I hope you all felt refreshed and ready for school this past week! I always think of this as the perfect time to try new things. You're back in the classroom with pep in your step, and students are returning with the excitement of a new year ahead of them.
By January your students should know each other pretty well so, if you haven't already, it's a great time to introduce peer teaching and collaborative learning.Try Reading Work Stations
Is your New Year's teaching resolution to differentiate for every student? Here's an in-depth look at how one teacher works with small groups at their level.Bring Inquiry into Your Class
This 5-minute lesson idea works for any grade, any subject. See how hook stations grab students' attention
and get them asking questions.Encourage Peer Teaching
Why have one teacher in the room, when you could have 30? Take 90 seconds to see how one teacher encourages her students to help each other learn
And a final note, please take a few minutes to read Sarah Brown Wessling's latest blog post
about beginning again in the New Year. It includes a great, downloadable worksheet to help you say "good riddance" to what's not working and to find new ways to move forward. I found it helped me clear my head and get ready for 2012! Marie