I don't know about where you are, but here in New England, our winters are cold and snowy.  This means that we often have indoor recess or, if we do go outside, it's not terribly fun.
Time for some tough love here.  Being a student teacher isn't for the faint of heart.  It will be a busy semester (or year), but you will learn SO much!  The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.  Hopefully, you'll even get a job out of it!  Here are some tips to make the most of your student teaching experience.
Take Home Book Bags are one of my favorite alternatives to homework for my second graders.  They give my students the opportunity to read at home if they don't have access to books, but also involves their families in the reading process.  To learn more about the what and why of Take Home Book Bags, check out this post.

Take Home Book Bags are one of my favorite alternatives to homework for my second graders.  They give my students the opportunity to read at home if they don't have access to books, but also involves their families in the reading process.  To learn more about the what and why of Take Home Book Bags, check out this post.

"I didn't do my reading homework last night," one of my second-grade students said to me, sheepishly.  Before I jumped to conclusions, I decided to probe for more details.
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