Called 2 Be A Teacher

Hello and welcome to my new blog. I am a 4th grade self-contained teacher and am loving every minute of it. I would love to share the resources I create to use in my classroom, as well as the successes and failures. Teaching is a calling and is my passion. I love educating young minds and making learning fun.

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"You Deserve It"

A Garden for the Classroom

We pulled weeds, rotated the soil and planted seeds for radishes and zucchini this year. I love teaching my students how to grow your own food. This is also a great science lesson, the cycle of the plants, the parts of the plants and how the plants grow. We had a great time and harvested hundreds of radishes. I have 22 students and every student harvested 3 to 4 radishes each, not to mention, the garden already yielded enough for a few teachers before we harvested. The students loved it, as you can see in the picture. We had a great time. I will be preparing for next years class by buying the appropriate seeds or seedlings for the beginning of the year and we will plant them the first week. I believe this also encourages team building and working together for one common goal.

Note Taking Skills

I encourage my students to take notes in any subject. I teach 4th grade math, history and science in a charter/public school (it's complicated), all of which include note taking skills. Last year I handed out sticky notes, index cards and each student had their own spiral for note taking. I talked about the importance of taking  notes while the teacher was talking and practiced with the class. After a few days of practice, I didn't mention taking notes again and noticed many students using the methods that best fit them. Here are a few pictures showing the different styles of note taking.

In the picture above, the student used sticky notes to take notes. We then stapled them together like a book and placed the booklet in the pocket of her spiral.

In the picture above, the student chose the more traditional note taking skills. 

My point in doing all this is to prepare the students for lectures in upper level grades. Learning to pick out critical information and writing it down is crucial in education, especially when the teacher has repeated the same information more than once. That is important to know, because usually that means the information repeated will need to be known. 

I love teaching students more than just curriculum. There is so much more to teach than just a subject.