Super Bowl Sale: Goal Setting


The Super Bowl always makes me thinking of goal setting because this is the ultimate goal for all football players and fans of teams.  These teams wouldn't have made it to the Super Bowl without the proper equipment, skill, practice, and coaching.  

This can be easily applied to teaching.  Teachers are coaches who are helping their students reach their goals.  There are small, personal goals and team-wide (class) goals.  To reach these goals, teachers need equipment to help their team.  I have some FREE lessons for you.  Plus, during the Super Bowl game, I will have some Bonus Bargains for you.  You will also be able to save 20% on my entire store on Saturday and Sunday - in case you are going to a Super Bowl party.


If your class wide goal is to reach a certain score on the standardized test this spring, you will need test prep materials. Click HERE to check out test prep materials that can be used throughout the year.


Click HERE if helping early readers reach their potential is your goal.


Do you give the Dibel's Test or another test that tracks your students' fluency?  Check out these fluency activities.


Is Math Facts a class goal this year?  How about trying some of these fun ideas!

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Presidents Day FREEBIE - Tuesday Teacher Tips


Presidents' Day is a great time to introduce timelines to your class.  You can do this different ways.  You can do a traditional timeline that documents events from the president's life.  Here is a freebie you can use for President Washington:


 Click HERE to download this timeline.

I have a Pinterest Board that has links you might find helpful:


Click HERE to visit my Presidents Pinterest Board.

You could also take a tech approach.  I made a Pinterest board about Events of 1915 that is part of my celebration of the 100th day of School. 


Woodrow Wilson was the President in 1915.  Let your students research different presidents. Have your students pin events that occurred when their president was in office so they have a better understanding of the era.

Do you have any Presidents Day activities to share?

Fern has a few tips to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!


Each week, Fern and I will share a teacher tip. We love to read teacher blogs and the latest teacher idea books and hope you do, too!  Stop by Fern's blog and my blog each week for our latest tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

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100th Day of School GIVEAWAY


It is almost time for the 100th day of school.  My friend, Fern and I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a giveaway.

I am going to give 3 teachers both of my 100th Day packets.  Here is a sneak preview of them.

Do you celebrate the 100th day of school?  If you teach 2nd grade+, you may get a few "I've already done X, Y, or Z in kindergarten or first grade".  Why not take a social studies approach to this day instead of a making it a math day?  It is a fun way to honor this milestone and study history at the same time.



Students will look back in history 100 years.  Add a tech connection and investigate the following topics: exploration, transportation, commerce, political events, world/national events, and interesting facts.  Here is a form students can use to take notes from their investigation.  You can decide what they do with this information.  They could write a report, make a poster, or design an advertising campaign.



Students will do more research for this assignment to find out about life for children 100 years ago.  Fill out the graphic organizer and then write a story about it.  Afterwards, they will complete a Venn diagram comparing their life to children of 1915.



Morning work with a 100 years ago theme are also included.  There are three assignments plus answer keys.  You can either use these as morning messages or set it up as a writing center.



Of course, I had to add a math assignment.  It is a quick and easy one.  Students will survey their classmates to see if they would rather live today or 100 years ago.  Then they will graph their results.

I made a second packet that is a great supplement to my 100th day of school packet.




There are 15 cards telling about events from around the world that happened in 1915.  These can be used a variety of ways.
  • You can use these as a bulletin board.  
  • Use them to make a timeline.  
  • Locate these events on a map or globe.
  • Divide your class into groups.  Give each group two event cards to compare and tell about the impact they have on our lives today.  Which one has made the bigger impact?


There are 6 inventions of 1915 pages.  There is a colorful and black & white version.  You can use these decorate a bulletin board or as an introduction to a lesson about inventors.

Timeline is open-ended so you can adapt it to fit your needs.  Suggestions:

  • INVENTIONS: List six inventions of 1915: illustrate, write name of inventor, invention, purpose and date on timeline.
  • WORLD or NATIONAL EVENTS: List six world or national events of 1915: illustrate, write event, where it occurred, and date on timeline.
  • SPORTS: List six sport events or milestones of 1915: illustrate, write name of event/athlete, what happened and date on timeline.
Does this look like something your class would enjoy? 

 
Click HERE for a free sample.

 Click on the pictures below to check out the preview file.


Click HERE to check out this packet.


Click HERE to check out this packet.


I will announce the winners on January 25th on my Facebook page so make sure you follow it.



Fern is giving away some 100th day of school goodies on her blog.  Click on the picture to enter her giveaway.








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Groundhog Day: Compound Words Freebie


Groundhog's Day is the perfect time for some compound words fun!  Have you ever played charades with compound words?  This is a great activity to do when your class has the wiggles.  Introduce it whole group and then put your students in smaller groups.  You will hear giggles and see wiggles.  You can also do this during inside recess.  I have a list of compound words that you can cut up and put in a bucket. Let your volunteer that is acting out the charade pick one from the bucket.


I also made an extension assignment that is free.

Click HERE to download.

What do you do for Groundhog's Day?

Looking for more tips?  Check out my February Pinterest board.  Click on the picture below.

Fern has a few tips to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!


Each week, Fern and I will share a teacher tip. We love to read teacher blogs and the latest teacher idea books and hope you do, too!  Stop by Fern's blog and my blog each week for our latest tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  


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Teacher Evaluation & Observation Tips: Bright Ideas


How often are you observed by your principal?  I have taught in different districts in different states.  It seems like each district has a different policy when it comes to teacher observations.  One thing that all of these observations shared was the ability to induce anxiety in even the most experienced teacher.  Whether you are a first year teacher or a seasoned teacher, rest assured that we all feel a few butterflies when it is our turn to be observed.

There have been a few things through the years that I have found that helped me feel a little more comfortable when it was my turn in the hot seat.  


This is probably just a personal quirk of mine, but I find it relaxing to clean.  Odd quirk, I know, but when I am stressed I like to dig in and clean.  I once had a very intuitive custodian that noticed that I rearranged my classroom when my class had a bad week.  My thought was, a new student to sit next to, might solve the chatting issue or other classroom management problems.  Most of the time this did solve many problems.  I wouldn't change the seating chart the day before an observation, but it can be very helpful to do it a few days before.  

A clean and tidy room also makes a nice impression, too. It is much easier to find all of your supplies when everything is in the right place.  I have also found that when I'm cleaning, I find these activities, resources, and manipulatives that I forgot that I owned.  Thankfully, I've never had a principal look in my closet.  (Because that becomes my dumping ground if I run out of time!)


Differentiation is part of all evaluations.  One way to enrich your bright students is with your questions during your lessons.  Asking higher order level questions and extending your lesson this way is easy to do and models great thinking for all of your students.  I student taught in a self-contained gifted and talented classroom.  One of the things I noticed in the GT classrooms was some type of poster or bulletin board with Bloom's Taxonomy.  I made my own version with the flower pots you see in the picture above.  On the leaves are words that remind me how I should use this with my lessons.  I usually hang these on the wall that I face when I teach. The visual reminder is helpful during all lessons and especially evaluations when you might be a little anxious and forget to do something.


You want your students to be engaged and doing high quality work with the assignment you give them at the end of your lesson, right?  The best way I have found to do this is to give my class a new freshly sharpened pencil to complete the assignment.  There is nothing like a new sharp pencil to get everyone's attention.  Make sure all of the pencils are the same or it will cause a distraction.  One time I bought a new packet of pencils that had different colors which caused a squabble because some students wanted a certain color.  Have a few extras in case one or two of your students break the lead.  


Everyone has their own favorite way of managing things. For me, clipboards was my "go to" tool.  I had different colored clipboards that I used for different things.  I had clipboards for:
  • Behavior management - if I had a challenging class or a student that was on a discipline plan, this clipboard went with my class to specials and lunch.
  • Attendance/lunch count:  even though many districts now do this electronically, I still like a paper copy.
  • Misc.:  This is for all of those extra things a teacher has to deal with like book orders, field trip, PTA fundraisers.  I keep extra class charts on this clipboard so I can document who brought in their paperwork.  This is much quicker than digging through a pile of envelopes of stack of paperwork.
  • Groups:  each group has their own clipboard  I keep track of testing, notes, observations on the clipboard until I am either no longer need the information and can file it or can throw it away.
  • ***MY BRAIN***:  I keep an outline of my plans, schedule, and other important information.  This clipboard is usually full of post its because there are usually changes like assemblies, pullouts, staffings, change in how a student goes home and all of the other details we have to keep up with on a daily basis.
It is a funny story about how my clipboard called "My Brain" got its name.  One day I couldn't find this clipboard.  Keep in mind, this is my most important clipboard.  It has all of the details that I have to keep track of for the week.  You know all of those memos, notes from parents, emails from parents/team leaders/administrators/reading specialist, and calendar of events that we are responsible for on a daily basis.  I had tried different methods to keep up with all of those details and eventually I began using the clipboard.  It is small, portable and fits anywhere that I need to put it.  I had looked everywhere and by the time my students arrived I was getting frantic.  I explained to my students that I needed their help to find my very important clipboard.  They wanted to know why this was so important.  I told them that it helped me remember things.  So, one of my little boys asked me if it was my brain.  I said yes, at times it feels like it is like my brain, helping me think and remember things.  After that, my class always called my red clipboard "My Brain" and it was never lost again!

During evaluations, I usually put a more detailed outline of my lesson on "My Brain" which is usually near me when I teach.  I look at it as my little insurance policy to make sure I cover all that I want to plan.

Do you have any teacher evaluation tips to share?

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100th Day of School - Looking Back in History + FREE sample


Do you celebrate the 100th day of school?  If you teach 2nd grade+, you may get a few "I've already done X, Y, or Z in kindergarten or first grade".  Why not take a social studies approach to this day instead of a making it a math day?  It is a fun way to honor this milestone and study history at the same time.


Students will look back in history 100 years.  Add a tech connection and investigate the following topics: exploration, transportation, commerce, political events, world/national events, and interesting facts.  Here is a form students can use to take notes from their investigation.  You can decide what they do with this information.  They could write a report, make a poster, or design an advertising campaign.


Students will do more research for this assignment to find out about life for children 100 years ago.  Fill out the graphic organizer and then write a story about it.  Afterwards, they will complete a Venn diagram comparing their life to children of 1915.


Morning work with a 100 years ago theme are also included.  There are three assignments plus answer keys.  You can either use these as morning messages or set it up as a writing center.


Of course, I had to add a math assignment.  It is a quick and easy one.  Students will survey their classmates to see if they would rather live today or 100 years ago.  Then they will graph their results.

I made a second packet that is a great supplement to my 100th day of school packet.



There are 15 cards telling about events from around the world that happened in 1915.  These can be used a variety of ways.
  • You can use these as a bulletin board.  
  • Use them to make a timeline.  
  • Locate these events on a map or globe.
  • Divide your class into groups.  Give each group two event cards to compare and tell about the impact they have on our lives today.  Which one has made the bigger impact?


There are 6 inventions of 1915 pages.  There is a colorful and black & white version.  You can use these decorate a bulletin board or as an introduction to a lesson about inventors.

Timeline is open-ended so you can adapt it to fit your needs.  Suggestions:

  • INVENTIONS: List six inventions of 1915: illustrate, write name of inventor, invention, purpose and date on timeline.
  • WORLD or NATIONAL EVENTS: List six world or national events of 1915: illustrate, write event, where it occurred, and date on timeline.
  • SPORTS: List six sport events or milestones of 1915: illustrate, write name of event/athlete, what happened and date on timeline.
Does this look like something your class would enjoy? 

 
Click HERE for a free sample.

 Click on the pictures below to check out the preview file.


Click HERE to check out this packet.


Click HERE to check out this packet.





Sources to make my blog post graphics can be found HERE.
Click HERE to read my blog's disclosure statement.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Virtual Field Trip plus FREEBIE


Field trips can be a great learning experience for students.  There are hundreds of places that would enrich our curriculum.  If only we had a Magic School Bus at our disposal! With a little research, you can find sites that offer virtual field trips.  Just in time for your January plans, I found the ones below:



Click HERE to visit Martin Luther King Jr. childhood home.


Click HERE to visit the Civil Rights Movement site.


Click HERE to visit the MLK National Memorial.

You can set up virtual tours as a computer center/station.  I made free printables that students can complete after they travel virtually.  There is one with Martin and one without in case you like to travel to other places throughout the year.


Click HERE to download this freebie.

Looking for more ideas for your January lesson plans? My January Pinterest board is full of great stuff!  Click below.



Fern has a few tips to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!


Looking for more ideas?  Click on the pictures below.







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Click HERE to read my blog's disclosure statement.

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