Monday, April 16, 2012

The Best Thing I Have Ever Done

As we near the end of the school year it is always good to reflect and see what we can improve on for the next year. I thought this would be a great opportunity to reflect. Teaching blogs have opened a whole new world for me! I have not been to a professional development or done an observation for a while but with teacher blogs we have the opportunity to constantly do them. I wanted to reflect/ share the best things I have ever done as a teacher (not a pat on the back but more the most helpful thing I have found.)

The best things I have ever done as a teacher ( besides finding teacher blogs):

1. This was advice from a teammate- have your students mail all of the valentines first thing when they come in the morning. It eliminates some of that anticipation and allows you to get through the day unit the party. Its simple and IT WORKS!!!

2.  I stumbled upon Whole Brain Teaching. This is one form of classroom management that I fully believe in all of the aspects of it. IT WORKS!!! I thank teacher blogs and youtube for this. If you are searching for something new I just think this might be it. You can basically watch every video and read the website and know how to use it for FREE!!! I love free.

3. Creating a class website. I posted homework, class and school policies. I even linked it to our grade book so parents could access them. Everyone was on the same page. There was not excuses for lost or late assignments. This kept me, my students and their parents accountable. I recommend this in older grades for sure!

Now I am sure there are other smart things I have done as a teacher but these are ones that anyone can use. Share your ideas! What are some of the smartest things you have done as a teacher? What tips do have to share with us?


  1. Nice reflection. "You are an expert in smartness." Isn't that a great quote? :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I'm hearing more and more about Whole Brain Teaching. I'm definitely going to check it out when I have some time this summer.

    First Grade Delight

  3. I had a professor that always talked about Whole Brain Teaching... and I literally just came across my folder from the class this past weekend. Seeing how much you love it I'll have to revisit what I did in her class... I remember loving everything she did... perhaps I'll post some of it when I go through it!

    You did so many great things this year! Isn't the class website amazing... my kids LOVE checking ours!
    A Turn to Learn

  4. Mrs. Cook!!! WBT Rocks!!! Oh yeah!!! I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to Louisiana this year for the National Conference! I will be there presenting with all the team! I will be in the Kinder break out with Andrea but may pop in with Deb in the 1st/2nd break out! :) Love love love WBT!!!
    Happy Teaching!
    Farrah Shipley
    WBT Trainer and Mentor

  5. Right behind Farrah in recommending WBT to teachers at every grade level! Amazing student engagement and critical thinking skills for all learners!! Thanks for spreading the word to others!!
    Nancy Stoltenberg