Category Archives: General Instructional Strategies

Classroom Management Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

Classroom Management Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

Do your students’ disruptive behaviors wear you out? Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just TEACH instead of constantly manage behavior? If so, this post is for you (and you’re in good company)! I’ve heard of so many teachers completely quitting the profession because they were worn out from dealing with behavior issues.…Continue Reading

How Whole Brain Teaching Can Solve Your Classroom Behavior Problems and Make Teaching Fun Again!

How Whole Brain Teaching Can Solve Your Classroom Behavior Problems and Make Teaching Fun Again!

“It’s worked with EVERY SINGLE kid with behavior issues,” Heidi told me. “Every single one!” My jaw dropped. If only I’d known about this years ago, I thought. Sooo … what’s this magic “thing” we’re talking about?! It’s Whole Brain Teaching! First grade teacher Heidi Martin is a Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) trainer who discovered…Continue Reading

How I Start Centers At The Beginning of Kindergarten

How I Start Centers At The Beginning of Kindergarten

If you teach Kindergarten, centers are probably a part of your day. When I taught Kindergarten, I incorporated centers into literacy, math, and free play, as well as occasionally during science and social studies. Centers are a great way to get students actively involved in their learning. I’ve heard that Kinders’ attention span is about…Continue Reading

Fitting It All In:  How to Schedule Your Literacy Block for Second Grade

Fitting It All In: How to Schedule Your Literacy Block for Second Grade

**Looking for 1st grade literacy block schedules? Click HERE. Or for Kindergarten literacy block schedules, click HERE.** When I began teaching second grade, I struggled a bit with my schedule. I was moving up from Kindergarten and just wasn’t sure what a daily literacy schedule should look like for second grade. After some trial and error, I figured out how to structure my…Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Use Sentence Fixing with My Students

Why I Don’t Use Sentence Fixing with My Students

Do you give your students sentence fixing activities to complete?  You know, the ones where you provide a sentence that’s written and punctuated incorrectly, and they have to fix it?  Sometimes these activities are referred to as D.O.L. (Daily Oral Language).  D.O.L., sentence fixing, or whatever you want to call it is a pretty common way…Continue Reading