Sponge Time

As teachers, we know those special moments in the classroom in between activities when there is too much time to transition to the next activity, but not enough time to really teach a full lesson. These moments are the perfect time for the “sponge activities” that I remember learning about years ago when I first started teaching. Now that I am in my 35th year of teaching, these little sponges (fun, short and engaging) have become second nature to me.

Speaking & Listening: Fostering Oral Language Development

Teaching reading needs to be a carefully constructed experience, with it's multiple components thoughtfully in place, in order for children to be successful. One crucial component of reading instruction is oral language development. The Common Core Standards call for increased interaction with critical language skills and expanded engagement in appropriate academic discourse. Consequently, developing oral language skills in young children must be specific and targeted. Unless a child knows the meaning of a word in oral discussion, reading the word is meaningless.

FREE Professional Development in Your Living Room!

ESGI is so happy to introduce Adam Peterson, founder of Teachers Learn Too! His idea to provide FREE professional development for teachers through a series of videos is truly inspiring. How cool is it to sit in your living room and, at your convenience, learn exciting new tips and tricks to help with your instruction! Let's find out more about Adam and Teachers Learn Too. I have taught Kindergarten for the last 10 years at Saratoga Elementary School in Morris, IL. I love Kindergarten because it's where all the fun is! When I'm not teaching, my wife and our two kids love to be outdoors, play games, do crafts, and watch movies! I'm also a singer/songwriter and run a photography business on the side.

School Valentine's Day Celebrations

Valentine's Day celebrations at school allow children to show kindness towards others. They can be low-key, fun celebrations of friendship. They do not need to be full of sugars and sweets! I like to have a healthy snack option for the children, a craft to make and one or two activities to do in a one hour time-frame. It is a nice, but not necessary gesture to make and send a little keepsake gift home with the children for their parents.

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