How to Teach 4th Grade: PhotoEssay of My Classroom

Teachers,

My classroom works really well for me but I am always looking for ways to manage my classroom more effectively.

I obsessively post directions on my whiteboard. My students always know to look for directions for each class.

 

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Word Study time is time for talking. My students organize, categorize and personalize their spelling.

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Students show evidence of thinking with their sticky notes and reader’s logbook. They read silently for 30 minutes, each day. They talk about their books with a reading partner for 7 minutes.

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I have started using dividers during assessments and I am pretty happy with the results.

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Each lesson, each day, the students have assigned buddies. The buddies sit in same assigned seating for the entire year. This really helps with transitions.

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Each week, one child receives a neat sheet full of compliments.

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Science unit trade books are updated and easy to reach.

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Student readers share book recommendations constantly.

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Class schedule posted by my desk. I rarely ever stray from the schedule.

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I bought this gong while travelling in South Korea. I use it sparingly.

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My literacy coach loaned me some mentor texts for the year. They sit by my desk for easy access throughout the year.

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My students have ample opportunities to correspond with me.

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Stupendous Squares

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Our math specialist has teachers post problem solving strategies so that the students can own their thinking.

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My anchor charts are not as aesthetically pleasing as I wish. They are updated often throughout the year.

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I model notation strategies. I teach kids to write with sticky notes each time they read.

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I keep the math problem solutions stored in a folder so that kids can check their answers at their leisure.

 

One thought on “How to Teach 4th Grade: PhotoEssay of My Classroom

  1. I really like the suggestion sheets! I bet you use those in your class meeting :).

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