Just a quick post today, but I thought I’d share how we used this 3D-TV in our classroom. My students are currently studying landforms. We were able to view several different landforms here on Earth, as well as on the moon in 3D! This got students thinking about what landforms they would be interested in researching more in depth. Check out our 3D goggles! Each one charges by USB so they’re kind of heavy, but the students thought they were super cool wearing them :).
This school year has been flooded with change. Hopefully, the quote “All great changes are preceded by chaos” is applicable to my current school year. The teachers in my district are like buzzing little bees, we are working a little tales of to meet some of the new state requirements in addition to fully implementing the Common Core. As a new teacher, instead of taking the Praxis III, I have a summative assessment that I must work on this year. This includes video-taping myself teaching, creating portfolios based around formative and summative assessments, and the list goes on. In addition to that, our state has adopted a new teacher evaluation system that is pretty intensive. Fortunately, I rocked my first formal observation with a wonderful inferring lesson by Tammy McGregor. Have you read her book Comprehension Connections?
The positive call home is nothing new, yet seems to be something that falls on the bottom of our (teachers) priority list when factoring in the kajillion other things to grade, people to meet with, and lessons to plan. This year, my team and I felt that we needed to up the ante on positivity. We decided that we would call home to every student in the fourth grade and share some positive things their child has been doing, or qualities we really admire in that student. Our goal is to call 3 parents per week, which would mean parents would receive at the very least 3 praise calls throughout the year. We’re starting our goal low, and will continue to build. I’m insanely busy, especially during this back to school time, but I know I can do three calls! This weekend I was at Hobby Lobby and found the cutest little notebook that I envisioned using for my praise calls:
This baby has been a sad, sad little list that I’ve clutched onto year after year. I decided to glam her up & make her presentable to the world.
I think almost all behavior problems in the classroom can be solved by setting up clear classroom procedures and routines at the beginning of the year and practicing and reinforcing them throughout the year. Thus, this blog post will be all about…..[drum roll please]…………:
In the past, I have relied solely on a list of procedures I wanted to cover and practice throughout the first weeks of school and my class did just that-read over the list then practiced when the opportunities presented themselves. I had to be honest with myself-teaching classroom procedures were dreadfully boring for both myself and the class.
Finally, I had enough and decided I was going to make learning our classroom procedures fun for both the students and myself. My students looove the iPoet anchor chart because it’s highly relatable to their tech-obsessed world so I created a similar tech-themed format for our Classroom Procedures Game: “iPractice our Classroom Procedures” and “iKnow our Classroom Procedures.” I compiled a total of 30 classroom procedure apps that I felt were essential to learn and practice during the first month of school.
Being a pinspired teacher, I have seen several uses for cooking sheets in the classroom on Pinterest. I originally found baking sheets at Wal-Mart (3 for under $5!) and they are conveniently shaped like an iPad so adding the apps was as simple as laminating and slapping a magnet on the back and boom! Instant app fun 🙂 I made two baking sheets one for classroom procedures our class still needed to learn or practice and labeled it “iPractice” and the other was labeled “iKnow.” The “iKnow” cookie sheet houses the classroom procedures the class has mastered with little to no guidance from me. It takes several weeks for some of the practices to become a known routine so patience is key. Modeling as the teacher is also essential. I always have a student model the incorrect way and the correct way after I model each time we practice during our first few times practicing the procedure.
It also works very well with a jewelry organizer because it’s portable!
I can sum up the past few days in one picture stolen from my Instagram (@thepinspiredteacher):
This is a fun standard in my opinion, we read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz then watch the movie. I am excited, because now Oz the Great and Powerful is a newer version from a different point of view which leads to a further discussion. I am looking forward to having my students make connections between the movies and text. I keep the same anchor chart for comparing the text of a story and the visual presentation of the text, and just use a sentence strip and sticky notes to save paper. Here is what it looks like blank:
In May I hosted the Photo-A-day Teacher Challenge (AKA the #PADTeacherChallenge) For summer I wanted to do something to keep us teachers connected in a casual way. Enter: the Photo-a-Week Summer Challenge! This will be a way for us to keep in touch and network with other teachers without the pressure of posting e v e r y d a y. Check it out:
For the first week of June, which may indeed be the first week of summer vacation for many of you, let’s get outside and enjoy the weather! Snap photos during a walk, at the beach, your view from your porch, the beautiful clouds, whatever! Post as many you’d like during that first week, if you just get one in, oh well! It’s summer! The second week of June, post pictures of food-food from Pinterest you’re mouth is watering over, or food you are chowing down on! The third week is pretty open to anything you consider fun. We’re going to end June by snapping photos of places we visit, anything from Target to Paris! My main rule is to have fun! Networking tip: Click on the hashtag to find other teachers who are posting pictures using the same hashtag and follow them!
A now a little more about me with this month’s Currently, hosted by Farley over at the Oh’ Boy Fourth Grade blog.
Yep, you read it right-absolutely everything in my store is 20% + an additional 10% from the site-wide sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers. The items in my store that are currently flying off the “shelves” have to be all of my end of year products. I noticed that many of my customers were buying multiple end of year products all in one shopping trip. Just in time for Teacher Appreciation Week I decided to offer a great discount on all my end of year products by bundling them together! I call it, “End of Year Extravaganza!”
Happy Teacher Appreciation week!