Thursday, May 28, 2015

Technology Thursday Answer Garden Site and App

             I am joining Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday with an awesome new site. I am currently at training as a Core Coach for Tennessee and one of my fellow coaches has shared an amazing new site with me. Answer Garden is a brain storming site/app.

             Creating a AnswerGarden is simple. It walks you through each step and it takes two minutes to set it up. My favorite feature is that you can decided whether to allow answers to be posted or if they need to be approved first.
 It is a lot like a Wordle, but multiple individuals can answer at one time to add to it and create your Answergarden. The answer can either be 20 or 40 characters. 

        I am looking forward to using this site during the next school year and I would love to hear how you plan on using it in your classroom. Be sure to head over to Teaching Trio to find more tips and ideas.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sailing Into Summer Organization Tips

            I have joined some amazing bloggers for a Sailing into Summer Blog Hop. On each blog you will find tips and ideas to help you prepare for summer and the upcoming year. After checking out my tips below follow the links to check out the other tips and tricks.

         I'm meeting with a few of my teaching friends to plan for the upcoming year in just a few days. To help us create our yearly plan I created a weekly template to use. The template has weeks 1-34 and can be edited to fit your classroom needs.

            You can grab a Word document of my yearly planning template here. I know it seems crazy to start planning for August in May, but usually I plan 6 weeks at a time, so it is not so time consuming and mind boggling. This helps me make sure I'm going to teach all the skills needed within the time needed. Of course these plans aren't written in stone, but they really help me during the year stay on track. I'm always interested in seeing how other plans, let me know how you plan below in the comments.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Getting Ready for Field Trips Season

         Field trip season is upon us. I just finished packing my bag for the first of three field trips that I will be taking with my students. I have packed the following:

  • Germ-X
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket Juice: It is a mobile phone charger I found at Wal-mart for ten dollars. It never fails my phone dies, and I need it to send Remind messages and to let parents know we are getting close to home. 
  • Grooming Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Allergy medicine and Tylenol 
  • pens
  • Clipboard with storage area: I use to bring a folder, but it is so hard to take roll on a thin folder. Plus I can keep my pens and student information inside without it falling out.

        I'd love to know what you pack in your field trip bag. Share in the comments below. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

College Scavenger Hunt Resources and Freebie

          CampusTours Logo

        Recently, I hung my degrees in my classroom. It instantly peeked my students' interests. The questions came pouring in about where I went, what is a bachelors degree, how long do I need to go to become such and such. Next week we will start our college search. Students will be using the Berkeley college tools to collect their information. Grab the lesson and materials here. This search will give students the basics on different colleges. I'm looking forward to seeing their interest grow from there. Share below if you have any resources to help young students with their college search.