Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale

I am throwing a sale on Teachers Pay Teachers this Monday through Thursday for 20% off. Combine it with the coupon code CMS28 for an additional 10% off! Click the link on my sidebar to check out my products.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Money for Your Classroom... and a Quick Giveaway

Have you heard of We Are Teachers? One of my colleagues introduced me to this website. It is a great place to find ideas to use in your classroom or to apply for grants by answering a question that a company asks. You can get things like iPads, laptops, cash, etc. for your classroom simply by submitting an idea and asking people to vote for you. Check it out!

Also, if you have just on minute (that is literally the amount of time it takes) I would appreciate your vote for me. I posted an idea here. My class could win an iPad2, an iPod touch, and $100 for supplies if we get the most votes. All you have to do is click this link, enter your name and email (just so they know you haven't voted already) and voila!

I would love to give out something free from my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you vote. In fact, if you vote, leave a comment with your email so you can be entered in the giveaway. I'll pick 5 people to pick something out of my Teachers Pay Teachers store on December 3rd.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

AWESOME behavior incentive...

Some of you may have heard about this recently, but this weekend I discovered Class Dojo. Class dojo is an online program that you can use to give or take away points from your students based on behaviors. It is a free program that you upload your list of students too. Then, you can set what behaviors you would want to give points for, or take points away for.This week, I have had it pulled up on my projector, and when I see some students who got to work right away, I either go to my computer and click on their names or use my iPhone as a remote to give them points. It makes a ding when someone gets a point, and it makes a doink when someone loses a point. I really needed something to help my kids' behavior through the holidays, and this seems to be just what I needed! You can set it up tonight and try it tomorrow, it's that easy. Check out my screenshots below to get an idea of what the program is like.

Here is a pretend class I made:

Here are the things I give points for:

Here are the things I take away points for: 

You may be wondering what you do with the points... well at first I thought I would let the boy and girl who had the most points get to choose centers first the next day, but then I thought that was too much to keep up with. Instead, I give the boy and girl with the most points at the middle of the day and then again at the end of the day a starbuck. Starbucks are like dollars that they can spend at our school Starbuck Store. No... not a coffee store, but it's called the Starbuck Store because our mascot is the Star. I do think it's important to reset the points after the middle of the day so that the student who didn't have the best morning could have a much better afternoon.

Let me know if you use it... I'd love to hear how it goes!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Word Work Linky Party is Here!

The Word Work Linky Party is finally here! If you have some ideas for word work, make a post on your blog and link up. I can't wait to see the pool of ideas we can get together. 

Here are a few things in my Word Work Tubs right now:

These are some alphabet arches that I got from someone at my school. I don't have the original file though, sorry.

These cards are from the Dollar Tree. My kids loved these at the beginning of the year.

I have cards that I found via Pinterest that are templates for making letters on geoboards. The original source is Making Learning Fun.

I let my kids use whiteboards to write letters, words, or sentences.

I have 3 classroom computers, and the link that they use during reading workshop is Starfall. Check it out, it's free!

My students LOVE using playdough for word work. I purchased this from KindergartenWorks. It was worth every penny!

This was my take on the Paint Chip Word Family ideas floating around. You can read more about it here

I also have a making letters center using legos. It is great for fine motor and leter formation. I also found the template on Pinterest. Check it out here.

Now it's your turn... post your ideas for word work in your classroom. What I have found is that even the ones I don't think are that great are great to someone else who hasn't seen it before.

Can't wait to see what we can pool together!