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Pre-K teacher from Singapore

Hi. Your article is very true

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Hi. Your article is very true and close to reality.I am very new in the teaching and is presently at the novice stage of development. The way you have described it, seems to be the mirror image my situation. of is presently what is happening in my classroom. One of the great ideas that caught my attention was name tags. They are so important as teachers it will really help to remember the names of the new students. Have all the information for example lunch plans, bus arrangements. Curious young minds are so excited the directress really has to be well prepared with the plan for the day. Allergies and their medical back up, contact sheet of all parents etc. To aim for effective student learning the directress, should keep the teaching or introducing session for the unit to be about 20 ,minutes at the circle time. To stop and explain very clear rules about the behaviour expected in classroom.

Parent of a 6 year old and a 8 month old in Los Angeles

I agree with your article and

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I agree with your article and I really like your tips. I was a Teachers Assistant for about 4 years and I really enjoyed working with Kindergarten students. This is the grade level that I would like to teach when I get my teaching credential. I have seen all of your tips in action especially the one about the name tags. I almost always had a kid begin to wonder off and I would be able to call his/her name to get his/her attention back on me. Name tags are a blessing. The other tip that I really liked was the one about going home. This is something that I never thought of and I would use in the future when I have my own classroom

I agreed with this article. I

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I agreed with this article. I haven’t had my own classroom yet but I have seen some teachers follow these tips and it worked out good for them. You also brought new ideas to my attention such as the name badges. I have never seen a teacher give their students name badges to try and learn their names. I bet this is very helpful, fun, and great way to remember your students face and name at the same time. All this tips are great and will be helpful for me as a future educator that also wants to teach kindergarten.

Wow! This article was

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Wow! This article was amazing; it was very helpful and allowed me to understand kindergarten better. I know I will use every survival skill when I get in the classroom!

I don’t plan on teaching

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I don’t plan on teaching kindergarten, but the title was very eye catching. One skill that stood out to me was the name tags for the students to have for the first two weeks of school. It won’t only help the teacher learn their students’ names, but it will also make the kids feel relevant, it makes a kid feel special when the teacher personally knows them by their name. Another skill that stood out to me was keeping the students busy. Many teachers make the mistake by having children just sit once everything is done or in-between lessons, which most of the time could be a mistake. The students at this age will sometimes get off task and rowdy, making it hard for the teacher to bring them back to focus. This was a very interesting and helpful blog for many new teachers; great job!

Kindergarten Teacher from Machias, Maine

Hey Jennifer, I am not

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Hey Jennifer,
I am not familiar with what ICT stands for. As far as classroom management on this level I've taken the Responsive Classroom Approach that once taught and rehearsed with the students creates a sense of ownership of our own actions. It basically states "You break it (be it feelings or items) you fix it." We build a lot at the beginning of the year on treating others the way we want to be treated. Lots of role playing and discussion on how to communicate using our words instead of our hands. The power of verbal communication is key in this approach as it builds vocabulary and confidence in standing up for ourselves in a non violent way. I also (being a mom) am loving but firm with my students. Making sure to build safety and security in my classroom is essential. Giving respect in order to receive it and such. Also making sure that you know classroom procedures and collaborating with other teachers that see the children often is key to standing together to reinforce routines and policies within group. I have also found that modeling and teaching a 5 minute mini-lesson is more beneficial for student learning. I teach a lot of 5 minute mini-lessons throughout the day between child centered work stations and small group work. There is so much we are suppose to teach the children by year end that sometimes I get taught up in trying to get it all in, which has kicked me down a few times. I've found that smaller steps and repetitiveness is key at this grade level. Keeping their minds working by teaching/modeling/doing. My classroom is over flowing with hands on activity trays in Math/Science/Social Studies/Language Arts concepts that are set out once modeled. I am rotating tray activities to keep up with the new information and themes each month so children don't get bored with the activities. The activities also are geared towards at least 2 if not 3 learning levels so children can learn on their current ability level and have room to advance once concepts become more familiar or concrete. Success is the only option and it takes a lot time but once set can make years to follow easier. Hope that helped.

Kindergarten Teacher from Machias, Maine

This is my 5th year in

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This is my 5th year in Kindergarten. I taught PreK for 2 years before that in the same school. We are a PK-8 grade school housing over 350 students in all. We have 2 classrooms for all grades and my grade level partner and I meet a lot on implementing new strategies throughout the year. I do wish to pick anyone's brain on how they group their reading levels. I use the homogeneous grouping usually depending on classroom dynamics each year. Last year this did not work for various reasons. This year I believe the classroom (19 in all which is the smallest group I've had yet) as a whole would do great with common reading level groups. We also use the Daily 5 program in our classrooms but I have to admit I have found it challenging to implement due to time and various interruptions in my daily schedule. If anyone has thoughts or experiences with Daily 5 on the Kindergarten level I'd appreciate some input. Thanks in advance.

I teach sustainable happiness.

A friend of mine who teaches

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A friend of mine who teaches kindergarten has decided to use Sustainable Happiness lessons to get to know what makes her new students feel happy. She'll post their answers on a large mural that will be displayed for meet-the-teacher night. The resource (for K-6) is available free at: http://sustainablehappiness.ca/teachers/. For teachers outside of Canada, use the international version. It's also available in French.

Elementary ICT Integration Specialist at AIS Ho Chi Minh

Thank you for the insight. It

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Thank you for the insight. It is only my second year teaching ICT at the Elementary level and I didn't do so hot with my Kinders last year :( To be more proactive this year, I cut down the class time from 40 mins down to 20 mins as many students would get tired quickly. I also started introducing more activities - meet at the interactive whiteboard for the day's agenda, do one activity together, model the activity they will complete individually, and end with a game that supports something they learned with their Kinder teacher that week. I feel that this will only last so long though. Do you have any Kinder classroom management advice and additional insight for specialists?

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