Monday, 14 April 2014

Crazy Eggs!

Happy Monday Evening (we survived another Monday!),
Let me preface this post with an awesome picture that a colleague shared online today...

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you understand this! If you are not, WATCH IT! It's awesome!
Oh, and the grammar on this one does drive me crazy, but I needed to post this picture!

And now back to the nitty gritty! Although it was Monday, we still had us some fun! We have been having a blast working on our Crazy Eggs Easter Unit. 

First, we read the read aloud and completed a reading response. My little second graders are soooooo good at this, it's incredible. I tried to introduce it at the beginning of the year and they just weren't ready. But now they are superstars! They point out structures and features in all texts and are constantly making connections! I L-O-V-E it! 

Grab this Read Aloud HERE!

We read the story (it has a great meaning) and then completed the shared reading and a reading response. This time, I had my strong readers complete a reading response, and those who struggle a little more, complete the shared reading. I cannot stress enough about how shared reading helps my struggling readers build confidence and fluency. 

After we read the story and did some comprehension activities, we wrote our own stories and created a Crazy Egg Craft! Here are some of our finished products! They are too cute! 


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This was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!
I can't wait to play I HAVE, WHO HAS? 

Here is another fun Craftivity we tried last year. 

They turned out GREAT and we had loads of fun! 
I especially love the Draw a Bunny Poem! They always turn out so cute!

You can check out this Craftivity right over HERE!

If you already own one or more of these packs, please be sure to download them again, as I have just recently updated them all! 

Happy Eater and Until next time...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Keeping Track of Awesomeness - Positive Notes to Parents

Good Morning Everyone, 
I'm so excited to link up (AGAIN) with some F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S bloggers in yet another amazing Bright Ideas Blog Hop! 

This is such a great way to get, well, BRIGHT ideas!

This month's BRIGHT idea is one that I use all year round. It is also a great tool to use in any classroom and at any grade level. 

I call it: Keeping Track of Awesomeness - Positive Notes to Parents! 

It all began when I taught a behavior class and had to communicate with parents daily. I found myself reporting many of the negative aspects of the day and forgetting the positives that had occurred. 

I was fortunate to attend a workshop for new teachers and left with quite a few tricks under my sleeve, including, Keeping Track of Awesomeness. I have been using this idea ever since.

It is quite simple. Make a copy of your class list, write the month of the year, and start ticking. This log ensures that, each month, I write a positive note for each of my students. 

Everyday, I select a different student to encourage and then tick off their name on the list. Voila!
I also like to write down what I wrote so that I can keep track from month to month. I like to vary my notes from academic, to behavior, to organization, etc... 

Another great idea I picked up at this workshop, is to staple "less desirable" notes in the agenda rather than write them directly inside. This ensures that students do not feel as though the negative note is something permanent. They make a mistake, their parents are informed, we move on. 

I hope you enjoyed this BRIGHT idea! Please consider joining me on Facebook, Instagram, and my Teacher Store.

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Until next time...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Green, Green, Everywhere!

Good Morning Sweet Friends,
I hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday morning! I certainly am! The sun is shining bright, through my window and I am blogging! Fun, fun, fun! I just wanted to pop by and tell you all about our wonderful week back from Spring Break. I spent the week off, in Mexico, which was REALLY nice! It was also nice to get back to class and spend time with the kiddies (being back in the cold and snow - NOT SO NICE, though). We had a great time reading, writing, and creating. This week's theme was, of course, St. Patrick's Day!

We got a lot done, including a read aloud, a writing activity, a craft, AND a listening activity!
I love finding new and fun ways to practice and assess comprehension, and my Draw a Leprechaun poem was just the thing!

Here are some more pics from our week!

First, we read a story on the Smartboard, about Lucky the Leprechaun. I also printed the story and placed it in a folder, for our classroom library. The kiddies love referring back to it. 

Then, the students became illustrators! I gave them a black and white print version of the story and we reread it as a class. We highlighted some new words and vocabulary too. 

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After familiarizing ourselves with the story, we moved on and created our own!
I usually model writing with them, but decided to complete an anchor chart this time. Of course, there was a craft! It's always a popular activity!

Finally, on Friday, we took it a little easy. After all, we had worked hard all week! I read my Draw a Leprechaun poem and the kiddies let out their inner artists! 

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Here is a photo of last year's bulletin board! I absolutely love it!

Now if only we could start to see some green OUTSIDE too!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Until next time...

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Technology in the Classroom

Hi Everyone!
Just a quick post to tell you how excited I am! I had the great opportunity to guest blog for the 
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom. I absolutely love her blog. She has amazing ideas and resources. I wrote a post about a FREE ipad app that is a must have in EVERY classroom!

Click on the picture above or right HERE, to read my post. It is truly an amazing tool and has helped improve my teaching practices. I love it! 

Until next time...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Quick and Easy Positive Reinforcement Idea

Hi Everyone,
I'm so excited to be linking up with some FANTABULOUS bloggers in the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

Today, I will be sharing a quick and easy tip for positive reinforcement.
This year, I was faced with a challenge! My class is quite rambunctious, to say the least, and I have some behavior difficulties that can be tough to manage. 

The behavior consultant from our school board has been a great help and shared this idea with me. It really works and it so quick and efficient.

Place a pencil holder on a bookcase or desk. Be sure to place it somewhere where the student in question will have a direct and good view of it. Place 3 or 4 pencils, popsicle sticks, or in this case, flower pens in it. 

It is essential to have a discussion with the student before you begin this strategy. We sat down with our student and explained that we wanted to work on staying seated during class time. We told her that she will have four chances (i.e. four flower pens) during each period. Each time she gets up, the teacher removes one pen. At the end of the period, we check to see if there are any pens left. If so, the student receives a small prize and praise. Prizes can be as simple as a sticker, 10 minutes on the computer, read a book to the class, etc... The list goes on and on! If there are NO remaining pens, then there is no prize, but also NO negative feedback. 

This works great for those students who do not respond well to consequences. There is no reprimand for emptying the pencil holder, but not praise either. This helps alleviate anxiety and stress.

What I really like about this strategy, is that it is not disruptive to the class. There is no need to call upon the student or stop the lesson each time he/she misbehaves. Simply walk by and remove a pen without talking or interrupting your lesson. It is also great because the other students are unaware of the reminder/cue. The student is not being singled out in front of his/her peers. 


Keep on hopping and check out the next BRIGHT IDEA over at Seusstastic
Mel D. is a first grade teacher with FABULOUS ideas!

Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

Her post is all about Classroom Management. 

Until next time...