Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teacher evaluations

I work hard, I teach every moment of my day.  I believe I am to be held accountable for my students' success.  I also know that my students come to my classroom each day with gaps I have no control over: sleeping in the shelter with a baby brother who kept them awake all night; spending the night on a couch of a relative or family friend while the parents worked the overnight shift; staying awake all night because the heat in the apartment didn't work.  How fair is the assessment of a student who lives life like this? How fair is the evaluation of a teacher who teaches students who live like this?  This gets under my skin.  I want the best for my students, and I believe each and every one of them is capable of greatness, but this gets under my skin!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Jingle all the Way! FREEBIE

Here's a super fun, cute, and easy literacy station.  My firsties love "making words".  I place the letters in a pocket chart, and I place the recording sheets in a manila folder mounted on the wall near the pocket chart. This makes for easy management and the kiddos can get started on their own.  

Making Words Jingle All the Way

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale!

If you haven't heard, TpT is having a super sale on Cyber Monday, Nov. 28th.  Use the promo code CMS28 and you'll receive 10% off everything.  My store will also be on sale for 20% off.  You'll get 30% off everything! WOW!  
Check out my new Common Core Christmas Wreaths 1st grade math station.  Also, check out Santa's Stockings Phrases Game.  Get your wishlist ready for tomorrow's sale! Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner(s)!

Due to some technical difficulties, my announcement of the winner of my giveaway is a little later than promised.  So...I selected two winners--YES, TWO WINNERS! Winner #1 is Rachael Sterling.  
Winner #2 is Janet J.  

Congratulations to both winners!  Rachael, I will email you the files, just respond with your choice of grade levels for the Santa's Christmas Cookies Sight Word Game.  Janet J., please email me so that I can get your files emailed to you. Happy Holidays everyone! ☺  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giveaway ends soon!

If you haven't already checked out my awesome giveaway, check it out now.  The winner, as selected by random generator, will be announced at 9 PM EST on Black Friday.  Click here to enter.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Fantabulous Give-Away!

Here's a super easy give-away with some super easy literacy stations activities, and they're perfect for this time of year!  If you're a first or second grade teacher and you use Dibels NWF--you'll love this! I am giving away 5, yes, 5 of my literacy stations activities which you can easily view on TpT or Teachers Notebook.  You'll get 3 NWF practice games, and your choice of 2 other sight word games.  Here's what I'll be giving away:

And...you'll get your choice of 2 Santa's Christmas Cookies Sight Word Games, your choice of Pre-Primer, Primer, 1st grade, 2nd grade, or 3rd grade levels.  (Primer and 1st grade shown here.)

You've got 4 easy chances to enter.  Leave a comment for each.
1.  Become a follower of my blog, or already be a follower.  
2.  Become a follower, or already be a follower of my TpT store.  
3.  Add my Teachers Notebook shop to your favorites, or already have it in your favorites.
4.  Spread the word, post about this giveaway on your blog, or on Facebook. 
Remember to leave a comment for each.  The winner will be announced on Black Friday at 9:00 PM EST.  Good luck everyone!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cyber Monday TpT Sale!

I can't wait for Cyber Monday.  Have you heard? TpT will be offering 10% off using a promo code.  Many sellers are also throwing sales.  You can save 30% on every item in my TpT store on Cyber Monday--Monday, November 28th.  Start adding items to your wishlist now!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Whole Brain Teaching

WBT is awesome.  If you have never seen any of Chris Biffle's videos on youtube, you should check them out.  This language arts lesson is great!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Teaching with Poverty in Mind

I just have to pass this along to everyone.  I teach in an inner city school district in upstate New York.  During a superintendent's conference in the beginning of September, one of our district leaders, a very smart professional development specialist, spoke about this book: Teaching with Poverty in Mind What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen.  I popped on Amazon that very day in September and ordered the book.  And...there it sat on my bedside table, waiting for me.  I finally had a chance to begin reading this little gem, and I wanted to pass it along to all of you.  Teachers who work with students who live in poverty have a mountain of challenges, not just teaching little Johnny to read.  Little Johnny learns differently that his non-poor counterparts.  One particular point made in this book struck me:
"Some teachers may interpret students' emotional and social deficits as a lack of respect or manners, but it is more accurate and helpful to understand that the students come to school with a narrower range of appropriate emotional responses than we expect" (Jensen, 2009).  
Jensen goes on to provide action steps which can be taken by schools to help students reach success. I'm finding this book to be eye-opening, and a true resource.   

Thursday, November 10, 2011

FREEBIE Turkey Short Vowel Color Code

I'm a bad blogger, my apologies!
I haven't even posted since our nasty nor'easter dumped 16" of snow where I live...And my power was only out for 24 hours--I don't even have a good excuse.  Just busy! Whew! So, please accept my apologies and this cute little freebie I put together.  The turkey is from http://www.jessicaweible.com/  Oh, and I didn't forget about the giveaway I had promised you--I should have it posted tomorrow.  ☺

Turkey Color Code