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Becoming a successful teacher isn’t easy for everyone. Let’s face it, some people just seem to have been ‘born to teach‘ while others of us must work at it. Why is that? Why do some teachers seem to be better at educating their students while others struggle?
What are the keys to successful teaching?
Successful teachers seem to possess certain characteristics that others do not. So what are these characteristics?
I’ve done a great deal of research to find the answer to this question. After reviewing my findings plus using my own 20+ years of personal experience (both in the public school classroom as well as years of being a homeschooling mom and mentor), I’ve compiled a list of what I call ‘Keys to Successful Teaching.”
KEY #1: A successful teacher will create a positive learning environment
Every learning environment is different and made up of a variety of aspects and although you may not be in control of every little (or big) aspect, there are those you DO have control over. In this post, I will be writing about….
“The younger a student is, the more adaptable their thought processes and habits are in response to positive role models. A role model can be anyone that someone looks up to and wishes to be like – and that bond can develop at any age. ” (source)
Ask yourself these questions:
Do I role model enthusiasm and optimism?
– How do I display enthusiasm for life in the classroom?
– Which subject(s) am I most enthusiastic about when teaching? How do I demonstrate my enthusiasm about the subjects(s)?
– Which subject(s) am I least enthusiastic about when teaching? How can I change this?
– Do I display my enjoyment of teaching? If so, how?
Do I role model kindness and respect in the classroom?
– How do I react when I’m frustrated with a student?
– Do I listen to my students?
– Do I use kind and encouraging words?
Do I try to ‘catch’ students in acts for which I can affirm in the moment?
– Do I immediately affirm appropriate behavior, leadership, acts of kindness?
Do I role model a love of learning?
– How do I show my students that I still love to learn?
– Do they see me taking steps to increase my knowledge?
– What can I do to ensure they see me wanting to learn new things?
Do I allow myself to be vulnerable in front of my students?
– Have you ever shared a time that you failed at something or made a mistake and you were vulnerable enough to talk about it within the learning environment of the classroom? If so, did you also talk about the positive steps you took as a result?
Do I role model problem solving in front of my students?
– Do you practice the process of ‘thinking-out-loud’ about a problem in the classroom? Analyzing a situation or problem, thinking about the pros and cons of different strategies to use, working through a chosen strategy to come to a resolution or answer?
Do I display a positive self-image?
– Do I demonstrate self-confidence within the classroom? If so, how?
– Do I have areas of my self-image that need improving ? What are they and how can I go about doing so?
Whether you teach in a classroom, in a co-op or are a homeschooling parent, remember that YOU are an important role model in the life of each of your students. Purposeful role modeling is vital to creating a positive learning environment.
I have created a ‘Purposeful Role-Modeling’ Worksheet to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in this area. If you’d like a FREE COPY, please complete the below form…
In my next post “Keys to Successful Teaching –
Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Part 2 “, I will share why and how you should create and communicate high expectations.
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This freebie includes a coloring page of the brain and another of the digestive system!
These are pages from a much larger resource (69 student coloring pages in all) that is available on both CHSH-Teach and TPT.
If you’d like to preview the entire Human Anatomy Coloring Book, you may do so here or click the picture below…
Want to download the entire coloring book? Here is how…
Is it important to review Math Skills throughout the year? Yes! When we learn new information, we remember it best immediately after we’ve learned it. It is easy to forget skills, even just a few days or weeks after we’ve learned them. That is why it is important that we make time to have students review previously learned skills.
There are a lot of Math skills being taught in the 2nd and 3rd grades and these skills need to be repeatedly reinforced throughout the year.
For teachers looking to add some holiday flair to the review of Math skills in the month of March, I’ve created March Math Skills Review for 2nd & 3rd Grades with a St. Patrick’s Day theme!
This resource includes 77 student pages and covers the following skills:
2 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
2 digit addition word problems
2 digit subtraction (worksheets for ‘no borrow’ and ‘borrowing’)
Mixed addition/subtraction word problems (some worksheets designed in ‘test prep’ format)
Find the missing addend and subtrahend worksheets
3 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
Roman numerals (I, V, X, L) – identification, conversion, addition
Critical Thinking skill worksheets
Order of Operations
Place Value: Building 3 and 4 digit numbers / Expanding numbers
Skip Counting by 50, 100, 250
Rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100
Telling time: nearest hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes
I’ve designed Shamrock Math so that it can be used with various ages and skill levels! It is also GREAT for visual learners as well as your kinesthetic learners who love hands-on manipulatives!
Included in Shamrock Math – Counters, Mats and Worksheets:
– Clover ‘shamrock’ counters for numbers 1-100 and additional blank cards
– 60 individual clover ‘shamrock’ counters
– Group of tens clover ‘shamrock’ counters (2 styles)
– Base ten blocks (green): hundreds, tens and ones
– 8 Math mats
– 16 Worksheets (varied skill levels)
Math Mats are designed for number recognition, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place values (tens/ones and hundreds/tens/ones)
Math Skills: single digit addition, single digit subtraction, addition fact families, double digit addition, counting using block ten markers, place value, multiplication fact families, word problems, division.
Please Note: The counters and mats will take prep time. Counters are best prepared by printing, laminating and cutting apart (to use year after year). Mats should be printed and laminated as well.
Teaching students to have a positive ‘growth’ mindset can be invaluable. Why? Students with a positive mindset believe they can develop abilities through hard work. Basically, that they are only limited by what they believe about themselves and the effort(s) that the apply to learn new things.
Students with a positive growth mindset are more resilient in the face of failure, more engaged in their own learning, and more apt to work hard to overcome a challenge.
With this in mind, I’ve created a set of resources that can be used for Kindergarten – 5th grade that will help you teach your students to have a positive growth mindset!
Product #1: 36 Positive Growth Mindset Poster Set
This product and ALL THE RESOURCES in this series are centered around 36 positive, growth mindset quotes:
1. I choose to be positive!
2. Attitude and Effort are more important than talent!
3. Attitude is my mind’s paintbrush. It can color any situation.
4. A Challenge lets me exercise my brain!
5. Never say, “I can’t.” Say, “I’ll try.”
6. Mistakes are only opportunities to learn.
7. Think Positive. Be Positive.
8. With practice, I can and will improve!
9. Listening to feedback, helps me grow!
10. Every day is a NEW ADVENTURE!
11. Success starts with a decision to try!
12. Be yourself! An original is always more valuable than a copy.
13. Every Masterpiece began with a blank page.
14. The harder I work, the smarter I get!
15. I CAN do hard things!
16. When I struggle, I grow!
17. I will work to find my strengths!
18. I will be KIND to MYSELF
19. I will choose to try!
20. I CAN take risks in learning!
21. I can ALWAYS learn more!
22. I don’t have to be perfect.
23. I am HAPPY when others do well!
24. My passions are important!
25. When I say, “I will.” – “I WILL!”
26. I will show myself love.
27. I will be patient with myself!
28. I will DREAM BIG!
29. I can persevere when frustrated!
30. I can ALWAYS improve!
31. I can be anything!
32. Failure is always part of learning.
33. I will not let failure be the end…but the beginning!
34. I will try things I don’t think I can do.
35. Attitude is just as important as ability!
36. All things are hard before they become easy.
This product contains a mini-book for students to create. On each page, they will be giving one of the positive growth mindset quotes. They will be asked a question and then asked to draw a related picture!
The product is divided in to two sections to provide for different level abilities.
This resource has two sets of bookmarks to make it easier for you to print according to your needs: a classroom set and an individual set. The classroom set has four identical bookmarks on each page.The individual set has 4 different bookmarks per page.
Preparing for your February Math classes? Looking for ways to make Math lessons fun and Math review holiday themed? Here are several resources for Prek – 3rd grade!
Sweet Math -n- More
27 pages of Math for young learners! Use as thematic morning work during the month of February, use in a Math center or send home for extra, reinforcement and practice of skills.
Skills include: recognition of numbers and number words, counting, simple addition and subtraction, finding the missing number, comparing numbers (biggest / smallest), finding differences, creating similarity, color by number, tracing, coloring, cutting and matching.
17 pages of Valentine’s Day / Heart themed work covering the following skills:
– single digit addition (with and without carrying)
– double digit addition (with and without carrying / Sums to 20 / Sums to 30 / by 10s)
– even / odd recognition
– single digit subtraction
– double digit subtraction (with and without borrowing / numbers to 20 / numbers to 30)
– roman numerals
– ordinal numbers
– in/out ‘function’ tables
– reading a pictograph
Students will love these hands-on, creative activities and at the same time, practice their graphing skills! Students will love creating ‘Heart Butterflies’, ‘Heart Animals’ and using Valentine Heart candies in these graphing activities!
Planning a study on U.S. Geography with a concentration on the four regions? If so, check out these resources!
Here are 11 different resources designed to offer a comprehensive unit study. Major themes that run throughout include: Land and Water, Climate, Products and Natural Resources, Landmarks, Culture and Food.
This BUNDLE includes the following resources:
Regions of the U.S. – West Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
Regions of the U.S. – South Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
Regions of the U.S. – Midwest Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
Regions of the U.S. – Northeast Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
The above Regions Units contain textbook style informational text and related student worksheets with answer keys.
Geography Nomenclature Cards – Regions of the United States
This Nomenclature download contains 20 cards to use throughout your study
West Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
Midwest Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
South Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
Northeast Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
Using the above Scrapbooking / Notebooking resources, students will draw (or paste) pictures and write a few short sentences about climate, landforms, water, natural resources, landmarks and culture. Students will also be asked to name the states of the region and give a personal opinion about a place they would most like to visit in the region. There are 5 scrapbooking pages for student use.
U.S. Geography – Reading Comprehension Passages – Regions of the United States
U.S. Geography – Map Work (Four Regions)
Because the United States can be divided up into different regions, I’ve designed this resource to follow the regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here are how the states are divided:
Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Midwest: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio
South: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
Now through January 21, 2018, I’ve decided to giveaway two (2) Lifetime subscriptions to the CHSH-Teach Download Club!
If you are not familiar with the Download Club on CHSH-Teach, these resources are for all grade levels PreK-12th and all subjects. Over the past few years, more families and educators are learning that CHSH-Teach.com is the one-stop site to find most (if not all) of their educational resources.
Even though the Download Club Library currently offers over 50,000 pages of resources, I am dedicated to continually adding high quality curriculum, unit studies, notebooking and lapbooking units and more.
What makes me qualified to bring you the very best resources? I am an experienced public-school teacher and a 13-year veteran homeschooling mom and my heart is fully committed to the education of our next generation. I want to share your teaching journey…and that is why I’ve decided to offer 2 (two) Lifetime subscriptions.
The giveaway is happening now and will end on January 21st, 2018 (@ 11:59pm EST)
Geography nomenclature cards are a great resource for any classroom. Use as study materials, a reference for projects or studies or simply for display, these U.S. Regions nomenclature materials will be a great addition to your classroom!
This set of U.S. Regions – Geography – Nomenclature cards consists of 20 cards:
Regions of the United States in color with coded key (4 regions*)
Regions of the United States in color with coded key with state names
Regions of the United States in b/w and separated
Regions of the United States in b/w and separated with state names
Northeast Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Northeast Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Northeast Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Northeast Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Midwest Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Midwest Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Midwest Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
Midwest Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
South Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
South Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
South Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
South Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
West Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
West Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
West Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
West Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
This set has the U.S. divided into *4 regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau
If you’d like to have this resource for your classroom, here is how…
As a Download Club subscriber on CHSH-Teach.com, simply click and download here.
Not a Download Club subscriber? You may purchase this resource in the CHSH-Teach Store or on TPT.
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