Friday, February 27, 2015

Freebie Friday - Addition and Subtraction Vocabulary Memory Matching Games



Yay for Friday! Today’s freebie is brought to you by Adam Thompson. Click on the picture to go to the product on TpT.


This is a set of two 20-card memory matching games covering addition and subtraction vocabulary.

It is meant to be a free sample of my math and other subject memory matching games (more coming to my store soon).

I currently have these full sets available:

Addition and Subtraction Grade 2+3 Mental Math Memory Matching Games
Addition and Subtraction Grade 1+2 Memory Matching Games



Are you interested in submitting your freebie to be featured on my blog and Facebook page?  Click {here} to fill out the form for consideration. After you submit this form, please email me one or two pictures of the product. The pictures can be the same ones you use as thumbnails on TpT.




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tips for Mentoring a Student Teacher - Releasing Responsibilities to Student Teacher



I hope you found my second set of tips useful! You can click on the picture above to see all the posts in this series.

Once your student teacher is introduced to the families, you need to set up a schedule for releasing responsibilities to your student teacher.


If your student's school gives you a suggested schedule, you should follow that.  If not, you can use these guidelines to help you.

You need to think about how long your student teacher should spend observing.  Make sure they have a few days to observe and take notes on routines.  This also gives them time to learn the names of your students.

Once your student teacher has a chance to observe your teaching, then you can think about giving him/her more responsibilities.

Start slowly.  Give your student teacher easy routines first - walking students to other places in the building, read alouds, transition times, etc.

Then start planning and co-teaching with your student teacher.  Start slow.  Spend a lot of time explaining your thinking when you are planning and reflect together after lessons.

Build on previous experiences.  Make sure you are both comfortable with what is decided.  Also rely on a schedule to help you through the student teaching experience.

Slowly let your student teacher start teaching lessons.  Each week, he/she can take over more lessons.
To go along with these blog posts, I have created a guide. This guide will be for sale in my TpT store. It is currently $3.00 in my store! If you purchase it now, you will be able to get all the updates for free just by downloading it again when I add tips to it. The graphic below shows you the printables you will get in addition to the pages of tips that are summarized here.


You might be wondering why you should purchase it since I'll be listing the tips for free here. Well, in addition to keeping all the tips together in a uniform guide, I will be creating printables that you can use with your own student teacher. You won't be able to get those here on my blog.

Remember, the price will go up in 2 weeks when I post the next tip here on my blog!

Here's a guide for you so you can see when to expect the tips.



What other tips do you have for releasing responsibilities to your student teacher?


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Table Points During Reading Group


I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for her Wordless Wednesday!




I need to explain this picture.  I'll make it brief for you though!

This is displayed on my screen during reading group time.  B, S, and T stand for my reading groups.  Each table has the chance to earn 10 points during each reading group time.  I put up the table points at the end of each group when we're switching.  I use my wireless keyboard to do this so I don't have to get up from my table and walk over to my desk.  This way the students can see the points they earn immediately and don't have to wait until the very end of the reading group block.

At the end of the reading group block, I transfer the points earned over to our table point chart.  At the end of the week, the table with the most points gets to pick from my prize box.

How do you manage behavior during reading group time?


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday - Twitter Tip



If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Click {here} to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips. If you give me an idea of what to write as a tech tip and I actually write about it, you will get to choose a product from my store for me to send to you for free as a thank you present.

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Today's tech tip is a very simple one!  If you use Twitter, I have a trick for you to use.  You might have seen it but not realize the purpose.

Have you ever sent a tweet where you've tagged someone in the beginning of the tweet?  Well, the only user that will see that in their feed is the person you've tagged.  That's great if you only want that person to see your tweet.

But what if you want all of your followers to see that tweet?  It's simple!  Just add a period right before the @ sign in your tweet.  This will still notify the person you've tagged, but it will also make sure that it shows up in your followers' feeds!

See this?

Erintegration was notified of this tweet and all my followers saw it.  I wanted to make sure my followers saw this and not just Erin.

Easy, right?

What other Twitter tricks are you aware of?


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If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive. Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones. You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like. Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish. If links aren't working when I check after 7 am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Movie Clip Monday - 2/23 - Protect! Don't Infect: Germ Wars



Time for another Movie Clip Monday!  Each week I will feature a movie here on my blog.  It might be a video clip from YouTube, a Brain Pop video, or some other video I've found online.  The videos might be motivational, educational, or just funny things!

Here's the best part... I'm inviting you to link up with me each week.

Here's what you need to do to link up:

1.  Find a video that you'd like to share with your readers.
2.  Download the Movie Clip Monday graphic above by right clicking to save as. Save your picture in a convenient place for you.
3.  Write about your video and include the Movie Clip Monday graphic with a link to this post.
4.  Come back to this post to add your link to the linky.
5.  Visit other blogs and leave comments for someone who linked up before you and come back to leave a comment for someone who linked up after you!


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I'm sharing another health video this week. This time it is about germs. I think it is very important to teach children the importance of protecting themselves from germs. This time of year is the perfect time to teach about germs. So many people are sick!




You can also watch this video in Spanish!

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If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive.  Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones.  You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like.  Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish.  If links aren't working when I check after 12am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop - 2/22

Happy Sunday!




Sunday again?  Where does the time go??

I need to go grocery shopping but after all the snow and ice we got yesterday, I might not be able to venture out.  I also need to finish my plans for the week (we might have our first full week of school since December!!!) and write a few posts for my math resource site for parents.  If you teach 2nd grade and are interested in seeing this site, let me know!  I'm basically showing my parents how I teach the different addition and subtraction strategies.  I was getting many questions and wanted to do more to help parents so they could help their children.

Our family night is coming up soon and I need to finish the list of sessions so we can determine their locations at our meeting tomorrow.  I also need to continue working on the next part of my mentoring guide.  Part 3 comes out on Thursday and I have a few things to finish up.  I also have to make sure my blog post is ready to be posted.  I hope to get to both of these things today.  If not, I do have some more time this week.

My cousin's daughter is turning 13 today and we are supposed to be celebrating with a small family party.  I have to check on the roads when it is time to go.  We might not make it if we can't get out!

Have an awesome Sunday!


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Freebie Friday - CVC Short a Bingo



Yay for Friday! Today’s freebie is brought to you by The Chocolate Teacher. Click on the picture to go to the product on TpT.


Kids love to play Bingo!  Teachers love to play games that reinforce skills.  This game is a great way to accomplish both goals. The set includes six game boards and calling cards for short /a/ CVC words. This game is part of  a larger set being sold in my store that has all 5 short vowels and a mixed short vowel game.  Each letter has 6 game boards and calling cards.

Are you interested in submitting your freebie to be featured on my blog and Facebook page?  Click {here} to fill out the form for consideration. After you submit this form, please email me one or two pictures of the product. The pictures can be the same ones you use as thumbnails on TpT.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday



My school started Thankful Thursday this year and I thought it'd be something nice for me to blog about.  Basically, the students are asked to think about what makes them thankful each Thursday.  I have my students write about it for their morning work on Thursdays.  Now I can participate too!

I'm thankful for a lot these days, but I'm especially thankful for everything I've learned since starting my TpT store.  It has changed the way I teach.  I honestly can't remember what I did before TpT.  If you have been thinking about starting a store, now is the time to join.  There is a lot to learn, but all the time and effort is worth it!

What are you thankful for this week?



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Class Books


I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for her Wordless Wednesday!




Do you create class books for your students? If so, which ones are most popular?


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday - Hootsuite Hootlet Browser Extension



If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Click {here} to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips. If you give me an idea of what to write as a tech tip and I actually write about it, you will get to choose a product from my store for me to send to you for free as a thank you present.

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Last week I introduced you to Hootsuite.  Today, I want to introduce you to a browser extension called Hootlet that you can use with Hootsuite.  It is a browser extension for Google Chrome.

If you are using Chrome, you can go right to Hootlet to follow the instructions in order to install it on  your browser.  If you aren't using Chrome and you want to, click here to take you to the website in order to download this browser.

Once you have Hootlet installed, you are ready to use it!


See that little owl that looks like he's peeking out from the side?  That's the Hootlet icon that will appear on your browser once it is installed.

If you're reading something that you want to share, you just click on the owl icon and a message box will pop up.

Example - I was just reading an article about Hootlet.  If I wanted to share that article with my followers, I can click on the owl icon.  This box appears.  It automatically puts a title in there for you and then shortens the url for the page.


At the top, you will choose which social media site/sites you want to post on.
Then at the bottom, you choose your options - autoschedule, schedule, send now.

AutoSchedule - posts it for you at an automatic time
Schedule - you pick the day/time for it to be posted
Send Now - posts it immediately

Another option I found is when you are browsing on Facebook.  See how it added a Hootlet option to the bottom of this post?  I can click there and schedule this to be posted on my own social media sites.  The same options as above pop up in the compose box when I click on Hootlet.


If you are looking at Tweets on Twitter, you also have the option of scheduling posts on Hootsuite by clicking on the little owl icon at the bottom of the Tweets.  Again, the same options pop up for you to be able to share this content on your own sites.


Do you like to autoschedule your posts or just schedule them yourself?


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