Sunday, November 16, 2014

My #eddies14 Nominations


Here are my nominations for the 2014 Edublogs Awards:

Best Indvidual Blog: My Island View
Best New Blog: 2TechSavvyLibrarians
Best Class Blog: An Educational Phoenix
Best Student Blog: Steven's Blog (one of my students)
Best Ed Tech / Research Sharing Blog: Free Technology for Teachers
Best Teacher Blog: My Paperless Classroom
Best Administrator Blog: Ninja Reflections on Education
Best Individual Tweeter: @alicekeeler
Best Hashtag/Twitter Chat: #2ndchat
Best Free Web Tool: Twitter 
Best use of Media: Ted Talks
Best Educational Wiki: The Global Classroom Project
Best Open PD/Unconference/Webinar: The Global Education Conference
Best Educational Use of a Social Network: EdTechBaton on Instagram
Best Mobile App: Remind
Lifetime Achievement: Peggy George

For more information and to make your nominations click HERE and follow #eddies14 on Twitter.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Possessive Noun Disorder

Teaching possessive nouns to 2nd graders is just downright frustrating. Our curriculum has some boring worksheets, but I needed to ramp up the teaching level on this one so last week I did some looking around and found a few songs and activities that would make learning this concept a little more fun.

I am fortunate to have a Mimio (interactive whiteboard), so I went to the MimioConnect sight and found a fun activity just by searching grade level and "possessive nouns". The kids really enjoy using the whiteboard. On another day I used a Brainpop Jr. video and the interactive activities that go with it.

I also found some songs on youTube. Moving and singing really helps cement it all together.

We are continuing to work on possessive nouns this week. My plan is to have them create some content using photos. Here is the task card they will use:

For more task cards click HERE
The finished product! see more HERE

Edrocker.com has some fun "screamo" videos.


I always look for an excuse to use The Electric Co. vidoes. It's what I grew up on!

Global Education Conference 2014


I am looking forward to attending the Global Education Conference beginning on November 17th. The online conference schedule is full of keynote speakers and presenters who will enlighten and inspire. The highlight for me will be the launch of the Global Classroom Project on Nov. 21st at 6:00 am CST. We will officially launch our 5th year of global connections and projects. Please look over the information below to learn more about participating in this amazing event! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thinking Maps and The Global Read Aloud


For several years, my teaching partner Ginny Limer has encouraged me to use Thinking Maps. She uses them daily in all subjects. I have used the circle map, but haven't ventured much farther until this past week. We are participating in The Global Read Aloud - a world-wide event where classes read the same book and then share via social media, blogging, skype, etc. We are in the second week of our reading of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and so far we have made predictions and asked questions with other classrooms via skype and blogging. Yesterday, I wanted my students to write about how Edward looked and felt before and after being thrown off the ship. Ginny has shared examples of the thinking maps with me, so I looked through to see which one would work best for this assignment. I chose the cause and effect map because the boxes were set up just the way I wanted. During a class discussion about our reading, each student completed their own thinking map. Using the map, they were able to easily organize their thoughts. This example is from a student who tends to get hung up and frustrated. The thinking map allowed him to be articulate and confident in his writing.


   
After writing, my students use an Editor's Checklist to assess their own work before turning in. I have found that this pushes them to scrutinize their own work more thoroughly.
The link to this check list can be found HERE
For more information on The Global Read Aloud click HERE 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Follow Me With Bloglovin!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


I just signed up with Bloglovin because I have so many great blogs I follow, but it's hard to keep up with them. Bloglovin allows me to follow my favorite blogs and get updates on new posts! Now I won't miss out on anything new and wonderful from my fellow teacher bloggers!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Using Remind to Prepare Students for a Substitute


One morning last week I woke up feeling terrible. I went to bed the night before with chills and a headache, but thought I would be better after a good night's sleep. Wrong! There was no way I was making it to school that day.

After calling our secretary and informing her of my absence, my next thought was my kids. I have never been absent this year, so I wanted to prepare them before they got to school. I sent this Remind message to their parents and within minutes 3 had used the Stamp feature to let me know they had seen it!

The next day when I returned to school, I asked the students how many knew that there was going to be a sub before they came to school. Almost all of the students raised their hands! One of my students proudly told the class that his mom let him read the message.

The substitute left me a note saying how well the students behaved. I think that being able to alert them ahead of time really helped the day go smoother.


Thanks Remind! 


For more information on getting started, please visit Remind.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Big Event Fundraising $1000 Giveaway!

Big Event Fundraising has launched a $1,000 giveaway! 1 lucky school will win $1,000 worth of student prizes! Each package contains an assortment of prizes that are great for school stores, academic awards, fairs, carnivals, or special school events. 

Check out their giveaway page. Hurry! The giveaway ends on October 15th.