I am not a silent person, pretty much ever. I have always been a bit of a chatterbox, and that is probably the reason why I do not mind a chatty classroom. I could not make it through the day without talking to the people in my life, and I certainly do not expect them to be silent throughout the majority of the day.
One staple in our routine is the Would You Rather questions.
It took about a year to figure my system out, but I now have a planning schedule that allows me to take each weekend off from school completely.
While I adore teaching and my class, the amount of time I used to work everyday was overwhelming. After my first full year of teaching I already felt burnt out. I knew something needed to change, but I did not want to sacrifice what was best for my class. I had to try out a lot of different methods, but I finally made a schedule for myself.
When I stick to it, I am done working by 8 pm each school night and I never work on weekends!
Having a TV in your classroom can seem overwhelming at first, but it really is an amazing way to increase learning. Click here to read about how I incorporate it into our morning meeting.
While I love how it enhances our morning meeting, I think what it does for my teaching in ELA and Math is what causes me to love it the most!