Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Give Away Apalooza!

WOW! I can't believe all the giveaways that The Organized Classroom has put together! Visit the OC blog to find out how to enter, I know I'm looking forward to (hopefully) winning!!
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I'm Back!

It's been a while, but I'm back! Between workshops, setting up the classroom (with no AC), and getting my kids ready for school, I haven't been able to post much. Never fear! I have lots of wonderful ideas to share, so make sure you check out the classroom corral for activities and resources I will be using this year.
At our staff meeting on Monday, we had a really cute ice-breaker that my team decided to use with the class. The original activity used M&Ms, but since we're not allowed to give food to the students, we changed it to colored tiles, unifix cubes, centimeter squares, or other non-edible item. Each student receives a bag of colored tiles: 1 brown; 1 red; 1 orange; 1 blue; 1 yellow; and 1 green and the following instructions: 

"Open your bag and choose 3 colored tiles. Share the following information with your group based on the color of the tiles. If you have 2 or more of the same color, choose more tiles until you have 3 different colors.
Brown = How did you keep cool over the summer?
Orange = What was the best movie you saw this summer?
Red = What is the most interesting thing you did this summer?
Blue = What is one thing you will miss most about this summer?
Yellow = What is the best book you read this summer?
Green = What is one reason you are excited about coming back to school?" 

You can also have the instructions posted in one spot for everyone to read. The students always want to talk about what they did over the summer, and this lets them do just that. 
What are some of your ideas for sharing summer memories?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Neat Feature for Your Blog

If you're like me, your blog is acquiring quite a  list of buttons from other blogs. Reduce the amount of space being used by adding a scrolling widget. It's really neat and can be used for buttons, lists, links, whatever you have too many of on your blog!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Why Didn't I Think of That??

Ever have one of those moments when all you can say is "Why didn't I think of that?"  That's all I could say when I saw my team mate sticking little felt pads to the bottom of the legs on the student desks. A whole lot cheaper than tennis balls and they keep the desks from making that awful noise when pushed on the floor. A pack of 48 is only $5 at Wal-Mart. I use them all the time at home (chair legs, cabinet doors) and starting tomorrow, I will be sticking them to the legs of the student desks. Thanks Melissa!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Great Site!

During a workshop on Fluency today, the presenters told us about The Florida Center for Reading Research. Click on Instructional Materials for Teachers on the right side to access a wealth of lessons and activities.