This classroom theme pack is filled with resources for setting up your gears classroom theme. You will receive a zip file with gears themed items in Microsoft Word 2011, Pages, Printshop, and/or PDF versions.
The packet includes:
Whole and half page stationery
Binder Cover, with table of contents and instructions Classroom Job header
Folder or notebook Labels/classroom notebook divider labels Name Tags
Desk Name Plates
Classroom Rules, consequences, and rewards posters (blank) Center/workstation instruction posters (blank)
Math challenge/incentive pages
I tend to be silly and have fun in the classroom. I believe that students have to WANT to learn and be ENGAGED in their learning in order to retain any information. I use a lot of goofy voices, exaggerated examples, and silly mnemonics in my teaching.
I also believe that students need to take responsibility for their own learning. A lot of what I do is geared toward students creating and completing activities, rather than me lecturing and boring them into a nap.
I don't use a lot of clip art in my lessons (unless it's central to the objective being taught), because I believe that my munchkins could/should create their own! It can also be distracting for those already distractable students.