Are you in need of some January Classroom Inspiration? I love teaching in January. The students know your expectations. They are a little bit older and wiser. AND there are minimal interruptions. I feel like January is the first month of the year that I really get to teach.
January Classroom Inspiration
In the chaos of the Holiday parties and performances I always get behind on my January bulletin boards. On those first days back I find that writing winter haikus or shape poems get my bulletin board finished quickly. Writing these poems are easy ways to complete the writing process quickly and get my students brains up and running again.
For my read alouds, I like to use poetry. The FREE January A Poem Each Week gives the opportunity to review standards and assess any reteaching that needs to take place before heading into the new standards.
January Literacy Center
This January literacy center has 4 poems and 16 activities for the month of January. Topics cover snow, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The activities cover test prep, close reads, written response, writing poetry, and content area connections.
Get a Head Start on Test Prep.
I know that testing is still months away, but I like to keep my students ahead of the game. I hate the last minute cram and stress of testing. Unfortunately standardized tests are like death and taxes. We gotta do it. So to help my students practice and not get the test anxiety, I use these daily questions. These are easy ways to assess the needs of my students. Using a data collection graph I can quickly see who understands which standards and makes grouping and reteaching easy. Once I have passed that page, I add the questions to my question jar. The question jar is easy way to fill those few seconds and minutes where you have downtime or are waiting for dismissal.
January Bulletin Boards
Write snowman poetry. This is a great way to combine a review of parts of speech and get that bulletin board ready to go today! There are 4 lessons for in the January Literacy Center that have templates and instructions or you can use these FREE templates with your own poetry lesson plan.
January Teaching Ideas