5 Ways to Use Classroom Procedures for a Better Teaching Experience

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With the start of the school year underway, I thought I would share some key things to keep in mind when teaching procedures to students. As an experienced teacher who interacts with new teachers on a regular basis, one of the most common complaints I get is problematic student behavior. This is one of the reasons many teachers choose to leave the profession. It can be frustrating when you feel like no matter what your best efforts are, you just cannot get that class or those certain students to behave. There are many mitigating factors that can affect student behavior, and as teachers we cannot control all of them. Thus, it is important to control what we can: what we teach and how we teach it.

Before I get to the key components, it is important to note that procedures include teaching students how you want them to behave in any given situation. Walk into a school that uses PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and you will see expectations for procedures in every area of that school. For example, when you walk into the cafeteria, you will see a chart on expected behavior. The same goes for the hallway, classroom, and other spaces in the school. Thus, teaching proper behavior should be an integral part when going over your procedures. And the good thing is that procedures can be taught at any time during the year!

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How to Make a DIY Puppet Theater for Kids

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This DIY Puppet Theater can be used for many different themes in the classroom, afterschool, daycare, and other educational programs. Kids can learn storytelling, role playing, self expression, and more. It is great to use in categories such as Youth Character Development and a Bullying Prevention unit. Learn how to make the theater with step by step instructions below.

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Bullying Prevention Using Dramatic & Cooperative Play

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Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign that is truly important to me and the entire S&S team. I genuinely enjoy coming up with new and creative ways that kids can use our products to gain a greater understanding of what bullying is, raise awareness, and ultimately put an end to bullying.

This year, while thinking about what type of projects to create and share, I remembered an article I had read on the Parents Magazine website on social and emotional skills and dramatic play. The article talked about the importance of dramatic and cooperative play, reinforcing children learn how to take turns, share responsibility, and problem solve when engaging in these activities. What undoubtedly stood out in this article was simple, but resonated with me all these months later. “When children pretend to be different characters, they have the experience of walking in someone else’s shoes, which helps teach the moral skill of empathy.” Continue reading



Classroom Book Activity – How Rocket Learned to Read

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Classroom Book Activities for: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Story Summary

In this wonderful story about words and reading, a little yellow bird teaches a dog named Rocket the alphabet. Soon he discovers the joy of using letters to make words and reading stories all by himself!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce How Rocket Learned to Read. As a whole class do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as marvel and captivated. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

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Annual Back to School Drive – Jewish Family Services

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Volunteers who sorted and stuffed hundreds of school supplies for those in need

All of us here at S&S Worldwide were proud to support and sponsor the Jewish Family Services 3rd Annual Back to School Drive.

Benefitting Greater Hartford Families & JFS Clients in Need

It’s hard to believe August has come to an end, the last month of summer, and the new school year will officially begin soon and has already started for many schools. With that comes the hustle and bustle of getting our children ready for the start of school. As a mother of three daughters ages 11, 9 and 4, I know firsthand how busy and stressful this time can be for families. However, imagine the added pressure of not having the resources to purchase new school supplies for your children. Unfortunately, this is the case for many families in our community.

This past month, I was proud to co-chair the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Third Annual Back to School Drive, which benefitted low-income children throughout Greater Hartford. In partnership with the Mandell JCC’s Family Room and PJ Library of Greater Hartford, the goal of the Back to School Drive is to prepare children with the tools they need to feel organized, self-confident and motivated to succeed in the classroom. Continue reading



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