I’ve taught fifth grade science and third grade general education and I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter the content, no matter the grade, there are a few things you can do consistently that build a strong, connected classroom community and promote positive mindset growth for your students. There are techniques to utilizing student centered content and fostering engagement within your classroom space. That being said, teachers need resources, and I’ve got you covered!
Whether you are a new teacher asking, “where do I even start?” or a tenured teacher asking, “how do I keep my momentum going?” I’ve got a slew of materials for teachers at any stage in their career. The products I’ve created are tried and true and constantly adapting. I’m adding materials often because I’ve found them to be beneficial in my classroom. If something doesn’t work, believe me- I’ll let you know.
Make sure you check out the fun freebies thrown in along the way and let me know what you think. From my classroom to yours, I’m here to help.
My Must-Read List:
My Must-Watch List:
- TED: Mel Robbins: How to stop screwing yourself over
- TED: Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
- TED: Martin Seligman: The New Era of Positive Psychology
- TED: Emily Esfahani Smith: There’s More to Life Than Being Happy
- TED: Steven Jobs: How to Live Before You Die (Stanford Commencement Speech)
- TED: 7 Talks to Help you find your purpose
There are nine daily practices I use in my classroom to build a strong, connected community. These templates allow students to explore and practice mindfulness, gratitude, movement, and reflection.
There are seven categories I put emphasis on in my classroom and this template allows students to check-in with themselves, their success, and their areas of growth. Give your kiddos the tool to start their week with focus, purpose, and direction.
What are teachers if not learners themselves? I use this monthly check-in to assess whether I’m offering my students the best of myself: holding high expectations while acting as a caring, supporting guide in their exploration of new learnings and concepts.
Allow students a fun, creative outlet to learn to love writing. I’ve provided a month of morning journal templates, pre-filled with engaging prompts. These daily tasks allow students to put pen to paper, share, and connect.
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