Five Must Have Books for Women’s History Month

It’s Women’s History Month and it’s a wonderful time to focus in on the strong and smart women who have lead and made a difference in our world. Exposure to this history for all children provides an opportunity for inspiration, education, and enlightenment. Having a diverse bookshelf is extremely important to our family and I hope that you make it a priority for yours as well.

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.

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Love It Lists: Math Games for Elementary Aged Students

Math games are a great way for your children to practice their math skills. If you have a techie kid I’m sure you won’t have to pull any teeth to get them to the computer or tablet for a little practice. With so many online math resources there are a few that I specifically love and recommend.

There are a few things I look for when choosing sites for my children and students. One is the number of advertising. The number of websites that are banking on students to accidentally click on their Google ads is ridiculous. I look for minimal or no advertising so that my children can stay focused on the site and work I have them completing.

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How to use templates for your children to accomplish more in less time

Templates are great productivity tools for adults and entrepreneurs alike. When we use them we can organize our thoughts and accomplish goals faster. When you teach children to utilize these tools early in life they have a way to organize their thoughts, ideas, and days as well.

The templates I’m sharing with you today are the monthly goal setting calendar, weekly goal setting calendar and the test study guide. These can be used for any grade level elementary, middle school, and high school. I would suggest printing out as many copies as you need and placing them in a binder.

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The Called to Cultivate Podcast is LIVE!

I’m so excited about the next endeavor for providing you with excellent content to live on purpose and in your purpose. The Called to Cultivate Podcast is officially now in the iTunes store and is ready for you to download! 

The podcast will release a new episode every Thursday so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.

This is an extension of our Called to Cultivate Community and it’s a great way to learn more about teaching and empowering others. As always I’ll be sharing more about my experiences in running a youth development/mentoring program, experiences as an Educator, and things I’m currently working on (and you can too) in your empowerment business.

You can always check out the official podcast page here to listen to episodes, download resources and episodes and get show notes.

http://reginacoley.com/called-cultivate-podcast/

Subscribe today on iTunes so each new episode goes straight to your favorite device. Leave me a positive review (I’m a teacher, I love feedback).

Happy Holidays everyone.

Regina

Classroom Website Sale

Creating an Effective Communication Tool between Home and School

Classroom Teachers get ready!!! Jumpstart your school year with a dynamic classroom website. Your classroom website should be the central spot for communications between home and school.

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I’ll create a WordPress website for you that accurately depicts the grade level and subject you teach. Your site will include:

  • “About the Teacher” page,
  • Resources and Links
  • “In our classroom” page which lists classroom expectations, standards for your grade level (printable), classroom handbook (custom one for you), digital copies of forms that you may need to have parents print out and complete on back to school night
  • Classroom Contact page (with form that if completed will send you an email for easy access)
  • Parent Volunteer page and electronic form

For an additional fee I can also set up:

  • Remind (a classroom texting program)
  • MailChimp (to develop an electronic classroom newsletter)
  • Additional pages relevant to your school/subject/grade/personal preference

Order your website between now and July 10th I can create it for $50 which is half off my normal rate for you being a proactive teacher! (Hands raising the roof lol)

my pleasure to help.

Maximizing Out of School Time for Learning

The kids are out for the summer! For some people this brings excitement and for others it brings fear. Some parents really fear facing their own children because they simply don’t know what to do with them. I don’t want that to be you so listen up!

Today’s post is going to help you keep your kids engaged in learning even if you do it do not have them in an enrichment camp. Parents are the first teachers so let me help you look like a master teacher mmmmk?

The first tip is to identify where your child struggled all year. Was it behavior? Math? Writing? This needs to be your area of focus in helping them learn to master what they missed. Some parents keep pushing in prepping for the next grade but we have to address first where the struggle was because the beginning of the school always starts with a review and assessment of learning. This still gives your child an opportunity to display mastery before moving on academically.

 To help address the weaker areas help your child simply review. I’m an advocate for songs and YouTube is the bomb. Find a song for the standard. Water cycle? There’s a song for that. Division strategy? Song for that! Grammar? Songs those too! Find it, sing, dance. Your child will remember you whipping to the strategy with them all summer long. 

The second tip is to teach up. Once you’ve done your review it’s time to teach up. This means make the work rigorous. Yes it’s summer but familiarize them with work they will see in the upcoming school year. The teacher showing it shouldn’t be the first time your child sees it. Even if you have them read a two page article about Ceaser Chavez because you saw him on the Social Studies standards for the next year. Your summer work doesn’t need to be elaborate but should be introductory. 

If the teacher asks “Class does anyone know who or what XYZ is?” Your child should be able to raise their hand and say yes. Then let the teacher expand the learning. You’re giving your baby what we call prior knowledge and your child’s teacher will love you for it. It’s the first step on the ladder to success and mastery. This produces high levels of confidence and competence for your child because they have some sort of foundation to begin with. 

The third tip is to make it fun. Remember it is still summer. It doesn’t have to be structured, make learning fun! Plan museum trips, download fun computer games, order learning board games on Amazon, create games. I’m personally using lapbooks and interactive notebooks with my kids this summer. We’re also going to be using those tablets and phones they love so much! 

Let your kid make a video commercial explaining a new strategy or who a historical figure was. Let them write a poem or rap. We are project based learners in our house and my kids love it and retain information better with them. I’m sure yours will appreciate incorporating the fun as well. Google “ways to assess learning” and pick what works for your family. 

My fourth tip is to track growth. Even over the summer, track how your baby is doing. Most kids have 9-12 weeks out for the summer, that’s a semester in school. Your child comes home with a progress report and report card during that time. How are you tracking growth at home? Something as simple as the first week of summer I gave you this multiplication sheet and you got 10/30 right now on week five you’re getting 25/30 correct. Our goal is 30/30 correct by the last week! Tracking growth builds your child’s confidence that yes they are still growing and meeting their goals. 

Lastly give rewards. Reward the progress, the efforts, the challenges, and the change. Reward it all because your child will continue to do what they know you love, no matter how old. Even if it’s ice cream, a trip to the movies, ordering something on Amazon (yes we order a lot of Amazon 😂), or spending time together playing as a family, bring it all back to affirming your child. They need it from you because you’re the parent. The teacher may not be doing it at school and I firmly believe all children need to be affirmed and looked it the eye and told ” I knew you could do it! I’m so proud of you! I can’t wait to see what you can do next!” DAILY.

Don’t overthink this. Review the state learning standards for your child’s upcoming grade level here: http://www.corestandards.org

Make a quick checklist of what you can realistically cover over the summer, aim for five areas under each subject. Then see what your state or any city you’re traveling to offers. Can they do math at the park? Visit a museum in NY? Use math to bake cookies with grandma? 

Keep them focused, keep it fresh, keep it fun! Happy Summer 😀😀. 


Question: How are you keeping your kids engaged in learning this summer? 

Three Ways to Achieve Success IMMEDIATELY

1. Define your own success.
When it comes to success I find it interesting that people are always Googling how to make it big or how to makes loads of money. The only way to be successful under your own terms is to define success for yourself. What does it means to be successful? Does it mean a new position? A new salary? A nice car or a house is a fancy neighborhood? You cannot allow others to define success for you.

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Advice to New Educators

I can still remember back to my first year walking into my classroom. There was the sheer excitement of walking into this blank canvas and knowing that it was my responsibility to fill it with resources, materials, and make it a condusive and cozy learning environment.
Advice to New Educators
But one thing was for sure, looking back on it all, educating was so much more than a Pinterest ready classroom. If there is anything I can share with new Educators here are those truths:
  1. You only have a year. And it’s really not even that, you have about 9-10 months to impart knowledge between breaks, inclement weather days, and other school holidays. It’s really going to go by quickly. Make sure you capture moments via photos and videos and focus on the little things because as the saying goes, you’ll realize that they were the big things.
  2. You’re imprinting in a life for all their life. The way you greet the children in the mornings and send them on their way in the evening to the way you present yourself in speech and style will all imprint on their hearts and minds forever. Whatever grade you teach when these kids are adults and they speak about that grade level, your name is going to come up as having been responsible for them. Think now on what you want them to say and remember because they will.
  3. You’re stronger than you think. I remember days I just wanted to run in the bathroom and cry and there were for sure moments when I did. This work is tough, kids will disappoint you, admin will tell you to figure it out and you’ll feel like you don’t have adequate support. Kids will get into fights, you won’t have time to finish your lunch,  a parent will fuss at you for no reason, and then you’ll look at your paycheck and say “THIS is all I took home this pay period?! I QUIT” but you won’t because you love what you do. You are stronger than you think and braver than you know. Some aspects of Education can’t be explained but only experienced. Trust that you have the courage to see it through.
  4. You are not your title. Yes your badge may say teacher but you are nurse, counselor, school mama, psychologist, referee, chef, party planner, event manager, and webmaster if you keep a teaching blog. Your job extends far past a title.
  5. Your position is a privilege. You spend more time with these children than their parents. You should not take that for granted. You have so much opportunity for influence and impact, lead well.

    The last piece of advice is : You have a life outside of work, don’t live at your school. Dedication is a beautiful quality to have but there is such a thing as living at school. I’ve seen teachers who come to work at 6:00 am leave the building daily at 8:00 or 9:00 pm. I know Pinterest can suck you into all it’s cute little activities/centers/projects and décor and you’ll want to stay and hash it out, but go home! Don’t come back on Saturday or Sunday, enjoy your spouse or family if you have them. Precious time cannot be given back. Work is a reward but living is where your true riches are.

Question: What advice would you give to new Educators?