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some things I’ll be doing in my classroom this month: bts edition

Welcome to the first edition of “some things I’m doing in my classroom this month”, a place where I’ll share five things I’ll be doing in my classroom each month as well as a resource that supports it!

So here’s what I’ll be doing during back to school season:

1. All the classroom set-up things:

Decorating, organizing, etc. and I’ll be using the Modern + Simple Decor Pack to help me!

2. Using classroom slides to plan and organize my day

Classroom slides are literally one of my favorite teaching tools! They help me plan my day, and maximize instructional time by creating a seamless flow to our day! Check out my Classroom Slides Bundle, and if you want to read more about Classroom Slides check out this blog post!

3. Getting to know my students

First of all, I’ll be using these All About Me slides. I love using the digital version so we can also go over Google Classroom and Google Slides during this time. I also love to do a few things at the beginning of each school year to get to know my students as mathematicians.

I’ll be using the Get To Know You activities in this Math Love Resource Pack, which includes a Math Autobiography, Math Survey, Math Strengths Sheet, and Math Identity Journal.

4. Building our Math-Focused Classroom Community

I’ll also be using the Math Love Resource Pack to launch some important values and norms that will help us lay the foundation for our Math-Focused Classroom Community.

Some of the lessons I do the first couple of week of school are: discuss what it means to be a mathematician, build our norm around positive self-talk and communication, and talk about productive struggle! Check out some of my favorite read-alouds that I love to read the first few weeks of school (contains affiliate links)!

5. Introducing my students to STEM role models

Introducing your students to role models in the STEM field is a great way to broaden your students definition of what it means to be a mathematician or scientist, and how these things are used in the world around them! I’ll be using my STEM Squad resource to help me, and reading some of my favorite read-alouds about STEM people!

I hope that was helpful and you heard about something that you’d like to try in your classroom this month! Make sure to check all of these resources out in my tpt store!

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The Why Behind Using Classroom Slides

Have you ever felt like you have a million tabs open on your computer? Or like you’re switching back and forth between a ton of different things: doc cam, timers, videos, etc? That you have to repeat directions multiple times? Or that you just need something to help you stay on track and organized throughout your day?

Well I have a solution for you! Classroom slides! Not only do classroom slides help you streamline your planning and lessons, but they also maximize instructional time by making those transitions quick and easy and improving the flow in your classroom.

And that’s just the start! Let me share why I love classroom slides so much and why you need to use them in your classroom! (sidenote: this is a tried and true teacher tool! I’ve used classroom slides in my classroom since I began teaching in 2012 and have never looked back!)

reasons why classroom slides are the best:

#1 maximize planning and instructional time

I already mentioned this a bit but let’s talk more about it! Instructional time is maximized because everything you need is right in your slides: timers, videos, screenshots of handouts, directions, you name it. Therefore, you’re spending less time accessing those things and more time teaching.

It also helps with my planning because I have a consistent outline for my slides and each time I create a new set I’m not starting from scratch. I’m able to use my unpacked standards and plug that information into my slides. I can also recycle slides each year and adjust them as needed. And I know when I’m finished with my slide set for the lesson that I have a comprehensive, thorough, and effective lesson ready to go!

#2 consistent visual for all students

In my classroom, all of my students know where to look if they need information…and it’s usually our slides! Everything I say out of my mouth is usually referenced on my slides in some way. This makes it a consistent place for students to refer to when needed.

They’re also a great support for all learners (not just my visual ones) because they have valuable learning supports like sentence frames, academic vocabulary, math supports, and more!

They support management because students know where to go if they need directions repeated. Timers help students stay on task and know how much time they have to complete an activity. Not only is this helpful for students but also you!

#3 keep us on track

To tie it altogether, they keep us on track! I am confident that my slides have everything I need to stay on track throughout the day. I don’t need to refer to notes to make sure that I’m not missing anything because it’s ALL there!

Students know they have a consistent visual to refer to throughout the day, every day!

Instructional time is maximized and your day flows seamlessly because you have everything you need right there in your slides! Sounds like the perfect teacher tool right? Well, I have one more benefit for you…

#4 support effective, thorough, and engaging lessons

Like I said, I know when I finish a slide set for a lesson that it is comprehensive, throrough, and effective. It has all of the questions I’m asking my students, problems were solving, and supports that my students and I need.

My students are engaged because they have the supports they need, the flow of the lesson supports pacing, they’re a great visual, and they know exactly what we’re doing.

I can also add components to the slides that make the lessons interactive, and if you have a smartboard you can do this too! I love adding moveable math tools so my students can come up to the board and show us their math thinking. I can also have them write on the board to show us how they solved. This makes it more engaging and puts the heavy lifting on the students, which is always a win-win in my book!

#5 added bonus…

And because I hate even numbers, I have one more reason for you! If I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s an added bonus! They’re fun to create and fun for your students to see! I love switching my slide themes up every month because it’s fun for me to put some creativity into it, and my students always love seeing them!

I have the PERFECT resource for you full of fun and unique classroom slides! They have everything you need: tons of editable slide templates, custom headers, blank backgrounds and clip art, so you can get creative and make it your own! You gotta check them out, I promise you won’t regret using this resource in your classroom!

As always, feel free to email me if you have any questions and happy teaching!