June Favorites, 2019 - Teaching Tips, Tricks & Resources

I can't believe we are already at the end of June! We are out of school, but I still have some teaching favorites to share for you this month.  Here are my favorite things that I have found, read, or created.

June teaching favorites include a professional book, new decor, digital resources and more!


Professional Book
This month I read A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences by Carl Anderson.  This book was easy to read and full of great advice for conducting writing conferences.  The recommended structure for the conference is to discover what the writer is doing, assess & decide what to teach, and then teach powerfully.  The book focuses on patterns to look for, teaching points that build off mastered skills, and providing quality feedback.  The coordinating online videos show lots of examples of the conferences in action.  My next several blog posts will be a series on writing conferences.  This series will be similar to my reading conference series, and I am sure to reference this book often.

A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences provides lots of information and resources to help you organize, conduct, and track your writiing conferences.


Conscious Discipline
At the end of the school year, we had a professional development day devoted to Conscious Discipline.   Being calm and assertive are two key points that were stressed in the workshop.  We also talked about ways to build community, specifically during morning meetings.  One of my favorite take aways is to have a student choose the greeting each day.  I have a daily helper, so my plan is to have them create a handshake for students to use to greet each other.  I will allow about a minute for students to greet each other using the handshake of the day.  I am planning to show students the video below as inspiration.  I like that the handshakes are from NBA teams so students can see how they can help foster community.


You can check out this site to learn more about Conscious Discipline.


My New Decor
For my first three years teaching second grade, I felt like I had every color under the sun in my classroom.  I loved the colorful look, but now I'm ready to change to a simpler color palette.  I going with a palette of turquoise, pink, and lime green.  So far, I only have the numbers cut and laminated, but I love how they look.  Hopefully, that will motivate me to get more done next month, as school will start up again before I know it!  I am using all dots, but there are lots of other options in the student number pack that is in my TPT store.  You can check it out by clicking here or on the picture below.

Fun classroom numbers in pink, turquoise, and lime green dots


Going Digital
I've been working hard on some major updates in my TPT store.  One of my focuses is to create digital versions for my products.  Last week, I posted my first digital product.  I made a set of activities for contractions to use in Google Classroom.  Last year, I was truly amazed by how quickly my second graders mastered using electronic resources.  I definitely plan on making more.  I shared a couple of the slides below.  The activities are differentiated and include a self-correcting quiz on a Google Form. You can see the entire preview by clicking here or on any of the images below.

Awesome resources for contractions using Google Classroom

Awesome resources for contractions using Google Classroom

Awesome resources for contractions using Google Classroom

Awesome resources for contractions using Google Classroom


That's all for this month.  I hope you discovered good things in June as well (teaching & otherwise).  I am looking forward to beginning a new series on writing conferences next week.

Thank you and have a great week!

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