Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wandering the Web: July 18

I'm bringing you another week of...

Don't have time to wander the internet? That's okay, I do that plenty enough for all of us.

The weekly post is a collection of random (fun, inspiring, cool, intriguing, interesting) things I have found throughout the week.

Here are this week's picks:

  • I went back to school this week. I should probably start to practice some of these faces again. #21 is the best face and feeling.
  • In the age of technology, learning tech education for dollars each month is pretty amazing and impactful for many people trying to find jobs in the industry.
  • In the words of Liz Lemon, I would like to go to there.
  • I would have loved my dorm room look like this. Can I go back to college?

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wandering the Web: Inaugural Post

I spend a lot of time on the internet. It's true. When I'm working on my computer, I often need a "brain break" and spend time wandering the abyss of the internet. Sometimes I find fun, interesting, or thought provoking things. I thought I would begin sharing them here in a weekly post called...

The things I post may be education related, but often they might not be. Either way, I hope you enjoy!

Here is are some of my findings this week...

  • I would like to try all of these, please. Even though my summer ends on Sunday, I'll still have plenty of warm weather to try some out.
  • This looks like a dream. I know some kids (and adults!) who would have an amazing time with this. Myself included.
  • New Orleans knows how to have a good time. Our version of the Running of the Bulls happens this weekend. 
  • I have a love/hate relationship with selfies. I love the idea of them and I hate that I can't take a good one.
  • Sometimes, you just need to get to work. I'm bummed I didn't snag one of these before they sold out, but I'm looking forward to the next release.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece

I'm linking up again with Emily from Third in Hollywood, Ashley from Teach Create Motivate, Jen from Sparkling in Second, and Amber from Peppy Zesty Teacherista for the third week of the TpT Seller Challenge.

This week's challenge was Make Your Masterpiece:

For this challenge, I chose to finish up a product that I have been thinking about and working on for a few weeks.

My Reading Identity is a series of activities and writing responses for students to think about and reflect on their past reading experience and their reading preferences. This is perfect for launching your reading block at the beginning of the year so you can get to know your students and their relationship with reading.

Here are some examples of student responses.

I hope you check out my new "masterpiece!" I can't wait to see what everyone else creates.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Winner Wednesday: August Journals

I'm excited to participate in my first Winner Wednesday, hosted by A Dab of Glue Will Do.
This linky takes place the first Wednesday of every month. On Winner Wednesday, I will pick a product from my store and explain it in detail, with pictures. Then you will have a chance to win that product for FREE. All you will have to do is enter your name to be entered into the Rafflecopter. 

For my first Winner Wednesday, I decided to giveaway my August Journals. I think journaling is such an important part of writing development. I also teach Writer's Workshop which provides more structure through relevant mini-lessons and helps students build their narrative, opinion, and informational writing skills. However, I also see the value and importance of creative writing as an outlet for expression. Some of my students who struggle in writing love journalling because they can show their strengths in other ways. Providing various opportunities for students to shine is so important to me as a teacher.

My monthly journals are designed to be printed into mini-books. Directions are included to make copying quick and easy.

Each page gives students a prompt to think and write about. Prompts are aligned to monthly holidays and other events. August has prompts about summer, travel, the beach, pets, inventions, and more! There is also a place for students to illustrate what they wrote about.

On the back cover of the journal there are reminders for students about writing conventions and a tracker. After students read me their entry and check their conventions, they get to color in a number. 

My goal is to create a series of these Journal mini-books for each month. But you can get August for FREE. Just add your name to the Rafflecopter below!

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