Becky Boer

Teaching

2014-2015 Goals

I’m not one of those teachers who stops thinking about work on the last day of school. I know that some folks are able to put school completely out of their minds for the entire summer, and sometimes I envy them, but I am certainly not one of them! I constantly reflect on my year, and what I’ll need to change the following year. Although I’m very late, I decided to join up with I Heart Recess for the goals I’ve set for the 2014-2015 school year. I had a hard time  ...

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Model Schools Conference

Back in January, my principal approached me with pretty big news. She’d found out that our district was offering to send her, our assistant principal, and one teacher (me!) to the Model Schools Conference at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Disney World. What is the Model Schools Conference? I was thrilled. I’ve been to local, state conferences on a regular basis, but I’ve never been to an international conference. The 2014 MSC is the 22nd annual conference hosted by ICLE  ...

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Classroom Rules

Last year, I adapted a set of classroom rules. These rules are based loosely on the idea of Whole Brain Teaching, and are influenced by a few teachers that I know. There are only five rules, and they are fairly simple and easy to remember. 1. Listen when the teacher is talking. This is always on my class rules, no matter how many times I change them. I try to make sure that I’m concise and succinct when I’m talking to my kids, because their attention spans only last for about  ...

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Reference Binder (Or “Realizing Just How Nerdy I Am”)

About a week ago, I got an idea. My sister had been in Staples and found that they had binders on sale for some ridiculously low price, so she bought me 12. Twelve binders. Normal people might’ve been like, “What in the world am I supposed to do with twelve binders?” but not me. I was thrilled. (They’re also pink and green and super cute.) I’ve already moved the contents of most of my binders into these new ones. But I do have some left over, and while trying  ...

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