Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Teach Like a Pirate Book Study

Introducing the Teach Like a Pirate Book Study. Chapter 1 on Passion will begin on June 11 with Mary from:

Guided Math

I'll be highlighting Chapter 14 on July 9.  Be sure to grab your copy of the book so you can follow along with us.  I LOVE this book!  It's very inspirational and has helped me reflect on my own attitude and practices.

Ask yourself: "If students didn't HAVE to come to my class, would I be teaching to an empty room?"  You'll find out how to be sure the answer to this question is no as you study this book with us.  

Some additional sources: 

Button Credits:
Paper- Christina Bainbridge
Frame- Krista Wallden
Font- Kimberly Geswein
Clipart- 1 Everything Nice (etsy)

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Building Mathematical Comprehension Book Study

I'm excited to be part of several book studies this summer.  I'm kind of a teaching practice study junkie in the summers.  I love to read professional books and learn some new tools to add to my tool box of teaching practices.

The first one will start on June 8th with the book Building Mathematical Comprehension.  Get your book by clicking below so follow along with us.  This is a great resource and I love the correlation given to all we know about reading comprehension directly to math comprehension.

We'll go through the book together as several bloggers share with us their take and some ideas on each chapter.  I'll be posting about Chapter 6 the week of July 9.  You can download the PDF schedule that includes dates and links to each participating blog by going here.  

Our hosts and coordinators, Brenda of Primary Inspired and Beth of Thinking of Teaching have done a wonderful job of coordinating and getting us ready for this book study.  They are hosting a giveaway for a copy of the book.  The last day to enter is TODAY, June 3, 2013.  Head on over to one of their blogs to enter.  

A linky party will be included in each chapter's post so that you can participate along with us.  We'll also be sharing via Instagram and Twitter with #getyourmathon. 

It all starts June 8th, so grab your book and your schedule and follow along with us.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Student Birthday Gifts

I posted here about the "No Homework" passes I created to go with my student birthday gifts.  I grabbed the free birthday balloons from Once Upon a First Grade Adventure in her post here and printed them on card stock.  My silly printer doesn't have a manual feed, so I actually printed them on plain paper and glued them to card stock.

I hand wrote "Happy Birthday! Love, Mrs. Green" on the back of each and taped on a homework pass.

Then I attached the balloon to a fun shaped straw.  The straws were a dollar store find with six in a package.  I put them all in a mason jar with the label that came with the balloons.  I always seem to have at least one student who likes to "take" things, so I'll find a nice high shelf on which to set the display.  I'm not quite sure yet if I'm going to have a birthday wall display in my room.  I'll see if I have enough wall space for that.

What do you do to celebrate student birthdays?

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