Saturday, November 30, 2013

Guided Reading groups

I struggle with the organization of these groups. But I liked this idea from "The Organized Classroom" site. She keeps her supplies in one crate with file folders for each group and what they will be doing that week. I think this would keep me more on track and not searching these items down when I need them. I think I will be trying this out very soon!

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

In this article, Beth Holland, talks about using iPads to change the way students write. The process in which we learned to write can be done more interactively through this device. I don't have an iPad as of yet, but would love to have one for my classroom. I wonder how Kindergartners could learn to write using this device. Would it be possible to teach them not only the writing process while using technology? I think so. Since technology is now a Common Core Standard for writing, it could be a great way to begin teaching them not only writing but immerse them in technology as well!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bottle cap letters diy

Ok, I just got super excited! Recycling water bottle caps to make letters to use in a center at school! Love it! I am always searching for ideas to use in my classroom! I will be on this one right away! These bottle cap letters will be easy for little fingers to manipulate and easy to store in a container as well! Oh the possibilities for these! I will get started right away on getting my parents to save these!!

3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in the Classroom

This article caught my eye because my school is all about creating independent thinkers. As I read it, I like the ideas of sequencing instruction, recovering from mistakes, and setting goals. They gave examples of these ideas for older classrooms. Now I need to think of how I can do this in the Kindergarten classroom. My goal is to have my classroom become more inquiry based. This article has helped to get my wheels turning about more ideas to bring to my teaching!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Poscast Assignment!

Well as I muddled through this assignment and wanted to throw my computer through the window when attempting to use the Audacity site. I decided it was best to just start over and find a better program! And I did!! I used WavPad Sound Editor, and it was so easy to use! Even a novice like me was able to produce something not too bad!! Check it out when you have time! It's so much more user friendly than Audacity!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Centering Around Technology

This article caught my eye on The Organized Classroom Blog. Though I only have one computer for student use in my classroom, I am deciding how I want to utilize this technology. I read about a free website that may help me to do that in this article. I am anxious to check this out!

Let's Play and Learn

I liked this post about using Play Doh in the classroom. I use it all the time. I not only use it for a fine motor activity, but I also use it in my Literacy and Math centers. I really like her ideas for play doh mats that she made and will consider making these for my class as well. Though with Teacher Pay Teachers website, I may just find she is selling them so I can just buy them already done!