Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It ~ GinoBond

Today I am FINALLY linking up with the super sweet Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her linky party Monday Made It.  
You know how there are some bloggers out there who are just full of nothing but teaching fabulosity, well that is how I feel about Reagan from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits.  This weekend as soon as I saw this post on her blog I KNEW I had to have this for my classroom.
Her post is called Math Concepts Galore and it is full of some great ideas.  If you want to read her post or see pictures of how cute her son is as he is making this GINOrmous number bond then click here.
These are all of the supplies that I used to make my "GinoBond".  Ginormous + Number Bond = GinoBond.
STEP 1:  Mark off the pool noodle with a Sharpie.  I cut my noodles every 2 inches so I was able to get 22 pieces from each noodle.
STEP 2:  Use a knife to cut the pool noodle.  TIP:  I placed a piece of cardboard under my noodles as I was cutting them.
STEP 3:  Use the knife to cut a slit halfway through your noodle piece. TIP: I cut where my blue dots were so that you wouldn't notice the dot that much (yes, I'm a little nutty like that).
STEP 4: Now you are ready to slip your noodle pieces around the hula hoop to practice making the parts of whatever number you are working on with your class.

Just a note: Remember my nutty comment from step 3??? Well . . . I didn't like the way that the hula hoop colors clashed with my noodle choices so I wrapped painters tape around my hula hoop but you don't have to do that.

So there you have it a super simple way to work with your class on number bonds / fact families. Thanks Reagan for always making me look good in front of my kids.

Well, I'm off to check out the other Monday Made It posts.
SHINE on everyone

Monday, July 14, 2014

Viva Las Vegas ~ 2014

So last summer I was GREEN with envy as I watched all of the pictures coming across my Instagram feed from all of the bloggers who were in Vegas at the I Teach K conference.  I promised myself then that NO MATTER WHAT, I was going to be there and this year I did it.
I'm not going to lie people. . . it was one of THE BEST decisions that I have made.  It was AMAZING!!!!  I met so many people, sat in on some great sessions and laughed and smiled all week long.  Here are a few collages from my week.

Vegas has tons of fun things to do but if you are a primary teacher DO NOT skip out on attending the sessions.  I attended sessions on Reading, Math, Science and Technology.  I have so many ideas to share with you guys so stay tuned.

The exhibit hall is FILLED with so many great vendors who are all there to help make your teaching life easier.  My favorite booth there were the GoNoodle crew.  If you aren't noodling with your class you have no idea what you are missing.  Seriously people, click here if you are looking for a way to work smarter not harder next year. 
One of the best parts about Vegas was connecting with some of the bloggers and Instagramers who I have been following for years.  It was like my computer / phone came alive.  Just walking around and BAM there they are smiling and just as happy to meet you as you are to meet them. . . it was great.
At the meet-up that night the smile-fest continued.  Do you see some of the teaching superstars that are in this picture.  Everyone above has done something to help me in my teaching life so how can you help but be in awe of that???
The formula is pretty easy ~ Vegas + good friends = GREAT TIME.  
If you are on the fence about going to Vegas next year I will tell you the truth, it ain't cheap.  I took some notes for myself to help me remember how to curb some costs for next year that I'll be sharing with you guys here on the blog.  So yes, going to Vegas IS expensive (I mean $4.00 for a soda is kind of over the top) but the memories and friends that you will make from the experience are PRICELESS.
I'm joining the Vegas linky party with A Burst of First.  You know what they say ~ what happens in Vegas gets talked about on your blog so CLICK HERE to see all of the other 2014 Vegas posts. 

Well I'm off to finish my laundry from my trip. . . well let's be honest, right after I check my Instagram feed (click here)
SHINE on everyone

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday ~ What Makes Me Happy

HELLO BLOGLAND do you remember me???  Today I am linking up with one of my favorite linky parties Five for Friday hosted by Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Since I haven't posted since December (yikes that's crazy) I'm going to put a little twist on my five pictures this week. So here are five things that make me happy this year.

1.  QR codes ~ I learned how to make these last summer when I was teaching a summer workshop with one of my good friends and I have been obsessed ever since then.  Whole group, small group, center time you name it and you can use a QR code with it.  

2. Math Time ~ My kids this year are really good at math and I think it's because of the way I have incorporated morning math meeting and math partners into my math block. Total sidenote thanks to instagram for introducing me to the blue plates in the picture. . . they are perfect dry erase boards. 

3.  Teamwork ~ Every year I work REALLY hard at the beginning of the year to create a classroom environment that is supportive, nurturing and caring.  This hard work at the beginning has really paid off with my class this year.  They are so great at working together and it really helps to make my job easier.

4.  Parental Support ~ For safety reasons this year our school changed our arrival and dismissal procedures so I don't get a chance to interact one-on-one with my parents as much as I have in the past but let me tell you they are there supporting me.  Backpacks, folders, homework assignments, book bags, forms, permission slips, box tops all for the most part, get returned when they are suppose to be.  I teach at a Title One school so I try not to ask for too much from my parents but when I do this is what I get, over 200 pre-filled eggs for our Easter egg math activity. . . see what I mean, they ROCK!!!

5.  My Friends ~ I cannot say enough about the friends that I have in my life. Here are just some of the people who have helped me keep my sanity over the years. One of my favorite quotes is from Oprah where she says to "Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher." I am blessed to have so many of these types of friends in my life.   

So there you have it, five things that make me happy.  I plan on doing some blog posts specifically on some of these things so stay tuned.  Well I'm off to check my Instagram feed.
SHINE on everyone!