Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sneak Peek at My SC and Vegas Sessions: Sign up NOW!

"Work Smarter" tip for February...Sign up for an SDE Kindergarten conference! I've been attending these events since waaaaaay back. I always leave renewed and excited. You can find a state Kindergarten conference here. But the mack daddy of all Kindergarten conferences is I TEACH K! in VEGAS. There's still time to get the early bird price, too. Get a group together and you'll save even more. 


Here's a sneak peek at the sessions I've worked up for I Teach K! in July. I'll also be sharing info with teachers in South Carolina in March, so if you live near the palmetto state, take a day away from the kiddos and come on over to Columbia.


Take your students' thinking higher with read-alouds! In this session, we'll find out what research says about the value of read-alouds.Then we'll look at Bloom's Taxonomy to find ways your readers can remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create with stories. I've got lots of lessons, charts, and activities ready to share!



In this session, we'll take a look at the developmental stages of writing with real samples from kindergarten students. We'll examine routines and centers to help you incorporate writing into your classroom. By viewing videos of children being coached, you'll understand how to help you class create narrative, informational, opinion, and persuasive pieces of writing.



Get your kindergartners ready for an amazing ride that takes them from read-alouds into writing. We'll look at the research road signs that connect reading with writing. Travel with me through books with plans for charts, prompts, centers, and projects.



You need lots of tools in your toolbox to run a successful readers' workshop. In this session, I'll help you lay out a blueprint for setting up your schedule. We'll nail down key areas of the curriculum to cover through the year. 

In South Carolina (March 2), I'll share Super Smart Writing and Reading Under Construction. I'll also lead these sessions:


Sing into schema, dance into determining importance, act out inferences, make visual art using visualization, turn questions into poetry, make music with the meaning of synthesis! Experience ideas for integrating visual art, music, movement, poetry, storytelling, and drama with children’s literature. I'll share innovative ways to teach comprehension strategies— making connections, visualizing, inferring, asking questions, determining importance, and synthesizing. 


Help your students set sail toward math success! In this session you’ll get a bounty of easy-to-use strategies for developing and reinforcing math skills, number sense and numerical fluency. On the journey, we'll examine the treasure map to find out what current research says about how young children learn these concepts. You’ll determine ways to avoid shipwrecks by looking at where children struggle with numeracy. Plus, you’ll also collect some treasures—whole-group lessons and games that easily transfer to center activities. 



If you attend any of these sessions, please be sure to introduce yourself! See you soon!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Interactive High-Frequency Books: 100 Pennies a Piece!

Since we're getting ready for the 100th day of school, I'm fixated on all things 100. All of my interactive books are on sale for 100 pennies a piece. 

Just click here to see all twelve books. Prices good until my 100th day of school...Thursday, January 22.

Each book contains:
* Directions for the teacher and student.
* Word/picture cards so students can build the phrases in the book. Use the cards in a small reading group or center.
* Pages for the book.



Here's a picture of my kiddos working on the Frosty's Five Buttons book.





Get out your pennies while these books are a buck!
 

 


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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Teaching Word of the Year

I'm a fan of Christine Kane, president and founder of a company called Uplevel You. I'm sharing one of her recent blog posts that contains a pretty cool little tool for finding your word of the year. Only I'm proposing you give it a teacher twist.

After using the ideas to create your personal word of the year, how about spending some time thinking about your classroom? Here are some ways to apply her ideas to your teaching.

If you put your word into action daily, what would be different for your students?

What would be different for you?

In what ways do you already apply this word? 

What keeps you from living out this word in your classroom? Where do you get stalled?

What practices can you put into place to keep this word working?

If you made a craft project with your word, what would it look like? 

How can you display your word in your classroom so that you keep your focus until May?

I believe you can create new outcomes in your classroom just by taking this time to contemplate changes. Set your intention and give it your attention! For more inspiration, watch one of Christine's older posts that has a video.

Let me know if it works for you. Feel free to share your word and reasons in the comments.

Happy New Year!
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

I'm the ESGI Elf for Giveaway Day Four!


The holidays are a season of giving, right? In this spirit, the wonderful folks at ESGI are bringing you TWELVE days of giveaways! It doesn't even matter if you've been naughty or nice (wink, wink). If you're a preschool or Kindergarten teacher, you have been a helper all year long and deserve to win one of these amazing prizes! Some of Santa's elves in this holiday giveaway are...Heidi Butkus, Kim Jordano, Palma Lindsay, Lil' Ole ME, Crystal Radke, Mary Amoson, KinderLit, Deanna Jump, Kathy Crane, Kim Adsit, DeeDee Wills and Dr. Jean Feldman!

How to enter:
We're already on day four, but you already still have plenty of chances because giveaways continue until December 12th. Each day ESGI will be awarding a $25 credit to the prize partner of the day's store and a FREE 1 year subscription of ESGI. On the 12th and final day, you can win a sleigh full of ESGI subscriptions (up to 10) and some great products from Dr. Jean!

To enter, all you need to do is sign up to receive the ESGI e-newsletter. For extra points to improve you chances, tweet #esgi12daysgiveaway once per day, follow ESGI on Pinterest, post one of the giveaway ads on Pinterest, and like ESGI on Facebook.

That sounds like a lot, but all you really have to do is start clicking on the entry form below.

And just in case you aren't familiar with ESGI, you can start a 60 day trial by clicking here. This time of year, you're going to need the 400 hours that ESGI gives back to every teacher that joins!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways from ESGI


The holidays are a season of giving, right? In this spirit, the wonderful folks at ESGI are bringing you TWELVE days of giveaways! It doesn't even matter if you've been naughty or nice (wink, wink). If you're a preschool or Kindergarten teacher, you have been a helper all year long and deserve to win one of these amazing prizes! Some of Santa's elves in this holiday giveaway are...Heidi Butkus, Kim Jordano, Palma Lindsay, Lil' Ole ME, Crystal Radke, Mary Amoson, KinderLit, Deanna Jump, Kathy Crane, Kim Adsit, DeeDee Wills and Dr. Jean Feldman!

How to enter:
Sign-ups open today, November 28th. Giveaways will begin December 1st and end on December 12th. Each day ESGI will be awarding a $25 credit to the prize partner of the day's store and a FREE 1 year subscription of ESGI. On the 12th and final day, you can win a sleigh full of ESGI subscriptions (up to 10) and some great products from Dr. Jean!

To enter, all you need to do is sign up to receive the ESGI e-newsletter. For extra points to improve you chances, tweet #esgi12daysgiveaway once per day, follow ESGI on Pinterest, post one of the giveaway ads on Pinterest, and like ESGI on Facebook.

That sounds like a lot, but all you really have to do is start clicking on the entry form below.

And just in case you aren't familiar with ESGI, you can start a 60 day trial by clicking here. This time of year, you're going to need the 400 hours that ESGI gives back to every teacher that joins!

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Be sure to come back on December 4th when I get to be the ESGI Elf for the day!


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