Archive for Elisabeth Krane

Shout Out: Everybody!

Shoutout to our whole class for being engaged and on-task (especially during the math mini-lessons today!). It’s so hard to switch back to being students after being teachers, and I know I especially appreciated everyone’s willingness to work hard during the mini-lessons today. –Elisabeth

Writing prompts (and resources!)

Here is an awesome link to a TpT store with some great writing prompt worksheets for elementary students! The packet is a little pricy for these prompts ($7), but I think it would be worth the investment eventually, if the packet supported the curriculum of your school district! Here is an example image: Keep this […]

Shout Out: Mrs. Rushing’s Practicum Group

A big shout-out to Lizz and Hannah for being great groupmates! I appreciated all their support during the rotations I planned, and I also appreciated their energy and enthusiasm when I got ANOTHER cold from the kiddos (seriously. Mrs. Rushing even commented, “You sound miserable,” because I was so stuffy!). What awesome practicum teachers! –Elisabeth

Fall Break

Hey friends! A friendly reminder to rest up, eat well, relax, and DRIVE SAFE over Fall Break! I know we’ve all caught colds from our little friends in kindergarten practicum, and we can hopefully get healthy before we go back into the schools for elementary practicum. Hopefully we can all take care of ourselves–I know […]

Teacher resources: How to be accountable to the standards

Hi, friends! After the Geofest lecture on Standards-Based Grading, I started wondering how teachers and students keep track of all the standards and benchmarks they are supposed to be meeting! As always, I turned to Pinterest and found an easy way to track and display learning targets in your classroom. This teacher tracks each time […]

Geofest Review: Standards-Based Grading

Hello again, friends! I don’t know how many of you attended the lecture at Geofest about Standards-Based Grading, but it was an excellent lecture. I’m still not sure how I personally feel about this method of assessment, but I am certain that with the push to hold teachers more accountable to standards, we will be […]

Classroom discipline: What would you do?

Hi friends! In our practicum group, our cooperating teacher’s style of discipline often conflicted with my, as well as my partners’, thoughts about how discipline should be handled. Our teacher was never deliberately unkind, but she would address individual students in front of the class and sometimes ask the students questions like, “How can we […]

Practicum: A question about standards

Hey friends! I was wondering if you saw your cooperating teachers planning lessons based on the MN or National Standards, or if they used standards-based language, such as “I can…” statements to guide their lessons? Is there an emphasis on standards in kindergarten? Did we just not see the standards in the behind-the-scenes planning? Or […]

Teachers Overpaid?

Now that I have your attention, take a look at this satirical article that examines what would happen if you paid teachers for the “easy job” of simply “babysitting”. I’m not as articulate as this author so click through the link and let me know your thoughts! Do you agree or disagree?

What Teachers Make   This video makes me so happy! I think that teachers are underrated in our society today, but just imagine where the world would be without the individuals who make a difference in every student’s life. Thoughts?