistant, Mrs. Taylor, started the week by getting us to help bake shamrock sugar cookies. From start to finish, we measured the ingredients, rolled the dough, cut the cookies out and put them onto the baking sheet, and watched the cookies bake in the oven. Once they were done, we iced them and enjoyed the sweet savory treats. Although that was about three decades ago, I appreciate the way my teacher incorporated such a fun activity into a holiday often surrounded by rainbows, gold, and lucky three-leaf clovers. Below are some ways to make this–or any–holiday memorable for your students:
Ok, so the activity in this article won’t blow you away. But it is a great way to liven up your literature circles during Reading Month!
In schools around the country, they are kicking off Nutrition Month. During this month, teachers can focus on various ideas associated with nutrition. This is a great time to learn about the benefits of breakfast and find available resources to help teach integrated units!
Happy Read Across America Day!
Today, many are reading as part of the annual Read Across America. This day celebrates and encourages reading. One way to keep students motivated and excited about reading throughout the year is a through the use of Book Clubs or Literature Circles.This is the first of a four-part series on literature circles for the month of March.
It has been a year since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESSA, replaced No Child Left Behind, NCLB, as the nation’s new K-12 federal law. States are working to implement their plans so that classroom teachers will be prepared for the changes that will become effective in the 2017-2018 academic school year. In a letter to all state schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity to ESSA implementation instructing states to continue to move forward and that the Department will work to ensure that state education leaders have the state and local flexibility that Congress intended. States should continue to follow the timeline for developing and submitting their plans for review and approval and those are due on or about March 2017.
This is the first in a 3-part series about ways to strengthen communication between school and home/community. If you don’t do so already, incorporate one or more of the strategies shared during the series and reply with the results below.
Looking for ways to get your students parents and caregivers involved in the learning process? One way I’ve found very engaging is having parent or community volunteers come into my classroom and read to students. Having your student’s caregivers come in to read provides lots of benefits for your students, the volunteers, and for you as a teacher. Students, through read alouds, develop their decoding and fluency skills along practicing comprehension strategies. Depending on how volunteers choose books, volunteers share parts of themselves as well as their interests with the kids. They also contribute to buidling a positive classroom and school environment. As an educator, you see how their students respond when hearing another adults read, build positive rapport with the volunteers, and get a moment to relax during a long day of learning! You might even learn about some new series or author you can use in the class, which was always a great thing for me, especially in my early years of teaching.
Whenever we as educators try to delegate work to our students, in hopes that they will peacefully and quietly work independently, we are sure to encounter some roadblocks. However, while the 100% serenity and engagement reading groups of our dreams may still be a bit out of reach for most…