Classroom Management through Community Building

Classroom Management through Community Building

I will never forget my first year of teaching. (Does anyone?) It was such an exhilarating and humbling year! I was living the dream I had held since childhood but also came to the painful realization that I still had a great deal to learn about being an effective teacher.
When I completed that first year, I felt I had been successful overall, but I also knew that I wanted to make some changes in my management system. My experiences with Kevin had made a big impact on me, but it was more than that. I wanted my classroom to feel different- less like I was the “enforcer” and more like I was the “encourager.” [Read more…]

Make Learning Stations More Kinesthetic

Ideas for making learning centers more kinesthetic

I was so inspired by my recent interview with Stacey Shoecraft! (Read more here: 1st Interview and 2nd Interview.)

Her movement-based classroom is an energetic and happy place! Seeing all the different ways she uses movement to reach and teach her students made me think a little more deeply about ideas for pumping up our practice with movement.

Today, let’s think about ways to make our stations (AKA “centers”) more active. [Read more…]

Building a Kinesthetic Classroom (Part 2)

Building a kinesthetic classroom via Wonder Teacher

In my previous post, I shared the first part of my interview with featured Wonder Teacher, Stacey Shoecraft. She is passionate about the power of movement to help her students achieve. Today Stacey talks about her journey from movement breaks to a 100% kinesthetic classroom.

Susan: How did you transition from basic movement breaks to bigger ideas about movement? [Read more…]

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