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Rockin This Teacher Thing
17 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Behavior Management Help Is Here
Good Behavior Management, -it’s probably the most important skill you can have as a kindergarten or first grade teacher. If you aren’t the boss of your classroom then those little lovelies are going to make life very difficult. You want to be the best teacher, but how do you make sure you stay in control of your classroom every minute of the day?How do you teach kindergarten and first grade students how to behave? Today we will talk about what it takes to level up your classroom management skills. You will get some tips and real life examples of what you need to say and do.You can’t do this alone. Here’s some help.
18 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Should You Send Them To The Principal's Office?
Should you send a student to the principal’s office?The frustration is real.Student behavior gets in the way of teaching. That’s a fact. Sending kids to the principal relieves the problem for a few minutes but then what?Today we are talking about the principal's office and how you can get the help you need. You can’t do this alone. That’s for sure. Stay to the end to get the best tool I’ve ever used with those very very difficult kids.This is originally aired on my YouTube Channel, Teachers Making The Basics Fun. Go there to subscribe and catch all the videos. Also, please feel free to leave a comment or questions. I'd love to get to know you better. Thanks to:**Special thanks to Dawn The Singing Nurse for the awesome music. Check out her channel. https://youtube.com/c/DawnGinese
29 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Top 5 Ways To Give Yourself Teacher Grace
Giving yourself teacher grace is something that we hear a lot about lately. But what does it look like in real life? Today you will get 5 ways you can give yourself some grace. And stick around to the end where I will be giving a special little surprise to help you to keep going with the important work of being a teacher. Are you ready to get your grace on and Rock This Teacher Thing? Alright, let's go.Mentioned Resource: Keep Going Poster https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/keepgoing
8 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Teaching With A Heavy Heart
2021 is here and your teacher heart is heavy and tired. A short episode for you to fix your attention on the good you do even in your weariness.A poem by Maya Angelou, ContinueRemember to rest and do good for yourself. The world needs you. You're a hero.See you in 2021.
46 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Learning and Moving With Fluency and Fitness
Wouldn't it be great if kids could move while engaged in learning and skills practice?Can it be done from home or in a socially distancing classroom? Oh YES!!!!Today we have Brittany Lynch from Fluency & Fitness.She showing us how to get our students moving and learning at the same time.Anytime teachers can get students moving and learning students are going to be more engaged, happier and the extra blood to the brain is going to accelerate learning. }}}}}}}}}}} Stay to the end to get the special surprise she has for Rockin' This Teacher Thing Listeners."Thanks, Brittany!!!!!" }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}If you want to catch today's episode on YouTube here's the link: https://youtu.be/1x3VUAD3cA4 Connect with Brittany:Website: https://fluencyandfitness.com/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tickledpinkinprimary/fluency-and-fitness-educational-brain-breaks/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/tickledpinkinprimary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tickledpinkinprimary YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoaSk4EwNKeCijvpIelGHlA
54 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Art Teacher Matthew Sekerak, Becoming, Growing and Teaching Art in 2020
Today I am happy to invite my former student Matthew Sekerak to the show. Matthew is now an art teacher and he’s going to be telling the story about becoming a teacher and being an art teacher in a pandemic. He made me laugh so hard with a couple of his stories. So if you are needing a good belly laugh. This is the place for you. Let’s start Rockin’ today's episode.Teacher Resource: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/gratitude
25 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
3 Hacks To Stop Holiday Teacher Stress
Holiday celebrations, cultural traditions and stress. Now more than ever we want the next few months to be memorable, special and full of joy. Don’t be stressed instead get the 3 hacks you can use in your life to get organized quickly, plan efficiently and find some joy in the journey. You’re going to get some free printables to help so make sure you stay with me so you don’t miss those. Are you ready to face stress and beat it…. Me too. Here we go. Resources Mentioned:Holiday Stress Buster Printables: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/stressbuster
27 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Report Card Comments That Parents Will Love and You Can Write Quickly
Get your report card comments done fast and make them so amazing they will help strengthen your parent/teacher relationship. See the template below.Mentioned Resources:Get "Move It Like A Turkey" Early Finisher Solution Episode Website PageTemplate Example:I am enjoying watching ______(student) grow as a learner this year. (start positive- I see your child in a positive way and they are learning) He/She is________________. (tell one or two positive attributes you have observed) I am helping _____ (student name) improve on ___________ by ___________. (give an area that the student is struggling with the help they have received to improve). We will continue to work on ___________ by ___________ in the next quarter. (plan for the future. What parents can expect). As a class we will also be working on____________. (General statement that will be the same with every student's comments.) You can help your child gain mastery quickly with this task by _____________. (Give parents something they can do to help their child at home.) _______, (students name) Keep up the good work. Your hard work is making you smarter and smarter. (Final affirmation that you see them trying to be a great student)
52 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Tips and How-Tos From Angie Holmes-Occupational Therapist
Ready for some easy to implement tools to help ALL of your students? Occupational Therapist, Angie Holmes, joins us today to give us useful tips on how to strengthen students' core, cross the midline, improve muscle control, improve focus, and give every student ways to improve their academic performance. All these tips will help your students be better readers, writers, thinkers and all around happier students. Don’t miss the tips on easy ways to collect data if you have a student in the referral process and some of her go-to OT tools to help struggling students. I can’t wait for you to hear this conversation. You are going to walk away better equipped to help your students. Let’s start rockin’ today’s episode. Here we go.
32 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Setting Up Early Finisher Activities in a Social Distancing and Distance Learning Classroom
Early Finisher Activities are a part of every K-1 classroom but with the new requirements brought by social distancing, and distance learning, using early finisher activities from the past might not be usable. Today we will talk about how to structure early finisher activities so that your little ankle-biters will be busy learning even when they finish their tasks early. You CAN keep them busy and learning and not spend hours prepping these must-have resources for our classroom. Lot’s to talk about today so let’s start rockin' today’s episode. Mentioned ResourcesEarly Finisher Masterclass Save Your Seat.https://my.demio.com/ref/k7wgBhiEqIgQr8xq YouTube Episodes Teachers Making The Basics Fun:Early Finisher Problems? https://youtu.be/C8cJs-CkT7QMore Early Finisher Tips https://youtu.be/0WOPRiO8o9o
23 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Learn Some New Quick and Easy Greeting and Line Up Chants For Positive Classroom Management
Classroom management and transitions are more fun with these easy to learn greeting and line-up chants and songs.These kindergarten and first grade chants and songs are easy to learn and use in your classroom. After 2 or 3 uses they will be cemented into your routine. Don’t forget to get the mentioned PDF of all the chants we used today so you can print it and use it to reference for when you need a quick reminder. You will use these to start the day with the greeting chants and you will use these chants to end your day with the Hi-Ho Chant. The line-up chants are perfect for going out to recess, lunch, and just needing to get your students to line up fast. Mentioned Links and ResourcesChants and Songs Free Printable: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/chants ___Early Finisher Masterclass Wait list:https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/waitlist___Making The Basics Fun Website Episode 21 Rockin' This Teacher Thing: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/podcast/ ___Time StampEpisode Preview- :14Welcome- 1:00Chants & Songs 6:00Close: 22:00
29 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Sub Tub and Distance Learning Resource Ready
Let’s get some free resources into your sub tub. Or maybe you need materials for distance learning. Today you will get 3 resources. If you haven’t heard of the book "The Blueberry Pancake Problem" today is your lucky day. Use this picture book to do a bunch of reading and math activities. You'll also get a video to use with the book as well as a bunch of printables to practice reading, writing, and math skills. Don’t you love a resource that you can use again and again? Let’s start rockin’ today’s episode.Here We Go!!!Resources Mentioned:The Blueberry Pancake Problem PDF book (available free until Sept. 30, 2020):https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/Blueberryfreepdf Amazon Link For The Blueberry Pancake Problem:https://amzn.to/32YIxP5The Blueberry Pancake Problem YouTube Video:https://youtu.be/IkrkVnYC_oQAngie Reads The Blueberry Pancake Problem: https://youtu.be/Lp-pXbMPvJs The Blueberry Pancake Problem Resource Printables:https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/blueberryprintablesThe Early Finisher Solution Wait List:https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/waitlistEpisode 20 Blog Post: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/get-sub-tub-and-distance-learning-resource-ready/Time Stamp:Intro: 0:06Special Note: 0:40Opening:1:35Main Content: 3:11Ideas Of How to Use These Resources:7:10Sub Tub talk: 9:19Summary of The Blueberry Pancake and suggested activities: 11:47Early Finisher Solution Info 25:17Closing: 28:50
17 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Do You Know About Flip Signs And Other Tools For The Virtual Classroom?
Today’s episode is about flip signs and other tools you need for your virtual or distance learning classroom. It’s all about you getting equipped with a few simple tools so that you end your online sessions with a smile on your face.Time Stamp:Welcome: :06Encouragement: :50Virtual Learning Tools Fip Signs: 3:45A/B Signs: 7:20True/False: 9:35Question/Hand: 10:15Microphone: 12:07Music Stand:14:37Close:16:20Resources Mentioned:https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/fullflip YouTube Live Stream: https://youtu.be/iM3TH-Lk9Zg
40 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
How Can An SLP Help Students In Your Classroom?
Episode 18: Today we talk with Speech Language Pathologist extraordinaire Angie Dailey. Angie shares her insights as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She gives us information about what SLPs can do to help your students, gives us some speech and language milestones, as well as some practical tips to help all students in the area of better language skills. I’m excited for you to meet Angie. Let’s start rockin' today’s episode. Time StampWelcome Intro-:05Encouragement- :57Angie Dailey Conversation- 3:59Closing- 37:55Mentioned Related Links:Angie's TedTalk: https://youtu.be/DquxhNibgyo Teachers Making The Basics Fun YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUT17BBgTwU1e39stimQsyQ
50 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Are You Using Positive Teaching Language In Your Classroom? The answer might surprise you. Lessons from the book "The Power Of Our Words."
Do you use teaching language in your classroom? The answer might surprise you. Lessons from the book "The Power Of Our Words." Teachers talk… a lot. But, knowing what to say and getting specific results can be trickier than you think. Today we talk with Amie Trudnowski about a book she read called “The Power Of Our Words.” Buckle-up because whether you are a new or seasoned teacher I guarantee there will be a nugget of gold in today’s episode. Also, find out how Amie and I met almost 52 years ago. Time Stamp:Welcome: 0:06Intro:1:09Amie: 8:27Amie Fun Quiz: 38:53Good Bye: 48:01
42 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Looking For A Teaching Job? Here's One Principal's Ideals For A Perfect Hire
How do you get a job as a teacher? Getting your first teaching job can be really stressful. What are hiring teams looking for in new teachers? Knowing what skills to showcase while applying for a teaching job and during the teacher interview is key in showing you are the best person for the job. Today we talk with Daryl Mikesell, a K-2 and middle school principal about the attributes he looks for in new (and seasoned) teachers. Use Daryl’s insights to guide you as you apply and interview for teaching jobs. Teacher Resource: I am recommending that teachers head to the “Dream Big” podcast episode 55. This podcast episode hosted by Bob Goff is one for the books. Bob has a conversation with the producer of Kid President, Brad Montague. With a precarious upcoming school year fast approaching this podcast episode is going to equip you to be the teacher you were meant to be in this time of change, growth, fear, and uncertainty. This is a podcast episode you won’t want to miss. Please listen to it. The link is posted below. Time StampWelcome:0:06Intro: 0:55Podcast Recommendation: 2:47Daryl Mikesell: 6:31Freebies: 38:41Goodbye: 40:49PODCAST RECOMMENDATION: Dream Big Framework Podcast- Ep. 55 224 Brad Montague- Creating A Better World For Kids https://dreambigframework.com/podcast-1/bradmontagueFreebie Alert:Teacher Binder: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/binder Teacher Binder Editable Calendar:https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/calendar2021 Classroom Supply Checklist: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/supplychecklistWant more? Website: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/podcast/
30 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
The Summer Before Kindergarten- by Ashlie Buresh and Emily Hankins, Book Review
“What can I do to make sure my child is ready for kindergarten?” It's a question every kindergarten teacher has heard hundreds of times. Now more than ever parents want to make sure that their child is ready for kindergarten. The standard response involves reassurance and the suggestion of daily reading. But what if there was a parent-friendly resource that would engage the up and coming kindergartner? Today we talk with Ashlie Buresh and Emily Hankins about their book “The Summer Before Kindergarten.” This teacher made and tested book is packed full of activities that will give parents a fun and easy format to help their child enter kindergarten with the skills they need for success. No worksheets, no complicated directions, just simple fun activities developed by kindergarten teachers to answer the question, “What can I do to make sure my child is ready for kindergarten?”Welcome: :06The Summer Before Kindergarten: 2:13Teacher Binder Calendar: 23:25Closing: 28:50The Summer Before Kindergarten by Ashlie and Emily goes on sale July 1:https://www.summerbeforekindergarten.com/Freebie Alert:Teacher Binder: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/binder Teacher Binder Editable Calendar:https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/calendar2021 Classroom Supply Checklist: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/supplychecklist
24 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Teacher Binder Palooza-Make It With Me
Hey teacher friends. I have a tool that’s going to give you an edge or an unfair advantage going into next school year. Using a teacher binder to organize your teacher life is one of the best things you can do to give you the edge you need to Rock This Teacher Thing. In today’s episode, you will get a Teacher Binder Starter Kit so you can actually take action today. The coming school year promises to be one of uncertainty but there’s one thing you can be certain about and that’s that you will be ready with the help of a teacher binder. We’ve got work to do so let’s start rockin' today’s episode. Here we go. Freebies Mentioned:Classroom Supply Checklist: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/supplychecklist Teacher Binder: https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/binder
37 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Why I became a teacher. A male kindergarten teacher’s perspective.
Should I become a teacher? Should I continue my teaching career? Becoming a teacher and staying in education is a big decision and teaching in the early primary grades isn't for everyone. Listen in on this conversation with Connor Kline, a male kindergarten teacher, who tells us why he decided to become a teacher and what motivates him in his teaching career. This conversation is going to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The early primary grades need more male role models like Connor. If you know a young person questioning a career in teaching this is definitely an episode for them. If you are already in education, you will walk away with a new sense of mission and vision for your teaching career. Timestamp sections:Grab your freebie-1:23Connor Kline: 3:45Closing: 35:30Freebie https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/supplychecklist
29 minutes | May 19, 2020
The One Thing You Can Do Now That Will Affect Next School Year’s Success
It’s Spring 2020 and school life is upside down. Right now you are probably surviving and looking forward to better days. Those better days are coming but we can make them even better. Every summer teachers prep for a new school year full of promise, hope, and excitement. But many teachers forget one critical piece that will ensure a school year in which they and their students will thrive. What is this missing link? We will find out today. (Here’s a clue… You are actually doing it right now.- Humm)My Favorite Podcasts That Interviewed Ian Morgan Cron Author of The Road Back To You:https://buildingastorybrand.com/episode-42/https://andystanley.com/podcast/enneagram-for-leaders-part-1/Looking For The Grit & Gratitude Journal mentioned in today's episode?Click this link and get signed up to get it sent to your email inbox.https://www.makingthebasicsfun.com/G&G Time Stamp For Your Listening Pleasure- Intro: :40You Are Not Ordinary- This is how I know: 6:13Idea 1- Know Yourself With Enneagrams 10:20Idea 2- Fill Your mind with the good stuff. Using Podcasts. 13:02Idea 3- Get Spiritual 17:10Idea 4- Go Beyond Creative 20:28Idea 5- Celebration 22:00Bonus Idea- Environment and the Old You. 24:06Big Announcement: 25:53
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