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Teachers: how much do you spend each year before school starts on classroom supplies? I’d like to hear what your school/department already provides and how they support you with the materials you need. For new teachers, what would you suggest we buy that might not be provided?

I’m a second year primary teacher that gets a little carried away with the resources for my class. Lots of ‘basics’ are provided by the school but to make it a room in my own way I need to buy quite a lot of stuff.

I have no idea how much I have spent this year but just the other week I spend $150 in a $2 shop for mostly room display materials and organisational stuff.

Some school shopping trips have cost me more than $400.

I would estimate I have spent anywhere from $2000 to $3000 so far this year and we have just began Term 3

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As a teacher, I find myself all too often confronted with an audience eager for “teacher stories.” They crave the anecdotes about working in an urban school. Stories with the power to terrify, entertain, and assert their life choices (“I’m soo glad I didn’t become a teacher” often crossing their…

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Couldnt help myself

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Hanafuda Cards from Nintendo of Old

If you heart Nintendo as much as I do, you’ll know that the Big N was in the card making business way before Super Mario became a thing.

Photodiode was kind enough to let me share this deck of authentic Nintendo Hanafuda cards. Nintendo should start making these babies again with Nintendo characters and make them as widely available as games and systems. Club Nintendo be damned! [❤]

Buy: Hanafuda Cards, Pokemon Plush starting at $1

Quality stuff

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because its importance cannot be overstated. It is more important for children to be able to hear the difference in the SOUNDS letters make (auditory discrimination) than for them to know the NAMES of letters.

As a matter of fact, I’ll take it one step further to say that it is not important for them to know the letter names at all.

Children can learn to read (fluently!) without knowing ANY letter names!

Here, these children are sorting pictures by beginning letter sound. These consonant sounds (“ssssssss, fffffff, lllllllllllll, mmmmmmm”) are often taught first because they (the sound) can be drawn out and are more easily distinguished from each other. As always, if the children do not know what sound each letter makes, I will tell them. (This means they are still using their auditory discrimination skills, even if they do not recognize the letters.) 

We’ve been working on the “sssssss” sound since the beginning of the year, but notice we’re STILL working on it.  We’ve simply added to it. This is because the “ssssssss” sound is STILL important, there is no sense in learning and forgetting. It’s also important that each child experiences success. Some of the children may not remember what sound our newest letter “Ll” makes, but while they are being challenged, they still can experience success. 

Notice we use lowercase letters (we used uppercase and lowercase with “Ll”) for our activities. Often, children will be taught uppercase letters first, but it’s more important to be able to recognize lowercase for reading because the VAST MAJORITY of letters used are lowercase. If you don’t believe me, just re-read this article (or any article!) and count how many uppercase vs. how many lowercase letters are used.

Good stuff

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Daily Humor Here!

When people are so good at something they become jerks


Daily Humor Here!

When people are so good at something they become jerks

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If other planets were at the same distance as our moon

Daily Humor Here!

This is so cool

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This is what learning looks like. It’s messy (look at the first picture!) and it’s beautiful, too!

When children are given time to create with these materials, it’s amazing what happens - and the different levels of difficulty we can see!

One young lady spent her time sorting by color as she built with cuisenaire rods. Another one took a lot of time to build something with each side exactly the same.

Teachers: What would you say to your students when you see these?

When you say “That’s beautiful!” Or “I love it!” You are giving a VALUE judgement to this work - and you’re not even REALLY telling the child that you SEE what they did!

So then, what DO you say? Well, you have a few options.

Academic Coaching: Say exactly what you see.
“That’s neat how you sorted all of the colors!”
“I can see you chose to use yellow, blue, red and green rods.”
“Wow! The way you placed the green rods makes them REALLY long!”
“I see the yellow rods are shorter than te blue rods.”
“Your structure is symmetrical! It’s exactly the same on both sides!”

If you begin practicing “Academic Coaching” every day, it will become second nature and you won’t even have to think about it. By using this technique we are helping BUILD the thought process of our preschool students.

Another approach -
Persistence Coaching:
This is used to encourage children to focus, be patient, concentrate and all of those other “inner strength things” that don’t come naturally.

Examples of Persistence Coaching:
“You are really taking your time to place each rod exactly where you want it.”
“I can see you are working very hard at…..”
“I can tell you are being very persistent because every time that block/rod falls down, you are taking the time to put it back.”
“You must be concentrating really hard to keep all of the background noise from distracting you.”
“You are working really hard to keep your body calm.”
“I know you’re excited, but I like how you’re trying really hard to use your indoor voice.”

Persistence Coaching is SO important! As you can see, it’s not the outcome that is valued, but the hard work put into it, and who doesn’t value hard work?

Persistence Coaching is unnatural at first and takes a lot of practice - if you’d like to practice, you can come practice on me!

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the original pokemon

done monsterhunter style :D

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Lego Captain America 2 (by forrestfire101)