Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ending the Year Stress Free {Giveaway}

Testing is done and we're in the home stretch. With the weather finally getting nice and flowers blooming, it's really hard not to think about summer!

Since I don't want to think about school during the summer (well, at least not the entire summer), I keep an ongoing to-do list on Google Drive for the fall. As I think of something that I need to do, buy, or try, I add it to the list. Then in the fall, I am more focused on the pre-school workdays and feel less stressed.

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You can see that I've been doing this for a while...

It really helps me organize my thoughts and feel better prepared for the fall. It also allows me a little reflection on what I want to try differently next year.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Exit Slip Board {Bright Idea}

I had wonderful plans to recreating this idea that I saw in a coworkers classroom (and I am posting about with her permission). However, with testing and life in general, that didn't get done. So I'll just share the pic I took and you can imagine the possibilities along with me. Or maybe it will remind you of something you've already seen.

Here's what I like about this one in particular. There are post-it-note-sized places for kids to put their notes. The whole thing is then laminated. I would also add student numbers to the post-it note placeholders so I could quickly see who didn't stick up one. Or you could use a dry erase marker or Vis-a-vis marker to mark their spots with their names. Ah, maybe this will go on my fall to-do list :)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Perimeter/Area Anchor Chart

Just a quick little post to share an anchor chart I made to help my students visualize the difference between area and perimeter.

Visit {Deb} to see other awesome anchor charts (and add your own). She also has a great freebie this week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Final Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my birthday/basketball giveaway this year! I had a lot of fun seeing your excitement!

Congrats to Lisa (picked winner and won tiebreakers) and Elizabeth (random) for winning the final round of my giveaway!

And thanks again to all of my sponsors!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Final Game

Happy Easter!

Last round is up! Picks should be made before 8:00 PM Central Time on Monday. Scroll down to the form or {click here} to access it. One entry per person, please.

Congrats to the Final Four winners - Kimbery (picked both games + tiebreaker) and Maria (random).

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Test Prep Egg Hunt

We begin our state testing next week, and I just came across this great idea from {Jennifer Findley} that combines test prep with an Easter egg hunt. I knew that I had to do it this week since the timing was perfect.

20 multiple choice questions (You can get a copy of mine {here}.)
plastic eggs
recording sheets

1. Cut questions into strips, fold up, and stuff a question in each egg.
2. Have a friendly second grade class hide your eggs on the playground after they finish their recess.
3. Give each student a recording sheet and clipboard.
4. Pair up students.
5. Students find an egg that no one else is using and answer the question inside. Math work can be done on the back of the recording sheet.
6. Students replace the question inside the egg and put the egg back in its hiding location.
7. When everyone has answered most of the questions, each student grabs an egg to bring back inside.
8. Discuss the answers.

Sound like fun? You still have time to try it out! Thanks, Jennifer, for the fun way to practice!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Final Four!

Next round is up! Picks should be made before 5:00 PM Central Time on Saturday. Scroll down to the form or {click here} to access it. One entry per person, please.

Congrats to the round of 16 winners - Julie K (most points + tiebreaker) and Andrea (random).