Have you seen the free editable birthday awards and mindset posters in my Teachers Pay Teachers store? If you haven’t seen these, please check them out and download the free ones before the site is so busy on the day of the sale. It is free to join Teachers Pay Teachers as well as to download the free resources on that site.
Getting off To a Good Start
First, birthday awards are best completed prior to the beginning of the school year. I have had birthday children the first day of school more than one year! These are editable, too, which helps save time in the fall when setting up a classroom. Free!
Here is a minute video that shows the mindset posters. It may be shown to students, as well, to help begin a discussion in class.
Starting the year off including working with the end of the year in mind helps with organization. This school year memory booklet may be completed as events and activities are finished to help prevent the last minute rush in May when there are so many teacher tasks. Inventory, room clean up, report cards, IEP transition meetings, parties, and field trips require attention at that time. This is a priced product and is also editable: Editable A to Z School Year Memory Booklet. Working on a page at a time and saving them during the year for end of year assembly will be most beneficial. The children will do nicer work if there is more time for each page, as well. You will thank yourself at the end of the year.
This is another product that may be used immediately in the fall and continued through the school year, Grade 2 Editable Writing Through the Year. Obviously, also editable! This product includes rubrics. When being observed, the coaches are looking for how students and teachers will be evaluating the session. Evaluate 45 minutes? Right, it seems like a pain but this product will make it much easier. It has 135 pages in all.
Good luck this school year. Thank you for reading, Carolyn
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.