Saturday, 14 April 2018

Spring or Autumn?

Hi Friends!

Are you in the Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere?

Down Under we are heading into Autumn, the weather is starting to cool slightly and I am definitely seeing signs of leaves turning colour.  It feels like it has been a bit late this year and quite frankly I am ok with that, the longer I don't have to wear Winter clothes the better I say!

I know that there are some crazy people out there who love the thought of getting out the Winter woollies and getting out into the brisk air.....but I am not one of them, if I could follow the sun year round I sure would!

To get into the mood of Autumn or Spring I am sharing a great freebie with you today!

Use this 5 senses Poem to get your students thinking about what they see, hear, feel, taste and touch in the different seasons. There is a template for each season and one generic one to use for any topic!

Just click on the pics to get your copy!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A Cautionary tale for Teachers..or...always use the paper slicer

Hi Friends!  

I wanted to share a tale of caution with you today and why it is always a better idea to use the paper slicer instead of the scissors.

The other day my son came home very excited about the great day he had in Science class, this is super I thought because Science is not one of his strong subjects.  I asked him what was so great about it and he told me that they had been doing an assessment.  I want you to remember that word, assessment.

The students had been given a matching activity and were told they could work in pairs to match the title to the description and a picture.  My son was quite proud of himself in choosing "the smartest kid in the class" as his partner.  He matched the first picture with a description, which he said was a complete guess, his partner assured him it was correct so he carefully pushed the two pieces of paper together.  As he did this he realised that the teacher had used scissors to cut the what you might he worked out that it wasn't completely straight.  Then he worked out that he didn't have to do any actual thinking for this task, he just had to line the pieces back up like a puzzle!  

Those boys were the only ones in the class that got it 100% correct!  He got an A for the assessment.....remember this was an assessment....

I have to tell you I don't know whether I should be proud of him for thinking outside the box, or completely ashamed of him for not doing the learning.  I gotta tell you, I am leaning toward the former.  He of course, is in awe of himself for seeing something no one else did.

So what do you take away from this post?

Always, always use the paper slicer because there will always, always be one kid there who thinks outside the box!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Easter Greetings!

Hi Friends! Sending you Easter Greetings at this time.  

I am enjoying a few days off with my family at home and really the highlight is not waking up to an alarm which is lucky becasue we just changed over with daylight savings.  While my body clock is adjusting I am trying to eat chocolate in moderation (unsuccessfully I might add).

This year I am in a support role at school and not on class, I have to say I am definitely missing sharing these special days with the kiddos.  I hope you made some lovely Easter memories with your class this year.

For those that are still on Easter break, I hope you are enjoying some time to sleep, eat, read and sharing time with family and friends. 

Happy Easter everyone!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Better Than Chocolate!

Hey Friends!

Who doesn't love grabbing a deal, am I right?!  A few of my friends and I have gotten together to put on some sweet dollar deals over at TpT.  Some people might even have their store on sale!

How can you jump on this before it finishes?  Just head on over and search #betterthanchocolate   or click on the pic below to find some Easteriffic deals in my store

Hoppy shopping!!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A New Look and a Freebie!

Hi Friends!

I am loving my new look from Jumping Jax Designs!  What do you think?! 

With a new look I thought it would be a great time to share a great FREE Easter resource for you to use in your classroom, that little bunny is almost ready to hippety hop in!

Here is a little freebie for you to use when looking at Chance and Number, the great thing about this resource is that it is a differentiated activity so everyone can be playing the same game but using a board that is suited to their level or ability.

  Just click on the pics to get your FREE download!

I hope you have some great activities planned for Easter coming up and I plan on coming back to share some more great resources with you.  

Till then.....

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Independent Group Learning

Hey All!

I am trying to be a better blogger and share lots of great classroom ideas with you!  So each week I am going to be focussing on one great thing I have done in my classroom that week.

This week I want to talk to you about how I use independent group learning in my Prep (Kinder) room.  In my classroom we call it rotations or group learning (I have trained myself not to use the word work!)

Very early on I get my kiddos to practice how to start and stop an activity on my signal and then how to move around to the next activity.  When I am doing this I use very easy games and activities that the kiddos can do by themselves while I am free to move around and help them learn the etiquette of group learning.  The amount of time you spend doing this is solely dependent on your class or group of kiddos you have.  One year we practiced for only one week before they picked it up, another year it took my kiddos three practices.  In the beginning we may only be at one activity for 5-10 minutes eventually stretching it out to 20-30 minutes later in the year.

So what do we do in these initial first weeks of rotations, easy,peasy activities!

  • Playdough
  • Threading
  • Drawing
  • Tracing
  • Cutting
  • Counting manipulatives
  • Listening to stories on ipads
  • Tracing our names
  • Puzzles
  • Sorting

Are you getting the picture?  I don't put any games in this first week as I have found that I spend most of the time with that group talking about rules, turn taking etc.  What they are learning during this time is a routine and procedure so you want to be available to help them with that.

When time is up I clap my hands (you can use whatever signal you want, a timer, a shaker, whatever works for you)  then I ask them to pack up the activity so it is ready for the next group not ready to put away.  I instruct the students to point to where they are going next and each table will have a number so they go to the next number, this is an opportunity for you to correct students on where they are going.  When they are quiet and pointing correctly you move them on!  I like to give them an instruction related to something we are learning so maybe moving like a certain animal or the beginning sound we are learning about etc.

When your kiddos have got a better idea on how to move around then you are able to start with them being in one group with you and the other group independent activities.  This is when I will start introducing a game with me one week and the next week it goes in as an independent activity, this gives them extra practice with a concept and social skill!

I love doing rotations and small group learning, it is such a great way to focus on individuals and pinpoint a skill or concept that they may be struggling with.  Not only that it is fun, fast and your planning is done for more multiple days.  

My next post will have more of the practicalities on how to group students and how to plan the groups.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Mega May Giveaway!

I know, I know, it has been a very, very long time since I have posted and well....that's life I guess.

The good news about this though, is today I am posting a great giveaway for you!

TEACHERS!!! It’s been a long school year and it’s time for a Gift Cards for Teachers MEGA Giveaway! We are ready to reward 5 LUCKY teachers by giving away 5 $100 gift cards! You could win a $100 Gift Card to Target, Amazon, Erin Condren, or Teachers Pay Teachers! Details for entering our Gift Card Giveaway:

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