Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Numbered Heads Teaching Strategy

Are you looking for a different way to check for understanding from your students? Numbered Heads is a fun and copperative stragegy that makes sure that all students participate. Here are the easy steps:

STEP 1: Have students number off in teams, one through four. If your students are already in teams, assign each student a different number in their team.
STEP 2: Then ask a series of questions, one at a time. It could be review questions, questions to check for prior knowledge, even questions to ask their opinion about something.
STEP 3: Have the students in each group discuss possible answers for about 30 -90 seconds.
STEP 4: Call a number (1-4), and the students with that number either raise their hand or stand up, ready to respond.
STEP 5:  Then randomly call on students with the specified number to answer the on behalf of their group.
STEP 6: Continue to ask questions until the review session is over.
CLICK HERE to see more review strategies.

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

IDEA WAVE Teaching Strategy

Are you looking for a fun activity to check for understanding? Here is a great teaching strategy the entire class can participate in. Read below for the directions for an IDEA WAVE

After students learn about a specific topic each student shares ideas they learned about that topic.
·         A volunteer begins the “idea wave” by sharing one idea.
·         The students to the right of the volunteer shares one idea; the next student to the right shares one idea.
·         The teacher directs the flow of the “idea wave” until several different ideas have been shared. 

At the end of the formal "idea wave, " a few volunteers who were not included can contribute an idea.

To put a twist on the idea wave, ask all students to stand and share information they learned about the topic. Tell the students that they must speak in complete sentences using academic langauge. (I post word walls for every unit for students to refer to). I say to the class, "the person who goes first is the person who is speaking". They cannot repeat information that someone else has already said, so they need to listen carefully. The goal for the students is not to be the last person standing. 

This is a great way to assess your student's knowledge about any topic and then be able to reteach information if necessary. 

To see more teaching strategies click HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Chalk Dust Diva

Sunday, October 15, 2017

#HelpNorCal - Help Fire Victims

My state of California has had over 17 fires burning in the last week. Northern California has suffered the most devastation. To help the victims of the fires a  group of sellers from Teachers Pay Teachers have joined forces to raise funds.

On Sunday, October 15th - Monday, October 16th several sellers from different content areas will be donating our sales from specific resources to help schools most affected by the fires.

To find the resources in which the proceeds will be donated simply go to TeachersPayTeachers.com and search the hashtag #helpnorcal

To read more information click HERE. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Give-One-Get-One Teaching Strategy

Give-One-Get-One is a great, interactive, teaching strategy that will help your students review any topic covered in your class. Simply have your students follow the steps below to easily implement this strategy in your classroom:

 STEP 1: Write your name legibly at the top of a piece of paper. List 3 to 5 ideas about the assigned
STEP 2: Draw a line after your last idea to separate your idea from those you select from your classmates’ lists.
STEP 3: Get up and interact with one classmate at a time. Exchange papers, read your partner’s list, then ask questions about new or confusing idea.

STEP 4: Add one new idea from your partner’s list to your own, along with his/her name. Make sure
that you are able to accurately present this idea during a class discussion.
STEP 5:  Continue sharing ideas with different classmates until the specified time is over. Be
prepared to report one new idea you obtained!

Here is an example of what your students' papers may look like.

Find this template and many more formative assessment ideas HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Support the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Many secondary social studies sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers have come together to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The stores below have agreed to donate ALL their earnings from September 4th to schools affected most by this disaster.


You can donate directly to schools, teachers and students HERE!

Thank you!

Monday, August 21, 2017

TpT ONE Day SALE! August 22nd

Did you here about the TeachersPayTeachers.com ONE day, back-to-school SALE? You can get 25% off ALL my secondary social studies products on Tuesday, August 22. Simply type in BTSBONUS at checkout.

Check out all my BACK-TO-SCHOOL resources HERE

You can also get 25% off already discounted BUNDLES and MEGA Bundles. That means you get 50% off all products included in the unit and semester bundles!

Best of luck with the new school year!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Reciprocal Cooperative Reading Strategy

One of my favorite reading strategies I use in my secondary history class is Reciprocal Teaching. So what is Reciprocal Teaching you may ask? It is a multi-strategy approach to assist students in understanding the meaning of text. Students are asked to:
  • make predictions about what is going on in the text
  • generate questions about the text content
  • seek clarification of points that are not well understood or confusing
  • summerize what has been read
 The goal of RT is to have the student automatically use these strategies when reading.

Here is a great resource to teach reciprocal teaching in the classroom. Comes with everything you need to easily implement this strategy in your classroom!



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