DPI visits my school...and MY class...for 45 minutes!

So DPI, AKA..Department of Instruction, was at my school today, visiting classrooms and talking with staff! We were told to make sure our lesson plans were out, I can statements were up, just in case they walked into our rooms. And if they came into our rooms, they would stay for 20-30 minutes. 

So about 11:35 I was eating lunch and texting my hubby to tell him they haven't stopped by yet. He reassured me that they probably will in the afternoon for math....thanks babe! haha! 

Well, he was right! Just as I started to go over our math test in walks TWO people in suits from DPI...great:( I kept on doing what I normally do. Throughout my review I used my Whole Brain Teaching strategies of "Teach/OK" and "class/yes" or "subway/eat fresh" or "spaghetti/meatballs" like I always do. Boy...did I get some looks from the DPI people...in a good way! 

After the review we went into math workshop. I met with my low group first and did my lesson while the others did their center or calendar. The DPI people walked around with cameras taking picture of everything they could. They also were asking questions to the kids about what they were doing. I heard the man say, "Wow, you do a math calendar?" The boy got up and showed him what we do! LOVE IT! Next thing I know, my 20-30 minutes turned into 45 minutes! I hope that was a good thing! 

I know they are back tomorrow but I am sure they won't stop by again! Or so I hope! I hate being watched like that! 

On a side note, I made this PowerPoint to use on Thursday when I teach making sense of adding and subtracting equations. This is new to the 3rd grade curriculum...thanks CCSC! So I had to dig and find resources. It is simple, and right to the point! With some practice questions of course! Thanks to the EnVisions online kit!

Thanks Ginger from Ginger Snaps for the AWESOME fonts! I just LOVE them!

If you are interested in having this PowerPoint for FREE, just leave me a note with your email and I will get it to you as soon as possible! I hope you all have a GREAT evening!


  1. Sounds like they stayed so long because they were in love with your teaching strategies. You always have the best ideas!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  2. Wow, awesome that everything went so well during their time in your room - I'm sure they stayed so long because it was a great lesson!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  3. I'm loving your powerpoints...they're great review for my 4th graders! (or introduction...for some who didn't get it the first time :)

    I'm sure they stayed so long because you're awesome!


    Smiles and Sunshine

  4. Wow! I am sure they stayed because you have so much to offer. I am very glad I found your blog and all its many resources. Love your TPT store too. Thanks for all the CCS information and lessons you are passing on.


  5. I would love your powerpoint! I did that same standard this week with my kids, but it would be good for a spiral review. Sounds like they were super impressed!


  6. Wow! Sounds like a good visit, especially this early in the year!


  7. I'm sure they stayed so long because they were loving what they were seeing - all that active learning going on. Hurray for the kiddo that was happy to show what he knew!! You Rock!! I would love to use your powerpoint! Thanks for sharing your wonderfulness!


  8. I definitely think them staying so long and taking tons of pictures was a good thing! I bet they use your ideas as exemplars! =) I too would definitely LOVE to use your powerpoint...thanks a ton!

  9. You are all TOO sweet! I hope they liked what they saw! I got stopped this morning for an interview...geesh!

  10. Oh goodness, I'd be so stressed out if DPI was in my room! I'm sure you were great!

    I didn't realize you were in NC too, or I just forgot because I have a million things in my brain! haha!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  11. Glad your visitation was a success. I'd love a copy of your powerpoint.


  12. Sounds like things went well during the DPI visit! I wouldlove a copy of your powerpoint. Thanks for sharing.


  13. I would love a copy of your powerpoint!

    Thanks for everything.


  14. Wow!! I'm glad they visited you and not us! I don't think I could handle DPI right now!! It sounds like you had a great "observation"!!! :)

    Miss R's Room

  15. That powerpoint would really be a great help with new CCS for 3rd grade. I would really love a copy of it. Thanks so much for all you do.



  16. I too use whole brain teaching. How do you use subway/eat fresh and spaghetti/meatballs, is it like class/yes?

    1. yes it is! They LOVE it. They never know what I am going to say to get their attention! I can't remember where I got some ideas from...but when I find it, I will make a blog post about it because it is awesome!

  17. I'd love your powerpoint. We're gearing up for this standard in the new few weeks. Thanks for sharing your resource!

    Third Grade in the First State

  18. Would love a copy of the power point! We just had this on our end of quarter assessment and our core uses boxes rather than letters. I was telling my class I'd find some resources. Perfect timing! Thanks for sharing!