Welcome back readers for day 2 of our Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop! Today is all about teacher must haves and why we must have them. As I was thinking of items, I found it very difficult to limit my must haves. I guess that means I've been teaching a long time and just have way too many
pieces of junk treasures! I suppose the first must have I should put in my post are pictures of my little people, but that's assumed I guess. I will mention them anyway though as that is why we do what we do. Today, after giving our state test to my fourth graders, I was complimenting them on a job well done, and I got the biggest bear hug ever from one of my students. She said she knew I was going to be proud of her, and what she didn't know is that I'd already called her mom to brag on her too. She was getting ice cream after school. :-)
Another must have is a supportive principal. I feel so very lucky on that end. I have been very lucky over the years to work with and for great people who put children first and who have a clear vision for the school. I think that's important, and I think working in a collaborative setting versus competitive setting makes your program and performance stronger. I love this saying,
and I think teamwork also helps us keep things fun and fresh. So, what are your must haves? What tools do you have to have in order to get the job done in the most effective and efficient way. Here are a few of mine.
First on my list are books. As a reading specialist, what would we do without them. I am so thankful for the wonderful literature we have and for the authors who write them. Our children are so fortunate to be able to have access to all types of books. Just think about children in other parts of the world who are not so fortunate. When our students finish reading one, they can go to the library and find dozens more just as wonderful as the one they've just finished. By now, many readers know how much I love Patricia Polacco, so of course I had to snap a picture of her books, but I also love Gary Paulsen, Jan Brett, Lois Lowry, Gail Gibbons, Barbara Parks, Judy Blume, and Beverly Cleary. Imagine life without Ramona, Junie, and Fudge. We are so lucky.
Now, on with number two. What would yours be? Math manipulatives?? Art supplies?? For me, it's something to model with, so it's a tie between chart paper and my Smartboard. I love using anchor charts, but I try to add variety by using my Smartboard too.
Last but not least, I have really enjoyed teaching with interactive notebooks, and I believe my students have enjoyed learning with them. They've commented on how much they've learned and how thick their notebooks are getting. It's been so much fun reaching all three learning styles too. This picture is of a text structure lesson I did with my fifth graders. It is part of this product from Erin at Lovin Lit. I just love her interactive notebook materials. If you'd like to check it out, [here] is the link to the Informational Text Close Reading Passage Pack.
I expect you have a few must haves, and often, we don't have the funds to get them. Our giveaway today is from Amazon, and one of our readers will win a $20 gift card. You may not be able to buy a Smartboard with it, but I expect you could get a few paperback books or journals. Like I mentioned the other day, it'd be wonderful if every reader could win. Good luck...it might just be you!