Archive for the ‘drills for teaching’ Category

We say a drill
Before each lesson
Then sing a song
For that book of question

Papers are passed
By column or row
Then we write out
Neatly what we know


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Surfaces make straight faces
That meet at an edge,
They point to each vertex,
Where angles make a wedge

Always be found on top
Choose the face that’s grand
Before the edge you must stop
For the earth turns a cruel hand

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Plane figures are flat
they do not take up space
So on a cube I sat
With its shadow before my face

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With two numbers before my face
I wrote the factors of the least
Tried them on the greatest
And found their common beast

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I’ll not be found asleep
When it becomes my turn
This promise I will keep-
I am here to learn

Nor will I be found visiting
And distracting all my friends
I will turn my head for listening
For the pattern that this lends

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>All aboard
The wisdom train
Where thoughts soon stored
Will make a chain

I’m discovering puppets in my Kindergarten room!

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>Make good choices
We are in school
Lower your voices
Be respectful

When voices compete
We are too loud
Let’s not make a peep
Starting right now

When teaching, I love to have silly moments. Kids love to laugh. Getting the class back on track is the hard part. This last week I had some adults come in and they were talking in the back of the room. The room got loud. It is inevitable that voices compete. So they could not hear me- or chose to not hear me. I then discovered that students respond to soft singing when they get too loud. It is a way to get them to hear you through the noise and get them one by one to remind each other that it is time to move on. just keep singing it in a soft sweet calm voice…It’s funny, I have written a poem about making good choices before.

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