Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wonderful Idea Wednesday


I have seriously lost track of whether this was my original idea or not, but my "wonderful idea" for the Freebielicious linky is having students record their sight words using an iPad or other technology.  My students work at the sight word station independently and choose what method to use (dry erase markers, chalkboard, magnetic letters, etc.).  Then, they take a video of their sight words that they created (not themselves) and read aloud the words. You can also have students spell out the words, such as "s-a-i-d, said."  


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The videos are rarely perfect (notice that he skips a few words above), but it allows students to get some extra practice actually reading the words before I check them for the day.  It also motivates them to work efficiently.  Before I started having them create the videos, they would often only get through a few of their words (they each have ten) because they were playing with the supplies or getting distracted.  Now, they stay on task because they want to use the iPad! 

Check out more wonderful ideas here! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Must Have Monday


Today I'm linking up with Freebielicious to share some of my teaching "must-haves."


1. Binder rings are SO crucial for not feeling like you're drowning in tiny pieces of paper. Everything that can have a hole punched in it goes on a binder ring in my classroom.  I find them the most useful for student sight word rings, but I use them for all my flashcards as well.  I also use them to bind adapted books.



2. I don't think I could go back to teaching without LessonPix or something similar! I seriously use it every day.  The visuals are great for everything from sequencing a story to labeling containers.  I especially love that virtually every image of a person comes in multiple skin tones! 

3. I actually wear a half-apron every day to teach! At the beginning of the school year I felt a little self-conscious about it, but it quickly became a "must-have" for me.  Many of my work pants and skirts are black, so the apron actually isn't very noticeable... except that I'm constantly using it! I always keep a pen, a chart paper marker, a highlighter, an eraser, stickers, and my phone in there... and usually a bunch of other random stuff besides! It's particularly great when you're working as an inclusion teacher, because you can modify assignments on the fly, even if you don't have access to your teacher desk.  

What are your "must-haves?" You can link up and check out the other posts here!



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Personal Summer Projects

While I have three major, not-so-fun projects (moving, new job, wedding), I also have three fun, personal projects I'm working on! It helps me to think of them as "projects" so that I don't feel guilty doing them, as I would in the school year.  So here they are:

1. I'm knitting a sweater! I love to knit, but I normally only tackle small projects during the school year (hats, scarves, etc.).  I'm about halfway done the 'Glam Lamb' sweater!


2. I've been working on a scrapbook of the last 3-4 years since winter, but now I'm really focusing on finishing in time to have it out at the wedding (since it focuses on Rob's and my relationship).


3. Finally, I'm rereading A Song of Fire and Ice! I read all five a few summers ago, and I've been wanting to reread since watching the show.  It feels a bit self-indulgent, but hey-- summer!


Do you have any personal projects or hobbies you're indulging in this summer?