Monday, August 25, 2014

Beautiful Planner! Erin Condren Style

I was all types of excited when I got my Erin Condren teacher planner last week.

I just sort of stared at it for about a day!

 However, I did pick up the pen and started in!
I jotted down my conference schedule for this year.  Indiana anyone?
 Added stickers for the special dates. 
 As you may know, I do my lesson plans on the computer, but these pages are to use when I sit down with my coworkers to sketch out the week ahead.
 I love these stickers.  I am the one on my team that says, "Oh, that's due this week?"
 I have pockets in my planner to hold the custom stickers and a variety of other papers.
Even a note pad in the back so I will always have one handy!  Love! It!

There a million (ok hyperbole much?) designs to drool over.  
Swing by Erin Condren now to check them out.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Peek at My Week AND classroom tour

First off... here is a little classroom tour.  Video next week (I hope).

 Because sometimes the scissors need a time out.
 This is our focus wall for this week.
 Each student made a self portrait.  I put them in frames from the dollar store.  
These will be an end-of-the-year gift.
 Our math station bins.  If you want to know how I run my stations, read HERE.

 To read more about our math tool kits and grab a FREE download, read HERE.
Last week, I had written that we would start stations.  In retrospect, I decided to just focus on teaching the stations as a whole group.  We will launch stations this week.
In this photo we are practicing our pocket chart stations (predictable sentences).
 We are practicing our Writing Work Station.
 We are practicing our Listening Station while turning the pages to the beep.  It's sort of a big deal.  For some, they have never done this before... assume NOTHING!  Ha!
We also worked on classroom management routines (AKA:  teacher sanity savers).

Here are my plans for next week!

Have a great week!

Harry Kindergarten? I love that guy giveaway!

My class LOVES Harry Kindergarten!

We have been following him on YouTube forEVER!  I was looking at his channel and saw he has almost 64,000 subscribers, so I am 99% sure you all know about him too!

I recently realized he has a website too.  You can check that out HERE.

Mr. Pete Harry (yes, I thought his first name was Harry, but it is actually Pete) is a kindergarten teacher, so he understands the needs of our little guys.  Here are some of the topics his videos cover:  the alphabet, reading, numbers, counting, skip counting, addition, subtraction, colors, shapes, character education, science, and more!

I know we, as teachers, talk a LOT about the rules at school.  This is a fun way to reinforce them.  This helps those wiggly kiddos hear the message and keeps your voice from turning into Charlie Brown's teacher.

Um... my class FLIPPED over this one!

Superhero cape?  Enough said!  Winning!

You KNOW how I love to teach writing!   We just finished our first week of writer's workshop and I can't wait to introduce this video to my class!

Writing is Cool!

Harry Kindergarten has over 50 free videos on his YouTube channel, but he also has some Harry Kindergarten Music Exclusives that you can purchase for cheap, cheap, cheap...
Like only $2.49-cheap!  He also has song packs (audio and video) that are discounted!

Here is a example!

We know that songs are a valuable pedagogical tool.
They are especially helpful for ESL students and those with learning challenges... AND. THEY. ARE. FUN!

Warning:  You WILL sing these songs while you are roaming the isles at the grocery store, but your students will too!

Keep your eyes open because Harry Kindergarten is partnering up with other bloggers for additional giveaways.

Would you love to win some of his songs?

He is giving away 3 video downloads or 6 music downloads of your choice.

Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below:
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Assessment Free Trial and GIVEAWAY!

ESGI has saved my life!  Seriously!  It saves me so MUCH time and it makes me feel instantly organized!  Now is the time to set up YOUR class for this year.
You can try it out for 60 days for FREE!

We have been talking a LOT about data at school.  We collect data all the time, but if it is not organized in a way that is useful, we might as well skip it.  I have already said that I am a paper stacker and shuffler.   I love that ESGI has one place and I can go PAPERLESS!  WHAT?!

Here is a little video for you to give you an overview.

ESGI has a ton of videos to guide you through setting up your assessments.  I am the girl who hardly ever reads the directions... like hardly EVER, but the videos really helped me to maximize this tool.  In fact, I just watched them again and learned something new!

At the beginning of the year, there are so many lists you have to make.  If I can manage them paperlessly (is that a word?) then I am ahead of the game.

Here is some information on the Parent Conferencer Tool.  I just watched this video AND, again, learned something new!

Last year during report card time, it was EASY!  I do so much work at home.  All of my data was at my finger tips.  I did not have to dig through papers AND I did not have to bring stacks of files home.  NOTE:  I do keep a paper copy of all of my class reports and test result letters.  Those do get filed in student files, but I just don't have to search through them to find information... LOVE! IT!

I have already started assessing my cuties this week.  I used my iPad to give the assessments.  SIM-PLE!

When I am I finished with my whole class, I will print out these test results letters.
You have the option of printing out ESGI's letters or downloading them as a Word document and customizing the parent letters (Hola, cute fonts).

Then, with a click, you can print out flash cards to send home!

This year I am using the sight word flash cards as my student's word rings.  I printed them 2 to a page, so I could reduce the card stock that I used.  I love these because each card is printed with the students' names on them. 
Clarification: The GR2 refers to our district name, not 2nd grade.  With ESGI, you can enter your own sight word list.

You can take advantage of a free trial period.   Check it out!

Did I mention that I have created a ton of CCSS assessments for ESGI?  You can access all of these at no additional charge.  Here is how:

New ESGI teachers can get started for only $159.00, rather than the regular price of $199.00.  Use this promo code: B7733.

You can also win a free year by entering this Rafflecopter.  You will need to sign up for the Free trial (don't worry, you don't need to put in your credit card number).  If you win, ESGI will activate your full year subscription.

Make this year the best one ever by having your data organized and at your finger tips!

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