As an ITRT who serves FOUR different K-5 elementary schools I am in A LOT of classrooms each week which means I get to see A LOT of really awesome things happening! This year teachers absolutely blew my mind with their classroom management techniques, creative projects and overall innovative ideas. Here just a few of the hundreds of incredible ideas I observed this year that many amazing teachers implemented in their rooms.
Using Hula Hoops to teach personal space:
4th grade teacher, Beth Waggoner, wrote a grant to get pedal desks FOR HER STUDENTS. I had never seen them before so imagine my excitement when I stepped foot into her classroom at the beginning of the year :) She was able to purchase two large tables that fit three students each. Click the image below to take you to a site about these pedal desks:
Read to Self Post-It Note Anchor Chart:
|This picture was taken in Katie Taylor's 5th grade classroom|
I LOVE these symbols students use on their stickies as they are engaged in read to self time! They truly can make connections :)
I have heard of Clock Buddies to partner up students. I used Compass Buddies in my 2nd grade classroom. But this year I saw iPals/Speed Dial Buddies/iPhone a Friend (whatever you want to call it!) to partner up students in a class. A student teacher in one of the 3rd grade classrooms shared this idea with me. Her professor had shared it with the class. Brilliant! The kids absolutely LOVED pulling out their phones to find their speed dial partner for different activities.
Those are just a few of MANY amazing ideas I observed this year! Looking forward to what 2016 has in store :)