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Self Reflection

I happened upon TeacherShare member John Faig's blog this morning and was intrigued to read his post on reflecting on teaching.  Summer truly is a good time to look back on your school year to evaluate lessons taught and lessons learned.  Pop on over to his blog for the full post.  Thanks for the insight John!

Transition Techniques

So it's getting to be that time of year.  The temperature is going up and so is the anxiety level for some students as they look forward to a new school year with new teachers and friends.  In a month or so, I'll be taking my kindergarteners to visit with the first grade students and teacher.  They'll receive a book created by a first grader, describing what the school year will be like.  It's usually the highlight of the visit.

I'm guessing that you folks have a myriad of ways that you help your students transition.  I'd love to hear your ideas and to be able to share them.  Why not leave a comment?

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Teacher Feature: Amy Borrell

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What's your favorite picture book?

They're too numerous to count.  Just a few right from my daughter's bookshelf: Knuffle Bunny, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight Moon, Olivia, Rabbit's Gift, Is Your Mama a Llama?

What's your favorite time of year to teach? 

When I was in the classroom, I liked late fall/early winter.  At that point, I felt we had gelled as a class, but still had some of that "fresh new school year" energy.

What's your favorite resource?

Not surprisingly, I am a big fan of online activities.  A few of my favorites are:

Kid's Environmental Report Card

Character Scrapbook

Story Starters


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Dr. Seuss in the Classroom

Hi Folks,

I noticed that a lot of teachers have been viewing my I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! lesson plan and I thought with Read Across America coming our way I'd toss out another resource or two.   The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums is absolutely incredible.  While it might be a bit chilly to visit right now, you can pop on over to the website to check out Horton, Thidwick and that good old baddie, The Grinch.

Another super resource is The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel.  Richard Cohen provides a detailed and insightful look at the life of Dr. Seuss in this well illustrated book.  Here's the hitch.  I think it might be out of print so you'll have to make do with a used copy, but it's worth it.

OK all you Seussians.  I'm taking off for Whoville.

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200026222001 Wow!  Since Teacher Share Beta was opened up there has been a great response. This week had record traffic for Teacher Share!  So keep telling your friends to check it out.  You know how it goes... You tell two friends and they tell two friends...

We are looking forward to the update next week.  It will include a streamlined resource creation form, more fixes and improvements to the site, and a link to a survey for feedback.

Please help get the word out.

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