Sunday, July 26, 2015

Assess Me!! { A Get to Know You Linky!}

Today I'm linking up with the Tattooed Teacher for a fun new linky she's just started! 

For the next 3-4 weeks, Rachel will be posting new 'assessments' to help us all get to know one another a little better! I can't wait to see what else she has in store :) 

On to today's assessment……

Don't forget to head on over to Rachel's blog so you can link up too! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It {Teacher Plan Book}

Happy Monday!

Today I'm linking up with the fabulous Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made it!

I finally got around to putting together my Plan book for this upcoming school year. 
So far, I've created a new plan book every summer. You can check out my past planner post here and here.

This year I wanted to go for a bright and colorful book with some awesome Melonheadz clipart! 
I am soooo happy with the way this book turned out- My heart feels happy every time I look at it :) 

It took me quite awhile to print, but it is definitely worth it to print on your own! Once I was done printing, I took it to Office Max to get bound. It only cost me around $4.00!

If you are interested in purchasing this planner, I will have it on sale for the rest of today in my TPT Shop!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

5 Tips for New Teachers!

This past school year I was asked to be a part of our school's mentoring team. It was the first year they had actual teachers mentoring our first year teachers. 

This past week, I spoke at a Summer Symposium for all of the new hires in our school's complex. I was asked to share some tips with them in opening up the school year and to answer any questions the teachers had. 

So today I would like to share with you the 5 tips I have for any new/beginning teachers. 
Routines and Procedures
In order to have a successful school year, it is so important to establish routines and procedures for EVERYTHING. Know what you want done and how you want it done. 

Be sure to clearly communicate these expectations to your students so they know exactly what you expect! 

Creating posters with your students and modeling these expectations are extremely helpful.

It is important to remain consistent throughout the year! Be consistent in your expectations of behavior, routines, procedures, and consequences. Consistency is key when it comes to classroom management! 

If you don't follow through with what you say you will do, your students will not follow through on what they are expected to do. 
 Planning and Flexibility
Always have a plan for how your day will go! Know what you need to teach and have the materials prepared for your day's lesson.
Students can pick up on when a teacher is
unprepared, and they will take full advantage of it! 

With this, also learn to be flexible! Things will
always come up throughout the day or a lesson may not go as planned….and it’s okay!!
Reflection is an important key in order to help
yourself to become a better teacher! Some
great questions to ask yourself are:
  • What went well during my lesson?
  • What could I have done to make it better?
  • What did the students have a difficult time with?
  • How could I improve? 
  • What will I do differently the next time?
Reflection at the ending of the school year is also important. 
Think about your year and choose one area that you feel you would like to really work on and improve in the upcoming school year. Find some professional development books, do some research online, and read blogs about that topic! 

Learn to become a good listener! By listening to your students, you can learn a lot about how to improve your teaching as well as how to engage them in learning!

Also, be open to hearing how other teachers teach. You can learn many new things from your coworkers!! Ask them how they teach a science lesson you may be struggling with or if your students aren't understanding how you're explaining a math concept-ask for new ideas! 

Another great way to learn new things is through reading educational blogs. I can honestly say that I would not be the teacher I am today if it weren't for blogs. 

I hope that these 5 tips can be helpful to you or a new teacher that you know! 
If you are interested in sharing these tips with  new teachers at your school- I have a free PDF download available for you here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Building Relationships --BEFORE School Starts

Every summer I look forward to getting my class list and finding out who my "kids" will be for the next year! :) Once I get that list, I hand write a post-card to each child so that I can introduce myself, invite them to our school's Meet and Greet and get them excited for a fun year of learning! 

I feel that this simple gesture helps soooo much in building positive relationships with both my students AND parents. I have so many parents thanking me for sending their child mail. Many of them say it was the first time their child ever received mail and they wish they could've captured the look of sheer joy and excitement as they read the post-card out loud. These post cards help to let my students know that I care and they seem to be a little less nervous upon meeting me (because they feel they kind of already know me). 

I would always purchase generic post-cards at the local teacher supply store. It was about $5.00-$7.00 for a pack of  25. If I had more than 25 kids, I had to purchase two packs.

Last year, I decided to just save myself some money and create some post cards of my own! 

I finally got around to putting it all together into an editable file. There are 5 different post card styles to choose from, with the last style being grade level specific.You can open this file up in Power Point and type your own messages as well as student addresses. If you prefer to hand write, you could simply print the post cards then write each message out. 

You will need to print on both sides of the card stock…so I recommend playing around with printing a little before printing out all your post cards!

I will have these post cards on sale in my TPT store until 7/5 7:00 PM Hawaii Time.

I also have these post cards available as a freebie in my TPT store! :)


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Google Tone {To the Rescue!}

It sure have been awhile since my last Bright Ideas Post..but I am so excited to be linking up for this month's June Bright Ideas Hop!

Do you use technology in your classroom? 

If you answered yes to the above question you have probably experienced the headache of explaining, redirecting, waiting, and trouble shooting your 28 little angels to a certain website (where you plan to begin your lesson or activity). During this time, you have probably also witnessed little voices shouting out and hands being raised asking "Wait..what was I supposed to type?" or "What was I supposed to click after this step?". 

Today I have the solution to this problem! 

Google Tone allows teachers to send webpages directly to their students through a sound wave. 
Accessing a site will now be easy and quick! No more wasted time.

Here's how to get started:
Download Google Tone from the Chrome Web Store.
After downloading, you will get a little blue megaphone icon added next to your URL address bar. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!
 I hope that this tip can save you some precious time in your classroom :)
If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on Facebook or Instagram for more great ideas! 

For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2 for Tuesday


Happy summer to those of you who are already on summer break. I hope that you are taking some time for yourself and relaxing! Today I am spending the day in a PD. I'm using my little break to type up this quick post.

I'm linking up with Cyndie from Chalk One up for the Teacher for her 2 for Tuesday link-up.

Head on over to Cyndie's blog to check out the other great products on sale today! :) 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Five for Friday

Happy Saturday, Friends!

I'm back again this week to link up with Doodlebugs Teaching for another:

This week we were finishing up our learning on Data Analysis. In 3rd grade, students are required to   create their own pictographs and bar graphs and be able to analyze their data as well. practice this skill students were put into groups. With their partners they were required to generate a question they wanted to collect data on. For homework, they went home and conducted their surveys. The next day in school, they organized their data then created a bar graph and pictograph to represent the data collected. They then generated questions that other students would need to answer in regards to their graphs. 

Some of the graphs included these topics: Favorite fun thing to do, favorite pizza topping, favorite NFL team, favorite sport, favorite gaming system, favorite flower, favorite color, and favorite food.

Once all of the posters were done I went and hung/posted them all throughout our classroom. I announced to the students that we would be playing Musical Math Mania!! They were sooo excited but had no clue what the game even was! LOL. 

I played some music and they would boogie around the room. As soon as the music stopped they needed to quickly get to the nearest poster and start analyzing the data! They recorded the answers to the questions on their posters in their math notebooks. When the music started again, they would be able to boogie around the room again until the music stopped.

They LOVED this game and got a lot of really great practice in and didn't even realize it!

We started working on contractions this week. The students had so much fun working on this center, I decided to give it a facelift and add to my TPT store. 

I've also decided to put it on sale for only $2.00 for the rest of this weekend! 

 This week we also started learning about fractions.
 I did an introductory lesson to fractions using Whole Brain Teaching for my observation. I think it went pretty well. We spent some time discussing what fractions were, looked at examples, talked about fraction examples and non-examples then did a quick assessment on our learning using these task cards 

All 28 of my students demonstrated complete understanding after our introductory lesson! 

Whole Brain Teaching has truly transformed my teaching…. If you have never heard of WBT, definitely check it out!! There are even opportunities for FREE WBT conferences here!

Here is an awesome video of the fabulous Farrah Shipley teaching fractions to Kindergartners!! 


Once the kids got down fraction of a whole, we moved on to fraction of a set. We called up on some students to the front of the room and started identifying fractions. 1/4 of the students are girls, 3/4 of the students are boys, etc. I then had the kids draw themselves and had them add as much details as possible. They put themselves onto their poster boards then wrote fraction sentences about their groups! 

I hope you have a great weekend!