We use our notebooks a lot in my classroom. I thought I could share with you some tips to make them work in your classroom too.
TIP 1: Make your students excited about the notebook. I make a big deal when I give my firsties their notebook. They don’t use it in Kinder so it is a big kids’ notebook.
TIP 2: Set expectations in the beginning. We work with lined paper first to practice the handwriting rules.
TIP 3: Model, model, model. This is a must in the classroom.
TIP 4: Don’t go crazy correcting every mistake. It won’t make them better writers.
TIP 5: Improve their writing little by little. Focus on the little things that will make their writting better. Try not to overwhelm them.
I am sharing with you a couple of freebies that you can use in the classroom. If you click HERE you will get a handwriting Diploma and a sticker chart for your notebooks.
If you are looking for writing prompts in Spanish you can visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to use our morning writing. You’ll find lots of writing prompts for first/second grade. Just project them on the board and you are ready to go.
Are you going back in-person with your students? With so many teachers vaccinated I know most of you are going back your classrooms this spring.
It is so exciting seeing the kids after so long.
We have been face to face in Spain all year. And I loved it. I mean it was scary at some times but I know kids need and deserve seeing their friends and playing together.
In Spain we have ‘bubble classrooms’. It means that we can be close to each other with our group but we cannot be close to other person from another classroom.
I have a couple of tips for you.
The first weeks are the most difficult. Kids are not used to be masked all day. And there are many new safety rules. So try to relax and focus on the new rules as you do some fun activities.
The second tip is that you teach outside as much as you can. My second graders love math centers, story telling and reading outside.
Today I am sharing with you these Spanish posters for safety rules in the classroom. In the next posts I’ll try to post some social distance ideas for your classroom.
Thanks for reading!
I have completely neglected the blog. Life happens…
I had a daughter 11 months ago. We are beyond happy and super tired, so creating new stuff and posting on the blog was not a priority. In fact I have started this post so many times I had to edit the age of the baby twice. 😉
After a whole year at home with the baby I feel (almost) ready to go back to school.
Before leaving the class I packed most of my personal stuff into 6 big boxes and took them home. I still left a ton of personal stuff because I was feeling tired (pregnant). I wish I didn’t take so much home, because I ended having a wonderful sub, and everything was in perfect conditions.
I loved being a teacher again. I have an awesome group this year. I loved decorating the classroom and organizing everything. And I am enjoying read aloud time more than ever. During these months I have bought many books and I can’t wait to show them to my students.
After a whole month teaching half-day I love my new situation. I have my day in the classroom but I go back early enough to enjoy the afternoons as a mom. I don’t know how this is going to work with TpT but as you can see she is already helping. 😉
Don’t forget to grab this awesome freebie.