Student numbers…it may sound rather strange, but as many times as it has come in handy. I shall share the idea. Student lists enter the class alphabetically. Ever after, the teacher is putting their information in alphabetical form. Once the year has begun, and most late comers have arrived, I assign a number to each […]
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About Trudi Carter
Living on both sides of the year 2000, it is amazing to me how much my childhood is a total non-fit for the world today. Even my children's childhood is out-of-this-world for today's little ones.
What has always been in my life is photography, the beach when I can get there, and teaching - any time, any place. Today, I reach higher than ever to understand what it is all about yet I take the parts of me that remind me of me.
Entries by Trudi Carter
With a little time and planning, your classroom will sparkle at the end of each day. The process begins with the students. Asked the open-needed question, “What are the many ways we can clean up our classroom at the end of the day?” Their hands waved. I listed the ideas on the board. We then […]
This activity began with a pure serendipity moment. A student had gone out of their way to help another. As a class, we were talking about it. Suddenly, I recalled a military term – Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. I wrote it on the board only to see blank faces across the room. […]
My basic thought: Capture each child at a personalized writing level, and they stay involved and move forward. Students at the easier levels will improve as they see how other students succeed. To cover the range from totally dependent to totally independent writers, consider these ideas. I have used them. Two children of […]
Have you ever faced a lesson too short for the time allotted? This technique involves the students from the beginning and to the end of the lesson. Begin by challenging the students to contribute to the overview. Next, present the topic/show the film/read from the book, or have the students read the assignment. At the end of the […]
Decision making – a logical process or a fast flight by the seat of one’s pants!? This is the logical process. From Choices to Criteria, let’s see how Cinderella uses decision making as she considers the best way to go to the Prince’s ball. A goat pulling a cart is one travel choice for Cinderella. 5 Steps to Make a Decision State the Question Identify the Choices List […]
CREATIVE THINKING Creative thinking is everywhere – from smart phones to photography – it’s our world and our future! To insert a little thinking into an age old fairy tale, let’s find out how Cinderella might clean the fireplace. Cinderella, the fireplace needs cleaning! 4 Steps to Creative Thinking Situation Question Guidelines […]
As the class sat expectantly and slightly in awe, my first college education professor asked, “Why do you want to be a teacher?” One student answered, “I want to be a teacher because I love children.” Boom! The instructor’s firm response was, in essence, “Loving the children alone doesn’t do it. You have to know what you’re […]
A log line is found describing movies and books. As a summary of entire book in one sentence is makes an immediate connection to the entire story. A friend said to compare it to speaking to someone while riding an elevator. When asked, “What you do?” you quickly tell what your book is about – the log line. (If you teach writing, think […]
Teaching first grade for the first time, my experienced co-teachers offered to help. Each Monday morning, they left a stack of worksheets for the week. We’re talking of a stack at least eight inches high! The stacks of papers reminded me of WALL-E, a children’s animated film of our world covered in trash. Reading, practice printing, math, […]