Back-to-School Activities for Kindergarten Students Kindergartners are coming to school for the very first time, so your back-to-school activities should be focused on welcoming students, getting to know them and assessing their current needs. A few activities you should consider include:
Quality Teaching Resources for K strategically designed lessons to help "fix" teachers who don't enjoy teaching writing How this website came to be.
Teachers should share with each other, and the Internet is the perfect tool for promoting sharing. I don't know why I enjoy teaching writing so much, but I do.
I like it so much, in fact, that when I was asked to start designing professional development courses on writing instruction way back when, I jumped at the chance. I have been fortunate in that I have had so many great mentors over my year teaching career. From these amazing and generous mentors, I borrowed and adapted writing strategies and teaching ideas, and then I began sharing those adaptations with other educators during inservice courses which I was designing--mostly to pay the bills that earning my Master's Degree had created for me.
Back inI was one of the first teacher-trainers in our area to provide electronic resources before, during and after teacher inservice courses.
For ten years after establishing WritingFix, my wife Dena and I continued to design inservice courses that were purposefully different; in them, teachers were required writing activities for kindergarten pinterest back collaborate and actually design new lessons they would implement with their own students so that they might ask our inservice's other participants for revision advice.
Through this "make-and-take" style of teacher workshop, I saw some truly great lessons being created; I also saw some stinkers, and it's important to be honest about that.
The teacher-built lessons that were truly outstanding, well, they needed to be shared. Dena and I had been stocking WritingFix with our own inservice materials and student samples, and now it was time to ask teacher participants if they would mind us including the lessons they had created at the WritingFix website too.
Some were so excited to be asked.
Some were too shy to grant permission to post them, which makes sense if you think that, in its heyday, WritingFix was receiving over 20, hits a day from teachers across the globe looking for good writing lessons.
That kind of traffic can be intimidating. Being Director allowed me to seek out new grant monies, and it was so helpful to already have a tried-and-tested "make and take" model of inservice ready to share with the potential grantors I met with.
Our NNWP was pursuing some pretty innovative ideas for new, research-driven inservice courses back then. With a promise to the grantors that a brand new webpage of teacher-built lessons and resources would be one of the outcomes of the class if they helped us pay for it, we impressed a lot of people, and we did some pretty great stuff with the grants we then earned.
In a very short period of time, we doubled and then tripled the number of lessons and resources posted at WritingFix, and we kept being discovered more and more teacher followers who eventually saw us as one of the best places to go if you wanted an innovative idea for teaching writing.
One of my favorite grants we earned bought all class participants a classroom iPod; in exchange for this small piece of technology, participants simply had to design and implement a writing lesson based on the lyrics of a song.
We hired some of our best K NNWP teacher-presenters to write "model lessons" that used songs as their "mentor texts," we paid those presenters stipends to come share their lessons with our classes' participants, we selected the very best lessons written by those same class participants, and--with permission--we posted those lessons alongside our presenters' lessons at our " iPods and Song Lyrics Lesson Page " at WritingFix.
It was a pretty creative way to enhance an already-established website, and our writing project's reputation as a professional development provider soared to new heights both locally and nationally. At the local level, we had never been asked to provide so many courses and workshops as we were during these years; at the national level, we were admired as writing project site that had used the Internet to create a well-respected national presence.
Inthe National Writing Project--despite its amazing reputation as an effective provider of professional development that changes teachers' practices--had its budget horribly slashed. With just barely enough money to keep its basic functions going, our local Northern Nevada Writing Project had to stop providing sponsorship to WritingFix.
It was too bad too. We had some great new directions planned for the website, but there was no money available to implement those plans. With our NNWP's economic "crash," all planned growth for WritingFix went directly to the back-burner, and it has now remained there for so long that I am convinced the WritingFix website is a "completed" project.Pat Cunningham is a professor of education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Pat has taught first grade, fourth grade, and remedial reading and . Writing is one of those subjects that isn’t always a favorite for kids. And it’s no wonder with the meaningless writing activities we sometimes ask kids to do.
Back to School Activities are so much fun and I am even sharing a first day FREEBIE from the story No!David or David Goes to School by David Shannon.. We read No David and David Goes to School and discussed rules and why we have them, I made it funny (as always) and the kids were really into it!
WritingFix: Quality Teaching Resources for K strategically de signed lessons to help "fix" teachers who don't enjoy teaching writing.
How this website came to initiativeblog.com how you can help keep it online and free-to-use: Teachers should share with each other, and the Internet is the perfect tool for promoting sharing. My name is Corbett Harrison, and in I bought this domain name--WritingFix.
Summer break is nearing it’s end, and I can’t wait to share my new back to school kindergarten worksheets with you. I began the process of creating kindergarten worksheets in December of last year, so after working on more difficult topics, I was able to go back to the beginning for this set.
Fall is the perfect time to start learning with an apple theme! This Apple Tree Roll and Cover Math Game is so fun and educational too!*Pair this with our Roll and Cover Math Games for the Year!Apple Tree Roll and Cover Math Game Who Should .