Hello all! I have been working all day on updating a few of my “older” products. I have learned so much since I started on TpT, so I am working on doing some updating! This is actually one of my best sellers and one of the things that I use the most in class! I added quite a few new pages, and now I have horizontal and vertical orientations to all of the pages! I also added several new line styles! This bad boy went from 14 pages to 36! Phew! My December “I’m Done!” Menu pack is updated just
When I saw that Teaching with Grace was doing a linky about what our classrooms look like when they are not perfect I HAD to join the fun. I LOVE blog hopping and looking at all of you all’s classrooms, but sometimes I get a bit discouraged because “my room doesn’t look like that!” Of course, when I post about my classroom I always try to post “perfect” pictures, but most of them time my classroom is much less than perfect! So, here is some pics of what my classroom typically looks like at the end of the day. This is
This is one of those, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that moments!” Thank goodness I work with brilliant people! I have my kiddos work with “Thinking Partners” in class. A LOT! I used to have them just “Turn and talk to someone sitting close to you”. Of course then Johnny, Susie, and Tommy don’t have partners and they have to cross the whole room to talk to each other! So, my wonderful colleague and friend Kelley came up with a simple yet amazing idea! Every morning as part of our “Morning Business” the kiddos choose a partner for
Data, data and more data! I feel like everytime I turn around I need to make sure that I can back it up with data! So, how am I taming the data monster? I can notebooks! This is where the kiddos are going to keep track of their own learning! This is the cover. When you first open it up, the label on the front pocket says: Reading Sheets. The kiddos will be doing a daily reading response at the end of Reading Workshop (I do a modified version of Daily 5!). This is where they will keep their papers!
I am linking up this week at The Teacher’s Chair to share my lesson plan book. I change the way that I plan lessons a lot! I never print out too many pages because I like to tweak things! I have a lesson plan template that I print that has all of the important and repeating times: specials, lunch, recess, switching for different subjects… Of course, each month the theme and color scheme changes…I still like to handwrite my actual lessons though. I keep all of my plans (for now) in a binder. I plan to streamline it a bit by
This book is really making me THINK! Chapter 8 is all about Synthesizing Information. This is one of those strategies that I have always had a tough time explaining to the kiddos. According to Keene and Zimmerman (1997) compare synthesis, the process of sifting through a multitude of details, focusing on the most relevant and then organizing those ideas, to the meticulous creation of a “mosaic of meaning, a beauty, greater than the sum of each shiny piece.” The author states: “The process of synthesizing information may be the most complex of the comprehension strategies.” (I’ll say!) So! How does this
Summer vacation is the best isn’t it? I love getting up when I want (usually about 6:30 due to everyone else in the house being up). I can exercise when I want, I have time to read and to blog. I have no excuse for not blogging, but I have been busy enjoying my new freedom (taking long baths and napping mostly!)So! Here is one of the books that I am reading this summer! Building Mathematical Comprehension by Laney Sammons of Guided Math fame!Today I am sharing my thoughts on Chapter 2: Recognizing and Understanding Mathematical Vocabulary.First off, let me
Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire! I am officially on Summer Vaca! Hurrah!That being said, our last week was a lot of fun! My wonderful teach colleague had done “Teacher for A Day” a couple of years ago, so I thought that I would try it this year! It mostly went really well. There is a few things I would tweak, but the kiddos came up with some great ideas! They had a great time learning: How to play Chinese Checkers. About Rocks and Minerals. How to draw a bird. How to make a pet rock. No cook s’mores! We
Okay, I have been up to my ears in grading papers, doing school projects with my boys and coming down with a cold! I had a really great day at school today, but did nothing miraculous or picture worthy! Now wait a minute…I guess if I stop to reflect (which as a teacher I have little time to do) today was wonderful! The kiddos did what they were supposed to do, I had a teachable moment and the resources to carry it out, we had fun playing WORDO,and I got wear p.j.’s and have lunch with a great group of kiddos.
I want to start by saying I LOVE TECHNOLOGY (until it doesn’t work, then I don’t). I have and ipod (which I listen to audio books on), a laptop (where I incessantly read blogs), a tablet computer (with the Kindle app), not to mention an iPad (provided by my school to do MCLASS assessments). I love the idea of being able to carry around a whole library on a device! (Maybe I would feel differently if I had a smartphone…)But….There is something wonderful about sitting down with a book (or laying down, I am a librocubicularist: one who loves to read in bed).
I most definitely cannot take credit for this adorable area lesson for 2nd grade idea, I saw it on Pinterest, then remembered to do the activity from my wonderful teaching friend. Area Critters!Well, some critters and other whatnots. All you need is: 1 in. graph paper Construction paper pencils and crayons Imaginative kiddos My 2nd graders had a great time with this activity. Here’s what some of my darlings came up with: Aren’t the turtles cute? T-Rex Snowy Owl not a critter, but a birthday cake! I thought that they were pretty original! Don’t
I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text linky! I love children’s books and what a better day to do it than on International Children’s book day? I love this book! Of course, I love pretty much anything by Chris Van Allsberg! It is about a farmer who accidentally hits a man with his truck. He brings the man home. The Stranger doesn’t speak, but enjoys his time with the farmer and his family. The strange thing is, summer seems to be going on for n extra long time! I cheated a little on the One