Thursday, November 20, 2014

Teaching Transitional Phrases + Youtube Video on Lesson



I've noticed that my students love to write, but they write in a chopped up manner. They have great ideas but cannot seem to make one sentence flow into the other. I thought one way I could help them with their writing was to teach a mini lesson on transitional phrases.

Thankfully, I was able to find this amazing list of transitional words and phrases from the University of Wisconsin.  I printed enough to give to each one of my students to keep in their English folders.

The video of me teaching the lesson is down below. I hope you like, and don't forget to subscribe the teaching youtube channel for more videos related to teaching!




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaching Students to Be Kind



We had a disturbing incident on campus today, and it could have been a non-issue if we were teaching students to be kind. One of the students that was constantly been teased by other students was finally tipped over the edge, and he started throwing chairs across the room.  There were even threats of owning a gun and shooting up the place. It was truly a devastating day for a lot of people, and I believe that things like that occur in our classrooms because kindness is not being emphasized.

Teachers are constantly pressured to teach students to pass the CAHSEE, CELDT, Star, CST-4, and many other types of tests, and sometimes we overlook the fact that we are teaching real people with real issues. Where did the character development go?  Do we have to create national standards on teaching kindness before these things are taken seriously?

Well, I was able to compile a few different strategies and resources teachers can use to get this movement going forward. Enjoy and please let me know if you've tried anything below and love. :)

Set up opportunities for students to work with one another, and they don't get to choose their own partners/groups. 


Here is what www.yourkidsteacher.com did. 

Play community building activities like this for the first 2-3 weeks and once a month after that. Click here if you want a list of activities.

Have students do assignments like this with their name kept out. Then have the students read each one and figure who belongs to who.

Force, yes force, students to do one act of kindness a week and record it. Sooner or later, these kids will realize the joy of bringing a smile to someone else's face {Dear God please let that happen}.  The "Mission Possible" is from http://befickle.blogspot.com/2010/03/secret-service-activity-days-activity.html

Teachers need to model kindness. Good luck teaching if the students find you to be the rudest, meanest teacher possible. If you're not sure if you are one of those teachers, please watch the video down below. :) Most likely if you are reading this, then you are so incredibly sweet and looking to become the best teacher you can be. <3




If you have any other strategies of ending this "meanness" and creating a kind environment, then please comment down below and let me know. I would love to hear from you. :)  Also, please don't forget to check out my wonderful, kind, lovely, smart, and compassionate colleague's blog.  Click here to check out her blog. She teaches English Language Development, and it's her first year teaching. :)

To being kind and teaching students to be kind!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

First Giveaway!

Hey everybody! I'm having my very first giveaway!!!!!



To enter, you must subscribe to my YouTube channel and Instagram page. 

www.youtube.com/reflectingmrsliana 

Instagram: reflectingmrsliana 

Here is a vlog from my channel, and please leave me a message telling me how your first year teaching was/is.  


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teacher Thoughts Video

If you are a teacher, then you know that teachers go through many emotions about teaching. Although most of them are very pleasant and non-threatening, some feelings about teaching can be volatile. If you are a teacher that says that you are always happy, every second of the day while you are teaching, then you're a liar.


Here is a video I created with my fellow teachers.

We are imperfect human beings, and we work with imperfect little human beings. We love each other, but we also annoy one another.  But, that is not the root of the problem of most teachers' lives. 
We have a million things to worry about, such as common core standards, IEPS, classroom observations, parent-teacher conferences, and many more. The following cartoons are perfect examples of this: