Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Math Stories - teaching with ipads

It's been a while since I've posted!  Life gets in the way and I work mostly with teachers so I don't always feel like I've got a whole lot to say.  BUT I do spend lots of time checking out teacher blogs and sharing ideas with my teachers.  I am still incredibly obsessed with all the amazing ideas out there.  I truly LOVE learning!  So when I came across this fabulous resource shared by Reagan Tunstall.  Her post on  Teaching With ipads was so exciting that I wanted to try it out.  Fortunately, I was able to easily convince one of my First Grade teachers to collaborate with me to facilitate this project.  Who am I kidding?  I planned with her but she did all the work!

This video is long.  It is intended as a resource for teachers so that they can see how to implement this project.  The project itself is fantastic and provides all the information you'd need to implement it.  But many teachers are visual learners and I wanted to create this resource for my teachers so that they'd be able to "see" how this would look in their classroom.  I want to extend a HUGE thank you to Ms. Ortega and her class for allowing me to enjoy this experience with them.  Learning is so much fun!

Teacher facilitation of Math Stories ipad project

Math story created by students

I hope you enjoy this video.  I'm constantly amazed at the abilities of young children and the opportunities that teachers provide for them to grow.

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Let's celebrate!!!  I'm joining in with other sellers from TPT and having a sale!  Load up your carts and enjoy fresh new ideas for the spring!

Happy shopping!


Friday, December 6, 2013

First Grade Giving Back PBL

Yesterday was an absolutely amazing day!  I had the privilege of participating in the culmination of a First Grade project that started back in September on International Dot Day.  Our First Graders learned about the importance of making their mark on the world.  They brainstormed with high school students to identify some ways they could make a difference in the world.  They narrowed it down to our area and found a local organization that helps homeless teens.  First graders planned a way to raise money that involved our entire school district.  They wrote letters to all campus principals asking for campus participation and then created posters to advertise.  For two weeks, students who chose to participate brought pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars in order to participate in fun activities.  Each day had a designated coin.  Some activities included:  wear pajamas, bring a stuffed animal, crazy hair day, etc.  Classes created videos to promote their project across the district.  Check out the link below:

At the conclusion of their money collection, first grade students collected $3,618.00!!!

Teachers went shopping over Thanksgiving break and purchased items that were needed for the shelter.  This week students worked to wrap the gifts and yesterday all of First Grade visited the shelter and presented their gifts.  It was a day full of meaning and hope......not only for the kids who live at the shelter but for our students, parents and teachers.  One of the shelter teens shared with our kids how amazing it was that kids so young had made such a huge impact.  I know it was a day no one will forget.  

Our students shared their gifts and how they had collected the money.  Teens from the shelter took our students on a tour of the shelter and told them a little about how they live and what life is like at the shelter.  They ate lunch together and our firsties sang a few songs.  Check out their final performance!

I'm so proud to say I'm a Pirate and I work with teachers who truly make a difference!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale on TPT

I'm participating in the Cyber Monday Sale on TPT!  I'm having Internet issues at home so I wasn't able to flash a cute banner for the sale.  BUT I'm offering 20% off and with the code CYBER you can get another 8%!  I just posted some Christmas games I made last year for my Intervention students.  Kids LOVE games and I LOVE making learning fun!  I hope to have a few more of my Christmas games ready for the sale but I'm not sure I'll make it for Monday.

Happy Shopping!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween Fun!!!

Today was a wild, crazy fun day for our students and teachers!  Our students participated in a Pumpkin decorating contest and all had the opportunity to dress up.  We celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a parade with our Elementary campus.  It was so much fun seeing former students.  Check out the Halloween costumes!  This is me and our Reading Interventionist, Ms. Bippert.  The kids LOVED it!

Of course, I have to include a picture of my little girl and I before she headed off to the Elementary.  I LOVE having her close and sharing these moments!

Last, I have to include a picture of my sweet thing.....sent to me courtesy of Dad.  He's been anxiously awaiting this day!!  I can't wait to enjoy some trick or treating with them tonight!

I will post pumpkin pictures soon.....tomorrow I hope.  :)

Happy Halloween!

Red Ribbon Week Door Contest

Like most other schools around the United States, we celebrated Red Ribbon Week with many crazy dress up day!  The kids always love getting silly!  Our campus held a door decorating contest and I was so excited to see the amazing creations by our teachers!  I'll admit creativity is sometimes hard for me......I turn to Pinterest quite a bit.  But the Primary teachers came up with some fabulous ideas!!!!  Check them out!

I completely know I'm biased but don't you just love the creativity?  See you next time!