Now that Winter Break is a distant memory, it’s time to prepare for your winter writing activities! Chalkspot Teacher Store has a variety of winter writing paper to use in your elementary classroom. So, stop by our store today for paper that will add color to your winter writing!Continue reading Winter Writing Paper: From Snow to Valentines!
Wishing all of my teacher colleagues a Happy New Year and Happy 2019!
Wishing everyone a healthy, relaxing, and joyous Christmas!
We’re moving into the middle of the year! Our students are becoming more independent and excited about learning. Now is the time when I introduce more of my Word Sort activities to my students. I love to use my short vowel Word Sort Journals as a review. We use Fundations in our first-grade, so this is a quick activity they can do independently. It’s also an easy activity for me to leave with my Basic Skills students.
So, stop by my Chalkspot Teacher Store to find great activities for your literacy centers.Continue reading Word Sorts of All Sorts!
As a 25-year Black educator in an affluent district, I feel the need to share this Public Service Announcement (PSA) about wearing Blackface as part of a costume. I have to do it for the Black students and Black teachers who may be in the minority at their school. (I’m one of 4 at 7 elementary schools.) All it takes is one White teacher to show up in Blackface to change the tone of the day. For example…
Every year in the weeks leading up to Halloween, we have the same discussion about wearing Blackface as part of a costume. Yet, there’s always a few who choose to ignore it.Continue reading PSA: Blackface Is NEVER Acceptable
Teachers with Characters
The teachers you remember most are the ones who were caring and connected with their students. When I think about teachers with character, I think about my former teachers who cared and connected with me. I only had a few, but a few is all you need to make a difference.