Here are mine and as I'm taking a much needed classroom break this week!
PRODUCTMy favorite product is my Navigating Nonfiction Writing Unit. I love that I can incorporate this into the reading that we do with our Time for Kids Magazine subscription. It is interesting to listen to my Smarties talk about the Text Features. They are pretty solid with features, and feeling their way through the structures, pretty easily. With the Common Core change to stronger nonfiction reading, the text features and structures have been pretty much occupying my life lately.
My favorite area in my classroom is difficult. I teach teach middle school. I have no group reading area, no independent reading area etc. So I guess my front wall is a favorite place. It contains my favorite anchor charts about Stamina and Character.
In our Middle School our class periods are 42 minutes, so a bell is our biggest transition. But if I have students doing group work and I need everyone's attention, the signal I go to the most is "Shush your Neighbor." When I say this everyone turns to someone, put their finger to their mouth and "Shhhhs."
Pretty basic, kids like it, works fast.
I keep myself sane with a lot of coffee and chocolate. These are my recent favs.. LOVE me some Mini Eggs! Something else I do to keep sane is listen to a little Dave Matthews Band during my lunch time. If I don't have students that want to eat lunch with me, you will find me "Wasting Time" with my ipod earphones plugged in.
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AND.. if you are interested in a new Reading Lesson for Grades 5-8 stop by this post and check it out. I'm randomly picking a winner on 2/22 to receive one for free.