Sunday, February 24, 2013

Peek at my Week-do overs and writing..Link up!

We had two snow days last week!  Can I get an A-MEN?

So my lesson plans are a little different next week but I am leaving my stations the same.   We expect more snow this week and I suspect we will be out again.   Brace yourself... this post is LONG!  

Anyhow, during these snow days, I have been preparing for this!

I am presenting one day!  Yay! and Oy!
Are anyone of you going?   If so, do you own pom-poms that you can bring??

Anyhoo... in preparing for this conference I have been scanning writing samples and reviewing video.   If you ever start to feel like you know what you *might* be doing... video tape yourself... so humbling!

During the video tapes, I started to REALLY listen in to my language (and the child break dancing in the background).   I asked myself, "Am I teaching with precision?"   "Am I concise?"

Here is my challenge to you:   Take your iPhone out the next time you confer with a student.  There is a little voice recorder on it (they have one for Android too). Record a few of your conferences.  Listen to it.  Where do you need to add precision?  Will you let me know if you try it?

After I recovered from my low of seeing my man-hands on video, I remembered this awesome piece and smiled.  He has garnered a lot of knowledge on how books work.

Here is another one that made me smile (hmm...I wonder why?)

I assure you the feeling is very mutual my sweet friend!

Speaking of Dojo [you can read my post about it here]... we are using these cute cards as our rewards.

I bought this at the beginning of the year and we LOVE them!!!
Click of the picture to see these in Laura Martin's store.

Are you still with me?

Here are my lesson plans!

Have a healthy and happy week!

Link up your visual plans!


  1. I never thought of recording a conference with a student. What an excellent idea, and a great way to self-reflect!

    PS- We had 2 snow days last week, and it looks like more will be in my future (Kansas).

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  2. I have often used voice memos to record my kids reading. It really helps them see what area of fluency they can improve. I have never thought of doing it for myself--what a great idea! I will definitely be trying it out!

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

  3. I always make very detailed plans, but have never posted them on my blog before. I hope what I posted it okay. :) Stephanie

  4. Girl! I am still laughing at the man hands comment from the top! I TOTALLY have man hands syndrome. I refuse to hold anything in any picture and I always hide my GIANT man hands! They are bigger than my hubs and his nails are much prettier. Wait...that's because I have NO nails at all! Anyway...Love the writing progression and I would really love to come see you! I am sure I would learn a TON! Best of luck! I am cheering way down here in Texas!

  5. Dee Dee, I loved reading your kids writing workshop stories! I love how you created the paper with a pattern around the sides! I wish I had lesson plans to link up...something I have to work on! Have a great time presenting! Melissa

  6. Thanks for hosting! I am always so impressed with your students' writing. <3

  7. I can't wait to meet you at the Pa K Conference! I will be happy to bring Pom poms- hopefully I'll remember! Lol
    I <3 your blog! I'm hoping one day to make my plans as beautiful as yours! See you soon!

    1. Yay!!! Please don't leave me hanging...come up and say hi!!!

  8. I would love to be at that conference! Good luck! I had to tape myself teaching once for a program I was applying for and it was very eye-opening. I learned I can have a very annoying voice! Never thought to do it with conferences though-great idea!


  9. I told my principal that she should just video tape me for my eval. That way when we were going over my lesson I could watch myself and see exactly what she saw.
    I am sure it would also be a great motivation to get me to the gym :)

  10. A-men! I wish!!

    I also wish I lived closer to my mom! She is in PA, my nephew is in Harrisburg, and I have a wedding and Science Fair I can't get out of to fly cross country to see my mom, and attend your conference. Darn it all!! I will make it one day. Just not this time. :(


  11. Hi! I just linked up! I love your visual plans idea and I've been doing them weekly, such a great way to sort out my thoughts & visually see what I'd like to accomplish each week! Thank you for hosting linky & for all of your great ideas!
    Science for Kids Blog

  12. Have fun in PA! My husband granparents live there and we visit every other summer! You are only 15 minutes away from Hershey, PA! Make sure you visit Chocolate World! They have chocolate that is so fresh because it comes straight from the factory! Trust me you'll thank me later, well maybe your waist line won't thank me! LOL! Have fun!

  13. Good luck presenting! Where in Missouri are you? I am in Ofallon and we had 2 snow days as well. :)
    3 Teacher Chicks

    1. I am in central Missouri. About 100 miles west... not too far from Rolla!!! You will have to meet up with us the next time we do something in St. Louis!

  14. I still have to improve my visual lesson plans, but thanks Mrs. W, for letting us link up.

    Fonts 4 Teachers
    Fonts 4 Teachers in TPT

  15. EEEEK!! I am sooo excited about this linky because I just made my first visual plans ever! Thank you so much for inspiring me with your amazing plans. I have man hand syndrome too, but only in pictures. It always leaves me wondering if they actually look like that in real life and I am just in denial haha I am so jelly of your snow day :( I grew up in Ballwin, MO and I miss the snow all the time. Florida is H-O-T hot, and not in the good way. Congrats on presenting, you will be fabulous, because you can't help it, you just are! Thanks again for the super fun linky!


  16. Hi Deedee!
    What a week you're having! Just added Silly Circus to my TPT cart! Love that!
    I am thrilled to be joining your Peek at My Week Linky! This is my first time and I couldn't be happier to link up and share with you how much I have expanded my thinking, thanks to you! Your visual plans have really made me rethink so much and I am much more organized! Thanks so much!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  17. Hello Mrs. Willis,

    I just found your site and I LOVE it! Your visual lesson plans have been so helpful to a new Kindergarten teacher like me. I had a question about your Reading Workshop -- what do you do during this time and where do you get the lesson plans? Thanks so much! I will be checking back on your site often!


    1. Hi Ashley! Welcome to my blog! I use Kim Adsit's reading workshop units...They are awesome. If you click on my plans and download them, I have hyperlinked to her product.

      I hope that helps... feel free to email me.

  18. I'll be at the PA Kindergarten Conference tomorrow and can't wait to meet you! See you then!

  19. I love your students stories. Where can I get a copy of your writing template? Thank you

    1. Thank you!!!! The templates are in the Writing Through the Years series that I created with Deanna Jump. The series is in her store. Let me know if you can't find it. :)

    2. I'm such a newb. I found the series but I'm not sure which one has the template I'm looking for. Do you know which one it might be in? Is there a way I could get a copy of just the writing template. I'm happy to pay, I just don't need the whole book right now. I wish I'd had all these talented individuals around and these wonderful resources when I started my preschool, 20 years ago. I'm soon to retire. Thank you for your help.

    3. Can you email


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