I earned my BA from the University of California Irvine, my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from CalState Bakersfield, and my Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy studies from CalState Northridge.I am currently teaching 3rd grade in Southern California.
As teachers we have so much to do! One of the toughest things to manage as a teacher is structuring TIME to get #allthethings done. I wanted to share with you some things I have tried to help me manage my time in and out of the classroom. But first...GIVEAWAY time! As part of managing time, I always wear my JORD watch. Because it’s been so valuable (and stylish) in my time management pursuit, I’ve teamed up with JORD to giveaway $100 towards a watch of your choice.
In my everyday life, I am a day by day kind of person, and sometimes it’s hour by hour. However, in my classroom I try my hardest to plan out for the week. That’s the longest stretch I can go, because as you know things change daily in the classroom. By planning for the week, I feel at ease knowing that I’ve structured my days, alloted for core instruction, and have pre planned for extra activities like assemblies, buddy time, and specials.
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten from my administrator was to be intentional. When you’re planning your school day, be intentional about your lessons. What’s the point or the purpose? Are you going to put those papers into the “round file”? If you answer those questions and can’t find the purpose, then what’s the point of completing that task? If you eliminate unnecessary and meaningless tasks, then you’ve freed up a lot of your time to do the real work with purpose and intention.
Make all the lists.
Making lists really helps me prioritize all my tasks. It gives me time to think about what I need to accomplish first, and how to best support my students with my time. I also tend to forget things very easily. Making all the lists keeps my to-dos fresh in my mind.
Time management is in your hands, so don’t forget to ...
Plan ahead Be intentional
Make all the lists
And don't forget to enter the JORD watch giveaway!
Summarizing text is such an important skill. Students learn how to summarize text as early as kindergarten by being asked to retell or recount familiar parts of a story, including key details. By fifth grade, students are not only asked to summarize text, but they also need to identify the theme of the story as well as characters overcome challenges throughout the story.
Since this skill is embedded across the elementary curriculum, it’s important to practice this skill early.
Here's a fun and engaging activity you can try with your students to reinforce summarization.
Preparing for this activity is so much fun!
First, go through your most favorite picture books.
Choose a few books students may not be familiar with yet. You can either tear the pictures out of the book (eek!), or if that gives you chills, you can make color copies of the pictures. The office manager and principal at our school are pretty generous with their color copiers. It may be worth asking yours, too!
This activity strengthens the summarizing (recount or retell) skill, while also extending students’ thinking through comparing and contrasting.
First, break students into groups and give each group a set of pictures. You can choose to give each group the same set of pictures, or you can give each group a different picture book.
Have students work cooperatively to arrange the story in the order that they believe makes the most sense.
If it works for your students, have them add captions or sentences to each picture (by using the caption squares). This makes the story more cohesive and to encapsulate more of a summary.
Once students have arranged their pictures in their groups, read them the story in the correct order. If you have multiple books for the different groups, give each group the original story and have them read it as a group.
Have students compare what they arranged in their group to the real sequence of the story (using the Venn Diagram printable).
They can write or talk about the similarities and differences. They can even justify if they would change the original story to fit their version.
Ready to try this with your students? You can find your free printables here!