Sunday, July 27, 2014

Showcase Celebrations~a space saving way to display students birthdays!

I LOVE having a display of student birthdays in my classroom! But what I don't like is the wall space it takes up! I decided this year to try something different...and that is where Showcase Celebrations was born!

I created a poster for each month that will fit inside an 8x10 frame. 

Every month I will change out the poster and use an expo marker to write on the class who has a birthday that month and the date!

I was going to use Washi tape and decorate the frame, but I really like the white!

I can't wait to display this in my class without taking up space!

You can grab this at my TpT shop HERE.

I am also having a little sale today and tomorrow in my shop! Back to work for me tomorrow:(

Have a great week!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Personal Word Wall Book~giveaway!

Over the past few days I have been looking at all sorts of word walls on Pinterest. I knew this year I wanted to bring back a word wall but I really didn't want it on a "wall." I finally decided to make my own word wall...personal style:)

I put one together for myself so I could show my students how to make it. I really LOVE how it turned out! 
And the best part is...you can always add more alphabet sections for when the kids run out of room!

Take a look!








Then I started thinking hard about how I want to use this in my classroom. I would love to have students use these for words they misspell often in their writing. I want to take these words and use them for their own word work during my Daily 5 time.

You can grab this personal word wall book HERE.
I would like to give one away for free! Leave a comment about how you would use this in your classroom. Don't forget your email:)

I'll pick a winner Sunday morning!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do you use Tribes Agreements in your classroom?

Last year if you asked me what Tribes were I wouldn't have been able to tell you. My school here in Hawaii uses the 4 Tribes Agreements +1 they added. 

So what are Tribes?
"The clear purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world."

Students learn set of collaborative skills so they can word together in a group(tribe). 

Students...
help each other work on tasks
set goals and solve problems
monitor and assess progress
celebrate achievements

I wanted to update our schools posters that we display in our classrooms!

I just put them up in my classroom the other day!

You can get yourself a copy of these posters HERE for free:)

Want to learn more about Tribes? Click the picture below!

How could you use Tribes in your classroom?



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Super Improver of the Day~WBT idea!

Last year I blogged about having an EGGcellent student of the day! You can read about it here

Every day I would be looking for a student who was having an amazing day. I would pick a winner and they would get a no homework pass and a piece of candy!

It worked GREAT and my kids loved it. 

Well this year I wanted this idea to match this with the Super Improvers Wall from While Brain Teaching. 

I will put the poster in a clear sleeve and write the super improver of the days name in the circle. I will use the no homework for tonight passes to staple in my student's planner so the parents know they don't have homework for the night! I will also give them a star in their personal Super Improver's Wall book! No more candy! 

You can pick this up in my Super Improver Wall freebie on TpT HERE

Thanks for stopping by:)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My heart is SO full!~thank you so much!

Words can't express how thankful I am for every single $1 spent during my week long dollar deals. I have surpassed my goal for Meg and it couldn't have happened without your help! 

If you still want to help and donate to her recovery fund, you can go HERE

As a token of my appreciation, I have marked down my Back to School Getting to Know you activity for FREE!

Click HERE to get yourself a copy!

I will be back this week to show you how my classroom set up as been going! So sad this is my last week of summer! I am so not ready to go back.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Decide Now App~a Bright Ideas for your classroom

Today I am joining many other bloggers to bring you another awesome Bright Idea for your classroom!

Have you heard of the app called Decide Now?
It's a FREE app that you can use in SOOOOOO many ways! You plug in the choices you want, give it a name and presto! You have an instant spinner. 

I use this app in a few ways! 
I use it to call on students! They love seeing the wheel spin and finding out who gets to be picked!

I also use it for when a student levels up on the Super Improver wall, or when the whole class reaches a certain number on the Scoreboard!
Here is my prize wheel!

I would highly recommend this app to everyone!

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider following me on Facebook, Instagram, or TpT for more bright ideas!

For more bright ideas from more than 80 other amazing bloggers, please browse through the link up below! Have fun finding some new ideas!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

$1 sale to help my dear teacher friend out!

Hey everyone! It's with some sad news I am asking for help. 

My very first teacher was in a serious car accident over a week ago and is still in a coma. 
Meg has a very long road ahead of her. 

I want to help her in ANY way that I can...so this is what I am came up with for now. (a bundle will be in the works soon). 
Just click on each item below to take you to the TpT link. 







OR if you prefer...you can donate any amount HERE. If you do, please let me know so I can give you ANY item from my shop for free. 

Meg is an outstanding teacher who does everything she can for her students. I am so lucky to have met her and can call her my friend!

Thanks everyone!