Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Letters

Today I am linking up with Big Time Literacy for a Sunday Morning Letters Link Up.  

Dear Team,
Thank you for being so welcoming from the beginning.  I appreciate you having my best interest at heart and helping me along the way.  

Dear Ashley,
I will mail your SLANT box early this week.  I hope you love it!  

Dear Ohio Weather,
Even though every girl is beyond excited for fall, I am absolutely loving these high 70 degree temperatures at the end of September.  I am enjoying the sunshine, flip flops, and spending time outside.  

Dear Parenthood,
I am so happy you returned.  Now I can look forward to every Thursday night.  I can tell this will be an intense final season.  I really hope Julia and Joel get back together.  

Dear Reader,
I started my blogging journey over the summer.  It has been even better than I imagined.  I am grateful for the support and feedback I have received.  Thank you for stopping by!




Friday, September 26, 2014

Positive Note Friday

On Monday, the topic for #DubChat on Twitter was Parent Communication.  One of my strengths is my communication skills.  In the classroom I use e-mail, phone calls, handwritten notes, weekly newsletters, Remind and of course face to face communication.  As a teacher, especially in the beginning of your career, it is easy to get caught up in the day to day situations that occur in our classroom.  That doesn't stop me from taking the time to address positive behaviors.  Introducing... Positive Note Friday!

                                            {ignore my handwriting.. I wrote this very quick!}
                                               Original Idea: credit to One Fab Teacher
Yep, that's it.  No cute template and it is not time consuming.  Even though technology is playing a huge role in classrooms, a handwritten note still holds meaning.  I tape the note onto the student's desk and they see it the following morning.  I love seeing their excitement- especially when they show other classmates or friends.  My non-negotiable is setting aside 15-20 minutes every Friday to address positive behavior.  Since I praise my students daily, this communication is a note or phone call.

Last night was the Parenthood season premiere and tonight is Shark Tank.  Can't wait to relax tonight.. tired teacher right here!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mentor Monday: Books for Teaching Responsibility

I am linking up with The Reading Tutor/OG for Mentor Monday to share books to teach responsibility in the classroom. It is my priority to teach the whole child.  One of the best ways to illustrate these concepts to young children is through read alouds.  
                     The first book I chose is Arthur's Computer Disaster by Marc Brown.
Summary: Arthur is hooked on a computer game and wants to play every chance he gets.  His mom tells him to not touch the computer while she is at work.  Arthur touches the computer and the screen goes blank.  Through this experience, Arthur learns to take responsibility for his actions.

How to use this in the classroom: This is a great book to use at the beginning of the school to discuss how to properly use technology in the classroom such as iPads, iPods, and laptops.  Other concepts to discuss are following directions and taking responsibility for your actions.
Summary: Lilly receives a purple plastic purse, sunglasses, and 3 quarters.  She wants to share these new items with the class, but her teacher says no.  Lilly becomes upset and writes a mean note to her teacher, which she later regrets.  She realizes it is up to her to make things right.  In the process she learns traits such as patience.

How to use this in the classroom: I love this book because it is useful for text connections, comprehension, character traits, and modeling behavior expectations.  

                          What books do you use to teach responsibility in the classroom?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Made It- September 15

Yesterday I mentioned that I would blog about my teacher planner on Wednesday.  Well, I ended up finishing early.  #smallvictory  I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.
Before I introduce my teacher planner... I have been searching for a chevron composition book and I finally found one at Staples.  I am in the blue hallway at my school so this is so perfect!  Our team meets three times a week so I will most likely use this for meeting notes.
Now onto the teacher planner...
As much as I love Erin Condren's teacher planner, $60 is expensive.  I decided to buy planners from TPT and get it bound.  All of this cost me less than $20.  Win-win!
Purchase Susan Dow's planner at her TPT Store

Sections not labeled with a tab:
Class Roster
Class Schedule
Student Birthdays
*These items are conveniently placed in the beginning of my planner*

TAB 1: Standards
Purchase Tanya Rae Design's planner from her TPT Store
I printed the standards double sided. 
Yes, you read that correctly.  I did purchase 2 separate teacher planners.  Both had elements that I liked so I decided to combine them to fit my needs.
                                              TAB 2: SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
I printed the scope and sequence for each subject double sided.  This is not available to download.
                                              TAB 3: CALENDARS (yearly and monthly)
School year calendar from Ms. Fultz's Corner.  This was a freebie for being a Facebook fan.  
 I use Susan Dow's monthly calendar from her planner to keep track of important events or meetings.
TAB 4: WEEKLY LESSON PLANS
My week at a glance lesson plans.  This is from Tanya Rae Designs' planner.  
I like having the days horizontal and the subjects vertical.  At the top you will notice there is a Notes section.  I use this section to write down any meetings or special events for that day.  I always write my plans in pencil because I often move things around based off student understanding and progress.  
The purpose of the week at a glance is for me to map out what I want to accomplish that week.  Although I am flexible, it is important for me to think long term. 
*I put my Guided Reading/small group plans in my Guided Reading binder*

My goal for my teacher planner was to have everything I need in 1 place.  Last year I didn't have the standards or scope and sequence in my planner.  This added extra work for me.  Hopefully the new additions in my planner work out better.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Sunday Scoop- September 14

The Teaching Trio recently started a new Sunday link up to share what is going on in teacher's home and school life.  It is based on the popular 3-2-1 graphic organizer.  Take a peek at what's going on with me.
I HAVE to:
-I am participating in my first SLANT box exchange.  I kept seeing pictures on Instagram and I was immediately interested. I love meeting new people, especially teachers.  Now it is time to buy presents for my partner.
-I am working on my teacher planner right now.  I printed everything last week, but I need to get it bound.  More on that in Wednesday's blog post.
-I still tutor throughout the school year and I need to prep for Thursday's sessions.

I HOPE to:
-As much as I hate to admit it, the weather is getting cooler.  Eventually, I hope to move all of my summer clothes into our guest bedroom closet.  Then I will categorize my closet with fall clothes such as blazers, sweaters, and cardigans.
-I have been busy with school and definitely need to add in my workout routine.  I have been slacking the past few weeks.  Even though it seems like one more thing to do, it is a great stress relief for me.

I'm HAPPY to:
-I got my hair done today.  It is so relaxing and I have seen the same stylist since I was in 7th grade.  

Come back Wednesday to take a look at my teacher planner. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Made It- September 8

Today I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.

I have been working on my Guided Reading Resource Binder and am so excited to finally share it. This binder does not contain documentation or lesson plans.
Binder Cover: Who Loves Third Grade.  Purchase HERE.  This file is editable... to create your personalized cover simply add a text box to the Powerpoint slide.  

                                      SECTION 1: Guided Reading Levels- Background Knowledge
Reading Level Correlation Chart:  FREEBIE from Megan Rogers' TPT Store
Don't you love the color coordination? Makes it so easy to determine what grade level your students are currently reading at.  In the past I have used Fountas & Pinnell and DRA so I like to have this chart handy.  
*Many resources in this post are for Fountas and Pinnell.  If your district uses a different program, take advantage of this chart*
Guided Reading Quarterly Goals: Elizabeth Ciavarella's TPT Store. Purchase HERE
This resource contains quarterly guided reading level goals for grades K-6.  The color coordination illustrates if a students exceeds, meets, approaches, or does not meet expectations.

                                               SECTION 2:  Reading Skills Book List
Grab this FREEBIE 
 Instead of searching through book bins to find the book to best model the skill I am trying to teach, this resource has a list of books that fit each skill.  SO EASY!!

                                                     SECTION 3: Leveled Book Lists
Leveled Book List: The Literacy Garden's TPT Store.  Purchase HERE
In addition to teaching, I tutor students in Kindergarten through Third Grade.  This resource covers levels A-Z, which ensures that I am selecting picture books according to the student's instructional level.  

                                                              BINDER RESOURCE
Level Up- A Guided Reading Tool: Colleen Alaniz's TPT Store. Purchase HERE
*This set only contains levels A-R*
This resource was created for teachers who use Fountas and Pinnell.    
I attached this to a binder ring and placed it inside my binder for easy reference.
Each level contains bullet points with typical reading behaviors to expect.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday- September 5

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky.  For my #compelledtribe, our topic is technology in the classroom.  I selected 5 apps/websites that I use in the classroom.
Last year my principal brought up a valid point during a staff meeting that I still think about today.  Even though many schools are blessed to have updated technology, teachers need to reflect on WHY they use technology in the classroom.  My principal said "don't use it just to use it".  Meaning that technology is meant to ENHANCE your lesson.  Next time you want to use technology in the classroom, stop and think about how it will help meet your lesson or unit objective.  
Twitter
Follow me at: Abond013
 I created a Twitter account over the summer because there are so many benefits.  Through Twitter I can collaborate with teachers, share ideas, receive feedback, and participate in chats.  There are chats every night of the week.  What I love most is that there is always someone in the chat that makes me consider a different point of view.  Most importantly, I can Tweet whenever and wherever.  I love having access to my PLN at any moment.  Twitter is the best form of Professional Development out there because it is individualized.

Many teachers use Twitter in their classrooms as a way to communicate with parents.  Although many teachers communicate through means such as weekly newsletters, Twitter allows others to SEE what you are doing.  Plus Twitter is quick; each Tweet has a 140 character limit.  Users can decide whether to make their account public or private.  Many districts, superintendents, schools, principals, teachers, and classrooms have created Twitter accounts.  If you don't already have an account, I encourage you to create one.
Go Noodle 
If you have not heard of Go Noodle brain breaks I highly recommend you check it out.  If you are an elementary teacher, Go Noodle is perfect for you.  When our students are active they learn better. 

How it works: Most teachers I know use a Smartboard or projector to view the brain breaks.  Students earn minutes to grow a classroom champ.  They love to watch their classroom champ change!  Dance the wiggles away!

Go Noodle is on social media if you want to learn more.  
Remind
Formerly known as Remind 101, Remind is an easy, free, and safe way for teachers to communicate with parents or students.  Teachers never see their parent's/student's phone number and vice versa.  Remind works for any grade level or subject.  The one way messaging is fast and saves teachers time.  Although e-mail is a common form of communication, Remind can be used for those last minute reminders.  

To learn more or sign up, go HERE 
Kidblog
I have seen Kidblog take over elementary classrooms in the past year.  As teachers we need to emphasize to our students the importance of having a POSITIVE digital footprint.  Kidblog's top priority is safety.  Teachers have control over all of their student's blogs.  Student blog posts are private by default.  Only teachers and classmates have the ability to view the blog.  I really like that Kidblog values teachers moderating their student's content.  If you are an intermediate teacher, I have seen Kidblog integrated with Genius Hour.

Learn more about Kidblog HERE

Do!
Do! is a free to do list app.  
This is what the app looks like.  It is very user friendly.  As you can see, to add a new task simply type in the box.  Each task can be edited as needed.
Once a task is completed, you can double click to cross it off.  Another option is to slide your finger to delete the task completely.
On your home screen, the app will show you how many unfinished tasks you have.  The number changes automatically as you add or complete tasks.

I actually don't use this app for school because I already have my own system in place that works for me.  I know many teachers like this app so I figured it was worth sharing.  I use it for "life reminders" such as laundry, grocery shopping, etc.  Download the app for free.

Other technology worth sharing:
-Voxer app {walkie talkie}
-FreshGrade {online student portfolio

What other technology do you like to use in the classroom?
Come back Monday to read about a new reading resource I have been working on.