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How To Engage Boys in The Classroom

Teaching boys can be quite difficult because of their rambunctious nature (at least my boys are). They go running wild whether it is at recess break or during class transitions. They have so much pent up energy that I usually run into even more problems when I decide to keep them in and away from their friends for time outs. I am certain that we share the same problems, especially when it comes to addressing misbehavior in the classroom. The boys seem to be the loudest, the most active and the most spirited. Of course you can pinpoint a few of them who swim against the tide by their quiet nature, but I'm pretty sure they are in the minority. For the most part, the girls seem more on task and always eager to engage in whatever activites you may have to offer.

Here are a few tips that I found that can help in engaging our boys in the classroom.
Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, both renowned writers, suggested the following strategies.

1. Use more graphics and pictures in literacy-ba…

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The Misunderstood Child

Working with kids every day is not as easy as many people show it to be. It is hard to get them away from their deepest hurts and feelings and toward things that are positive and enriching. Oftentimes we dismiss who they are to get to where we think they should go. Many times we read the outward signs and appearances without getting to know our dear charges. For this reason and many others our kids are misunderstood.

I came across a wonderful poem my Kathy Winters entitled 'The Misunderstood Child'. It is really captivating!

The Misunderstood Child

by Kathy Winters

I am the child that looks healthyand fine.
I was born with ten fingers and toes.
But something is different, somewhere in my mind,
And what it is, nobody knows.

I am the child that strugglesin school,
Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.
They tell me I'm lazy -- can learn if I try --
But I don't seem to know where to start.

I am the child that won't wear the clothes
Which hurt me or bother my fe…

Free Common Core Reading Literature Awards For Kindergarten Kids

Free!!!! This set of awards can be used at the end of your focus on key aspects of Reading Literature in the Kindergarten class. Please take time to let me know how it works with you or how I can improve it. Click on the picture below.



Student Bullying Infographic

Here is an interesting infographic on the universal problem of bullying in our schools. It is a visual reminder that all is not well in our classrooms. Please share!

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How To Make Money Online As A Teacher

Psssst! Are you a teacher who struggles daily to make ends meet? Have you tried other options of making money and failed at it miserably? Are you looking for a second job to supplement your income? Do you love teaching so much that you are willing to share your ideas and make money too? Well, if you can comfortably use your computer to make your own worksheets and slides then why not sell your ideas?
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 Just sign up as a basic seller (you get 60% of your sales) and see how it goes. Then when things pick up you can upgrade to premium membership to  receive 85% of your sales.

Here is one teacher who has made this move a few years ago. Deanna Jump has sold over 160,000 products and made over one million dollars.

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How to Bounce Back After A Bad Day

I know that some of you are already enjoying Summer break, but I'm still going to talk about it; the much dreaded topic..... TEACHER BURNOUT!

I still have a few weeks before I can enjoy the Summer bliss like many of my teacher friends, but for now I am trying to cope with my very challenging bunch of 6 year olds. I usually get my energy from exercise, gardening and such, but, this year it has been a sore point for me. Anyway, here it goes!

How To Bounce Back After A Bad Day!

You work hard and at the end of the day you feel spent. There is little or no energy to do anything and eventually you begin to feel depressed. How can you bounce back after having a bad day so fresh on your mind? The secret is in the letter....R!

Regain Perspective

So your day was a mess! Well then, look forward for a brand new day. Renew your mind with positive thoughts of the day to come. Tomorrow you get a chance to try again.


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