Sunday, August 7, 2016

New School Year

I just recently had surgery & it has been rough trying to recover! I am having some issues that are causing me pain & numbness that is hindering what I am able to do. As I begin to think of this school year, I need to stay focused on the important things & make sure that I get only the things done that are a need. Things that are not a "need" could be just fluff. As I recover, I need to rember that I am important too. All too often we either take the "I" out of our duties, or we are told to take the "I" out. Well, I am here to tell you it is okay to consider yourself and that of your family. Teachers come and go, they would be able to replace you, but you or your family can't replace you. Listen to that inner self telling you it is time to only do the necessary and think about yourself. Yes, we all want to save the world, but if you are not well, you need to save yourself. A new thought for a new school year.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Tech & the Flexible Classroom

This week, another teacher friend and I, held a professional development for other teachers' within our district. Our goal was to help teachers' see student engagement in a new light. We also wanted teachers' to not fear literacy stations. The presentation was set up to talk about different ways we incorporate technology in the classroom in order to engage the students, but also to help the teacher get data and gain an understanding of their students'. During the presentation we showed teachers how to use the apps or websites as well as help them create their own accounts. As teachers we know it is important to be able to practice what we learn. On that note, we had the teachers do hands-on stations where they had to practice and use the very apps or websites we had presented on. I feel that this was very beneficial to them. This will allow them to go back into the classroom & feel more confident about using technology in literacy stations. All too often, I have heard teachers say that stations do not work because of student behavior. We do have to teach procedures in such a way that it becomes rote behavior, but we also have to try to keep students' engaged, and actually have a drive and love of learning. As teachers, we have a lot on our plates, the list never seems to end. However, our number one reason for being an educator is to educate. Meetings, watching those beginning of the year videos, and some of the paperwork should not be first! It's about the students and how you will educate them. In the training, I also discussed alternative seating. Are there times we will give worksheets? The answer to that is, YES. Can we try to make that time more engaging? The answer again is, YES. During those times when I felt students' would not want to or would not give me their all, I began to incorporate alternative seating. I found that my students didn't moan and groan, but rather, were happy to get that worksheet and make a choice of where they would sit. They started out positively on their work & were more productive and successful for it. So, as a teacher, it is important to do what we can to change the attitude of learning in the classroom. Think outside the box, and go for it. Below is a link to the presentation.
Tech & the Flexible Classroom

Monday, June 27, 2016

Daily 5 Charts

I'm moving to a new grade next year (4th) & I've been working on getting some things ready! This is a big move and I don't want to feel like I'm sinking when school starts. The cards on top are for a teacher friend. She's going to do the Star Wars theme. My cards are the bottom ones! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Technology & Literacy

I have created a flyer about the importance of using technology in the literacy classroom. You can go to this link to find the flyer in the link. https://www.smore.com/ha2af
This is a picture of the flyer that I wrote on Smore.com. It is loaded with
teacher & parent tips. The research based flyer is helpful when deciding if you should
use technology in the classroom.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I love children's Books

This week we have been reading Rosie Revere Enginer. This is a fun book that can be paired with several nonfiction text. I showed my kids the poster of Rosie Riveter & we made the connection of the head scarf that the character wears in the book. It was so much fun to see their faces. In the back of the book there is even a historical reference that discusses women in the time of World War ll. Run & get this book!

Friday, April 8, 2016

How I manage make-up work

This has been one of those weeks where a lot of kids have gotten sick. In order to manage two classes & their make-up work I write the students names on papers right away. I then put them in the next day's drawer. I have all my needed hand-outs & in a drawer for each day of the week. I even have a "next week" drawer so I can plan ahead. TGIF.