Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's Busy Around Here

It’s so much going on in the blogosphere. Bloggers are hopping around and teachers are in a giving mood. Are we just a great bunch of people or is it the heat? Well what ever it is there’s a give-away @ The Hand-On Teacher in First. Hop on over there and enter. There are many great prizes.Best of luck to all who enters.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Don't Miss Out on a Great Give-Away

Don’t miss out on a mega give-a-way over at the Teacher Idea Factory.

You get to visit so many awesome blogs and TPT stores with great information and activities you already feel like a winner. You have two days left to enter. 
Get a move on.

Check Out My Awesome Makeover!

What an awesome makeover. Diana at Custom Blog Designs did the most fabulous job redesigning my blog. I love the colors. I look at myself as a coach and my students are in training so, my theme expresses that. To me the blogging and following other blogs is like a huge, everlasting professional learning community. We continually learn from each other. Thanks again Diana.
For a great makeover visit Custom Blog Designs

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lucky Me

I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Lisa @ Learning is Something to Treasure

 I found out I won her Pirate Palooza unit this morning. It’s 100 pages of colorful, engaging learning activities. Make sure you visit her blog and TPT store to uncover some great treasures. I look forward to using the unit with my students.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lose Yourself in a Good Book

        Sorry, I disappeared for a few days. I went to Tampa to visit my family. I did not blog, but I did enjoy a great book. Here I am in the 3rd week of my summer vacation and I’m reading a great book on small group instruction by Jennifer Serravallo
and challenging myself to develop a thematic unit “Growing a Garden”. I love what I do. How can I expect my student to work hard, trust me, and rise to challenges if I don’t expect that from myself?  After self-reflecting on my school year I felt although my data was great, I needed to improve my small-group instruction. I want to make sure I’m not wasting instructional time

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer School Rules !

I’m currently in day 2 of a five day class (help me!). 
I’m screaming on the inside “get me out of here”. On the other hand I’m learning a lot about project based learning and how to develop a thematic unit. I’m very excited to put what I’m learning to work.  I have had my Common Core Standards and my E-textbooks up on the screen trying to develop a strategy to connect the standards with themes then incorporate projects. I wish my team was here, but I have been taking notes so we can get together and design wonderful learning experiences for our primary students. I can’t wait!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Busy as a Bee!

The summer is here and between a few nice trips and a little relaxation I have a lot to get done. I need help from my fellow bloggers and teachers. 

 1.     I need to learn how to use Photoshop so that I can turn my great ideas into actual worksheets and centers. 

2.     I need to get a new look for my blog and a banner for Facebook. Where do I go- who should I go to?

3.     I’m starting Common Core with 2nd grade next year and I’m concern about complexity. I need to read up on it. I have the standards and yes I will be reading through them but where are the great resources. Let me know if you know of any?

That’s my list so please share if you have answers to my questions and enjoy your summer!