Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Technology Tuesday

I just found this amazing free app on my iPad called "Show Me".  It allows teachers (or anyone!) to write on a whiteboard and record your voice.  You can also insert pictures.  Here's an example of how I used it.  I posted this to my classroom blog for the students to view.

I think the possibilities are endless! I can let the students make their own presentations.  I can also use this to teach a concept to students who are absent or to students who may just a little more explanation.
I love technology!!

Blessings to You,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Patriotic Bulletin Board

Today we watched the little video clip that I shared with you yesterday.  Then we focused on the Pledge of Allegiance (because I didn't want to get in to too many details about 9/11 with 2nd graders).
Here's the bulletin board we made!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 for Kids

This is an excellent and appropriate video to share with your elementary students.  If you teach in a faith based school you'll love how it addresses God's role in 9/11.

9-11 story for Pinelake Kids from K!Lake on Vimeo.
(This video was published by Pinelake Church in Mississippi)

Blessings to you and God Bless America,

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday {Classroom Edition}

{Classroom Edition}

1.  Chart Paper & Sharpies

Although I love my LCD projector-nothing beats good ole fashioned charts in the classroom.  Like this one that I lifted from Pinterest:

2.  Pinterest-One of my new favorite mediums to find fresh, creative teaching ideas is from Pinterest.

3.  Clipboards
Yes, good ole fashioned clipboards (I guess "good ole fashioned" is becoming a theme here..)
The kids can work in groups on the floor, go outside for a field lesson, or work with me individually comfortably using a clipboard.

4.  My classroom treasure chest
It is truly a treasure! The kids will jump through hoops just to pick from it!

5.  Pumpkin Spice Lattes-O.k. coffee IS a teacher essential 

6.  The rolling teacher crate
How would I carry it all without this?

7.  Lastly, my blog was a top 10 pick by Lifelong Learning!
I'm honored!

Blessings to you,

Friday, September 2, 2011

First Time Obedience Club

To start the year off strong, I've been trying to implement some fresh classroom management techniques.  One that has been very rewarding is the "First Time Obedience Club".  The goal of this "club" is to reward those that consistently obey the first time.  It's very simple.  I made a chart with each students' name.
Whenever I give an instruction, I give tallies to the first 2-3 students that obey.  When a student reaches 20 tallies they get to pick from the treasure chest.  I really wanted to reward those students that get overlooked because they're making good choices.  Usually those students who make wrong choices and who constantly need redirection get all the attention.   Just like God blesses us when we obey, I wanted to bless my students who are obeying in a small way.

I love the verse I found for the bottom of the chart.

Blessings to you,