Linda Dixon asked

How do you set up a classroom?

When you think about it, your classroom arrangement is probably one of the most important tasks that you will do at the beginning of the year. This is where everything will take place: learning, building relationships, sharing, etc. Your classroom is one of the very first impressions that you will make on your students. What kind of impact do you want it to portray?

Look at the entire space. What types of interactions will be occurring? Will you need a place for group gatherings? Keep in mind the flow of the room – is there room to move from one space to another without too much of a distraction. How will you arrange the student desks? Will you be utilizing centers? Don't forget to consider where and how you want your own space in the room.

Whatever you decide, know that there is no right way. It can be beneficial to walk through the building to check out how the “seasoned” teachers have set up their classroom. If you want more ideas, you can check out this resource: https://www.azk12.org/Homeroom-SettingUpYourClassroom

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Ashley Thomas asked

What are some quick (5 mins or less) math fact fluency ideas that you love to use with students? Why do you love it?

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Ashley Thomas asked

I saw this on LinkedIn this morning and thought about how powerful this was. The longer I teach, the more I realize that it’s about channeling the strengths that kids have both academically and social emotionally. Any a-has or connections that you have to share?

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Kristen Poindexter asked

How do you include Science throughout your day when there might not be a dedicated block of time?

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Kristen Poindexter asked

How do you mentor and inspire new to the profession teachers?

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Gina Pepin, Ed.D. asked

Does your district offer professional development over the summer? If so, does it include a stipend or something similar?

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Kristen Poindexter asked

Does your state have any specific requirements for you or your license/credentials if you want to teach in one or all of the STEM disciplines? Is that process any different if you work with younger students rather than older elementary students?

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Kristen Poindexter asked

How do you motivate your colleagues? Is there anything special you do to help be their cheerleader?

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Linda Dixon asked

A lesson hook is a short opening to a lesson. It should grab your students’ attention and leave them wanting to learn more. Hooks can prepare your students for the content they will be learning.

A good lesson hook strategy can make all the difference when it comes to engaging students and maximizing their learning. You can use your lesson hook to establish connections between existing knowledge and the new content.

Any break from the ordinary can be exciting. Change your learning setting to get students engaged and excited for what’s to come.

There are tons of lesson hooks that you can use and find online. Here are some ideas:

Theme your classroom for the lesson (posters, learning centers, bulletin boards, etc.)

Use “feely” boxes or bags

Create a survey and graph the results

Use music

Guest speaker

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Kristen Poindexter asked

What curricular materials, if any, does your school use and why were they chosen?

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Gina Pepin, Ed.D. asked

Our district just started using Clever for a single sign on so that students can easily get into district provided apps etc… how do you encourage families to utilize this in the summer? Do you organize a parent training?

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Kristen Poindexter asked

As you end one school year, is there anything you do to help prepare for the next year before you leave?

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Gina Pepin, Ed.D. asked

School year- does your school district wrap up the school year by the end of May? Do you teach in a district that has a modified calendar schedule?
I am curious to learn more in your thoughts, experiences etc on this!

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Gina Pepin, Ed.D. asked

Our 2nd grade teachers shared that place value was the hardest unit this year for a majority of students. We began Eureka Squared this year but they needed to find additional practice options. Do you have any go to sources for place value?

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Ashley Thomas asked

What are some ways you incorporate fluency into your daily instruction?

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Dawn Bates, NBCT asked

Does your school do a step up day for the student to meet their teachers for the following year? We are doing it and I am having my students to create a book using an app called Book Creator to tell the first graders what they will be learning in 2nd grade. These digital books will be shared in small groups.

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Kristen Poindexter asked

Will you be doing anything with your students to share or celebrate the Summer Olympics?

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Gina Pepin, Ed.D. asked

Does your school utilize intervention programs as part of their summer school? If not - what do they use- or what type of program is used?

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Kristen Poindexter asked

What are your favorite seeds to have your students plant? I usually stick with Lima beans or alfalfa seeds, but I’m looking to branch out.

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Gina Pepin, Ed.D. asked

I have a couple of student teaching candidates that I am supervising right now and one of them is really struggling with grading 1st grade student work accurately. Do you have a grading checklist or other tool you use (or share/advise new teachers etc) that would be helpful for this teacher?

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