Thursday, November 29, 2012

Math Quarterly Assessment Practice

Do you give Math Quarterly Assessments?
This is our 1st year!
We teach Math using Saxon Math. I have found that my students struggle to "think" or to know "what to do" when concepts/skills are presented differently than Saxon Math! I like Saxon Math for the repetition, but after teaching it over 15+ years, supplementing all lessons, skipping lessons, etc- I am ready for a change! 
What Math series do you use?
The Quarterly Assessments look NOTHING like Saxon and they have truly stumped most of my students. I made my own practice pages that look similar to our new Math Quarterly Assessments.  



We all know that it is very important to expose students to a variety of different resources and to use a variety of different materials and supplies. I am constantly searching so send any suggestions my way! This is one of my favorite math resources that I use from August until Thanksgiving.  

What pre-made math resources do you use to practice the Common Core Standards?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

eTech Ohio 2013 Technology Conference

I am very excited to share that I will be presenting 2 sessions at this year's eTech Ohio 2013 Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Hope to see you there! 
Session 1: iPads, iPod Touches & the Common Core (Time TBA)
Session 2: Integrating the Smart Document Camera (Time TBA)

The annual Ohio Educational Technology Conference strives to challenge, inform and inspire educators through the use of educational technology. The Conference is the nation’s third largest state educational technology conference, and is attended by more than 6,500 educators and innovators.
The Conference enables Ohio educators to:
  • Attend sessions and workshops designed to enhance the teaching experience;
  • Learn about the latest educational technology, tools and techniques;
  • Get hands-on experience with products and services by more than 250 vendors;
  • Share experiences with utilizing new technology in the classroom

For more information about the conference, please visit HERE

If you attend the conference, please say "HI!" or grab me after a session and let's chat! I love meeting teachers who love technology! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Brutus- The Elf of the Shelf Visits Grade 2 Day 1 Mischief

Look who came to visit! 
Brutus the Elf on the Shelf!
I better be on my best behavior!
I want to be on Santa's "Nice" List.

  Movie made by using iMovie App on iPad.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Cursive- A New Sheriff in Town!

 Does Cursive Handwriting Need To Be Taught In A High Tech World?

According to this online article

"Today the Common Core State Standards allow each state to decide whether to include cursive handwriting in their curriculum. Given the choice more and more states have been choosing to eliminate cursive handwriting instruction from their schools. Some feel that teaching cursive is “old fashioned” and a waste of time. Others believe that it should continue to be taught. Regardless of your point of view, you should be concerned about the removal of handwriting from the curriculum because these changes are occurring without researching the possible consequences for the young learner. At the heart of the controversy is the lack of evidence regarding how the elimination of cursive handwriting will impact learning and education in general."

My school district chose to keep cursive handwriting in our school curriculum. I have taught cursive for 17 years! I had to search for new ideas and tools to keep my enthusiasm towards teaching it! Here is my 1st favorite find:
This App is on our 3 iPads. 


Kids love learning to write cursive - especially when they can use shaving cream, paint, and jello! "Cursive Touch and Write" was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more! Note: This is an introduction to cursive letter writing - children will practice INDIVIDUAL cursive letters to achieve mastery - then the app connects the letters for them, as can be seen in the screen shots. "Cursive Touch and Write" also allows you to create your own lists of names and words so that you can individualize the learning experience!
✰Comes with 16 different writing textures: shaving cream, ketchup, lime gelatin, chocolate frosting, chalk, pencil, blue pen, lemon gelatin, chocolate pudding, syrup, grape jelly, whipped cream, pumpkin pie, red paint, and vanilla pudding!
✰Comes with 28 different writing papers, including 4 different line patterns children are most likely to find in real classrooms, food papers, animal papers, nature papers, and more!
✰Children can practice writing their own names and individualized word lists
✰Comes with the following word lists: ABC Countries of the World (and 1 City), 50 States, The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog, ABC Words, Palindromes, Alphabet Letters, Numbers – and of course you may add as many of your own lists as you like!
✰As children write, their actual letter formation is displayed next to a standard letter, so children can compare and work to improve their cursive
✰Brief reward at the end of each word reinforces learning and motivates children, without becoming a distraction
✰Created by real elementary teachers – based on best teaching practices! 

Here is my 2nd Favorite Find:
This Cursive App is on our 30 iPod Touches. 

 Here is my 3rd favorite find: 
I purchased this awesome pack at TPT!

I wanted to thank Ginger Snaps for inspiring me to become a NEW SHERIFF in Cursive Town! 

Posters were made using Wanted App.

My Fourth Favorite Find:

Do you teach cursive?
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