Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tricky Transitions

The most successful tool that I've ever used for transitions is....drum roll please... A music box!

Every Monday I wind up the music box. Anytime we need to transition quickly, or I need to get the students attention, I open the box and let the music play. On Friday, if there is any music left, the class gets a reward. It may be extra recess time or Fun Friday time, whatever motivates your kiddies. The beauty of it is, I never have to say a word. The minute they hear that music, they move quicker and get quiet. It's a beautiful thing!

I'm linking here:
Little Miss Kindergarten

Happy teaching,

- Blessings to you,
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Have a Button!!

Grab my button from the sidebar!

Technology Love

I have been an M.I.A. blogger.  I don't even have to tell you why, right?  S.U.M.M.E.R.
I am just now recovering from the end of school and I think I can slooowly start to do some things for next year.  So tonight I started working on my classroom blog.  I'm  doing a western theme for next year, so of course my blog has to match.  As I was playing tonight, I found a feature in blogger that I just had to share with you.
It's a QR code that you can add to your blog so parents can view your blog (in a mobile version) on their smart phone.  HOW. COOL. IS. THAT??
Here's the code for my blog:
Go ahead, try it!  It will take you right to the mobile version of my classroom blog!
If you have no idea how to do this on your smart phone-go to your app store and find a QR code app.  It should be free.  Then, using your app, snap a pic of my code and wah-lah!!!

Here's how to get your code on blogger. (Sorry, I don't have visuals.  I'm not that advanced, yet :)

1.  Go to your Dashboard.
2.  Click on Settings.
3.  Then, click on the tab that says Email & Mobile.
4.  You'll see the QR code.  Click  Yes, show mobile template.
5.  Then, right click the QR code and Save Image As wherever you choose to save it.
6.  To add it to your page, Add a Gadget, Then Add a Picture.

Let me know if you have any questions, or if I can help you in anyway.
Pin ItHappy Teaching,