Friday, August 18, 2017

Celebrate 2017 Back to School Season with a $100 Really Good Stuff Gift Card Giveaway


Week 3 of our Back to School Giveaways has started, and it is time to give away a $100 Gift Card to Really Good Stuff! They aren't kidding when they say Really Good Stuff  - because they have some amazing teaching items for you!

Once you have entered, be sure to click on my Giveaway tab to enter all of the other giveaways this month!






GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $100 Really Good Stuff Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)



Co-hosts: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),  Sandra NaufalTeacher JeanellLIVIN' IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER, Teaching SuperkidsPreK KristinHeart 2 Heart TeachingTrending Technology in TennesseeJackie Crews, Teacher GameroomKathryn Watts"Dee Bibb - Teaching at the Beach", SimoneTeach with HopeKB3TeachTeaching Second GradeMomma with a Teaching MissionIt's a Teacher ThingLove Luck and Laughter, Mrs. Hansen's Helpfuls, Pitner's Potpourri, and It's Kinder Time.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/25/17 and is open worldwide.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Classroom Newsletter Writing Made Easy


Classroom newsletters can be a great way to keep parents informed about your classroom events and learning activities!  But... if the thought of creating a classroom newsletter makes you a little queasy, I have a few tips to make it easy peasy!



Step 1: Gather Important Dates and Deadlines

Make a list of all important dates in the upcoming month. Think of no school days, early releases, field trips, assemblies, test days, etc.  

Step 2: What Will You Be Teaching/Learning?

What topics will be covered in the upcoming month?  You don't have to write out complete details, but broad descriptions will be helpful. For example you might say "We will be working on place value in math, and character traits in reading."  Be sure to include any ways parents might be able to assist including reading with their child, practicing math facts, spelling words, etc.  If you have a weekly spelling list, you might want to include this as well.

Step 3: Reminders

What things have your students been forgetting, or what do they need to remember?  Ideas here might include: sneakers for PE, lunch money, book order money, picture order forms, etc.

Bonus Tip:

Create newsletter templates at the beginning of the year that can be easily edited and re-used.  This will save you so much time!  I have a set of ready made editable classroom newsletters that you can check out if you would like to save even more time!

Newsletter Templates Editable


Do you have any tips for making classroom newsletter writing easier?  Leave a comment below!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway August 14, 2017


August is already almost half-way over!  Whether you are getting ready for back to school or already in the classroom, I have good news for you!  It is time for our weekly giveaway!  




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/21/17 and is open worldwide.





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Friday, August 11, 2017

Celebrate 2017 Back to School Season with a $100 Erin Condren Gift Card Giveaway


 Some of my favorite Teacher Authors have gotten together to help you out with some great giveaways for Back to School!  This week we are giving away an Erin Condren gift card.

Once you have entered, be sure to click on my Giveaway tab to enter all of the other giveaways this month!





GIVEAWAY DETAILS


Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)



Co-hosts: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),  Teacher JeanellReading and Writing RedheadLIVIN' IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVERTeaching Superkids, MM BilingualMrs Hansens HelpfulsKatie RoltgenCarrie Comincioli, Think Grow Giggle, Heart-2-Heart TeachingKathryn Watts"Dee Bibb - Teaching at the Beach", Kovescence of the MindTeach with HopeTeaching Second GradeA Plus Kids, 180 Days of ReadingTraci Bender - The Bender BunchIt's a Teacher ThingSouthern DrawlLove Luck and Laughter, Glitter is Everywhere, and Bravo's Brain Box.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/18/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog?  Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers! 



Erin Condren has so many amazing planners and accessories! Click on the link below to save $10 on your order!
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway August 7, 2017


It is time for our weekly giveaway!  Every week we give away a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card to one very lucky teacher!




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  



Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/14/17 and is open worldwide.




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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monthly $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - August 2017


August means that many of you are back in school, or at least getting ready for back to school.  It is also time for our monthly giveaway!  You have a chance to win a $75 Teachers pay Teachers gift every single month, and today is the day!

Once you have entered, be sure to click on my Giveaway tab to enter all of the other giveaways this month!




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/13/17 and is open worldwide.



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Friday, August 4, 2017

Celebrate 2017 Back to School Season with a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

For most of us, August means Back to School Season!  Some of my favorite Teacher Authors have gotten together to help you out with some great giveaways!  This week starts off the month-long celebration with an Amazon gift card!

Once you have entered, be sure to click on my Giveaway tab to enter all of the other giveaways this month!







GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)


Co-hosts: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),  Teacher JeanellLIVIN' IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER, MM Bilingual, Mrs. Hansens Helpfuls, Digging Deep to Soar Beyond the Text, Ms. K, 180 Days of ReadingThe Best Days, Heart 2 Heart TeachingCathy's Cool CreationsLeah PopinskiWalk with Me a SecondJackie Crews, Teacher Gameroom, It's a Teacher ThingThe Watermelon Teacher - Susan Krevat, Reading and Writing RedheadIt's Kinder Time"Dee Bibb - Teaching at the Beach"KB3Teach, Kovescence of the MindTeach with HopeBrynn's Teacher Bag, Growing Grade by GradeMomma with a Teaching Mission, Cara's Creative PlaygroundLockwood's Little Learners, Sliding Into 1st, Taking on SecondSouthern DrawlLove Luck and Laughter, and Pitner's Potpourri.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/11/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog?  Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!
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Amazon has some amazing deals on school supplies teachers need and love!  Check out the link below to find them all!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My New Laminator - Swedex Smart Laminator



Like most teachers, I have a serious addiction to laminating!  Let's laminate ALL the things! I love that it makes my teaching tools last so much longer.  So, when I was given the opportunity to try out the Swedex Smart Laminator of course I jumped at the chance!

Disclosure: I was given a free laminator to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.



Isn't it beautiful?!?  



Just in case you can't see from the first picture, there are several size options that you can use with this laminator. The machine takes 5 different thickness pouches in sizes varying from a small luggage tag to a 12 X 18 pouch.  There are also pouches that have adhesive backing!





I was super excited to see that I could laminate larger things because I had an "incident" during the school year when I attempted to Jerry-Rig two laminating pouches to laminate signs for my Compassionate Confrontation Board.  Luckily my hubby is good at fixing my mistakes and he was able to un-jam my little laminator, but my signs were not laminated.



So, when my Swedex Smart Laminator arrived, I knew I had to fix that!




Not only was I impressed with the various sizes that could be laminated, but I was also impressed with how fast it warmed up - it was mere seconds!




Watch how fast this thing goes!





I am going to absolutely LOVE having this in my own classroom, but I think it would make a great alternative for your employee work room - you might want to let your Principal know about this one!

Some info from the manufacturer:

* The machine comes with a 5 Year Warranty - so if it breaks, they simply swap it out - so essentially you will have this machine for life.

* They have 2 special promos going for An Apple for the Teacher reader: You can use the Promo Code: LOVE2TEACH to get a 30% discount on both the machine and pouches!

* They offer payment plans for those who need them, you can email info@arctec.us for more info about setting up a payment plan.

* They have a special deal right now where you can essentially get the laminator for free!  You pay $50 per month for the laminator, but you also get $50 worth of pouches for free, so, you essentially only pay for the pouches and the laminator is FREE! Click here to find out more.








Monday, July 31, 2017

How I Assess My Students at the Beginning of the Year - Math Reasoning Inventory

Do you ever do something in your classroom that works REALLY well, and then somehow forget about it completely?  Well, that is something that happened to me with the Math Reasoning Inventory.  I used it with my 7th grade math students and was highly successful, but never thought about using it with my elementary students until last year.  

This year I will be starting the year with the assessments right away, and I think you should too!

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What is the Math Reasoning Inventory?

The Math Reasoning Inventory is a free on-line assessment tool that helps you learn about your students' numerical reasoning. It was developed by math expert Marilyn Burns. The site says that it is appropriate for grades 5 and up, but I have used it with my 4th graders, and I think you could successfully use the whole numbers inventory in 3rd grade.  

If you teach a lower grade, I would still give it a look, because I think you could implement a similar process that would be so powerful for understanding what your students are thinking in math.



There are three assessments: whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  Each section contains a 4 question written test and an individual face to face interview where students are asked to explain how they came up with the answer.

I printed each of these from the website on card stock and laminated them for durability.  I used colored card stock to print out the covers so I can find them easily. I placed the cards on a binder ring for storage and ease of use.



I have the students take the written assessment as a whole group assignment.  I break down the interview process similarly to reading assessments with about 4 students per day.





Most of the questions are asked as mental math problems, but one or two have the students use pen and pencil (or in my case dry erase markers) to solve.

The program has a section to keep track of what types of errors students make and a place to make notes about what you observe.




Once you have assessed your students, reports are generated for both individuals and whole group.






Aside from the data provided from the computer, I was able to observe things about my students' thinking that I might not have otherwise observed. 






 I saw some great results this Spring after using for just a few short months, I can't wait to see the results next Spring after using the assessments (and lessons developed from the results) from the beginning of the year.

If you decide to try out the math inventory, I would love to hear how it goes!  I will also be sharing some other assessments I use in my classroom in the next few weeks, so make sure to check them out!

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Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 31, 2017


Can you believe it is almost August already?!?  August typically means back to school for most of us in the United States, and I bet a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card would help you get ready!

Luckily for you, it is time for our weekly giveaway!




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/7/17 and is open worldwide.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 24, 2017


I have just returned from the TpT conference, and I had an AMAZING time with my TpT buddies! 




Kathleen from A Plus Kids, Julie from Teacher Ms. H, ME, Mercedes from Surfin' to Success, and Shelby from Wiggling Scholars.  Not pictured is Nichole from The Craft of Teaching who was getting her groove on on the dance floor.

 Everything is better with friends, including our weekly giveaways which I could not do without the help from my amazing friends!





GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)





Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 7/31/17 and is open worldwide.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Personalize Your Math Problems

My students have always LOVED when I use their names in math problems.  They always get excited, and the engagement really increases.  This summer I have been teaching summer school.  I decided to take the personalization one step further with pictures.



My littles had an obsession with pine cones  (although they called them acorns for some reason - LOL!).  So, I took them outside to play with the pine cones (and to practice some math skills).


I took pictures of them while we were outside and created math prompts with them.




Instant engagement!  They were so excited to see their faces in their math journals!








Have you ever personalized your math problems?


Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 17, 2017


I am at the Teachers pay Teachers conference this week, and I am so excited to see many of my friends that I only get to see once a year!




But... I don't want to be the only one having fun, so be sure to enter to win a Teachers pay Teachers gift card so you can have some TpT fun too!




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 7/24/17 and is open worldwide.


Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers! 



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