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Try It Free Tuesday and Some New Teacher Tips!

One of my Freebie Friends, Hadar, from Miss Kindergarten is running a fantastic weekly feature this summer called:

Each week she features a couple of authors who contribute a free (regularly priced item) for her readers to download and try for free!!! Great right?  I know I’ve already tried some fabulous activities. So this week, it’s my turn.  I decided to give everyone, who hasn’t already tried one yet, to snag my I-Spy Signs of Summer Word Work Fun Pack.

  I am excited about this one, because it is one of my newer packs that allows you to print off in black and white to save you using up all your precious colored ink. This one is differentiated and aligned and words on CVC, CVCC/CVCC as well as CVCe words.

  I have tons of other I-Spy packets like this that allow your kiddos to practice letter recognition, number recognition, addition, subtraction…you name it.  

So go over and grab this free item and try it for FREE just for today though.

You’re not going to want to miss out on the Freebielicious Summer Linky Party Week 2. 

So I thought it would be interesting to get some thoughts from my Facebook readers.  I asked them, “What is the one thing you learned about teaching after your first year that you wish you would have known BEFORE you started that first year?”

Here’s what they said:

If I have to agree with so much of what is already stated above.  The things that are going to help you survive that first hear are the same things that will make you successful any year that you teach.

Have a good management plan! If you want to find out more about mine from last year, you can click on the picture below and even get some free classroom rules posters.

Be prepared everyday. Be a professional.  Have a plan.

Routines and procedures are a must.  In kindergarten, everything is new and different.  Students need to be able to count on specific routines and procedures.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t try new things, but remember that students thrive on knowing what your expectations are.  Practice expectations and routines so that they become second nature.

Know your students. It’s hard to do when they walk through the door that first day, but the quicker you can get to know your students, the faster you can start understanding their learning preferences, interests and personalities.  The more you know, the more they’ll grow.  If at all possible, try sending out a Student Inventory to your students’ parents in order to get a head start on knowing the little people you’ll be teaching this year.   Grab this free one I made up if it can help you.  Just click on the picture below.

I think that’s enough to get you started.  I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for new teachers.  You can either leave them below as a comment or link up.

Head on over to Sharing Kindergarten to link up and find more new teacher tips.

Marsha Moffit McGuire

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