July 21, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

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I enjoyed some time in Memphis, was home a couple of days, and then gone again for another trip. I am definitely enjoying my summer!

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Nothing - This was a great week!

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Memphis, TN - I enjoyed my time here - Graceland, Memphis Zoo, and the Civil Rights History Museum. It was an incredible weekend!

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This is Graceland. They are filming a Christmas movie for Hallmark, so it was decorated to look like the holidays.

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I HIGHLY recommend the National Civil Rights Museum. It is in the Lorraine Motel were Dr. King was assassinated. It was unbelievably moving.

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Yes that's me...on a camel. This is at the Memphis Zoo.

How was your week?
What was good and bad for you?

July 19, 2018

Make It Thursday - Pencil Containers

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Today we are making something totally frivolous - pencil containers. While these don't NEED to be made, they will add a touch of whimsy to your classroom.

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Where to find the materials?

Like most of my projects, I found my materials at the dollar store. You will need:

* metal containers
* crayons (about 1 and 1/2 boxes per container)
* hot glue
* raffia or ribbon (optional)

How do I make these?

1. Hot glue the crayons around the metal container.

2. Add raffia or ribbon to tie around the container once all the crayons are glued on. This gives it a finished look.

Some Additional Notes:

Sometimes, you need something cutesy in your classroom to make you happy. That's what these containers are for me. By the way, these are great to make as gifts for coworkers. 

What things would you like to make on Thursdays with me?

July 18, 2018

Wednesday Organization - Guided Reading/Math Supplies

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At my Guided Reading/Math table, my students sit on cute little benches (milk crates with a cushioned lid) that open to a set of supplies that students are only allowed to use when are working together in groups. 

Materials Needed:

* Containers - I like to use a pencil box for this.
Examples of Supplies (your supplies should include everything you use on a regular basis):
     * Pencils
     * Pens
     * Dry erase markers
     * Dry erase erasers
     * Post-it notes
     * Crayons
     * Wikki-sticks
     * Highlighters
     * Scissors
     * Glue sticks

How to Do This: 

Add all the supplies to the pencil box/bag that you may need students to have when working with you in Guided Reading/Math. I suggest creating a little inventory on the top of each box so students always know what should be inside the box. This also makes for a classroom job - have a helper check to make sure all the supplies are together.

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For me, the biggest benefit is all the time I save. My school day is so limited in the amount of time I get that I need to maximize every second. I don't want to waste valuable minutes passing out supplies or even waiting for students to go back to their seats to get their own supplies.

What do you need help organizing in your classroom?

July 17, 2018

Tech Tip Tuesday - Classroom Booksource Reports and Settings

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Over the past couple of weeks I have shared my favorite resource for checking out library books in your classroom - Classroom Booksource! Click HERE to the video and blog post on setting up your library or HERE to see the blog post and video on adding your students/book check-out.

This week's focus is the last one for Classroom Booksource. I made a quick video to go through the reports and settings. There are so many options that teachers can enter for their classrooms. Some of my favorites include the number of books that a student can check out as well as setting a due date for the books to be returned.

The reports are also filled with great data to use in conferences with both students or parents. For example, I like the detailed student checkout summaries when I am meeting with students during reading conferences. It allows me to see if they are choosing books that are just right for them.

I hope these videos help you establish a classroom library that works well for your class. Check out all the technology resources I have HERE.

What areas are you looking for help when it comes to technology in the classroom?

July 16, 2018

Monday Summer Book Club - Unshakeable Chapters 9 and 10

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Have you heard the news? We are doing a book club this summer! Our Facebook Group voted on Unshakeable by Angela Watson. 

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This week we are reading Chapters 9 and 10. These chapters focus on "letting your vision define your value and measure of success" as well as "uncovering the compelling reason for every lesson you teach."

Get your copy now! Our book discussion has officially started, but feel free to join in any time!

Below are the questions that are in our Facebook Group. 

Chapter 9 Questions - The focus of this chapter is to create a vision for yourself beyond just wanting to do your best.

Question 1 - Do you agree or disagree with the statement that "You cannot simply 'do your best'"? Explain.

Question 2 - Do you have a vision for yourself/your classroom? What is it?

Chapter 10 Questions - We all know that there are many things we have to teach because it is a part of our curriculum or will be on a test. Because of this, the chapter focuses on finding the compelling reason behind what we teach.

Question 1 - What are "the life and character skills that you are passionate about teaching to students?"

Question 2 - How can you transform a lesson that you do not enjoy teaching into one that is interesting and engaging to students?

There is no right or wrong answer. Please feel free to be candid about your responses. If you would like, answer them in the comments below or join our Facebook Group (click on the words or search Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher Book Club). The Facebook Group is a private, closed group (for those of you that want a more close knit group for the discussion). Either way you would like to participate, I hope to hear from you!