I know it isn't necessary to give students a gift on their birthday, but it is a nice way to let them know that you care about their special day. The mini bubbles are from the party aisle at Target.
And, who knows, for some kids, it might be the only gift they get.
Marsha’s 10 practical ideas can help novice educators better prepare for the first day of school and a successful year. Find your curriculum and read through it several times.
Put Post-it notes in places where you have questions.
Here's a look at what's included in my birthday bags.
Better check with the teacher before sending your child to school with birthday cupcakes for the class this year.Trowbridge says the change in his school district of 4,900 students was met only with minor resistance.“I think the parties can get out of hand,” he says, describing the disruption that can occur when the birthday child and a friend (or friends) leave class to deliver cupcakes to former teachers, the office secretaries, the school nurse, the music teacher, etc.More and more Massachusetts school districts are adopting a no-food policy for classroom celebrations in response to a growing obesity epidemic, an increase in allergies, and recognition that these constant mini-parties can be disruptive to learning.Schools in Beverly, Weymouth and Hull have approved similar restrictions to limit food at party celebrations.It’s an exciting but also anxious time, as the experienced professionals in the Teacher Leaders Network know well.So for those early birds lucky enough to have found a teaching position in the current down-sized economy and eager to begin, we offer our first Teaching Secrets article of 2010, tailored to the particular needs of new teachers in the “tween” grades.Author Marsha Ratzel teaches middle school math and science in Blue Valley, Kansas, where she has also served as a district-wide technology and curriculum coach.She’s National Board-certified and began her (so far) 18-year teaching journey after a first career in health care administration.More specifically, items to be bagged up as student birthday gifts. Finally, they get a super fun pencil and a mini container of bubbles. I was going to save the project for summer, but I figured now is as good a time as any! Thankfully, they have had them for a few years now, but of course, any fun, cute pencil would work here (I've used basic mechanical pencils in the past and they were a hit too).