Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Hey head on over to Miss Bainbridge's Class to check out her flippy books give away! She's giving away different sets of books, your choice with up to 4 winners! Go check it out! Nothing like a Mid-Summer give away to perk up the old teaching spirit!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Here is one of my favorite math websites....whenever I need a Friday Funday Math lesson (On Friday's we skip our journal based learning and try something a little more hands on....) I go directly over to the great people at Mathwire.com
(Let's say someone who has blogged 2 months or less and has less than 200 followers
2. Post a blogger in your same grade level
3. Post a blogger in a different grade level
4. It's all about the button. Find a cute blog button and post it.
1. This is my first Linky Party Yippeee!!! I'm hoping this will help me get some followers!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
It’s the middle of summer and I’m thinking about September and school (that’s not the problem). I’m thinking about my plan book. I’m thinking about buying one. I research. I go to teacher stores. I mentally insist that this will be the year I will USE my plan book all year, and that I will find a plan book that I absolutely LOVE.
This never happens. I’ve tried all sorts of plan books but it never happens. Or I get all excited about the plan book that I just dropped $10 bucks on and then upon trying to use it, fall flat a month into school....ok really like 2 weeks.
I’ve decided that plan books are like homes, and you’ve got to make them your own. So that’s what I’ve done. This also really helps with sub plans, since everything is already laid out just the logistics need to be filled in (ie the math chapter/lesson/notes for the lesson).
I am using my Mac, so I used Swift Publisher (a great investment)
This is my weekly template. The whole week in one glance. The gray-ed areas are my prep times. I think this is easy, at a glance planning. This can easily be made using Microsoft Publisher, as well. I tried to use Word and Excel to make this in years past and well.... let’s remember the $10 I dropped on the book I never used.
I print out 36 copies front to back (18 pieces of paper). I then took it to Staples and had them spiral bind it for $1.06 and Presto! I have a great plan book I actual use.
Below is another version I had made but found it too cumbersome.
Finally, I typed up all the stuff I type over and over and over and over and over again when I have a sub. Then when I’ve got the 3 am fever, I don’t have to worry about where my sub plans are, are they on this computer and who can I politely ask to help me get my sub stuff together while I’m delusional in bed.
**BONUS**- Save your plan book and next year you can at a glance see what exactly you did on the day before Thanksgiving, or see how ahead or behind you are in your math journal etc.
This year I’m going to have a student teacher, so I’m hoping she will find my plan book super useful and helpful!
The end of the year is a crazy time of year. We have learned so much. We have learned about ourselves and so much about our friends. We been working on synthesis, and really funneling down our ideas into one main thought or idea.
Students have been writing book blurbs about books they have read. We took that one step further and asked students to write book recommendations for their classmates.
Recommendations take a lot of brain power... you have to know yourself well enough to know what you would like and know the other person well enough to know what they would enjoy.
We did this activity during our literacy time for a week. We started with book blurbs, moved to writing recommendations, and then after a few recommendations we did recommendations conferences. Where the writer and reader of the recommendation get together and talk about what they enjoyed or did not enjoy.
It was a great way to wrap up our year and to showcase all of our learning.
Get your copy here... Book Recommendations