Show and Tell Tuesday- July Edition

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Show and Tell Classroom Preparations

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Work, work, work, work, work! That stinking song keeps playing over and over in my head as I work on preparing my room for the upcoming year. My new theme is confetti and candy and I love it! I have also been reorganizing my library, little by little, when my children are at open gym. It is not done yet, but I’ve put a large dent in it.

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13th Birthday Celebration

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My baby girl turned 13 (*gasp*) this month. We celebrated by going to The Melting Pot in St. Louis for some fondue fun. She had a blast and said she can’t wait to go again. Of course, her favorite was the chocolate fondue. It was amazing! We finished off the birthday weekend with a family party with comfort food and a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

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Zoo Trip

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The kids and I took a trip to the St. Louis Zoo this month. Many of the animals were out and about. The monkeys put on an entertaining little display in the primate house that we enjoyed too.  We had a blast! Very rarely do we all get to be together anymore with sports schedules. It was some much need and cherished family time. I’m already planning our next day adventure.

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Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go has hit our house like a storm. Since we live in a rural area my kids can’t catch these little creatures unless I drive to a neighboring town. (*sigh*) On the bright side, at least the kids don’t complain about running errands in town with me now.

 

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How to Implement Flexible Seating in the Classroom

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Flexible seating is where students are given a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them.

We have been hearing the term ‘flexible seating’ a lot lately. I’ve read where some call it a new fad and say they are not jumping on the alternative seating bandwagon. I am not really sure if flexible seating is a new idea though. I have some pretty fond and vivid memories of my kindergarten days back in 1980. We sat on a huge rug and listened to our teacher read stories and instruct, we could work in different areas of the room, and we had a large cardboard house we would go in and read our books to each other. See…sounds a lot like flexible seating doesn’t it? No wonder I loved my kindergarten experience!

Whether it is a new fad or not, classrooms that have implemented flexible seating have reported some pretty remarkable things. Improved grades,  happier and more engaged students, as well as students having more stimulating conversations are just a few things that have been reported.  ({Fist pump} Sign me up!)

Now you may be asking yourself, “Is flexible seating right for me?”  What we really have to ask ourselves is, “Is it right for my students?”  You have to take a long hard look at your group of kiddos and decide what would be the best type of learning environment for them. Whatever your decision is, be sure it allows your students to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking.

If you are ready to transition to flexible seating then read on to get some tips on how to implement it in your classroom.

How to implement Flexible Seating in your classroom

Before you begin

Make sure you have a discussion with your administrator about implementing flexible seating in your classroom. You will want their support and thumbs-up before you begin.

Classroom Arrangement 

Start by taking a look at your classroom size. Decide on how you will arrange your classroom. Look at Pinterest to get some inspiration. (You can always count on Pinterest for wonderful ideas!) Here are a few things to keep in mind…

  1. Desks- It is good to keep some in the room. Some children have different body styles and are not comfortable working on the floor.  Some students just prefer to work at a desk.
  2. You will want an area or space for whole group instruction.
  3. Where will you store student’s books and materials?
  4. Will your classroom supplies be community supplies?

Flexible Seating Options

What types of options will you offer in your room? Check out the list below to get some ideas. Don’t be limited to only these ideas. Be creative! When it comes to flexible seating ideas the sky’s the limit.

  • other items to add are rugs, lighting, and music

Funding

There are many funding options for flexible seating items.

1.Garage sales or resale shops are great places to find some gently used items at a bargain of a price.

2.Dollar Tree, Five Below, and the Target Dollar Spot will often have flexible seating items for only $5.00 or less.

3.If your school has a Parent Teacher Organization you can submit a request for items. PTO organizations are more than happy to support classroom activities and ideas. My PTO purchased my scoop rockers, futon, wiggle cushions, and stability balls.

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4. You can ask for donations from your classroom parents. You can do this by sending home a letter or by writing a Donorschoose grant. Get your students excited about the idea and their parents will be more likely to make a donation to your project.

management

In order for flexible seating to be successful, you will need a strong classroom management plan.

Start with developing an anchor chart with flexible seating expectations and rules with the students. Ask them what they think would be good rules and expectations. Use these ideas, as well as your own, to develop your set of rules. Check out Megan Snable’s free Flexible Teaching Resource here.

A flexible seating student contract is another way to make your students accountable. Teach2Love has a free resource available here that also includes a parent letter as well.

As you roll out your flexible seating you will want to model what it will look like. Revisit your anchor chart every day in the beginning of implementation to give your students the reminder they will need. Make sure you are giving lots of praise for properly used resources. There is a fun brag tag freebie from Talkin Pinata here to reward your students for a job well done.

Enforce your rules. Don’t forget to be firm, be consistent, and be fair. You will have to give your students a chance to prove themselves. Don’t be surprised when they amaze you!

Flexible Seating and Whole Brain Teaching

I use Whole Brain Teaching in my 2nd-grade classroom for my overall classroom management plan. This year I wanted editable posters to be able to have the option to diversify the 5 rules to make them more suitable for flexible seating. I made these posters below that can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.

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I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to implement flexible seating in your classroom!

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It’s Time for July Pinterest Pick 3 Linky

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It’s time for July Pinterest Pick 3 Linky with PAWSitively Teaching, The Inspired Owl, and Just Reed. I simply cannot believe it is July already. Where in the world did the month of June go?  At the end of the month I like to look back and see what all I accomplished.  I then set new goals for the upcoming month. I can always count on Pinterest to give me some motivational  ideas.
My July Pinterest Picks
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One of my goals is to pull out my Silhouette machine and make some of these adorable teacher tees. There are so many cute ones to get inspiration from! I love to wear a comfy tee, cardigan, and jeans on casual Friday… and these tees fit that description.
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I am having so much fun trying out new apps this summer. If you have time check out Nutshell. It lets you snap 3 photos then add captions and graphics to your images. Then you create a mini-movie of your 3 images. Best of all…it is FREE!


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I’ve been working on my classroom little by little each weekday. My two oldest children have basketball open gym each day (one in the am and one in the pm) and it is not worth my time and fuel to drive home. Therefore, I stay at school and be productive.

First, I purged my room of unused and unwanted items.

Second, I arranged my classroom for flexible seating. I had some seating options last year but have added to it for the upcoming year. I love looking at other’s adventures in flexible seating on Pinterest. I can get so many wonderful ideas.

I hope you get some motivation and inspiration from my pins and boards. Be sure and check out all the other bloggers taking part in this linky to get ideas from them too.

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Show and Tell Tuesday- June

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Show and Tell Tuesday is today and I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grade. I am going to show you 4 pictures of things that are going on in my life and tell you about them.

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I am enjoying keeping up with @alliethegypsyteacher daily photo challenge for the month of June. Check it out on Instagram at #teacherlifeabcs or see mine here.

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So far, my summer has been consumed with watching my youngest play Little League baseball and my oldest two play summer basketball. I love watching them take enjoyment in their activities.

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Create! Create! Create! I have been trying to create a classroom theme for my own classroom and I am really struggling to finding something that I am absolutely in love with. I did, however, put together a travel theme for my bestie’s junior high classroom. Now to decorate her room with it!

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Flexible Seating:

In my own classroom I have been working on my flexible seating plan. My school PTO purchased a few items for me at the end this past school year.

  • stability balls
  • a mini futon
  • wobble cushions
  • scoop seats

I was super sad when they told me the futon was on back-order. I have been looking forward to it coming in this month! I am excited to incorporate it into my classroom seating options this upcoming school year. For this school year I will have

  • desks
  • long tables
  • round tables
  • futon
  • stability balls
  • wobble cushions
  • scoop seats
  • chairs with Bouncy Bands

What an exciting year to look forward to!

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QR Codes in the Classroom

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Are you wondering what in the world a QR code is? Well,  a QR code is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone or tablet.

First, find an app on your smartphone or tablet that can read QR codes. QR code readers are typically free. This site offers good ones to check out.

Now, find a QR Code generator to make your QR code with. You can find a lot of different options here.

To create the QR code…

  1. Type the text you want the code to link to or copy the URL address you want the code linked to and paste it in the QR Code Generator.
  2. Click Generate.

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  1. Now you can rename the code.  You can download it as a PNG or PDF file .
  2. Now you can insert the code into a document or share or embed the QR code .

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Once you have your QR code you can create, create, create! Read on to get a few ideas on how to use QR codes in the classroom.qr codes in the classroom

Inform parents or students- put a QR codes on a letter to give out even more information. Have a field trip? Put a QR code with a link to the field trip destination’s website. I love this idea from Fun in First with Jodi Southard. The QR code is linked to a recording of her reading the letter to her new students. You can click the image below to read all about how Jodi did it.

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Homework- put QR codes on your homework sheets that has a link to a “how-to” video that can help them solve math problems.

Check work- put QR codes on assignment sheets so that students can self check their work upon completion. I created this literacy center task card assignment and attached a QR code with the answers. Students were able to self check their own work while I worked with another group.

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Student led learning- students work in groups and scan QR codes to determine what task they must work together on and complete.

Audio book– create a QR code that links to an audio book or a YouTube video of a book read aloud.

Digital Restroom Pass- put a QR code on your restroom pass that links to a Google form.  Check out my blog post here to learn more about it.

To create the QR code….

  1. Preview the Restroom Pass Google Form by clicking the eye icon in the top right corner.
  2. Copy the URL address and paste it in the QR Code Generator. Generate the code and save.
  3. Now you can print the code and paste it on anything you choose.  Your students will be able to scan it and it will take them to the Restroom Pass Google Form.

Put it on a restroom pass that hangs from a lanyard or clip.  QR codes in the classroom

Put it on a hand sanitizer bottle and have students put the bottle on their desk while they are out so you have a visual reminder that someone is already out of the room.  QR codes in the classroom

 

Or simply print a poster with the code and hang in your room.

 

How do you plan to use QR codes in your classroom this upcoming school year? Share with me in the comments.

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Digital Restroom Pass Using Google Forms

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Do you have that one student who always has to go to the restroom? Do you often catch yourself wondering if they eat a diet high in fiber or if they are just practicing good old task avoidance? You are often thinking, “How can I log all of my students’ restroom trips efficiently?”

There is a way by making a…

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1. Begin by signing into your Gmail account. If you don’t have Gmail you can sign up here.

2. Once you are signed in, look at the top right corner of your screen. You will see a box that looks like a grid. digital restroom pass Click the grid for a drop down menu.

3. Click the Forms icon. If you don’t see it you may have to click More at the bottom to give you access to more icons.

4. Now you will have a choice of what type of form to create. You will want to click Blank for this project.

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5. Give your form a name, in my case Restroom Pass, and a form description if you would like. I added Mrs. Mayville’s 2nd grade for my form description.

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6. Now decide on what type of question or response information you want gathered from your students. I wanted my students to begin by adding their name. For the Untitled question I typed Type your name. In the drop down box on the right I chose “short answer”. Now my students will have their name and a time-stamp logged into an Excel spreadsheet (more on that in a bit) each time they use the digital restroom pass.

7. I decided I also wanted a log of what particular subject the student was in so that I could look for trends in the data and have valid evidence to support my concerns. I clicked the plus sign and added a “new question” and added my multiple choice answers below it. Make sure and toggle on the button that says Required at the bottom.

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8. If you would like to change the background color of the form click the paint palate at the top right corner of your screen. You have the option of changing colors or using any of the images available.

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Click the gear icon to personalize a message on the confirmation page. Hit save at the bottom when you are done with your personalized message.

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7. Click the eye icon at the top right corner for a preview of your newly created Form.

Now about that Excel spreadsheet and accessing all this useful data…

Click the Responses tab and then the green Excel icon. It will then want you to select a response destination. It sets it up for you so all you have to do is hit create. Yes, it is that easy! When you need to generate and print a new spreadsheet all you have to do is click the icon with three descending dots.

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Now I can have all my data in one place and have all the information I need with the click of a button. It can be done on any device that has access to your Gmail account.  I plan to use our classroom iPad and an easy to scan QR code for manageable student access. Make sure you tune back in to my next blog post on QR codes.

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Pinterest Pick 3 Linky – June

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Pinterest Pick 3 is here again. I am teaming up with PAWSitively Teaching, The Inspired Owl, and Just Reed for their monthly Pinterest Pick 3 Linky. Check out my Pinterest picks for June.
My long awaited summer break has finally started! I always begin my summer break by giving a  little T.L.C. to my back patio. This is where my family and I spend most of our time in the summer. If you drop by you may catch one of us out there…reading a book, grilling, swimming, paddle-boarding or just enjoying the peaceful sounds nature and country living.
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My first task I decided to  tackled was adding some colorful flowers to my back patio. I saw this idea and loved how they had the Tiki torches in the giant planters.
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So I set off to Lowe”s and purchased a few items, enlisted the help of my three kids, and put together my own version. I am liking it so far. Fingers crossed the citronella plant I planted in one of the planters wards off misquotes like it advertised.
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Pinterest Pick 3
Now I have this idea on the Hub’s honey-do list. My current patio swing has no cushions (hazard of owning a new puppy) and no canopy through years of weathering.  Now I am on the hunt for some chic patio pillows to throw on it.
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Pinterest Pick 3
 My children and I are going to try something new this summer. We are going geocaching! Ever heard of geocaching? If you are like me then it is probably new to you too. Here’s a short video about it.

 How fun does that sound? We are excited to go out to explore, discover, and find! Check out my Pinterest board below for some more fun summer break activities to enjoy with your kids.

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June Winner Wednesday

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It’s Winner Wednesday!

This linky is hosted by  A Dab of Glue Will Do and Sara J Creations and takes place the first Wednesday of every month. I will pick a product from my store, share it in detail with you, and give you a chance to win the product for FREE. All you have to do to enter to win is enter your name in the Rafflecopter. Don’t procrastinate entering…it only lasts one day!

I am giving away a fun an engaging way to practice commas, quotation marks and apostrophes in singular and plural possessives with Macaroni Grammar.

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All you need is a bottle of glue and a handful of elbow macaroni noodles and you are ready to review these early elementary level grammar skills.

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Show and Tell Tuesday-May

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Today I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grade for a fun little thing called Show and Tell Tuesday. So today I am going to show you 4 pictures of things that are going on in my life and tell you about them.

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I love being a teacher but I got to wear my most favorite ‘hat’ of all at the beginning of this month…my mom hat. I was so happy to be able to attend my youngest son’s Mother’s Day Tea in 1st grade.

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The event got me reminiscing about each Mother’s Day Tea I attended with my other two children as well when they were in 1st grade. Below is a collage of each of their 1st grade teas. It makes my mommy heart melt! (top left: Jacob now age 15, top right: Jolie now age 12, bottom left: Jagger, age 7.)

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We hatched chickens in my 2nd grade classroom and actually got to watch our first chick emerge from its egg. It was nothing short of amazing! We got to see the entire thing unfold before our very own eyes in real time. The class recorded this time lapse video of it on the class iPad.

Since this was the first chick to hatch the class named it…Uno.

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Over the weekend two more little chicks hatched! There is nothing cuter than a little fuzzy-bottomed chick.

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This past weekend we spent Saturday evening riding a 4-wheeler and side-by-sides with about 25 of our friends. The weather was a surprising 42 degrees so we had to really layer on the clothing. Despite the cool weather everyone enjoyed the ride, friendship, and the mud!

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I  love creating and decorating. I get inspired when I see something beautiful in nature or a really amazing piece of art. Lately, I have been having a lot of fun trying to come up with my new classroom theme for next school year. I saw a cute sign at Hobby Lobby that inspired me to start working on a Nautical Classroom decor pack. I cannot wait to decorate my room with it next school year!

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May Winner Wednesday

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Welcome to Winner Wednesday! This linky is hosted by  A Dab of Glue Will Do and Sara J Creations and takes place the first Wednesday of every month. I will pick a product from my store, share it in detail with you, and give you a chance to win the product for FREE. All you have to do to enter to win is enter your name in the Rafflecopter. Don’t procrastinate entering…it only lasts one day!

This month I am giving away a brand new product. Cuckoo for Time contains activities for telling time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour.

Students can use the clocks as task cards and log the answers on the record sheet.

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The cards can be used to match the digital clocks to the analog clocks like we did below. We also plan to play the game of Concentration (or Memory)  with the digital and analog clocks.

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Students used these task cards and read the digital time written and then drew the hands in the correct place.

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Pull out all the task cards by their number in the bottom corner and match them to their log sheet and you have a mixed review activity.  I had to hand write my numbers with a Sharpie because I printed and laminated my task cards then realized I needed to place numbers in the corners of each card within the product file. You live and you learn, right?

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Storage was a snap. I labeled my zip top bags and found this handy snap file folder pouch at Dollar Tree to store it all in.

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Enter the Raffelcopter below for your chance to win Cuckoo for Time. The winner will be announced Thursday, May 5th by email. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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