A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Thanksgiving is coming pretty soon and I think it is time to get your
teacher wishlists together so you can take advantage of the many great sales. There are lots of things that I wish for,but it might probably take several posts to air them, lol, so I'll leave that out. Today I am featuring some of my favorite teaching tools and resources that are available at Amazon.  Take a look at  them just in case you might want a little push in organizing your wishlist!

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X-Acto Model KS Table- or Wall-Mount Pencil Sharpener





Maped Clean Sharpener, 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener






Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack, Includes 20 Laminating Sheets, 9 Inches x 11.4 Inches 








Sharpie Accent Tank-Style Highlighters



Post-it Flags Value Pack



Raymond Geddes Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!



Charles Leonard Inc., Eraser, Caps, Assorted Colors

Mygrafico Digital Arts & Crafts

Super-Free Reading Cues For You To Use!

There are so many ideas on Pinterest and yet not enough time for me to try them. I saw a lot of eyecatching pictures, but the one that did inspire me to create my own was a comprehension poster set. I really liked it, so I decided that this would be the one for me. So, with keyboard and powerpoint I began to craft. And, guess what! I came up with these bright and colorful posters that I wish to share with you. 










So that's enough to wet your appetite. If who wish to get the whole set CLICK HERE You can also get it at my TPT store and my TN Store. Enjoy!




How To Win Friends and Influence Parents!



It is already in the middle of our new school year and our new students are still settling down with us. We have so many different personalities and an even greater array of parent types exist. Some of our parents are permissive, some are too harsh and others are just right, a perfect mix of parenting styles. With this in mind we must be able to win the approval and support of all by the way we treat with their kids. 

Scheduling parent-teacher conferences at this point in time is necessary. Parents need a formal invitation to meet with their child's teacher as an opportunity to forge a common ground. As teachers we must also look forward to these conferences as the opportunity to get parents involved in their child's learning. 

There are four ways to win friends and influence parents.



1. Don't Criticize or Condemn: No parent wants to hear how bad or terrible their child is. As teachers we must learn the art of communicating bad habits and behaviors in a positive way. For example:"Marcus is lazy and is failing Math."  Why not put it this way: "Marcus' grade in Math is 63% which is a significant drop this semester." RELAY THE FACTS TEACHERS!


2. Don't Complain: Complaining to parents about things which you ought to do will certainly NOT win them over. If you have to conduct weekly assessment in all subject areas, don't whine about its insignificance with parents. Save it for the staff meeting!


3. Give Honest and Sincere Praise: I know it may be difficult to do so but speak about the good things about a child instead of the onslaught of negativity. Let parents know honestly and sincerely about the good habits and behaviors about their child. There must be something positive that you can say! As a matter of fact, spend some time before parent-teacher conferences making notes on each child. This really helps a lot!


4. Arouse in Parents and Students an Eager Want: What is going to motivate parents and students to do what you want them to do? Arouse in them an eagerness by painting the picture of success. Show them how beneficial it is for them to try things your way. Sell the idea! Market it! What better way to have them working together with you!


And now for some Parent-Teacher humor...







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