24 August 2014

Lesson Planning and A Winner

We have a winner!  The winner of the Vera Bradley Personal Agenda is:

Congratulations! I sent you an email.  I hope you will love it as much as I love mine.

Last week I talked about how I love my planner.  I use it to write down all the crazy events going on in my families life.   It helps me keep up with who needs to be where, if it is my turn to car pool, my school events, & and etc…

Today I wanted to share with you I how I do my lesson planning!   I am so jealous when I see all the cute lesson plan books on TpT, or how about those Erin Condren Lesson Plan Books {Oh, my goodness}!!!   I just almost want to buy one just to have {maybe I will just have to break down and get the life planner}!  But I always hold myself back because in my parish our lesson plans are REQUIRED to have 22 components on them.  The format or the setup of the plan does not matter as long as you have the REQUIRED 22 components.  When we are observed they check to make sure that our plans have all of the components and if you are missing a part then you will be counted off {crazy - I know}!!!  Here is a list of what is REQUIRED on our daily lesson plan:

*Teacher Name * Grade Taught *Subject Taught *Date * Content Area *Common Core Standards * Objectives * Unit Activities * If Math then list Math practices *Academic Vocabulary *Daily Routines/Review *Guided Questions {you have to list what question you are going to ask} *Cross Curriculum Connections *Instructional Activities/Task *Differentiation/Accommodations  *Ongoing Learning *Closing Activity *Homework *Assessment {List the way we are going to assess the lesson} * Materials/Resources *Which Bloom's Taxonomy Level we are using for the lesson *Enrichment/Remediation {How are we going to teach to the higher and lower kids} *Closing Activity

If you are lacking or missing any of the components above then you will be counted off points on your evaluation.   Below is a picture of what I use to type my plans on.   I did not design the layout.  Another teacher in the parish came up with this design and saved it in PDF form.  She set the boxes within the PDF form so they are editable.  I can't figure out how she made a PDF editable, because she did not use Powerpoint.  She some how did it in ADOBE.  Do you know how to make a PDF editable???  If you do please share the trick.  I know a lot of teachers use this layout because it covers all the components and it gives it to you in easy to check boxes.   Other teachers have designed similar type layouts {it has last years dates on it, but I am still using the same format}.

Here is what a typical everyday plan looks like for me:  short, sweet and to the point {I combine all ELA in one plan}.

Here is what a typical plan will look like when I am being observed.   This was a math plan I used for an observation last year.  We usually have anywhere from 3-4 observation a year.  We know about two of them ahead of time.  On the two formal observations I try to give more details in my plans.  The reflection portion of the plan is to suppose to be filled out after the lesson has been taught.  

At my school we are expected to have a weeks worth of lesson plans on your desk ready to go by Monday.   So I usually complete my lesson plans for the following week on Friday.   We also have to submit them digitally onto our school's computer workgroup.  That is really not a big deal since I type all my stuff in.  I just save it and send it on over to the workgroup, then print out a copy for my lesson plan binder.

Now you know why I really can't use all those other type planners that I so desperately want too!!!!  Until they hit all the components I am going to just stick with this.  Plus I like that I can type my plans on the computer.   So what do you think???  Most of us in the parish think this is way too much work for a lesson plan.  I love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  I {heart} comments and followers!


22 August 2014

Five for Friday & Teacher Week: "What": Freebie & Vera Bradley Agenda Giveaway

I am doing two link ups today!  Doodle Bugs Five for Friday and Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week! Keep reading for a chance to enter a giveaway and free printable!

If you haven't heard/seen yet… I am having a small little giveaway for a Vera Bradley 2014-2015 Agenda!  I love my planner so much and it helps keep my daily life organized in more ways than one {school and home}!   Be sure to enter.  The giveaway ends this Sunday!

I started using Go Noodle this year in my class for the first time!   So far we are loving it!  There have only been a couple of days that I forgot to turn on Go Noodle and take a brain break.  The kiddos are pretty good about reminding me that we need one.  They love it!!

GoNoodle Inspiration Blog

Another thing I am lovin' this year is Remind!   I know many of you were already using it, but we already had a system in place {School Loop} that allowed us to communicate with parents in groups without numbers or responses being shared.   Well, this year my parish has gotten rid of School Loop and brought in Illuminate.   The only thing is, all the kinks are not worked out yet.  So, school starts and all these schools and teachers are back to work and without any way to communicate with parents {except sending notes home … we all know how that goes}!  So I signed up for Remind and I have to say that I love it! I will probably keep using it, even after our new system has everything else place.

I have been in school now for two full weeks.  Crazy right??  My first week was so hectic because my Great Grandmother passed away on the third day of school.  I had to take off and travel to Arkansas for the funeral.  She was 104 years old.  Not many people can say they know someone who has lived that long.  She had lived an extraordinary life too {all the changes she had seen and gone through}.  For the most part, she lived a very simple happy life.  She really had no health issues, she just passed away from old age.  A few years back she wrote a book for all of her grandchildren {which is a lot}.  In the book she talks about all the changes that she has seen over her life.  It is so hard to imagine a life with out some of the everyday conviences we become accustomed to having, but in her book she outlines them so very well.  Little things we take for granted like a car, washing machine, indoor plumbing.   She even goes into detail about the Great Depression and how it affected her family.  All of these were things that she saw develop over her life time.  Her funeral was really more of a celebration of her life and the people she touched.  I am so glad that she had written that book for all of us, because it gives me a personal look at a part of history that I will never know.

By the second week of school - well you can probably guess it - I  ended up sick!!!  Why does that happen to us teachers?  We go all summer just fine and then by week two we are coughing and sneezing.  I feel much better now.  I went and had a stick {shot} in the rear and now I am good to go!

My # 5 is going to bring me into my second link up with Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week: Day 5!

Today's topic is "What" do you teach?  

I teach all subjects, because I teach second grade.  If I had to pick my favorite subject to teach, I would probably say Math and Science.  This probably comes from my previous experience of teaching middle school for six years.  When I taught middle school I taught Science and I absolutely loved it.   Now that  I am in the lower grades I really do like teaching math.  I think I have {at least it seems this way to me} way of making math easier for children who have a hard time catching on.   

Even though math is one of my favorite subjects to teach.  Most of my products I make are for ELA.  This is because I have so many math manipulatives and games that I really don't have a big demand for much more.   The area I lack resources is reading, grammar, and spelling.  So I notice that is where I spend a lot of my time buying and making products.  When I make a product I usually make it so that it will be used in my room as well.  Every single product below is used in my classroom too!!!

Some of my favorite ELA products that I have made are:

Since math is my favorite subject to teach, I do have a math freebie for you!  It is from my back to school pack that I recently added to my shop!  Click on the image {printable} to download.

{Click on this image to download freebie}

Now with all these school products out of the way, I am going to let you in on a little secret.  My favorite thing to create for my TpT store is DIGITAL PAPER!  I love to create it and try to come up with catchy names for each collection.  I like to create it to use in my products, in my presentations at school, scrapbooking, & etc…   I really like to create digital paper with a grungy look {I realize that is not for everyone}.   Here are some of my FAVORTIE digital papers I have created!

What do you love to teach the most?  I can't wait to read or hear from you.
Well that about wraps it up for me.  Have a great weekend!   I {heart} comments and followers!


20 August 2014

Let's Get Organized: Plus a Vera Bradley Agenda Giveaway

It is day three of Blog Hoppin's Back to School Link up and today's topic is "Why"!!!

Keep reading for a quick and fun little giveaway!!!  Let me just start off by saying that I am by no means the most organized person in the whole world, for that fact not even the most organized in my hall, or probably even in my grade.  But I do like to have some structure to my materials and stuff.  It does make for a much easier day and transitioning with the kiddos if I can find things easily!  I would probably have to say my best organizing effort is labeling.  I label almost everything in my classroom.  Even the candy jar has a label on it, as if candy needs a label to be identified.

I even put labels on all of my notebooks as well as the students.  I number all of their notebooks, supplies, back pack racks, and etc…  I don't know why but I feel like I just function better with everything having a place and me knowing were it is.  It also helps to be able to tell a seven year old the basket that says, "Turn papers in here"!

If you want to grab some cute free labels just click on the images below!   They will print on Avery's 2X4 label size too if you are wanting a sticky back!  These were some of the labels I used in my class this year!!  

Another little item that helps me keep my sanity is my Vera Bradley Planner!!  I love, love, love it!!!  I am a little old fashion in the sense that I still have to write down what is going on during the week.  Trying to keep up with two girls who are in dance, gymnastics, cheer, and not to mention at another school besides mine…  well, you get the idea,  it can get a little hectic!  Usually on Sundays I sit down and just go over the upcoming week and write down who has what and needs to be where.   I also keep up with all of their and my school events as well in this little planner.  I tried switching over to my iPhone {going digital}, but that was a big no go!!!

Would you like a chance to win a Vera Bradley Agenda for the 2014-2015 school year?  My mom owns a local gift shop {Chinaberries} and she has donated a Vera Bradley Agenda/Planner for me to giveaway on my blog.  She knows how much I love mine and knew that there were probably other teachers out there who would love one too!  

Just enter in the Rafflecopter and I will let the winner know by email this Sunday!  It is that easy!!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!   I can't wait to see how you girls {and guys too} stay organized!  I {heart} comments and followers!!!


18 August 2014

Teacher Week: Who

A week full of link ups where you get to find out all kinds of fun stuff about your favorite bloggers and teachers … what fun!!

Here is a little something about my family and I.  This is actually the image I post on my teacher web page for parents/students to see!

I have been married for about 15 years just as long as I have been teaching!  As you can see we have two daughters {that keep us very, very busy}!   For fun we love spend time outdoors boating, on the beach, or hanging out just having lazy days!   We have one little pooch {a westie} that loves digging holes and getting into thing she should not!   

To read more about me and my Q&A session click on this image!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I heart comments and followers!


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