Sunday, July 17, 2016

Napier Bones ~ A Multiplication Strategy for Large Numbers

I LOVE finding math tools that will help my students have fun and create
a sense of wonder as they use them.

Napier Bones are going to be a great way
to add some practice into our 
Multiplication of Large numbers this year.

Hop over to my TpT Store for a free download!

Getting ready to head to Louisiana this week for 
the Whole Brain Teaching Conference!
Be sure to follow me on social media for 
some "on the spot shares".

I'm kind of enjoying snapchat...
here's my snapcode if you're 
interested in following along on the journey
to learning the new WBT invincible character traits!

I'm also hosting a Google Hangout on Air
Edcamp Global 
July 30, 2016
6p -7p CST
I'll be sharing some Engaging & Effective Apps
to use with your class this year to

then at 7pm CST
Join Beverly Ladd and I for a Twitter Chat
on the 
Global Math Task Twitter Challenge
just follow 
on Twitter

Two more weeks before we head back to school...
Where did the summer days go?
Looking forward to meeting my 
new frogs and embarking on a new journey this year!
Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Engaging and Effective Apps TETA Summer Institute Workshop

Excited to share some ways to use
Engaging and Effective Apps 
at the Teacher Day
for TETA Empowering Connections
Summer Institute in 
Collierville, TN

Here's a copy of the presentation...
Let me know if you have any questions!
I'm super excited to use
Remind and Seesaw in my class this year!
I'd be happy to help you set them up in your class too!
Want to use Seesaw Plus for free? 
Sign up with my link and get 1 extra month of Seesaw Plus!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Are You Ready? (giveaway spoiler alert)

Are you ready for Back to School?
How about Amazon Prime Day?
I LOVE Amazon Prime!
If I need a book for Mentor Sentences, 
I can usually get it within 2 days!
And shipping is usually free! 

One of our first Mentor Sentence Books this year will be

Check out "Ideas by Jivey"
to see her fabulous Mentor Sentence Units
on TpT
Ideas by Jivey

Are you ready to
Stay Positive and Enjoy Teaching
I think I am...but just to make sure
I'm joining in the fun of an ONLINE book study
with Angela Watson
Hop over and check it out.
You can ask to join!

Staying positive and encouraging to others is my
NUMBER ONE goal this year!
along with staying organized

....which bring me to my next question...

Are you ready to start Planning?
Meet my new (hopefully organized) teaching planner!
Don't freak out about the price listed on 
Click on the link to check out the product!
Then (if you like it) head to 
Michaels or Hobby Lobby 
and use a 40% coupon 
to pick one up for yourself!
So far....I'm loving the versatility and ability to 
add pages and folders and cutesy it up!

In reality, I use
to create and share plans with my team.
However, you can print those plans out and 
punch them to put in the 
Happy Teacher Teaching planner
I also LOVE the pages that will allow
for me to keep notes when my team meets to 
talk about what skills we're hitting on 
which days!
See I'm NOT really an organized person by nature
but I'm trying!

Are you ready to Be Engaging?
I've always love learning! 
So I am prepping to join in the fun 
with the hundreds of other peeps 
heading to the Whole Brain Teaching
Louisiana Conference next week!
Have you read Coach B's book?
Totally worth the time!
There's also a TON of free items to go with the 
....I'll post more about our trip and ways
to implement Whole Brain Teaching in your
room later this month!

Are you ready for a GiveAway?
I'm giving away the first book in 
The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment 
in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, 
two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book 
and soon find themselves enrolled as 
members of a very special and exclusive club - 
The Dragon of the Month Club.

You can read an excerpt from the book HERE
Kind of reminded my students of
The Magic Treehouse series...
but they loved the dragons in the story and
felt the adventure was "pretty good".
(Which is a great review coming from 
a fourth grader at the end of the school year :)

I'm giving away a copy of the
first book... just leave a comment below to
let me know when you head back to school and
if you're planning on doing something fun this year!

Enjoy your day!
and don't forget to hop over to
Amazon Prime Day
and check out some of the great deals to be caught :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Made It Monday #flexibleseating Crates

I'm linking up with Tara over at 

Fourth Grade Frolics

to share one of the
#flexibleseating choices 
in my room...
I've been using chair balls for the past 4 years with great success.
However, last year, I took the proverbial dive and 
headed into total #flexibleseating after 
watching some of Angie Olsen's wonderful periscopes 
on how it works in her second grade class.
(She has a FABULOUS resource page on her blog
dedicated to #flexibleseating. Click HERE to check it out!)

I've seen numerous crate seats that have fluff and stuff on the top
and provide for storage dad helped me create a 
modified version with just a wooden seat...
Mom helped to paint as well as create some small 
colorful frog throw pillows that 
students can choose to sit on top of the crate boards
or on the floor.

The kids LOVED the ability to choose whether or not they
had a pillow and (of course) which pillow they wanted to use!

One of the biggest comments from my 4th graders this year
is that they wished they had more crate seats to choose for 
seating options...

On my summer trip to the family home, Dad cut out 
two more crate tops from some wood in his 
wood shed... $... just scrap wood!

Mom had some leftover white paint to help 
seal the wood...

and then the fun of the designing started...

I got to create our class mascot...
the Swamp Frog...

and Mom went to work painting 
the boards for the 
(she does nail designs too :)

they're sprayed to make the design durable
and ready to go for the new year...
...which starts the beginning of 

I haven't "ditched the desks" 
just yet.... I find my 4th graders enjoy sitting
at desks....just modified the seating options...
that go with the desks...
I've lowered some of the desks to allow for 
crate seats...raised some of the desks to allow for
ball chairs...and raised some of the desks to allow
for the standing option!
(Found some bed risers at a garage sale this summer
to try out making the standing desks even taller!)

Do you use #flexibleseating in your room?

What options do you use in your class?

Don't forget to sign up for the 
this year!

We're adding a new component this year
with the game of 24...
I love to connect our students to share the learning!

Don't forget to check out more links and 
Made it Monday ideas...