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10 Hearty Valentine's Day Projects for Teachers

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Feb 1, 2013 4:59:00 PM

valentine's day for teachersEvery February 14, people around the world declare and reaffirm their affection for one another. Others simply use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to stuff themselves with chocolate, break out their art supplies and get “crafty.”

Call us saps, but we’re Valentine’s Day fanatics and we know that deep down you and your students are, too.

To help you celebrate, we’ve put together a free downloadable guide, 10 Hearty Valentine's Day Projects for Teachers. Inside you’ll find instructions for creating your own:

  • Hershey Kisses Mouse
  • Valentine’s Day Mailbox
  • Cupid Arrow
  • Crayon Shaving Hearts
  • Scratch-Off Valentines
  • Votive Candle Holders

And more!

It is our goal to supply teachers with engaging resources that you and your students love—so be sure to stop by our blog and browse our resource library as well!


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Holiday activities are great...when balanced with "higher-order" work

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 15, 2012 6:00:00 AM

Bringing holiday activities into the classroom is something we look forward to every year. We enjoy celebrating as much as any teacher, but just because it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” doesn’t mean that “higher-order” assignments and critical thinking activities can be left out to dry!holiday activities for 2013

To help you balance the festivities and holiday activities with something a bit more…how should we say it, substantial…we came up with a writing assignmentone that will help you and your students start the New Year off right.

We came up with this idea after stumbling on a letter Frank Trujillo wrote to his students. Summarizing it here wouldn’t do it justice, so take a few minutes and read it on your own.

Now that you’ve read Trujullo’s letter, we’ll tell you about the assignment: 

Most of us spend a great deal of time setting goals for our students and telling them what we expect of them—but when was the last time you had them reflect on their own goals and tell you what they expect of you? What better time to do this than for the New Year?

Here are more specifics:

Have your students write or type an informal letter to you. Emphasize that the content will not be evaluated for spelling or punctuation. In it they should answer the following questions as honestly and constructively as possible:

  • How is this class/this school year going so far for you?  Why?
  • What activities or classroom procedures worked best in 2012 to help you learn?
  • What activities or classroom procedures didn’t work so well in 2012? What could we do to make 2013 better?
  • How can I be more helpful to you in the New Year?

Now it’s your turn to respond. If you take Trujillo’s approach, you’ll only have to write one letter to the entire class. If you can manage it, though, this exercise will have more impact if you respond to each letter individually and treat is as an ongoing conversation between you and the student.

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Tags: holiday activities, writing strategies, Writing, writing fluency, writing skills

10 Cheap, Quick and Easy Holiday Crafts for Teachers!

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 14, 2012 3:49:00 PM

holiday_craft_ideasThe holidays are as exciting as they are hectic—especially when you’re a teacher. Not only do you have to plan out celebrations for your family, you’ve also got a classroom (or classrooms) full of students to think about!

If you’re running behind this year, or simply looking for a few new holiday crafts to supplement the tried and true, look no further: We put together a FREE downloadable guide that contains 10 of our favorite cheap, quick and easy holiday craft ideas. Feel free to take it with you and share it with your friends and colleagues!

Inside you’ll find holiday crafts like:

· Reindeer puzzle piece ornaments
· Pine cone snowmen
· Gumdrop Trees
· Candy cane reindeer
· Hershey Kiss mice
· Handprint menorahs and more!

On behalf of Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching program, we would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season.


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