Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gradebook! Paper or Online?

             I lived through my first overnight experience and the zoo with my niece (3) and my nephew (11 months). We had all kinds of fun, but I need a nap or five naps. So now I have time to blog about my classroom. I used paper grade book my first year of teaching, but after a technology training I feel in love with an online grade book. I have been using an online grade book for the last two years and I plan to continue to use it. I use Jupiter Grades to record grades, track absences/tardies, and record individual notes about each student. There is a free version that works great. You can record grades and attendance for as many different classes as you need. You can print rosters, report cards, progress reports, seating charts, and other reports. The records are accessible from year to year.

          I am wondering if anyone else uses online grade books. If you do what programs or website do you use? I am looking forward to hearing from everyone!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I'm Going Deskless!!!

                I am so so excited, I have convinced my principal to allow me to get rid  of my teacher desk. I never sat at the desk and it took up to much room. So I bet everyone is wondering how in the world. Well, I'll tell you what I am doing with my stuff that use to be in my desk.

The items that I do not use on a daily basis are now hanging on the back of my closet door. Items like awards, stickers, ziplock bags, etc

The items I use on a daily basis are in these lovely organizer. I found it for $5.00 at Walmart in the home repair area. I am going to take pretty card stock and decorate to match the colors of my room. I'll post about that process when I start it. 

             I am looking forward to starting the new year in August without my desk. I plan to use the extra space to enlarge the library area. How many of my blog friends are deskless? How many are planning are to go deskless? 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Library Labels Part Two (Freebie)

          Okay friends I am back with the more labels for our libraries! We had Science Fair today, so students were available to help out with the organizing of the library. Some of my more organized students helped me identify the genre and reading level of the books in my library. We used the Scholastic Book Wizard to help find the information on each of the books. It is easy and free to use.

         On to the labels, I have created some more labels for the library and you can find them here for free! Please let me know if you need a specific genre. I would love to make them for you.

           This is what my library looks like now:

          It looks pretty, but students randomly look for books. My plan is to have all books organized by genre and the color-coded for levels. This is on my to-do list for the summer. I would love to see others libraries, share your links to your pictures in the comments so I can come look. Thank you!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Library Make Over and Free Genre Labels

        For the last three years I have wanted to make over my classroom library, but something always gets in my way. I still have eight days of school left, but I have decided to go ahead and start on my make over efforts. In order to start the make over I have created some really cute labels (at least I think so) for my baskets. I have one set created and will be sharing more of the sets as I create them. Click on the picture below to get the labels for the following genres: sports, biographies, poetry, dictionary, realistic fiction, science fiction, humor, and adventure.

*When you look at the labels in Google docs it looks like they are off, but when you download them they are fine!*

            I hope they are helpful and you enjoy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Summer Bucket List Linky Party!!

8 days until summer vacation starts! I am joining April, & Teri on their linking party!  Do you have a bucket list?? Here are some fun things I'm planning on doing this summer!

1. I am going to organize my classroom library! Genre labels and the whole nine yards! Like this one

2. I am going attend in-services on Common Core and technology.
3. I am going to organize my home office. 
4. I am going to be learning my new literature book and create materials to go along with the series. 
5. I am going to go to the beach with my family. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Winner Is.......

                       My first blog giveaway was a success! I have two $10.00 gift cards for the Teachers Pay Teachers website for two lucky bloggers. Congrats to the following friends! I will be sending you the gift cards via email within the day.

Lori Rosenberg (24)

Rachel (35)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Take On Homework with a Freebie and Don't Forget the Giveaway!


        I have seen quite a few posts on homework, so I thought I would add my two cents. I assign homework Monday-Thursday. Each night I send home a short passage with three to four questions. The students must read the story, answer the questions, and then find proof or give a reason as to why and how they answered each question. Each class period enters the room and has their homework out on their desk when the bell rings (in my perfect world). If a student does not have their homework they fill out an excuse slip (click here to get my slips). They are not allowed to come up to me and tell me why they do not have it. This saves class time and prevents an argument. The student then gets a copy from the homework bin and checks the homework with us as a class. I keep all of the homework slips as well as record the slips for the students homework grade. The slips are good to have when a student or parent has a question about missing homework assignments.  Each missing assignments is three points deducted from their homework grade. Also, students that complete all of their homework for the six weeks receive a comfy chair pass. The comfy chair pass is for a cute purple chair that all of the students love sitting in. They earn the right to sit in the chair for the entire class. I would love to hear about how you do homework in your classrooms!

Reminder: Be sure to enter my first every giveaway! Click here!