Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Learing

I was lucky enough to spend two days with two of my wonderful Kinder Team at Digipalooza (#digi2015) this week. We had a great time and learned lots of awesome things about how to become a "creator" of technology instead of just a "consumer" and how to teach that to our students.

Awesome presentations by Tiffany Copple & Brittany Banister of 2 Techie TeachersHope to keep in touch with these girls!

Don't you just love how a good session can inspire you to jump in headfirst. Well...kinda. I already have my blog here, but as you can see, I have much neglected it. :(  So now this is going to become the place to not only talk shop but to document my learning. All of it. School, hobbies, everything. And even more than that, I am hoping going to help my three awesome kids at home start their own blogs to show their learning too. Yeah!! Family project! I'll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kinders can keep track of their own goals!

I have been searching for a good way for my little ones to keep track of how they are doing on their own. We have some "club" type posters around the room that they sign when they are able to do things like tie their shoes or say their address, but there had to be a way to teach them to be responsible for their academic goals as well. At my recent visit to the Indy Kindergarten Conference, DeeDee Wills mentioned using graphs for kids to track their own progress. It was one of those moments that I though--why didn't I think of that! So after some hours and several cups of highly caffeinated tea--here it is.

After setting a goal with my kinder, she is coloring in her graph to show me what she can do. Depending on the goal, I plan to check these at least every couple of weeks. We'll see how it goes!

Check it out at my TPT store and see what you think!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Welcome to my blog! I have loved reading and learning from all of the amazing kindergarten teachers out there and felt it was my time to share my classroom with the world too.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Kindergarten Conference in Indianapolis where I met the awesome DeeDee Wills of Mrs Wills’ Kindergarten. She and the other presenters I saw (Kim Adsit & Kim Hughs) had some amazing ideas to help improve my teaching and my kinders' learning. I hope to share with you what I have learned, how I’m using it, and how it is working for my class.

My wonderful Kinder team!

So at DeeDee’s encouragement to “just start”, here I am blogging world!