Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sparking Student Motivation - Goal Banner

For many of you, testing is happening now or is just around the corner. I know that many teachers also do goal setting with their students before testing begins. Here is a way that I've done goal setting with my students.


On the front, students draw a picture relating to their goals. Here is mine from a few years ago when I wanted had to learn a new reading series.


On the back, there are lines where the students can write about their goals.


You can cut cardstock into pennant-shaped pieces and have them design their own, or you can {purchase the template and main banner at my TpT store}.


I also have a freebie for you to put on your door during testing. {Click here} to download.


Go over to Joanne's blog to find more ideas to motivate students!



Friday, March 27, 2015

And Then There Were Eight

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 - Kellie C (most points + tiebreaker) and Kathryn B (random).






Monday, March 23, 2015

Birthday Madness - 16

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


Congrats to the round of 32 winners - Marah and Marcia! Marah's West Virginia pick sealed her win, and Marcia was chosen by the random number generator. (Note: This screen shot was taken before I awarded the point for Louisville, but it didn't change first place.)



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monitoring Student Understanding


As I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for this month's Bright Idea post, I came across this simple and effective tool in the fourth grade teachers' classrooms.

Each student has a small ring of three cards as pictured. As students are working, they self-monitor and flip to the card that describes their level of needed assistance from the teacher. The rings stay on top of their desks so the teacher can quickly glance to see who needs immediate help and who can wait a bit.


If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on {Facebook}, {Pinterest}, or view {previous Bright Ideas} for more great ideas.


For more bright ideas from many more bloggers, please browse through the ideas below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!




Friday, March 20, 2015

Birthday/Basketball Giveaway - Round of 32

Next round is up! You have to make your picks quickly! Picks should be made before 11:00 AM Central Time. Scroll down to the form or {click here} to access it. Or simply type http://bit.ly/fitm2015_32 into your browser if your "smartphone" isn't so smart. One entry per person, please.


Congrats to the round of 64 winners - Layla and Theresa S! Layla needed a late-night victory from Dayton to clinch it, and Theresa S was chosen by the random number generator.





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Birthday Madness Giveaway!

It's the most... wonderful tiiiiiiime of the yearrrrrr!

My birthday + Spring Break + March Madness + flowers blooming = Perfection!

Those of you who have been following me from the beginning are probably familiar with my past tournaments. If you are new, I hope that you'll join us! You can make your picks anytime until this Thursday at 10:00 AM Central Time. Scroll down to the form or {click here} to access it. Or simply type http://bit.ly/fitm2015 into your browser if your "smartphone" isn't so smart.




Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky You! {Blog Hop}


As I'm approaching a milestone birthday, I'm starting to reflect on things from my thirties that truly make me feel lucky!

My Family - Ten years ago, my husband and I decided to start a family. We now have two loving, smart, creative, beautiful, and hilarious daughters. I don't feel comfortable sharing pictures of them on my blog, but here's a picture of my husband and me from our San Francisco trip ten years ago. Took a selfie with an actual camera, which is pretty difficult.


My Job - Long story short, for the first time in 16 years, next year I will be teaching at a school within five miles of my house instead of 18-25 miles.

In an effort to make your Friday the 13th lucky, several upper elementary bloggers have put together a hop to share some freebies! My freebie will only be free during this hop, so make sure you grab it now by clicking on the picture! I will deactivate the link Monday. (Even though it is a freebie, your download is for your use only. Feel free to direct coworkers to this hop to get it, but please do not send them the file. Thank you for understanding.)

If you are still interested in my product, it is now back to $1.00 and can be purchased at my {TpT store}.

Once you have grabbed my freebie, continue the hop by visiting my friends at {Pinkadots Elementary}.