Around the classroom procedures
Hi! Im going to give you a short tour of my classroom and procedures from the year that I taught 6th-8th grade. Since I teach at a small Christian school of about 30, its common for me to switch grades depending on where i'm most needed.
This is my DIY attendance board to keep track of where my students are at all times. each pin has a tack hot glued to the back side. Each time a student needs to leave the room, they simply move the pin with their name to the correct place. this wored great all year and my students loved it too! To build one your self you only need a few supplies.
-A small cork board from walmart
Here you can see my DIY puzzle multiplication banner. I found a large piece children's puzzle that already had a few missing pieces. I then traced each piece onto some cute printed paper. I found the printed paper in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby. After pasting the paper to the puzzle pieces, I wrote the multiplication facts with a sharpie. Then I punched two holes in the top of each piece and strung them on a piece of twine. I had a super cute math banner in about 20 minutes!
The students in the picture are doing their math with Khan Academy. This program works wonders for teachers who are trying to juggle multiple grade levels in one classroom. It allows your self motivated students to work ahead and remain challenged while your slower learners take their time building foundations. Students can earn gems and badges which motivates them to work ahead at home. Khan provides short video lectures for each new skill and then records their progress so that I can focus on another group of students while one group does math.
Geography is one of my favorite subjects to teach! I Used the abeka 7th grade geography textbook for my whole class. To make things more fun, at the beginning of each new unit, I would assign each student a few flags. They had one week to draw their assigned flags and write 3 important facts about that county on the back. They always had so much presenting their flags and facts. By the end of the year we had almost all of the flags of the world on our wall!
Another favorite Geography activity is geography with nerf guns. I would hand two nerf guns to two different students. I would call out a country and on "GO" they would aim and shoot the bullets towards the map. Whichever teams bullet stuck closest to the the correct country RECEIVED a point! this is always a class favorite!