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Plant Activities Plant Life Cycle and Parts of a Plant Flip Book

It's spring and you know that means it's time for plant activities in the classroom!  Learning about plant life cycles, parts of a plant, what plants need to grow...Some of the the links below are referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Books for your plant unit and plant activities

Kids are so enthusiastic about learning how flowers and plants grow.  These books are a great addition to your collection.  Have you read If You Plant a Seed?  Vibrant colors along with a meaningful message that ties planting seeds with the message of planting seeds of selfishness or seeds of kindness.  Love it!
  
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Plant Activities Plant Life Cycle and Parts of a Plant Flip Book

You can find this FREE Flipping for Plants flip book here.  It will be a great addition to your spring plant unit!

Plant Activities Plant Life Cycle and Parts of a Plant Flip Book

The inside of the flip book has a space for writing about the plant topics for each page and a space for drawing too.  Students can add drawings, diagrams, labels, etc...

End of the Year Memory Book Activities

I created these End of the Year and Summer Time Flip Books to help students and teachers plan their end of the year activities and summer time plans.  You can find them here.

Summer Time writing activities for the classroom

The Summer Time Flip Books have super cute sunglasses to go with the theme of summer!

Summer Time writing activities for the classroom

These flip books can be used with or without the toppers.

End of the Year Memory Book Activities

Either way, they make a fun book for students and if you hang them up, they make a super cute display!

Flip Books for the holidays and seasonal times




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5 Tips for Hiring A New Principal


It's that time of year when schools sometimes find themselves in the position of seeking a new leader, a new principal.  Have you been there before?  We have.  More than once.  Now is a good time for tips for hiring a new principal.

Tips for Hiring an elementary school Principal
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 As everyone knows, finding the right administrator for your building is crucial. It can make the difference between a school year reaching new heights, a year of just moving along or even a season of discord and feeling lost.  

Tip #1- Know What Your Building Needs Are


Tips for Hiring an elementary school Principal
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If you are on your building's hiring committee, you know this is an important task to undertake.  It is an duty to be taken seriously.  You need to know what the needs are overall for your building.  Not just for yourself or for one or two teachers.  But overall, what areas does your school need someone to step in on day one and be a leader?  Is it literacy, core instruction, discipline, staff morale or school culture?  Whatever it is, make sure you know what is most needed for your building.  This will be key to helping you find the right person for the job.

Tip #2- Know the Style of Leadership Your Staff Responds to Best

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Every group of people will respond and react to different leadership styles in various ways.  So the hiring committee needs to consider this.  Does your school staff like high energy, on the move, take charge personalities?  Do they respond better to changes if someone makes the tough decisions and then lets them know what the changes are or do they want to be more involved in all the decisions?  Some school's staff love change and challenge and others handle change if it comes in small amounts at a time. One is not better than the other...just different and you need to know what will fit with your group of people best so everyone can get on to the job of educating students in the best way possible.

Tip #3- Get to Know the Candidates

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The hiring committee needs plenty of time to not look over, but really get in and read with a critical eye over the resumes, letters of reference, and form their own questions for the days of interviewing.  Do they really have experience or was their principal experience that they listed filling in a day here and there.  Which is good, by the way, but it is not the experience of a full day, every day principal.  Is your school in a situation where a great candidate, but one who lacks experience, could still come in and learn on the job and it could still go well?  Or is your need one of a leader to come in and deal with tough situations on day one?  This will help you as you consider who to call in for an interview.

Tip #4- Know the Candidate's Knowledge

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This is an important tip to understand.  Dig in a bit to the candidate's answers to your questions.  Do they have an in-depth knowledge of literacy, differentiation, PBiS, PLC's, etc....Or are they throwing in these buzz words because that is the trend or they think you as a committee are looking for them?  They need to be specific in their knowledge and not use general answers to your questions.  It should be pretty easy to tell who really has knowledge of important educational issues and who does not know have that in-depth knowledge.

Tip #5- Know What Questions to Ask

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You have a limited amount of time with each candidate, so the questions the committee will be asking needs to be thoughtful and for a purpose.  Your committee should spend some time on these to make the most out of your interviews.  Ask specific, open ended questions.  Ask tough questions- have they ever had to fire a teacher- tell us about how you handled it.  What discipline problems have you faced and how did you deal with it?  What will you do when you have a angry parent screaming at you about the way a teacher has handled a situation?  Getting the tough questions out there will help you learn about the candidates, what they will bring to your school if chosen, and how well they will fit with your building's needs.

Hope these tips help you if your school is seeking out a new leader and you are on the hiring committee!  I would love to hear about your experience with this!

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Counting Syllables and Closed Syllable Word Work



 I'm always looking for new word work ideas and activities for literacy centers.  And new ways to make them fun and engaging for students.  Here are some ideas for using using plastic hammers, Play Doh and paint strips! Some of the the links below are referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.


Segmenting sounds using Play Doh and toy hammers

I have one kindergarten student who is just stuck at segmenting words for phonemic awareness activities.  One way I found to keep her engaged and help her stretch out those sounds is by using small plastic hammers, paint strips (I use these for so many things!) and Play Doh!  I roll out 3 small balls of Play Doh and place these in the paint strip boxes.  She needs the visual boundaries of the boxes to help her separate the sounds.  Then we draw a card of a word to segment.  She uses the hammer to tap out the sounds in the words.  

Using ABC Phonics Posters and Linking Charts for letter identification

You can also use the hammer on phonics posters and ABC linking charts.  Call out the picture clue and have students tap the picture and name the letter that goes with the picture.  

Ideas and Activities for teaching inflections

Students can also use the hammers as they read inflection charts.  Or the teacher can make the ing sound and students tap the picture that goes with your sound.

Ideas and Activities for teaching reading in phrases

For fluency ideas and activities, these hammers really help with reading words in phrases.  They tap and read- She can. Then tap and read- be there.  If students are having difficulty reading in phrasing this can really help having a visual and the movement of only one tap per phrase.

Clapping Out Syllables Activities for closed syllable words

Bang It Out and Tap It Out is a fun way to teach students to divide words into syllables and then be able to spell each syllable.

Closed Syllable word work activities and ideas

Students enjoy Bang It Out using the hammers to break the word cards into syllables.  Then they Tap It Out for the sounds in each syllable.  

closed syllable word work ideas and activities for two syllable words

Breaking words into syllables and then hearing the sounds in closed syllables really helps students to spell multisyllabic words.  Which also helps them to be able to break and read them too.


clapping two syllable closed syllable words

You can find these fun hammers here.  Of course, you have to set clear examples for how these hammers are to be appropriately used.  My students have really enjoyed them and ask for them in our activities!


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