Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TpT Back to School Sale

Just in case you missed the last sale, TpT is having another one. Everything in my store will be on sale…
I have some great stuff…
Reading Skills and Strategies inspired by David Goes to ScReading Skills and Strategies inspired by Officer Buckle aReading Skills and Strategies inspired by Tacky the Penguin

Building Better Sentences - ActivityOh My Gosh! Clip Art SetHands on Rounding

Happy shopping!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How I Teach Like A Pirate Linky

Last summer many bloggers did a book study on the book Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. I loved reading all the thoughts and reviews from each of the chapters. I decided to read the book myself this summer. I loved it!

I highlighted, made notes and dog-eared many pages in my book and will definitely be referring back to it often. What a great philosophy he has, one in which speaks directly to me. The two chapters that I immediately connected with were the Passion and Enthusiasm chapters.

When it comes to teaching, what am I passionate about? Reading. My goal is to help my students fall in love with reading, showing them how to uncover the connections to what and who they are reading about. I love discovering what works for struggling students and guiding them to reading success. I am committed to helping my students become independent thinkers and self-motivated learners. My students inspire me and I learn as much from them as they from me, and finally I love finding that spark that keeps students engaged and motivated.

How do I show enthusiasm in my teaching? That’s easy, just being in front of my students gets me excited. I am always eager to share books, new discoveries, great lessons, and my enthusiasm for those things. I love it when my students come to me with something they are excited about, when they are excited, so am I, and I hope vise a versa. For me, when somebody shows enthusiasm for what they are teaching or sharing it always makes me happy, you will usually see a little smile on my face the entire time. I want a happy classroom, when I see those smiles I know my enthusiasm is shining through. I try to be completely conscious of my mood, if it seems like I don’t care about what I am teaching then why should my students care…my mood matters.

Is there something from the book that I should do and am not? Mr. Burgess talked a lot about music. What I would love to do is incorporate more music into my day. I need to create a list of music that entices different moods, I think this will help amp up the enthusiasm of not only my teaching but of my students’ engagement and learning.

Do I craft engaging lessons? I thought I did, but Mr. Burgess offers so many questions to consider when crafting a lesson. Do I do some of these already? Yes. Are there other things I should think about and incorporate? Absolutely. Will I do it? You bet!

What do I already do? I incorporate art (it seems to be the easiest thing to do), I involve my students, I use mystery bags and I tell stories.

What should I do more of? Get the kids moving, go outdoors, use kids as props, incorporate music, have students design things, and so much more!

Will I do it all at once? No, but because of this book, I now feel like an amazingly huge creative door has been opened and I am ready to take the journey.

Do I think I am great? I think I am a really good teacher, and with books like this, and influences like all of you, I just keep getting better!!

Here is my question to you.
If you have read this book, what did you add, incorporate, change, try or use in your classroom or teaching since finishing it?

How has reading this book changed you as a teacher? 

Please write or share a blog post about how you Teach Like a Pirate.
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If you link up please use the above graphic in your post so inquiring minds can find all the inspiration and ideas in one place.

Best,



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday Book Review

I’m back with my TBT book review. The Picture Book Teacher's Edition A Fine Fine School TBT This is a great book for the start of school and I have a freebie to go with it as well.
Click the picture below to take you to the review.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition TBT Review Button copy
Enjoy,

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Top 10 Books for August

I know this is late but I really have a good excuse, I was on vacation :)
This list comes from the last giveaway I had. To enter the giveaway participants had to answer one question, If you could only read one book the first week of school, what it would be? The following list comes from some of the answers listed. Most of the books are tried and true favorites and others are new ones to me. I hope you find something new to add to your start of school book list.
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Happy August!
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Friday, August 8, 2014

It’s a Sale!

I missed the back to school sale because I was “off the grid” for 10 days and couldn’t get cell or internet coverage.  So I have decided to throw a sale in honor of my birthday.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Birthday Sale
Click on the picture above to take you to my store.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday Book Review

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition - DavidGoesToSchool Throwback Thursday
Let’s not forget about David Goes to School by David Shannon as a perfect beginning of school book. Click the button below to take you to all the reading skills, strategies and ideas that would be great if you need a lesson for this book.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition - Throwback Thursday  Book Review Congratulations Wendy, I hope you and your students enjoy the Reading Skills and Strategies pack for David Goes to School by David Shannon.
Thank you to everyone that participated in this weeks Surprise Prize Giveaway.

Enjoy!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Disappearing Alphabet

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition - The Disappearing Alphabet Book Review plus Freebie



Reading level: 4.1


Theme/subject: school, spelling, writing
 
Genre: humorous, rhyming
 
This book is definitely more advanced and will get your students thinking outside the box.
 
What would the English language be like if we didn’t have all 26 letters in our alphabet, making all the different sounds they make? A mind boggling concept if you really think about it. 
 
With that said, have your students think about it. After reading the book and thinking about how the author writes, challenge your students to come up with their own scenarios.
 
Have students think about a noun (person, place or thing). Have them list some words that are associated with that noun, including some antonyms. Have them then pick a letter from that noun that would be the disappearing letter.
 
For example if you think of the noun school and have the A be the disappearing letter, you could come up with this.
 
If there was no A then there would be no math, or reading, or teachers at school but there would be lots of books, and science experiments, history lessons and RECESS! 
 
For the next example if you think of the noun ice cream and have the C be the disappearing letter you could write something like this.
 
If there was no C then there would be no cold coffee ice cream cones but I would still be able to enjoy a bowl of  vanilla frozen yogurt with rainbow sprinkles.
 
Let your students give it a try using the worksheet graphics below. To use just copy and paste the worksheet graphics below into a MS Word or PowerPoint document resizing it to fit the document then print. 
 
The copy with writing lines missing in the circle is for students to write and then draw.
 
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition The Disappearing Alphabet Freebie The Picture Book Teacher's Edition The Disappearing Alphabet Freebie  

Have fun!
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