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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Aim High!

Are you thinking about it? Has it crept into your thoughts? Did you start dreaming about it yet? Did you start shopping?  Do I mention it? Back to school! LOL

I have done a few projects. I have done some thinking. I have also realized I do MUCH better with a schedule! We are empty nesters this summer. First summer in 23 years. It is so quiet! It is so peaceful. I have totally relaxed and enjoyed the quiet.  We know that July is the Saturday of the weekend. It is early July – so it is still morning time. Here’s hoping that I can get some more things done on the to do list!

Well, since we started talking about BTS, let me tell you about @carson-dellosa’s AIM HIGH collection! So perfect for working with growth mindset! The colors are beautiful. They are bright yet subtle all at once. The mini bulletin board set has TONS! It has a header, inspirational arrows, blank arrows, targets in different sizes, and student pieces. I don’t know if I would consider that mini. That is a great value!



 There are so many coordinating items to go with it too. There are badges, frames, hexagons, confetti and more arrows. The possibilities are endless with this set. Growth mindset bulletin boards with their goals and achievements. The smaller arrows could be reminders to the students to keep aiming high. The confetti, hexagons and badges make great coordinated labels for supplies, cubbies, etc. The badges could name tags or used to show off student work. What kid wouldn’t want a badge! 


This is a very modern set- so cool and comforting on the eyes. I can see this set being used throughout the grade levels. I know my daughter who teaches high school was eyeing it up! There are SO many coordinating things on the website! I love when all things coordinate! Borders, letters, charts! OH MY! Sorry I'm not in school to get a real bulletin board done to show you all. 

After looking at this set, I’m ALMOST ready to start thinking about BTS. ;-) Time to go shopping and check it out! 

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Critical Thinking Made Easy


This is a great resource from Carson Dellosa. I'm not sure with that I will be able to start out the year using it with all of my students. Many of my students do not have school experience when they start kindergarten. The first chapter is numbers 1-100. Many of them are not ready for that. We get there, but not right away. Mind you, some of them are! I will be able to use it right away with them. 
I am thinking that this will be a great resource to use with my guided math groups. It will be a great way to group students who need additional help in a particular area. There are five chapters - 1: Counting and Writing Numbers; 2- Working with Numbers; 3- Adding and Subtracting; 4- Measurement and Data; and 5- Geometry. They all sound familiar don't they?? lol

I like that there are pre, post, mid and final tests. That is so useful to make sure that they are still using the skills that have been taught. There is also an answer key! I did double check myself on something - wanted to make sure I was thinking the way they were. ;-) 
Critical thinking is an area that is so important! I also like that this gives me a spring board for ideas to add to my tool box. 

Well, this ALMOST makes me want to get back to school. ;-) 

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Soar With A New Mindset


Soar With a New Mindset

This new mini bulletin board set from @CDPub is great! How cute a bulletin board is this. Well, not the picture itself. The set! The picture is BAD! I know! It's the end of the year and things are coming down, not going up. I'm planning a neat one for the fall with this set. Everyone else starts thinking about the fall at the end of the year, correct? ;-) I have a small bulletin board that this will be perfect for- not too much but very helpful!  What a great way this will be to introduce growth mindset to the new kindergartners. We can make hot air balloons (or get the Soaring To Success set from CD) for each kid and watch them SOAR to new heights as they learn new things! We will be able to discuss how, why and what to do to keep moving forward. This is going to be great!  Start planning for next year. Don't let this great value go to waste! I love that it shows both growth and fixed mindsets. We need that starting point. They need to see that they are not the only ones with that mindset. I love showing the students how far they have come with their data. I love hearing them say - I worked hard and I did it! One of my cuties this year has worked so hard on counting to 100! She was amazed when she did it! She was so proud - she asked if there was anyone she could help! That's what we need more of people!  https://www.carsondellosa.com/products/110360--Soar-with-a-New-Mindset-Mini-Bulletin-Board-Set-110360

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Instant Assessments - Carson Dellosa Style





We all need the data!  Carson-Dellosa has a new resource for us! Language Arts Instant Assessments for Data Tracking! Sounds like a lot - and it is! We may not always want to assess, but it is part of the job. This resource gives us different and helpful ways to get that data. I think it might even be easy- shhhh don’t tell the administrators that! These assessments can be used in many different ways- pre/posttest, exit tickets and even during small group lessons. It includes different formats that can be used in different ways. More bang for your buck! It covers reading literature, informational texts, foundational skills, writing, conventions and vocab. The students love showing what they know – there are two of these so you don’t need to come up with a pre-and posttest. They did this for us! Exit tickets – I was really wondering about this one when I first saw it. We might be able to do some of these now at this point of the year, but not earlier. The more I looked at them though, the more I thought – I can use these, just maybe not having the kids write their answers. They can tell partners their answers, draw a picture or tell me. I have a beginning – I can use these to start making my own. Oh – they did give generic ones along with specific skills. There are even ideas in the book to use them for more- task cards in centers, Scoot game pieces or warm-ups. There are word lists included also. Who doesn’t need a good list occasionally. Am I right? I write the plans and I got all the words I need, then I go. to teach the lesson and can only think of two! Please tell me I’m not the only one! This resource also has cards to help the students with the skill and the assessment. Great ideas to use them also – keep them on a book ring – color code them to keep them separated and to distinguish the sections. And really??? Who doesn’t love color coding! The book also includes assessment and fluency pages. The skills are right on for kindergarten so everything can be used at some point throughout the year. This is a quick, easy way to assess our students and instruct them to improve their skills. Another great tool for us to use to move our students forward!  Very user friendly and kid appropriate! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall Fun- Stickers and Notepads from Carson Dellosa!

Stickers and notepads! A teacher’s favorite things! These cute fall resources from Carson Dellosa are perfect for so many things! Not just the obvious. We know we can put stickers on papers as we grade them. We know we can write notes home about how great our students are on the notepads. We can also use them in other ways. We can use the stickers in a rebus sentence or story for our beginner writers. We can use them as counters in ten frames to make a matching center. We can use them to make patterns. They are a great quick way to get a picture in a center activity. The notepads can be used the same way. Each student could get one and write a sentence for a class book. The paper is already done for you. You could use the notepad to make matching pieces for an alphabet game, beginning sounds game, matching numbers to sets, matching numbers to ten frames. The list goes on as far as you need it. These are great quality products from Carson Dellosa. So cute for this time of the year! As much as I don’t want summer to end…. These make my fall heart happy! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Math Thinking Mats - Carson Dellosa



Thinking Mats -Math
Thinking Mats! 
Oh Carson-Dellosa you have read my mind again! As many of us move to Guided Math, this is a great resource! It is divided into the five topics of math – Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number Operations in Base 10, Measurement and Data and Geometry. 20 activities in all! It is already laminated! Hands up people! Once less thing to do on the list! Cut and go! The ONLY thing other than this book you will need is a write on/off marker! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! There is even a check off in the back for you to check off which student has done which activity. There is one for students also. The mats are color coded so you know which piece goes with which mat – not that they EVER lose a piece, but just in case! The directions are not hard for them to follow either. If you use it in a guided math group first, then move to independent practice – they will be set! Looking forward to using this tomorrow – and it won’t take forever to prep! YEE HAW! CLick on the image above to check them out yourself! 

Here is a video to help too! 


I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Teaching With Intention Chapter 6 Lesson Design

Well, here we are already at Chapter 6! This book packs such a punch and is such an easy read all at the same time! Here are my thoughts on Chapter 6 Lesson Design. This is an important chapter. I love the gradual release model. I love the Lesson Design Tool (Figure 6.1). I love the plan on page 81:

  • "Teacher Modeling
  • Guided Practice Within the Lesson
  • Guided Practice Beyond the Lesson
  • Independent Practice
  • Application"
I love how she relates it to her lessons on page 83. 
  • "She explains
  • She shows kids how
  • Give significant time to practice
  • time for students to reflect, share and teach
  • assess
  • I reflect and consider next steps"
I love Figure 6.2 also. I love the chart and the time breakdown. I agree with all she has to say. I know we need to do this! I beleive this is a great way to plan. I just don't know if there are enough hours in the day! I know I don't have to do this with every lesson - well, I couldn't do this with every lesson. I know once I started doing this with some lessons, it might would become easier. I know the brain would just start thinking like this on a more normal basis. 

I show my students their new learning. I demonstrate. I model. I use gestures. I use turn and talk. I use Whole Brain Teaching - gestures, mirrors, teach-ok. I get them moving. I get them talking. 

I like the criteria for anchor charts. Sometimes I think we can get so overwhelmed with the "cuteness" we see all over Pinterest, that we forget that the anchor charts have a purpose. 

I do like the Guided and Independent Practice tool. I do think that it is very important to think this through. This is where there is so little time at school. I just wish there were not so many meetings at school and so many other things that need to be taken care of so that we could do more of this important work at school. I think sometimes we lose the focus of what we need to be doing - teaching- because of so many regulations are in place. More planning and thnking should be going into our lesson planning and not our test taking planning. I know we need to reflect, share and teach - again - time! 

I love the last paragraph of the chapter. I agree - and have- admitted when things didn't go well. That's life. There are always times when this happens. We need to be honest with the kids. This is the chance to show them that it is ok