Saturday, April 18, 2015

Big News

A few months ago something exciting happened in our family. My husband had an opportunity to take a job in Seattle. Seattle is where we have wanted to settle permanently for a long time, but in our plan it wasn't something we were going to try to make happen for a few more years. Everything happened so quickly. I was still on maternity leave and we did our usual trip to Seattle for New Years and when the baby and I returned to Texas my husband stayed in Seattle and started his new job.

Note the broken heart...
I'm very excited for this next step in our lives, but sad to leave my family here and the community where I have worked for the last 8 years. I work with amazing teachers and it will be strange not working with my school family next year. 

I'm staying here in Texas until the school year is over then I'll we'll officially move mid-June.

If you're a teacher in Seattle I'd love to hear from you! I would love to meet up with some Seattle teachers once we are living there.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Making Fluency Practice Fun

This time in the year I like to focus on fluency a bit more, but I like to try and be sneaky about it. I want my kiddos to practice reading but handing students a sand timer just isn't my style. Over the past couple of weeks we've been using the ChatterPix Kids app! Now that we've started we just can't stop!

This app is SO EASY TO USE! Students can take a picture of themselves, objects, or drawings. After choosing a picture you use the drawing tool to pick a spot for a mouth. Next you can record yourself speaking for up to 30 seconds. If you mess up on a recording you just record over it. There are borders and funny stickers to add to your recording too. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

(And now a little message from Cody the Cat)


My students recorded themselves reading a poem on ChatterPix Kids. Here's one example of a student reading a Jack Prelutsky poem. This one is just a drawing and a recording without stickers added.


The possibilities are endless with this app. We just completed Dr. Seuss character drawings and my kids are recording facts about Dr. Seuss. We are planning on doing book reviews with this app too. Students will draw their favorite character in the setting of the story then record their thoughts on the book. I showed my sister and she and my niece had a great time taking pictures of Barbie dolls and made them say all kinds of funny things! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Keeping track of classroom expenses

Oh my word! I have an app you NEED in your life! 
I'm obsessed with Evernote. If you don't use Evernote it's pretty much the bomdiggity when it comes to taking notes, writing checklists, and creating reminders. I use it for grocery lists, lists of upcoming activities in my classroom, etc. You get it. If it's not in Evernote I probably won't remember it.
Well, the makers of Evernote have a new app called Scannable. Scannable allows you to keep track of documents and export them into Evernote. Just think about how handy this would be with beginning of the year shopping...

Simply snap a photo of your receipt in the Scannable app then you can export it to Evernote where you can have a "Classroom Expenses" note set up. Tax time rolls around and BOOM all your expenses are in one place!

*But wait, there's more*

You can use this app to keep track of student work and your notes on student progress! Take snapshots of student work, your notes (GREAT for Post-Its), tests, handwriting samples, etc. Goodbye copy count worries! How fabulous is that?! All those important papers in one spot and you don't have to worry about copies crammed into your filing cabinet.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Currently March

Is it March? Could have fooled me with this crazy cold weather!
(I'm not complaining though- I kind of like the cold weather and sweaters, mittens, etc.)

I'm excited to link up with another Currently from Farley! I flat out missed the February Currently so I've been anxiously waiting for this one.

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LISTENING: to the washing machine wash the 50th load since Friday. The baby had a nasty stomach bug all weekend complete with projectile vomit so I've been cleaning and sterilizing and washing everything that got hit. Then I got the stinkin bug yesterday afternoon. Feeling much better today.

LOVING: The writing going on in my classroom is just awesome. I've been doing some oral writing using Whole Brain Teaching and I just love the results. The kids are so excited to use hand gestures and what they are writing is just fantastic!

THINKING: I need more pens. Flair pens are good for everything. My current set is on its last legs. 

WANTING: Remember a couple of weeks ago when we had a three day weekend? I felt so rested on Tuesday when we went back to school. Plus I had time to get to everything on my weekend to-do list. I wish every weekend was a three day weekend!

NEEDING: no more stomach bugs in this house. I've had enough.

SPRING BREAK PLANS: Spring cleaning is a must. My closet is way out of control. But I'm mostly excited to spend time with family!

I love reading the other Currently posts from everyone. Have a great week at school!


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