Monday, 23 August 2021

Free After the Fall Growth Mindset Lessons

As soon as I read After the Fall by Dan Santat I knew that I wanted to use it in my classroom for growth mindset lessons. Besides the amazing illustrations, it has an incredible growth mindset message.
I have tried many different behaviour management and self-regulation methods in my classroom over the years and I have seen the most success with growth mindset. When students start understanding what it means to have a growth mindset they are able to take a moment and change their thinking.

I have seen first hand how students who previously got very upset/disruptive because they thought work was too hard or because they had to fix an error, were now talking themselves through those situations and calming themselves down more quickly.

Seeing this, tells me that I need to continue incorporating growth mindset lessons into our days and this is one of the reasons I created these growth mindset lessons for After the Fall.

What is included?

Lesson plans for an interactive read aloud with guiding questions. I also included templates for printing the questions on sticky notes so you can easily put them in your book, without marking up the book pages. 

Humpty Dumpty's mindset chances throughout the story and this leads perfectly into discussions about which of his thoughts/actions are examples of a fixed mindset and which are examples of a growth mindset.
I wanted the fixed vs growth mindset activity to be a differentiated one so there are 2 versions of it. 

  1.  Examples are provided for students to cut out and sort (the picture above).
  2.  Students have to write their own examples of when Humpty showed a fixed and a growth mindset. 

Lesson plans and templates for a lesson on throwing away fears. Students will reflect on what fears are holding them back and then create a paper airplane that they will send their fears away on.
A variety of different graphic organizer activities that students can complete over multiple lessons. These graphic organizers focus on students fears and how they can overcome them like Humpty Dumpty did. 
I love to have my students write about a mentor text we have read, so I created 5 different writing prompts connected to After the Fall. 

These can be used in different ways. I create a mini book for each student and each day of the week, they complete one of the prompts. Once the week is over they will have a completed book to share with a buddy and to take home to share with family.
The writing prompts also make great exit tickets, if you want to use only some of them.

I love to have visuals to display in the classroom so students can get reminders of our activities throughout the day. Because of this I designed a variety of inspirational posters with quotes from the book.
There are colored and black and white versions so you have options as to how you want to print them. They look super cute put in a picture frame and placed on a bookshelf.

Get it FREE!

By signing up for my email newsletters you can get all the After the Fall Growth Mindset activities for free!

Need the book?

If you are not familiar with the book or you want to get your own copy you can find them on Amazon here (affiliate links):
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I know your students will love this book and these activities as much as mine do.

Monday, 16 August 2021

Teacher Planners: Why I Don't Buy a Fancy One.

Do you search for a teacher planner every year?

I don't. Well let me start by saying I use to but then I stopped.

Year after year, I would hunt for the perfect planner to use as my day book and year after year I would spend way too much time filling it out.

No pricey daybook for me. Alternative to an expensive teacher planner Terri's Teaching Treasures

I found that I was writing the same things over and over again each day/week because they were things that were part of our routine. This was wasting too much of my time after school so I needed to find a better way to plan my days.

In our school district, we are responsible for writing a day plan for when we have a substitute teacher. This is why I constantly had to write out routines and procedures. 

If your luck is like mine you always get sick at night/early morning when you are not at school. This means that I had to always be prepared for a substitute in my classroom. There was no way I want to write up a detailed day plan when I am sick. 

I no longer have to do this and I no longer have to write a ton in my daybook when I am planning.

How You Ask?

My daybook is put in a binder with photocopies of my day plan template!!

I still want the binder to look nice so I print off a fancy cover and just slide it into the front of the binder and voila....fancy!

editable teacher binder cover for Mrs. Browne lime green, turquoise, and bright pink colors Terri's Teaching Treasures
What My Plan Looks Like

At the beginning of the year, once we get our schedules set, I type a detailed plan (in Word) for each day of the week. I add any routines and procedures that another teacher would need to know about our day and what we do. 

I leave spaces for me to write what I am doing for each subject for that day but ALL the procedures/routines are typed. 

Example photo of teacher planner daybook page. Terri's Teaching Treasures

Click on the photos to see a larger view of them.

I no longer need to do this throughout the year and if someone comes in to teach for me most things are ready. 

Full screen view of what my daybook looks like in a binder. typed out day plan pages.

Weekly Schedule

At the very front of the binder I also keep a weekly schedule so that someone can see very quickly what is coming up for the week and how the subjects are scheduled. 

I do not know if any substitute teachers actually use it but it is there if they want it. 

The Tabs

I keep most things I need right in my binder in different sections.

labels on binder tabs to show what sections are in the day book. Terri's Teaching Treasures

Day Plans: Just what it says. This is where all my day plan pages go.

TTOC Info: We call our substitute teachers Teachers Teaching On Call (TTOC for short) so any information they may need goes here. I have seating plans, class lists, any behaviour plans I may have for students, helpful information about the class, etc.

Schedules: You guessed it. All my schedules (gym, music, library, supervision, learning assistance...) go here for my reference or a TTOC's needs. I also keep an extra copy of my daybook plans here just in case I am away and more are needed. My year overviews are also kept in this section so I know where to find it when I need it. 

Staff Meetings: This is where I keep all staff meeting minutes and any papers we get. I use to keep them in my filing cabinet but I find them way quicker to access here if I need dates or information that came up at a meeting. 

Stuff: Any other random stuff I may want handy goes here. I am always surprised at the end of the year what ends up in this section. 😂

Other Benefits

I am super picky about the binders that I use because I want them to be sturdy but I also want them to have the pouches on the inside of the binder.

This is where I store any answer keys I am currently using and my week schedule (as I explained above). I use to have my answer keys just randomly laying around and I would lose them. Since I switched to the binder daybook, they all go at the back in the pouches. No more remaking answer keys for this girl👍

I also have not-so-fancy to do lists that go in my daybook. When I am planning for the week I put sticky notes at the end of each day and make a list of what is needed for the next day. As soon as it is prepped or done, I can check it off. 
writing on a sticky note as a teacher to do list. It is stuck to the end of each dayplan in the daybook.
Since I don't buy a pricey daybook I now have more money for coffee or shoes!

Another fancy thing I don't buy and is FREE for you!

I wrote a blog post all about my daily board schedule for the students to use and how I make my own schedule cards. You can read about that here and get the free editable download. 
class day schedule cards post Terri's Teaching Treasures

Don't buy a teacher planner. Instead make your own with all your routines and procedures typed out.

If you want to save this post for later, here is an image to pin!

Please let me know if there is anything else you want to know about (or any way I can help you with) planning for the day, week, month, year ❤


Monday, 9 August 2021

Free Daily Class Schedule Cards

I am a firm believer that EVERY classroom should have a day plan posted on the board. It helps everyone know what is going on and what is coming up next. Student anxiety can lower when they have a predictable day.

Before I started putting a day schedule on the board students were constantly asking me what we were doing next. That had to stop REAL quick. 

I have gone through many versions of a day schedule from just writing it on the board with a whiteboard marker to having super fancy labels.

Here's What I Found

Writing it on the board each day took too much of my precious time and I was getting covered in whiteboard marker because I would try to save time and use my hand instead of a brush to clear the previous day. Also, I don't have the neatest printing/handwriting. Yes, not all teachers have that amazing, perfect printing that you admire about your primary level colleagues. lol

Next, I tried the fancy labels. While they did look cute at first there were days where I thought they looked to cluttered on the board. I like clean lines and the chevron AND polka dots (we all remember those trends) were very busy. Also the subject text was so small because I wanted to get in all the fancy borders and images that some kids could not read it from the back of the room. 

I am not judging you if you use these types of labels (they are some of the best sellers in my store) because I think they are stinking adorable. They just are not for me right now. Who knows maybe in a few years I will change my mind again. 

I've seen the schedule cards that have little clocks on them to show students what time they will be doing each activity. No pun intended but I do not have time to change the times everyday. We generally do the same activities at the same time of day but not always. 

What I Use Now

Now I use a very simple label that is a solid color with just the text.

You can print them on one color or multiple colors that compliment your room decor and they do not take up a bunch of printer ink.

I have the outside break times (recess, lunch, and home) on a their own color so students can easily see when they get a break. 

After I laminate them I attach magnets to the back so they will stick to the board. I did find that the magnets fell off the laminated surface pretty quickly so I covered them with packing tape and it works perfect!

I store them in a plastic container form the dollar store and put it on my board ledge. It is super easy, and quick (best part) to put up our new day schedule. 

Our Routine

Each morning, a different student tells us what the date is and then they read over our day schedule. If a student needs a little bit of help reading the labels, no problem. That is what I am there for. 

If I know right away that a student will struggle with reading them, I wait until later on the rotation to pick them to read. This way they will have seen and heard the words read numerous times and they will have more success with many of them.

For You!

If you want a FREE copy of the labels for your own classroom, here they are.

The file is on Google Slides so that you can completely customize them yourself. I have put in the labels I use, but you can easily change the font type and words. You can also make more labels that will suit your needs. 

The Slides are set up so they are printable at 8.5 x 11 size.

More Labeling Fun

If you love labels as much as I do and need (want) more free ones, here are the labels I use to organize the materials I have prepped for the week.

If you want to save this post for later, here is an image to pin to Pinterest. 



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