Saturday, January 17, 2015

You Oughta Know Blog Hop

Howdy!  I'm so glad you hopped over for another "teacher tip!"

Happy Saturday! I am so excited to show off my new blog design!  Isn't it so cute?!  Thanks to the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Tenille Gates at Designs by Tenille.  I love, love, love it!  (Aren't those little froggies adorable?)

Ok...back to the hop!

I’m so happy to join Jasmine, from Buzzing With Mrs. McCain, for her You Really Oughta Know blog hop! It’s been fun to participate in the past and I love getting so many great ideas from teachers!

My school has embraced the use of technology in the classroom over the past several years. It’s been a steep learning curve for many of us, but so worthwhile for our 21st century learners. Something new I’ve tried this year is using YouTube in the classroom. Of course, I have shown videos and used clips in the classroom before, but this year I’ve been creating “playlists” for my teaching units. It’s super easy to do and saves me so much time. I simply put my search topic in and take a few minutes to preview the videos of interest. Then, and this is the A.W.E.S.O.M.E part, you just add the videos you like to a playlist! I can then access these saved videos quickly in the classroom!  So to's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Of course, you need to preview the videos before showing them to students.  Most of the videos have an ad at the beginning.  I just wait until I can "skip the ad" and then display the screen!

I hope this tip helps you bring some more technology into your classroom!

Be sure and keep hopping for more tips from teachers!  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Brrrrr .... Having fun with Penguins

We are diving into the chilly waters down south!  I love teaching the kids about penguins!  I end up learning something new every year!  This year we are looking at everything through the eye of a conservationist!  I found some great resources to use in the classroom.  If you are waddling through the Antarctic too, you may find these useful!

Live Science - Penguin Facts: Species and Habitats

Hope these help!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Penguin Prep!

Holy moly, it's been a while since I blogged!  Maybe blogging should be one of my New Year's Resolutions?  I'll think about that one.

I'm heading back to school tomorrow to start 2015 with my kiddos!  I can't wait to see them! I hope they haven't grown too much!

After having some New Year's fun, we'll start one of my favorite units of the year...PENGUINS!  I love these little (big) birds!  I've just finished some fun new resources to compliment this unit in my math and word work tubs!  If you're interested, check them out here!

I promise (crossing my fingers) to be back soon to show off what we are doing during our Penguins unit!

Happy New Year!!!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Sunday Scoop!

I'm LInking with the Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop!  

Here's my Scoop!

I woke up this morning and walked into the laundry room to feed my dog.  The laundry fairy did not come last night!  I'm so bummed because now guess who has to do the laundry today :(  After I realized this bad news, I walked into the living room and realized the house cleaning fairy must have taken the night off, too!  Now I have to add that to my list for the day.  And to top it off, I never quite made it grocery shopping yesterday or to Costco!  Whatever happened to my day of rest?

Yesterday, on my way to Costco, I detoured into Michael's!  My girls and I picked out new decorations for a theme tree this year!  We are all super excited to try something a little different this year.  We want to decorate early since we are flying to Houston for the holidays!  Needless to say, I never made it to Costco or Safeway, but we have a great start on our decorations!

I finished my report cards last night!  Yay!  Well, I finished the easy part.  I still need to go back in and add some individual comments.  I'll get that done today, hopefully!

And, today I'm happy to hang out with all my girls and spend a little extra time with my big girl before she heads back to school.  Things are sure different around here when she's gone!  :(  I'm looking forward to a long Christmas Break and having her home!

What is your Sunday Scoop?

Friday, November 14, 2014

You Oughta Know Blog Hop!

Howdy! Today I am linking up with Mrs. McClain over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her monthly You Oughta Know blog hop. Other bloggers and I will be sharing things that you “oughta know” for your classroom.

I really thought hard about what I wanted to share...something that would help other teachers through the crazy holiday season in the classroom...and something practical!  So I decided on something to save your sanity with classroom management!  

I believe in rewarding kids for positive behavior and good choices.   This works so much better for me than the card systems and clip charts!   

I have a pretty lengthy blog post about my system!  Click on the picture below to see how I use this in my class.

This is what I created to use during the holidays!  I thought I'd change it up and make it "different" for my kiddos!  Really it's the same for me!  The idea is responsibility.  The kids are responsible for always having a chart on their desk and remembering to get a reward when earned.  I just notice great behavior and stamp charts!  Easy peasy!  I don't even buy anything!

Thanks for hopping by!  Download this to use in your classroom!  I hope your kiddos enjoy it!

I talk more about my management system in this post !  Don't forget to hop to the next awesome blog and discover more things You Ought to Know!

Happy Hopping!