Welcome to my blog:) Since I am so far away from my friends and family, I want to keep you updated on the fun and trials of my new job. Thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement, and the tips/ideas you may offer!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Assessments and Freebie

Check out mine and some of the other Manic Monday freebies:)

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

This year I have tried very hard to strengthen my assessments and data collection, especially as it relates to observing behaviors and IEP goals.  When it comes time write quarterly reviews for IEP goals it makes the process so much easier when you have concrete data visible from the whole quarter.  It is also nice to have dates to show progress (or regression) and trends (poor behaviors happen a lot on Tuesdays during gym or when there is a sub or on Monday mornings because the student didn't sleep much over the weekend).

While reading Busy Bees Blog I noticed that they have students fill in a calendar of their own daily behavior.  I really like this idea for next year.  It gives students the opportunity to see how they are doing. If a student has a daily reward for good behavior it might be eye opening for the student to see that they haven't met their goal in a week but they made it 10 days in a row earlier in the month.

Here is a little something I use to track my students' progress...nothing fancy.

IEP Goal Tracking

I still have not figured out how to insert pictures from TpT...hopefully I will figure this out soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pinterest Finds

My love for Pinterest has me checking back daily for new ideas.  Any time I start to get bored in my classroom I look at one of my pinboards so I can implement a new idea.  When my boyfriend comes to visit, I (try) to make at least one of the dishes I have pinned.  So far Pinterest has helped me implement some new things in my classroom and in the home to make things a little more exciting!

pinterest linky

I'm linking up with Views From Room 205 to share some of my favorite pins this year!

I made this for my birthday<3
I made this last summer:)
crescent breakfast ring - made with crescent rolls, bacon, egg, and cheese - turned out super yummy and was so easy to make.
This was easy and yummy:)

Pumpkin French Toast
Another yummy recipe.
Mothers Day Crafts
This was the inspiration for my classes's
Mother's and Father's Day gifts.

Reindeer thumb print ornaments
This pin made want to make a new
Christmas ornament for my
boyfriend every year.

Germ lesson plan
Good manners/health craft.

Question words
This poster has made is easier for my students to
learn question words.

Words to live by - Jeremiah 29:11
Great passage.
 Story of my running life
So true.

Makes me happy:)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Most Memorable Moment

What a great way to wrap up a school year!

Check out Heidi's Linky Party here.

     This year I have had many many memorable moments.  However, most of them have been very serious and stressful.  These solemn moments have often over shown the more light hearted moments, making it hard to remember the humorous moments from the past year.

     That being said....some of my more enjoyable moments this school year were decorating Christmas cookies and going snow tubing.

     A specific funny moment has more to do with the student who said it....this particular student has a very high pitched and whiney voice.  Some of her favorite tag lines include, "This is tricky" and "I've got a frog in my throat...SEE!" and then she opens her mouth wide to show you.  Recently, with the higher temperatures it has been pretty warm at school.  This student has been complaining saying she needs to go home because it is so hot, this past week she told the secretary, "Just get in your car and take me home."  

     Still makes me laugh thinking about it.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Parents Visit

     This week my parents came to visit:)  Since my dad runs the family farm, with my mom's help of course, there is not a lot of time for them to come visit me.  In the spring there is the planting, replanting, spraying, etc.  The summer months I spend a lot of time at home.  In the fall he spends a lot of time making sure all the machinery is ready for harvesting.  Then when the corn is finally ready there are a lot of late nights and early morning spent combining, drying corn (to take the moisture out so it weighs less for hauling and so it doesn't mold), and then plowing so the ground is ready for the spring.  Now, you'd think that means winter is the perfect time for them to visit...but if there are any snow storms my dad is responsible for plowing.  So they are a busy couple of people!

     Well, they took a couple days off this week and came to visit me and made a guest appearance in my classroom.  The kids were even more excited than I anticipated!  One of my kindergarteners was so excited he would ask me every 20 minutes or so, "Is it almost time for them to get here?"  "Are they here yet?"  "Is that them?"  And to my surprise when he pointed out the classroom window and said, "Is that them?"  IT WAS THEM!  While they were walking around the perimeter of the school we were "chasing them" from the inside, trying to figure out what door they were coming in.  The student was beaming from ear to ear the whole time!

My dad began by showing the students pictures 
of our farm from a scrapbook I made for my dad.

Then Mom showed them the toy versions of the machinery.

So they got to play for a little bit.
Practiced sharing....

Then each of the students got to plant some corn.

They added the dirt.

Watered the plant.

And last but not least the students got to show my dad the interactive whiteboard.  My dad has been to several demonstrations and seen several speakers use SmartBoards, but he was still curious to see it up close and personal.  ESPECIALLY since my board also doubles for a plain old white board.  

Monday, May 14, 2012

Diagraph Freebie

It's Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies so I'm linking up again:)

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I just got a TPT account, and I'm still trying to figure things out.

I'm not sure how you share a document that you posted on TpT on your blog.  So here is the cover page of my latest creation and you can check it out at My TpT store.
Teachers Pay Teachers

Students will work on reading words with the diagraphs th, sh, ch, st, ph, and wr.  Goes great with any pre-summer or beach themes:)

Feel free to leave me any constructive feedback, since this is my first try at this.  Thanks!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Craft

As many other teacher bloggers out there, I LOVE Pinterest!  If you don't already, feel free to follow me on Pinterest.  Just like so many of my other ideas, this Mother's day project was Pinterest inspired, check out my original pin-spiration here;)

We also went ahead and made Father's day ones too because I always feel bad that the dads get left out over the summer.  To accommodate different family types each of my students was able to make two, whether it was one for mom and grandma, dad and step-mom, etc.  No matter who the kids made them for they did an awesome job.  Then we laminated them.  So precious:) 

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tech Tuesday - Interactive WhiteBoards

So last week I went to a training on SmartBoards, which taught me how to use SmartNotebook, which was awesome, but my school uses a different software.  Fail.

So I thought I'd try to help out some of you that have SmartNotebook....

Here are some really cool things about SmartNotebook....

  • There are a TON of already made flip charts on SMART Exchange.  So definitely check there before creating anything of your own!  It might just save you a ton of time.
    • Some teachers do calendar time on their board.
    • Teachers create charts to go with math and reading curriculums (just search whatever    curriculum and unit you are on.)
    • If you use ActivInspire, you can go to Promethean Planet to do the exact same things.
  • For word work or spelling practice: Fridge magnets,  To find this, search the Gallery, by clicking on the 2nd tab on the left of the screen.  The tab looks like a little framed picture, it's right above the paperclip tab.  Once you're in the Gallery, search "fridge magnets". 
  • You can also google "paper" and put the background as lined paper and have students practice writing spelling words or their name or anything else on the board. 
  • There are also dice, timers, and spinners you can search for in the same manner.  
    • The spinners are changeable, so you can spin to put your students in groups.
    • Or you can have 3 spinners and have students create CVC words and determine if they are (un)real. 
    • Or you could have students make numbers by spinning 2 or 3 different spinners.
    • OH the spinner potential!!!
  • One of the things I thought was the coolest (not the most practical, but coolest none the less) was that you could free hand draw a shape, and then right click on it and select Shape Recognition.  I just think it's cool:)

So here is what my interactive white board set up looks like.  It uses a Wii remote to make a regular old white board interactive.  Once you know how to use it, it's pretty easy:)  And a lot cheaper than the alternatives....

And here is a close up picture of what my projector and Wii remote look like:)