Wednesday, June 26, 2013

End of School Giveaway

End of School Giveaway
My first ever Rafflecopter giveaway!! YAY!! To help me celebrate the end of summer, register for my giveaway of 3 awesome resources for your classroom found in my TpT store.

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Website Wednesday! My first ever linky

Website Wednesday!


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By the way, I really have no idea what I'm doing or if this will work right. All you pros may have to give me some advice if it's not set up right.

Today I am going to review Ten Marks. I joined this website at the end of the school year. I enrolled my summer school students to track progress of math skills. The website is FREE to join. If you buy a subscription you get more perks. I assigned my students several objectives to try out for me. They get to do a few practice problems, watch a video demonstration on how to work the problem, then take a ten question quiz. I can login to my dashboard and see how long they spent on each lesson, their grade, and which questions they missed. I think this will be a fabulous tool to add to my list of favorite math websites. If you currently use or plan on using Ten Marks please comment below.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Finishing up my Monday Made It- iPad themed Welcome Back!

So I finally finished my Monday Made It! I got a few pictures of the cute captions I put under each app icon. I had several great ideas for names of my door that I will definitely keep in mind for future use. I decided to go with iLEARN, iTRY, iWORK, iSUCCEED. This is going to be my motto for the class this year. I've also been helping other teachers get their back to school decorations ready, so stay tuned for pictures soon! Only 2 more days of summer school for me then...summer break, here I come!!!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Made It!!

I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for a Monday Made It!
Ok teacher friends, help me out! I am using iPads in my classroom this year and decided to incorporate that into my back to school bulletin board/door. I need a catchy title!!! I teach math and science to 5th and 6th graders. I know my creation is not finished yet...I still have to create a home key, a camera at the top, an Otter Box, and a title. But help me out and I will post the finished product with your help!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Book Review: Mastering Math Facts by: Laura Candler

I was lucky enough to get a digital copy of this to review for use in my classroom. Teachers, it's a wealth of information! Over the past ten years teaching math, one of the biggest problems I have faced is basic fact knowledge and retention. I love so many parts of this book! She teaches how to connect addition to multiplication, then multiplication to division through the use of fun lessons, cute worksheets, and real-world situations. The students make connections on her "Show What You Know" worksheet linking addition to multiplication, then having the student display their knowledge into arrays. The students also draw pictures to represent their understanding of a number sentence. For example on the problem, 2 x 3=6 the student would draw two groups of three apples to demonstrate they understand the problem.
There are 4 lessons that connect addition to multiplication. These are aligned with one or more CCSS for math in several grade levels. There are lessons showing how to use linking cubes, graph paper, and the multiplication table to build arrays.
The 5 lessons on linking multiplication to division are great hands-on, real-world activities that will engage the students and help build their understanding while having fun! This is covering the basic division problems and finding answers with remainders. There are also cute pages to connect multiplication facts to division facts in fact families.
This book is also filled with timed tests and printable templates for the students to track their process on.
I will definitely be using this book for my RtI (Response to Intervention) students to help with math fact mastery.
Thanks to Laura Candler for being sweet enough to send me a copy to review!! I visit her website very often to find resources. She's fantastic!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Meet my new friend, Class Dojo!!


Where has this app been all my life??? Ok well, my teaching career anyway... I downloaded Class Dojo on one of my classroom iPads today after seeing several people brag about it on different blogs. I am so excited to use this next year. I created a class for my summer school students to test it out. This is the answer to documentation for behavior, especially with RtI. This app can track not only the negative behavior like disrespect and being unprepared, but also positive behavior like teamwork, participation, and persistence. I use tickets for rewards in my class for good behavior and hard work. The students earn tickets for good behavior, hard work, and classroom participation. At the end of the 9 weeks period, they can buy things from my treasure box with their tickets or meet the 9 week target goal of 50 (or 100 or whatever I chose) to get an invitation to my "Reward Party". This past year I had a Movie Theater Party, Wii Dance Off Party, and Game Day Party. The students got to pick the activity and snack for each 9 weeks. The Movie day of course we had popcorn and drinks. Wii Day the kids picked ice cream sundaes for the snack and Game Day was pizza. I think this app will be a perfect way to reward my kids with tickets. At the end of my class, whatever their score is for the day is how many tickets they get. Some may be in the negative and owe me tickets...
Here is a screen shot example:

Several students would get 4 or more tickets, but one student would owe me a ticket...

We all just LOVE documentation, right? Come on, I know that's why you became a teacher, right? To fill out graphs, charts, and forms all the time??? Ha! Well, we all know that documentation is a crucial part of our job. This will save me a lot of time!!!
Check out the whole class report:

Here's an example of a weekly student report:

Looking forward to using this to help track behavior and homework next year!
What do you use in your class? What is your fav teacher app?