1: Print-and-Go centers/games from some of my new favorite sellers! My newcomers need a lot of reinforcement with basic counting, cardinality, and addition concepts. They also need something they can do independently that is not direction-heavy. Tall order, I know. However, I have found a few things that work for them. I am loving printing just one copy of each page and sliding them into clearboards- takes just a few minutes and no cutting/laminating. Here's what we've been using:
2. Math fact practice: It's Xtra Math! Are you using it? If not, go check it out right now! It's free, kid-friendly, ELL friendly, and gives students the extra reinforcement in facts and mental math that they desperately need.
3. Anything I can do on my interactive whiteboard! We are a paperless school, so I love the Daily Fix It- I assign my students a sentence and they go to town finding the errors and correcting them, right from the board- no paper at all!
4. Picture prompts: In my room when we do picture prompt writing, we use the following format, which I save on my desktop and just project on the board.
5: A PLN: Don't have one? Get one. A professional learning network can give you ideas and tips that will help you through any classroom challenge. I have met so many amazing teachers through blogging and TPT and am so thankful to them for their ideas and inspiration.
I'm so thankful to have learned so much about being a better teacher from new friends around the world and country over the past year.