Teachers, try to count how many times you ask students to make a group of 6, to partner up, to make any other sort of group. Managing this seems like it takes too much time, too much direction, and too much stress. Not anymore with this EASY-to-implement Flexible Grouping and Partnering System!
Why should you care about setting up a flexible grouping and partnering system?
The answer: It makes it easy for your classroom to collaborate with each other. And, COLLABORATION IS KING.
Check out what I consider the God-Of-All-English-Language-Teachers has to say on the matter:
Even though it is tempting to focus on the more visible products of group work, we must keep in mind the power of the process. The learning that happens on the way to the final product is usually a rich array of exchanges that have cumulative impact on student language.
Along the way, we must help students build what I call academic collaboration skills. These skills include elaborating and probing meaning, reasoning together, and making decisions together. In a sense, students use talk to “think together” (Mercer 2000).”
…ultimately, students construct new knowledge and new academic skills.
Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms – Jeff Zwiers
BOOM!!! MIKE DROP!!!!!!
Doesn’t that just give you the chills?!!! How powerful is that?!!! COLLABORATION helps students THINK TOGETHER, construct new knowledge, AND new academic skills!
(I would also like to add, a pretty necessary LIFE and CAREER skill for EVERYONE).
I remember walking into my first school, my first classroom, a week before the first day of school. AND I WAS TERRIFIED!!!
I started thinking about how my student teaching didn’t start until October, so I had NO CLUE how to start off a school year. What supplies did I need? Was I even going to get any from the school or students? What about my classroom? Does it have furniture? I just wished I could find a new teacher survival list!
WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?
Luckily, I shared the room with another English-as-a-Second-Language teacher, and she showed me the ropes. She even went school shopping with me to help me get everything I would need to start the school year off right! ^_^
I KNOW I would NOT have survived without her help. So, as a way to help you through the wildest, hardest, most rewarding, crazy year of your life, here’s are all of the supplies I had (or wish I had!) that saved me throughout the school year!
(ALL THE COLORS. Why flair pens? Because they are the BEST. They don’t bleed through anything, they don’t accidentally break and stain your clothes, kids can’t draw on themselves with them, and they KEEP WORKING).
This is a more personal one. Bullet Journals work for some ( the teacher next-door had made a GORGEOUS one), others use google calendar, etc. If you are a visual person like me, somebody who NEEDS to write things down, or you don’t know where to start, try this one out!
(Seems like a weird one, I know. But they are soooo useful for keeping track of student names, for field trips, for hall/bathroom passes, and for implementing the flexible grouping system I created for you).
Other ESSENTIAL items:Coffee Maker(I personally use the french press), Microwave (to heat up your cold coffee),Hand Sanitizer (so you can drink your coffee without getting sick), Tissues, Packaging Tape (To keep things on desks and tables), BIG POSTER sticky notes, grid paper for students, chocolate, more coffee, mini-fridge, and pictures ofcute happy things.
All the Montessori teachers I worked with had binders STUFFED with their lessons plansand resources. I even saw one teacher use it to help students keep track of what lesson they are on, and what they need to do next!