Sunday, March 22, 2015

Five for Frunday {It's Spring; Twitter; GoNoodle Plus; Mentor Sentences; Library Redo}

In the past I had used Twitter to follow some celebrities {most of whom I have unfollowed now} & I rarely if ever 'tweeted'...since going to the Google Conference I am looking at Twitter differently & seeing all kinds of links & resources...Do you use Twitter?...Do you just follow or do you tweet?...Who do you follow?...Here are some that I am following...
      Some of my favorite teachers/bloggers/TpTers:
            Kristin from Ladybug's Teacher Files
             Kelly Malloy from An Apple for the Teacher
             Erin Klein from Kleinspiration
            Blair Turner from One Lesson at a Time
             Shannon from Technology. Rocks. Seriously
             Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jumps Classroom
             Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom
            Michelle from The 3 AM Teacher
            Amanda Nickerson from One Extra Degree
             Jen Jones from Hello Literacy
              Richard Bryne from Free Tech 4                                      Teachers
  Other Ed groups/companies/entities
              Class Dojo {loving them!!!}
                Dave Burgess author of Teach Like a                                     Pirate
                Teachers pay Teachers
                        @edutopia name on twitter is @thankfulndw
Let me know what you think of Twitter...has it made you a better teacher?...opened doors?...inspired you?...I'd LOVE to hear what you think!!
{BTW  :-( Twitter is BLOCKED by our district}

My trial to GoNoodle Plus was too short!!!  I LOVED it & so did my students!!!  They have spelling that you can type in your list & the kids spell the words with their bodies...vocabulary that is grade appropriate...but I think their favorite was Montana James & the Palace of Peril...the class is in two teams & you {teacher} decide the skills that will be in the questions...we had been working on adverbs & adjectives so we used has the team that is 'up' swipe off snakes, or smack of beetles, or stomp on scorpions, with movements that the kids don't even see as exercise, just a game...well,  I can't afford the $99 yearly fee so I got permission from my principal to ask if parents would like to donate $1-$5 dollars so we can purchase it for the class...I will let you know how that goes!!!

 From the beginning of my teaching career I have been kind of the odd ball teacher in one way {okay, maybe more than one way ;-) but this is the one I am addressing here}...I have always marked what is correct/right on the students work with a C never marking what is incorrect/wrong {usually at the beginning it is in green too...symbol of growth} I was really drawn to Jessica's {from Ideas by Jivey} Mentor focuses on what is RIGHT about sentences, not correcting what is wrong...

I purchased her Mentor Sentences: First 10 Weeks 3-5  & the first sentence comes from First Day Jitters, which we read at the beginning of the year...I went over how we will work with the sentence she choose for the week...then...oops...the second story is Enemy Pie...I have a HUGE library {see #5} but I don't own this...neither did our school library...I wrote on the white board in the lounge...none of my fellow teachers own it!!!...I was at my wit's end when I found it on Storytime Online!!! It is read by Camryn tomorrow we will move forward with Mentor sentences!!!

I am in my 27th year teaching 3rd grade, and so happy to have this career!!  I LOVE children's literature & through the years I have purchased A LOT of books!!! Four years ago I did an Extreme Library Makeover~you can read/see more about it here ...this is what my library has looked like for the last several years...the books have been leveled using Book Wizard from Scholastic...

This year our school purchased AR {Accelerated Reader} & I started pulling books from my library & adding the AR level to the back...

This was across the room from my library & just not enough 600 books have now been looked up, labeled, & organized!!!!{I still have a couple hundred more to go!}

I will be adding to my AR Management Product & changing it to be a Library labeling as will include all levels of book tags & basket/bin labels...a quick shout out...the first time I did a library makeover I was thankful for Kristin of Ladybug's Teacher File...they were her alphabet labels I used...well she gets a great big 'Thank you!' once again...if it hadn't been for her tips to change pictures {the different apple colors for me} I would still be working on the labels for the next few weeks!!! 

Off to bed...testing begins tomorrow!!!


  1. I'm so glad you are enjoying mentor sentences! And I'm glad you found Storyline Online- a few of the books I use are on there! :)

  2. Thank you for the Twitter shout out! I definitely love PD from Twitter as you know! :D It is blocked in our district too :( One thing that has been awesome has been having authors and Kid President reply to our tweets. I just show my students on my cell phone.

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  4. Thanks so much for the lovely message Nancy!!! I'm so glad it was of help and your library looks beautifully organized!!

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