The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Flu Season

I haven't been able to post much this week, because I am down with a bad case of the flu. Please stay tuned. Right now I have a fever and chills, so I am not up to writing much today.  I'll be back!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Do a Good Deed Every Day

When I was in the Girl Scouts, we were taught to do a good deed daily. It was our motto. I sometimes wonder how many of us live by this motto, or has it gone out of style? My students seem surprised by it, and most have never heard of it. I share this with my students, and it makes them smile. Here is how we all can benefit by remembering to do a good turn daily:

1. Be kind. Simple random acts of kindness is all you need. You don't have to kill yourself trying to figure out what a good deed is, and no one even needs to know you did it. Just do a service to someone else that provides no benefit to yourself.

2. Don't worry about the results. Just do it.

3. Realize that as you perform this act of kindness, you are really performing an act of kindness to yourself! The true joy of a gift is in the giving.

4. Notice how you feel. You can't help but feel good when you have been kind to someone else. This is the great pay off of doing good deeds.

As teachers, we are often stressed and sometimes even frustrated. By doing that good deed daily, you can relieve some of that stress, and make the world a better place. You will smile more and relax, and when your students see your actions, they will remember to pay it forward as well. I see more and more random acts of kindness every day.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas is over...now what?

Hello again,

Christmas and holidays are over. Students will be rolling back to school, and they will probably not be very motivated. Teachers will be back as well, and hopefully, they will be more motivated than their students.

So, how do we get back the excitement of learning and kick off a wonderful new semester? I like to start afresh. I try to engage my students back into learning with brain teasers and engaging facts (as in my free Happy New Year handout as mentioned previously). http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/search?keyword=happy+new+year+handout&subjectarea=0&startsearch=1

I usually make new seating assignments, introduce a new book, and change up a few routines. New bulletin boards and a new seating arrangement can liven things up.

Of course, State testing is beginning to loom on the horizon, but there are a few fun holidays to enjoy before we get there. Look for standards based activities that will go along with these, and the year will zip on by. Using themes is another good way to keep the kids engaged, especially when they can look forward to something after all the hoopla of Christmas. We can prepare for events like Winter, Martin Luther King Jr., Black History Month, Valentine's, St. Patrick's, Spring, and Easter. Before you know it, this year is going to be over!

If you want a PowerPoint and writing assignment for MLK, here is a link to a popular product in my TPT store.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Martin-Luther-King-Jr-PowerPoint-Presentation-and-Writing-Assignment

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Good Afternoon,
Happy New Year! We have high hopes for 2012. One of my resolutions this year is to be more of service to others. I hope this blog will be a great service to busy teachers and homeschool parents in the coming year.

Today, to start off the year right, I am giving away my Happy New Year handout. It has customs and traditions of how the New Year is celebrated around the world. It is suitable for grades 6 and up for independent reading, but it could also be used with 4th and 5th graders with support. My 7th graders have always enjoyed reading about other traditions. It is a nice way to get your students warmed up to reading again when they return to school.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Happy-New-Year-Handout

Also, I am having a New Year sale and everything in the store is 15% off!

Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and yours!