Flexible Seating Round Up


Hey teachers! Are you looking for flexible seating ideas?! I have compiled all of my flexible seating posts here to make it convenient for you so you can choose what the best one is for you right now! Enjoy and let me know which one your favorite is!









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    Digital Resources to Help your Students

     
    Are you looking for new ways to integrate technology in your classroom? Well, you must know and use task cards already!  How about trying out digital math task cards?! They are for use with Google Drive and Google Classroom, a cinch for you to share with students and engaging for students! My second graders love these and they make fun math centers, fast finisher activities, morning work/bell ringers and more!

    Let's talk more about specific digital math task cards sets. They come in two options (well three actually):
    • Bundles of digital task cards, with accompanying printable task cards in color and black and white versions
    • Digital Task Cards Only
    • Printable Task Cards Only (in color and black and white)

    What topics are available?
    • Coins
    • Skip Counting
    • Hundreds Grids/Number Grids
    • Part Part Whole (broken into three separate resources with sums of 1-10, 11-14, and 15-18)
    • Addition Equations
    • Subtraction Equations
    • Place Value
    • Geometry
    Let's check out some video walk throughs of these digital task cards so you can get a better idea of what to expect,  how your students will practice, and how engaging it will be for them!

    HUNDREDS GRIDS/NUMBER GRIDS

    SKIP COUNTING
                                             

    COINS
                                           

    If you want to learn more, Teachers Pay Teachers listings have previews where you can get a very look look at individual digital task cards (and printable task cards). Here are the links so you can check them out! 

    Digital Only
    Digital and Printable Task Card Bundles
    What's your favorite way to integrate digital learning into the classroom? Let me know by commenting!

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      Flexible Seating Q&A


      So many students are struggling to pay attention and develop solid work habits in the traditional classroom. There must be a better way to help them! Do you want to try flexible seating to help your students focus and get more engaged but have questions? Or are you trying to  answer parent questions or questions from your colleagues? Hopefully this Q&A can help you! Also, if you want my free Flexible Seating Ebook, click here to grab it!

      Q: Don't students just get sleepy and tired in the more comfortable seats?
      A: Actually research has shown that students are focused, pay better attention and get more done with flexible seating options!

      Q: Will it help all students?
      A: Nothing is right for all students, so there are probably always going to be a few students who need a traditional chair and desk or table. I keep 3-4 in my classroom for this reason.

      Q: What about standardized testing?
      A: My principal was fine with students using flexible seating during standardized tests. They were very focused. However; if not, you could arrange for students to use the computer lab, another teacher's room, or have the custodian bring desks and chairs in for the test.

      Q: If they don't have a desk, where do they keep their stuff?
      A: Cubbies, bins, storage containers on bookshelves, chair pockets... there are many options!! My students keep quite a few things in a central locations, like their large 300 page reading books.

      Q: Will students compete to get the favorite spots?
      A: There probably will be some popular spots. I'd recommend that you let students pick seats the day before. I use a lottery system and draw numbers randomly and they place their magnet on the seating chart before they go home the day before.

      Q: Is it expensive?
      A: Not necessarily. Some things can be procured for cheap, such as the stools I ordered from IKEA and the other stools I got with my Scholastic bonus points. Some items can be found for free or cheap, like at yard sales or Craig's List!

      Q: Why not?
      A: Remember, "We miss 100% of the shots you don't take" (Wayne Gretzsky), so why not?! Take a shot!

      If you want more details, grab my free EBOOK on flexible seating! It goes into more specifics and will really help you get going!
      CLICK HERE or on the image below!



      5 New Teacher Tips


        Find a Mentor or a Pal
            Hopefully your school has a mentor teacher program, but if not, and maybe even in addition too, find a pal! Find a teacher who has ideas and is willing to share and help! Sure, it's great if they are at your grade level, but my first mentor teacher taught a different grade - she was still very supportive and helpful. I also still remember two young second grade teachers helping me a ton that first year. Don't be shy about asking for help and information!

          Go Home
           No, we are not trying to get rid of you! But you will burn out quickly and get yourself tired and sick if you don't go home at a reasonable hour. Sure -  come in early and stay late, but it is not good for your health if you're in school from 7am -7pm! Take care of yourself!

           Pace Yourself and Be Realistic
           The year before this, I was a mentor teacher for  a new second grade teacher. She worked very hard, but she was also realistic. She didn't think she would be able to learn and implement every single app/website/piece of technology we had available, which was right! She focused on a few and the second year, learned and implemented the rest of them. Also, be sure to pace yourself. Give yourself a reasonable timeline for things!

      Don't spend all your Money 
           DO not, I repeat, DO not spend all your money on classroom supplies or run up your credit card to buy classroom books. There are other options today! Ask for parent donations, go to the library, yard sales, Donor's Choose, find out where teachers put stuff they are getting rid of. Repurpose and recycle things for storage and supplies!

          Get Basic Supplies
           Ask your principal for basic supplies or money to put towards them and get the essentials. Again, don't spend tons on these. What should you grab? Check out my blog post (link here) for details!

      And new teachers, just be kind to yourself! It's a really tough job and you are doing great!

      Do you have a tip for new teachers? Tell us in the comment section please!

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        How to Edit Google Forms


        Have you grabbed one of my Self Grading Assessments from Teachers Pay Teachers? Did you know they are editable - so are most Google Forms that you get from someone else!

        You can add questions, delete questions, change the types of questions, point values, and so much more so it perfectly meets the needs of you and your students! Here is my quick 5 minute video  in which I show you what you can do with Google Forms!



        What is your favorite Google Forms edit? Let me know in the comments!


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