Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Engaging Parents 101

Engaging Parents 101

Hello! My name is Laura Lavery, and I teach middle school Spanish in Franklin, Tennessee. Part of my vision this year was to engage all of my students' parents and family members in our classroom community. A fun way to engage parents this year has been creating e-vites from a free website

Some events that have been popular include the following: coming to class on your child's birthday, student presentations, bring your mama and papa to Spanish class, bear market, elf market, and day of the dead station celebration. I first start by creating an account with Evite and then import all of the parents' emails. I then use their templates to make invitations to class events. I usually plan two to three big events each month. These e-vites serve as formal invitations to invite parents into our classroom. From the students perspective, the students are very excited when their mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather walk into the classroom. I firmly believe these invitations have made my parents feel welcome in our classroom throughout the entire year. Here are some of my previous e-vites:


Feel free to contact me laverylau@fssdorg with questions. Also please follow our twitter @fssdPGMSLavery

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Free Standards Apps for Teachers and Administrators


   A great time saver for teachers and administrators is to download the standards apps that are available for Common Core and all fifty states. The apps allow you to quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). You can even search by topic or academic vocabulary. For example, you can search simile in the TN App, and it will display every standard in grades K-12 that include the word simile.

    For teachers, the apps come in handy when you are planning lessons and units, reviewing materials at the local teaching store, or browsing Teachers Pay Teachers.

   For administrators, the apps come in handy when you are conducting walkthrus or evaluating teachers.

Below you will find links to both Apple and Android apps for specific standards and Common Core to save you time.

Common Core App Links:
Specific State Standards App Links: (Each state has its own app)

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ways to Save Time with Gmail


Check out the tips below to save time while checking emails.

1. Add to Task- Create a to-do list in Google mail linked to an email.

 2. Google Calendar Gadget- A Google Calendar with upcoming events within your email window.

3. Unread Message Icon Gadget: See how many unread messages are in your inbox with a quick glance at the tab's icon

    Share your Google time-saving tips in the comments below! Thank you for reading/viewing.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

5 Must Follow Twitter Hashtags for Educators

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       Twitter is my go to for online professional development. Anytime I'm looking for new ideas, educational tools, or a solution to a problem I head to Twitter. Check out my list of must follow hashtags for educators. 

1. #Edtech 
            Educators use these hashtags to share ideas, trends, and research related to the effective implementation of classroom technology. A must follow for educators wishing to stay up-to-date on Edtech and tools for the classroom. 

2. #Edtools: 
         Educators use this hashtag to share free recommendations and reviews of Web tools. Follow this hashtag to get updates on technological trends or apps that can improve students’ learning. 

3. #GAFE:
      Follow this hashtag to learn tips and tricks for using Google’s tools in the and out of the classroom. Follow the hashtag to connect with Google Certified Innovators and educators who write about using Google Apps for Education tools. Also, learn about shortcuts, how to create various products, using the Drive and more.

4. #EduMatch: 
     @sarahdateechur created this hashtag to help educators around the world connect with other educators who share their passions and interests. Follow this hashtag to connect with like-minded educators and to learn about new projects and tools for your classroom. 

5. #EdChat: 
     Educators use this hashtag to discuss all things related to education and teaching. Follow this hashtag to find articles, resources, and tools for use in and out of the classroom. 

        Please be sure to share your favorite educator hashtags in the comments below and check out my other post on Twitter below: 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sight Word Bingo Freebies

          The resources I have to share with you today are sight word bingo sets. There is three sets total, and each set has the word cards for the teacher and 15 bingo cards for the students.  Click on each picture to download your freebie.

Pre-Primer Bingo Set

 Primer Bingo Set

1st Grade Bingo Set 

  Thank you for stopping by and check out my resources. Please comment below about additional resources you are looking for.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Contraction Materials Galore

             It is now snow day number six for me and today I have contraction materials for you. One of my rules of editing for my students is that they "must break apart a contraction". This rule helps them figure out if they should be using it's or its. To follow this rule, students must know their contractions. To help I've created a contraction bingo set, contraction puzzle, and contraction dominoes. You can download each by clicking on each picture.

      Thank you for stopping by and please let me know in the comments below what other resources you are looking for.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Writing Handout for Better Writing

           I am now on day four of being snowed in, how about you? I created three useful, but adorable writing handouts for students. Click on each picture to download your free copy.

A great resource to help students write with words other than the dreaded said. 

Signal words are tricky for students. This handout is a great tool to help out. 

Another great resource to help students know which punctuation mark they should use. 

          Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to see more writing resources, comment below with what you need.