Saturday, June 20, 2015

Five for Fraturday

Hey there! 
I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday post on Saturday, so I am calling it Five for Fraturday. Makes sense right? 

When I first started blogging, I loved linking up with this link up because it gave me a structure for writing my blog posts. I also get more views on these posts than any other posts because SO many people join this link up! If you are new to blogging like I am, then join the party and meet some new friends by clicking on the picture above. 
 
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The last two years I spent my summers relaxing, reading fiction books, and hanging out by the pool. I told myself I really wanted to focus this summer on developing as a teacher and doing some professional reading to stay fresh! I think we as teachers can suffer from the summer slide just like the kids can.. am I right?! Because I am in grad school I have about four text books that I am not reading at all totally enjoying....(cough cough). So I wanted some easy reads with practical strategies I can implement and not books full of statistics and numbers! 
 

Now I know what you are thinking, and no I have NEVER read The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark! I know....total loser over here. I have had the book sitting on my shelf for over a year and never read it. I am loving every moment of it and my favorite part so far has been, "Not every kid gets a cookie!" I love that phrase because in today's world it is so important to teach our students that you must work for the reward and those that put in the hard work get the cookie!



For my Improvement of Instruction class, I am reading How the Brain Learns by David Sousa. I actually really like this book because it talks about the way we store memory and different strategies we can use to ensure retention in our students. Who knew that lessons that use all of your senses guarantee students will retain the information?! For example when you use food in a lesson you are engaging multiple senses which guarantees students will store the information you are teaching them into memory. So cool.  I am actually loving this book.


If I ever finish my textbooks and have spare time this summer, I hope to read The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson. Guided Reading is an area in which I feel that I could never be trained enough because it is an area that you have to actually see to understand. We need strong Guided Reading techniques to ensure our students leave our classroom as strong independent readers! 



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For number two, I had to promote Gabby over at Gabby's classrooms. I entered a giveaway she did awhile back and won a free blog design! She was amazing to work with, and I have had so many compliments on the final product. I can't take any of the credit because she was the master mind and  I absolutely love what she came up with. If you have been wanting a new design, head over to her blog and enter this amazing giveaway! You won't regret it!




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I have been working on some new products, but my favorite right now is my classroom management plan for next year called "No More Clip Chart!" Yes...you heard me. I am getting rid of the clip chart. Kicking it to the curb. No more going home on red or yellow or green, or parents saying "I don't want my child sitting next to Johnny because he goes home on red". If you are thinking "she has lost her mind", just wait and I will be posting soon about my logic behind it and my plan for this next year! 

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 So yesterday this happened! I was sitting there on the couch with my long hair in a nappy bun on top of my head thinking how awfully hot it was outside and just decided to chop it. Not by myself of course. 6 inches later and this was the end product! Texas heat makes you do crazy things, but I don't hate it!

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Sticker Chart Freebie
 
And last but not least, how about a freebie! Click on the picture above and download this sticker chart freebie in my store! These are great for putting on the front of student lockers or folders for positive reinforcement. If you download, please leave feedback and rate the product and I will forever be your best friend... (Ok maybe that is stretching it but you get the idea). 
 
Thanks for reading and come back soon!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the blogging world. Love your haircut. I need to chop mine off too. I can't wait to read about how you get rid of the clip chart. My co-teacher & I weren't thrilled with ours this year, we felt like we didn't follow through with it, especially since we had a pretty mild class this year.
    Stephanie
    PolkaDotPalace

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