Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday… FUNday!

I have to say.. I think Sunday is BLOG day! I see SO many great posts through my dashboard.

First thing I want to do is link up with Fabulously First where she asked us to share our teaching wisdom we have received in our years of teaching. I have to say, probably the best wisdom I have gained is this:

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I hope that doesn’t sound harsh! It’s the truth! In college I always felt like after turning in a project that I was DONE and could move on. However, in real world teaching, you are NEVER done until you have turned your keys in and are walking off campus. Even then, we spend our summers preparing to better ourselves for the following year. When new teachers ask, “When is this going to get easy?”… I tell them that it’s my 5th year of teaching and it never gets easy! You have to learn to “go with the flow” and better yourself as a teacher. :)

So then after blopping (I made a new word! blog + hopping = blopping!), I found two things I wanted to share!

The first is Scootpad! I can’t wait to share this website with my teammates and other teachers at my school.

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Want to know the best thing about it? It’s FREE!! Plus students can access this from home. At my school, we use Education City to enrich students on skills learned in their grade level. I love Education City, but I wish they could get on at home. With ScootPad they can! They earn coins and badges. Also, teachers or students can post comments to cheer others on and they can comment back! It’s like their very own Facebook-ish page. I do plan on using this in my classroom next year. However, I still have more to learn. Kate from EduKate shared this on Technology Tailgate. Check out the post to learn more! Oh, one downfall… It’s only for grades 1-3.

Also through my blopping, I found an app that I plan on purchasing for next year! Dana from Fun in 1st Grade shared the app called Stick Pick. As teachers we use the popsicle sticks, write their names on them, then pull one at a time for fair answering in class. Well, “there’s an app for that”. ;)

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First you put all your students name on a stick. You choose which level of Blooms Taxonomy that student needs practice with. Then, you shake your phone to get a stick with a students name on it. After you pick a name, the app gives you question stems for you to use. The question is on the level you chose for him/her. Once you are done with the stick you can mark it as being used. The app is only $2.99!

Finally, I just want to share my new freebie I uploaded to my TPT store: Sight Word Tic Tac Toe. I have used this in the past for centers, but wanted to update it with some cute backgrounds I found. Click on the link to download! Enjoy!

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7 comments:

  1. I LOVE your words of wisdom! You are so right about needing to continue learning and growing with your students.

    Delighted in Second

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    1. I hope it wasn't to harsh! But it's true!

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  2. Thanks for the shout out! I heard back from the folks at Scootpad and it will be available for K, 4, and 5 by August 15th! :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  3. I love your words of wisdom. It is so true. I think often times we expect the kiddos to change to meet our expectations instead of looking at ways we can change to better help them.

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  4. I love your words of wisdom. That is one of the things I love about my job, too. It's always changing! No two days are ever the same.
    Jenny

    Owl Things First

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  5. Thanks for your thoughtful advice! I will be a new teacher this year (2nd grade) and am excited to begin my journey!

    I can't wait to read more on your blog!

    Ashley
    That's So Second Grade

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