Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Monday, December 1, 2014
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The other set is also for math. It asks students to color ten frames to show how many, and we can't get enough of that in my class!
And the #1 center choice in my classroom (and the Magic as in the title of this post)...
December Magic Writing
And to end this list of resources, here is a cute little book to broaden vocabulary!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
It has been a joy to be part of the Bright Ideas Link-up each month! I have learned so many wonderful tips and tricks to make learning more fun for my students. If you haven't had an opportunity to visit participating blogs over the past months, winter is the perfect time to browse for new, and really brilliant ideas for your classroom.
Here are a few highlights from my past posts.
In March I shared a great game to get littles moving and thinking about number bonds. The game is called "Ready, Set, Split"! Click the pic to read about this game!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Yes, I have been around ALMOST that long! (my grands, my dad, and me in 1961)
Friday, October 17, 2014
It is so difficult to find time for travel to out of town professional development opportunities, not to mention asking for and receiving funds for doing so. And, if you have been online at all in your search for ideas to help your students, you undoubtedly have seen the buzz word (acronym), "PLC".
The late summer startup, #TeacherFriends fits the definition to a T of what an online PLC is:
A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. The term is also applied to schools or teaching faculties that use small-group collaboration as a form of professional development. Shirley Hord, an expert on school leadership, came up with perhaps the most efficient description of the strategy: “The three words explain the concept: Professionals coming together in a group—a community—to learn.”
Tho we are not physically in the same room, we share, become educator-friends, and enjoy sharing and receiving information that makes us know we are abreast of the newest best practices in education. All of this by just joining in with other educators once a week for one hour (or however long you decide to participate). You can even be there in your jammies--a major selling point to joining in on the fun of an online community.
Refer to this post for some twitter tips:
We have several guests lined up for October-November! Check out our schedule:
Each of these educators are amazing in their own right, and have so much to share.
If you are interested in reading previous guest chats, here is a link to storify, the online log of all tweets from specific chats. Lots of links and ideas! https://storify.com/kimvij
I encourage you to try twitter for your professional community connections. You will not be disappointed! Be sure to join our practice chat at 8:30 p.m., EST each Tuesday (right before our chat) to learn about how to participate. My favorite tip:
Use #TeacherFriends when responding to ANY question or tweet. Also, use http://bitly.com to shorten links you share in your tweets. Twitter is limited to 140 characters, so make your tweet count!Be sure to read this blog post for more twitter how-to info!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Bonus Round (ten minutes)
And...if you are blessed enough to have a para or a tutor in your room, you can pull students to your reading table for intensive trace and chant support using Jan Richardson's method of teaching letters and sounds. Students basically say the letter name as you help them trace the large letters. Then they say the sound as you trace again. Do this every day to see significant improvement.
I always end my guided group time with name or word making activities. The new group of students will need intensive support with names, so I am prepping this set that I use every day with my own struggling readers (only one or two).
This is an editable set for sequentially working with names. Grab it here.
for beginning sounds...
For fine motor...