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6 Teacher Tips for a Smooth November

November 5, 2018 by Emily

The chaos from all the Halloween festivities are subsiding, but we know The Holidays are right around the corner.

Here are 6 tips I have to make it a smooth November…

6 Teacher Tips for a Smooth November

1. Stick to your schedule.

Do not stray from your schedule. I know sometimes our schedules can be interrupted, but keep things as normal as you can. I keep my “schedule” same as usual, and I insert the activities as if they are subjects I teach during the day.

For example, if you are doing a holiday craftivity, do it during your normal writing time. That way, your students don’t get antsy because of all the exciting activities.

2. Use videos to help you with your anticipatory sets once in a while.

Try videos on YouTube and BrainPop to help you spark your students’ interests on the lessons you are teaching. This will help take some of the pressure off you, and you can get your materials organized before you start your lesson.

3. Understand that now is not the time to let your classroom management slip.

In fact, now is the time to tighten the reigns and stay more consistent than ever. Every year, I make a conscious effort to remember that I am doing myself and my students a disservice if I become lax in my management.

Keep things strong until the very end.

4. Practice reading comprehension every day.

When you engage your students with meaningful reading comprehension activities, they will increase their fluency and comprehension. Doing this every day will help them improve on the hard work you have put in this year! Stretch those minds as much as you can!

5. Dive into a chapter book.

November is a great time to start cozying up to chapter books during your read alouds. I have found that once I start reading chapter books, my kids start choosing more chapter books during our visits to the library.

6. Prep your December activities before December.

This one seems like a no-brainer, but have you ever noticed that November slips away from us EVERY year!? It’s like a switch that is turned on that speeds up time. If you spend a little time now prepping your December activities, that’s one less thing you will have to worry about.

Looking for a fabulous December activity? Check out our Holidays Around the World Unit!

My students LOVED getting their suitcases ready and filling out their airline tickets for the adventures that awaited!

We recently added materials so each student can assemble a suitcase. Check out how we did it by visiting the video below.[Click here to see video]

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