Friday, July 26, 2013


I am super excited to share my new job with the world!  I will be teaching a 3rd/4th grade combo class.  It is at a private Christian school, but that is super exciting too because I get to pray with my students daily and read and teach them the Bible.  I am looking forward to all the things God will do this year.  Thank you to all those who kept me in your thoughts and prayers during this last year as I searched for a job.  It has been a struggle, but God even provided through that.  I was able to learn many things by being in so many different classrooms as I subbed.  Plus I got to meet many amazing teachers!

Of course I am itching to get into my new classroom to organize, decorate, and plan.  I will definitely be posting pictures as soon as I get in there.  My husband will be happy to see some of my school collection gone from our house.  Over the past five years, I have collected quite a bit of stuff.  Now I can actually start using a lot of it. 

Until then...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Student Response System

I always get excited when I learn about some new technology.  This time I came across Netclick which is a web-based student response system.  Some schools have Smartboards or Promethean Boards with clickers/texters.  However, many schools cannot afford that technology.  The good news is that Netclick makes it more affordable to have an interactive classroom.  I watched the demo and it shows students using any device (computer, tablet, iPhone, Android) to interact with the teacher's Powerpoints.  I think that is another fabulous feature is that you can use the Powerpoints you already have rather than having to recreate the information in some other format.  It allows you to export the data to see how the students answered for each slide.  You can lock slides so students can't interact.  Students log in with a code that appears at the top of the Netclick screen. The Netclick screen shows the answer the student touched.  I like to share new things I find.  While I haven't actually used this technology yet in my classroom, I can definitely see its usefulness and plan to use it in the near future.  If you are familiar with Netclick, please leave a comment so we can learn the pros and cons.  Thank you!  Happy Independence Day!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Organize your classroom library!

Organize your classroom library!

I am excited to share my latest discovery.  I have been searching for an app that would allow me to keep track of my books.  The Classroom Organizer is better than anything I could have ever imagined.  Here are some of the reasons I like it...

  • It is FREE!
  • Scan the ISBN on your book and Classroom Organizer quickly logs title, author, ISBN, and a picture of the book.
  • There are other fields that can be filled in such as reading level and points etc.
  • Set up students so they can check out and return books on their own.
  • Students can leave a review of the book for others to read before they check it out.
  • Students can mark the condition of the book upon check out and return so they no longer have to bother you about a book with a loose cover or missing pages etc.  They can just mark it and put the book in the "book hospital."
  • Teachers can set the maximum number of books for students to check out as well as the number of days they can keep the books. 
  • Reports:  Book Checkout History, Current Books Checked Out, and other reports
  • Access via app for iPhone and Droid as well as the desktop computer.  As far as I can tell there is no access via iPad.
Many of you may be thinking that you would like to utilize this in your classroom, however, you don't have the time to scan (blank) number of books.  Neither do I, but it would be a great project for a wonderful volunteer. 

Leave me a post if you have used this or intend to.  I am always curious to know the ups and downs of technology in other classrooms.  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day from my classroom to yours! :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Do your students have the writing blues?

Many students dislike writing.  However, blogs motivate students to write!  Is it any wonder since the generation we teach wasn't raised on pencil and paper but rather technology and social media?  Blogs are a great education tool to teach writing.  Somehow knowing you will get to type your writing on a blog for everyone to see and respond to makes planning and writing it on a piece a paper a little bit easier to take.  The exciting part, to me anyway, is that they get to respond to each other's writing.  It's almost like shared writing journals, but more fun.  So maybe the next question you're asking is which blog is safest for my students?  I am excited to share a site one of my 4th grade friends shared with me.  It is called Kid Blog.  She was out on maternity leave and was able to write to her students and tell them about the new baby, and they were able to respond.  Exciting! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Teachers Need a Personal Secretary

I am back!  I knew this was going to happen...start a blog, then have long gaps in my posts.  Here is the scoop...I have had two long-term sub jobs for some wonderful ladies who had the sweetest little babies!  It is so hard to go back to work after having a little one.  You just want stay home and cuddle that sweet baby for as long as you can!  Anyway, I am thankful and honored they asked me to sub in their rooms.  It has been wonderful, exciting, educational, and scary all at once.  Things that surprised me about being in the classroom were the amount of paperwork!  The acronyms are insane...PLC, QPA, DRA, FAIR, PST...well you guys know about all these.  One other thing is the number of meetings teachers attend.  I teasingly told a friend the other day that teachers need a personal secretary to handle all of the phone calls, paperwork, copying, filing, and appointments.  No matter, there is no place I'd rather be than in the classroom!    

One more thing...I saw this app on another blog.  If I put it on here, maybe I won't forget to look at it later.   Socrative App