My thoughts for this school year..

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    Seriously time really flies! I can’t believe we’ve been in school for a month already. So here’s how my year looks like so far….

     A lot of work, a lot of technology, and a lot of differentiated instruction. You can say that this year  I have all kinds of students. The students who want to be challenged, the early finishers, low achievers, slow students, hyper active students, talkative ones, perfectionists, and the quiet ones . I did have different kinds of students in my teaching years but it was never this diversified. It is kind of fun and challenging for me as a teacher because I am the kind of teacher who wants to make a difference in every one of my students’ lives. I want to make learning fun and I never want them to think of studying as a punishment. So far,  I can proudly say that I  have achieved in fulfilling this kind of challenge over my years of teaching.

      This is my message to the new teachers: Don’t lose it! I mean it! Children are so easy to handle. Motivate them, be fun, always use positive phrases and reinforcement, be patient, loving and caring, show them that you are there for them, give every child your attention, do not label students,  do not talk about the students with other teachers in front of them, and a sense of humor every now and then would add an extra touch. I believe that every student has a gift. You can notice that gift in some students immediately and some will take a while. You have to be patient! Nothing is more beautiful than the children’s world! Smile 

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Healthiest lunchbox for this week goes to….

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Ramzi! Ramzi had crab sandwich- milk –apple juice- croissant- slices of apples and biscuits.

Way to Go Ramzi! Say healthy! Smile

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Activboard: The 4 kinds of sentences

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My students had a fun day today! I was able to download the Grammar lesson about the 4 kinds of sentences : Statement, question, exclamation and command.

In the photo above students had to drag phrases that are suitable to be put in each bus. For example: “Open the door” is a command, so student drags this phrase and places it in the right bus. if the student got it right there will be a clapping sound.

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In the photo above there is a tool in the Activboard called Magic ink. Student reads the phrase and then drags the pen over the phrase to get the answer. They loved it!

If you have the Activboard go to :www.prometheanplanet.com sign up an download your lessons.

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Healthiest Lunchboxes for this week go to….

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The healthiest lunchbox for this week go to James and Taleen!

James lunchbox contained: Kiwi- grapes- Juice- Ham and cucumber sandwich- Kiri (cheese)

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Taleen’s lunchbox contained: Maacaroni and cheese- apple- broccoli- apple juice- fruit yogurt and biscuits.

Way to Go!!

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My students love the Activboard!

 This is my first week with my new students. I started using the Activboard when I explained a new spelling lesson. I love it! My students are being so interactive and attentive in class. They all want a turn on that magic board! Frankly, I am barely using the whiteboard now. Having this board in my class is changing everything. In the photo above we started learning the short vowel /a/ and /i/ as a revision from grade one. They loved spelling words while writing on the activboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Classroom before and after…

my class before and after

other side of classroom

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My classroom door…

My classroom door for this year Smile  So Positive!

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A classroom with a U-shaped seating arrangement

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Here we go again….

Today was the first day I enter my new classroom and start decorating. I am so happy that this year I have a spacious classroom perfect for my circle time routine. Smile 

The first thing a teacher must do is figure out the seating arrangement in her classroom. I decided to start the seating arrangement in a U-Shape. There are so many benefits for a u-shaped classroom.

  1. Group Discussion

    • For teachers instructing discussion-heavy classes like art, writing or literature, a U-shaped desk configuration can be ideal. The arrangement supports frequent whole-group conversations as students are all able to see each other and you at the same time. No one is able to hide in the back of the class and avoid participation, so even the most introverted students can be drawn in.

    Behavior Management

    • Since a U-shaped desk arrangement promotes eye contact and unobstructed passage for teachers, a U-shaped configuration can help improve classroom behavior. This arrangement helps the teacher keep an eye on everyone’s actions and quickly reach and resolve conflicts or discipline problems. As with classroom discussions, students do not feel hidden in this configuration, and that may encourage them to improve their behavior.

    Hands-On Demonstrations

    • In chemistry, art or other hands-on learning environments, a U-shaped desk configuration allows all students equal access to viewing demonstrations. Positioning the students so they can see the whiteboard and the front of the lab or workspace will allow the teacher to explain and demonstrate the day’s lesson without interruptions for rearranging or moving around the classroom. Similarly, this configuration creates a natural stage for student performances and presentations throughout the school year.

    Student Traffic

    • The U-shaped desk arrangement may take up more space in the classroom, but it will give a classroom many options to manage traffic-flow. For the teacher, nothing is obstructing a walk into the U to collect papers or answer questions. When introducing students to the new seating configuration, you can establish the room as a one-way street where students must always walk up clockwise around the room. For young students, this may be important in preventing traffic jams and conflicts with students. The open portion of the U also provides space for students to move around during breaks.

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Back to School Countdown…

    Teachers! How’s your summer going? Did you start counting down? 2 weeks left until I go back to school and start preparing my new classroom. Now this Summer definitely ended in a glimpse! However, the most important activity I did this Summer was RELAX! I had a lot of time to rest, go to the beach, spend extra time with the family, go out with friends, and complete Feng Shui level 1 course which I think was my biggest achievement this summer.

    Usually by the end of the summer, I start organizing my daily schedule. For example, I sleep earlier to wake up early. This procedure applies to you parents and students as well. You need to get back to the school routine so that you won’t be feeling cranky on the first day of school. I am also looking forward to going back to the gym, organize my mealtimes, eat healthier food, and just….well…..work again :) .

      In the meantime, enjoy the last days of summer and make the most out of what’s left of it, meditate,  read a book, go jogging, go to the mountains, do your favorite activities, etc…You need your full energy to be productive throughout the school year. I hope this year will be a fruitful one to all of you teachers, parents, and students.

   In just a few days, I will start posting about back to school routines, day to day classroom setup and decoration, and classroom organization and preparations. Take care Smile

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