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6 Easy Ways to Group Your Students

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6 Easy Ways to Group Your Students

We often find ourselves as teachers doing activities where our students need to work in groups or pairs. This could be a quick Think-Pair-Share or Turn and Talk activity or a larger group project. It can be difficult to have to create effective groups for our students to complete their work each time. It can also be challenging (and time consuming) to create random groups. I've come up with 6 ways to quickly and easily group your students for different activities. I'll also share some great apps at the end that can help you group students as well.  1. Food...

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The Student Teacher Strategy

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The Student Teacher Strategy

The Student Teacher Strategy is a simple management tool you can use to cut down on interruptions to your teaching time, build self-confidence in your students, and foster a community of problem solvers inside your room.  It can sometimes feel like we are constantly being interrupted by our students with questions or that there are too many students who need some help and not enough time to reach them all. After teaching a lesson or completing an assignment, pick a few (1-3) students to become the "Student Teacher" or "Expert". These are students that you know understand the task and...

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10 Tricks to Try With a Chatty Class

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10 Tricks to Try With a Chatty Class

Are you ready to pull your hair out because your kids WON'T. STOP. TALKING? You are not alone. I've got 10 ideas to help you.  If you like these ideas, don't forget to grab the FREE Printables that go with this post. We can email them to you, or you can download them from the 'Files' section of our Create-abilities Teacher Community Facebook Group. If you haven't joined the group yet, it's a great way to stay up-to-speed on everything Create-abilities, including product announcements, sales, freebies, live broadcasts, giveaways, and more! 1. Code Word of the Day You might have seen me talk about this strategy...

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2 Ways to Stop Unwanted Interruptions While Teaching

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2 Ways to Stop Unwanted Interruptions While Teaching

Sometimes we have students that seem to interrupt us while we are teaching no matter how many times we've reminded them to wait. It doesn't seem to matter if it's a whole class lesson, a guided reading group, or an individual conference with another student. I've found 2 ideas that can help signal when it's an appropriate time to come up and talk to you.  Now I want to explicitly state that these ideas are only for unwanted, non-emergency interruptions. We want our students to feel like they have a voice and that they can confide in us or ask...

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