Saturday, 20 September 2014

Keep Track Of Classroom Resources


I cannot believe how fast back to school came and went.  I just finished week three and very excited for the year ahead! I am happy to be writing another Bright Ideas Blog Post about a useful tip from my classroom. Last month I wrote about Getting the Most Use of Your Data Projector, this month I am writing about keeping track of classroom resources.

I am frequently lending my supplies to students, teachers and other classes. Last year only some of the things I lent out got returned so I knew I needed an easy system of tracking where my things were going.

First: When I get a request to borrow something I immediately write where the item is going on my white board. e.g. Scissors - Smith Room 205. If it is not in plain view I will forget where my resources have gone to. If it is a long term loan (DVDs, Binders, Units, Books) I usually write it in my day book in a special section for loans.


Second: I used coloured duct tape to differentiate my items from others. This could also be done with washi tape, but coloured duct tape was cheaper and more came on a roll. Now if things do not get returned I can go straight to the classroom and identify what resources are mine and what belong to that classroom. This also helps student identify which is their personal items and which belong to the classroom.

How do you organize and identify your teaching tools and resources?

Please share your ideas in the comments below. I am always looking to improve my organizational systems.


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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Want To Get The Most Use From Your Data Projector?

This month I am happy to be writing another Bright Ideas Blog Post about a useful tip from my classroom. Last month I wrote about Effectively Organizing Your Professional Development Notes this month I am writing about using your data projector more effectively.


Gone are the days where data projectors are a novelty item competing with the tried and true overhead projector machine. A lot of classrooms have been updated to have data projectors on carts or wall mounted data projectors. Data projectors have so many functions besides just projecting an image, movie or assignment. 



1. Use the data projector during class brainstorming or discussions to keep track of ideas. Open a new document in a word processing program or a Google Doc, and type as the students are speaking. This a great visual representation for those who need both auditory and visual methods of teaching.



2. Project an image related to your topic of study to your plain erasable white board. Have the students write on the image with your normal white board markers. This is a great way to see what students know about a topic or to have them build your lesson note as you go. 


3. Use it to project a "back channel" while you are teaching your lesson. I like to use a website called Today's Meet for my students to record their thinking or questions while I am teaching. Today's Meet is a like an online chat room where people when given a specific web address can discuss ideas. This is great for the times where you need to get through your lesson, cannot immediately take questions, but do not want the students to forget their questions. They can ask their question on the Today's Meet chat room and then you can answer it once you are done teaching your lesson. However, the best part of this "chat room" idea is that if someone in the class knows the answer they can answer it right away!

Note: I would not use this back channel idea until I have taught about digital citizenship, explained the rules for using this site and directly modeled appropriate questions and use. Be prepared for some silliness the first time you introduce this, but the overall benefits and engagement will keep you wanting to try it more often.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Triple B Giveaway Grand Finale


Welcome to the final day of the 2 Peas and a Dog Triple B Giveaway Extravaganza! We are celebrating Kristy's birthday, 2 Peas and a Dog's three year blog anniversary and Back to School Season!  Scroll down to see the AMAZING prize pack of the day.


There are 12 different assignments in this package based on Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres. This package includes the same assignment with two different names: "Month Name" or "Genre Name" Reading Assignment. The major assignments that rotate on a 3 month basis are: 4 R's - writing assignment, Choice Board - creative assignment , Sell This Book - present the novel to the class. This huge bundle is part of the giveaway today. Only $6.50. Click on the image to add this item to your TPT cart or wishlist.


TODAY'S FEATURED GIVEAWAY PRODUCTS:


Get ready to watch your students build better responses across all areas of the curriculum. This bundle contains 3 different resources in my Building Better Responses series. Each resource is a perfect companion to the others. All 3 resources enforce student accountability by allowing them to reflect on their own work, and whether they have successfully included the targeted learning goals in their work.  Each resource contains a goal chart, posters and bookmarks, notebook resources, assessment options, graphic organizers, and printable activities to help your students master the learning. Click on the image to add this product to your TPT cart or wishlist. 

This amazing holiday activity bundle includes the following resources:

FALL- HALLOWEEN
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Reading, Writing, Craftivity, and Interactive Flip Book
"Thriller" by Michael Jackson, Cause and Effect & Inference Skills Activity enhanced lesson, handouts, and worksheets
WINTER
"Elf" The Movie, Inference Skills Activities, Video Clips, Notes, and Answer Key
A Christmas Carol: Reading, Writing, Craftivity, and Pop Up Flip Book Flip Book
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Martin Luther King, J.r, U2's "Pride, In the Name of Love," Lesson, Video, and Activities
BLACK HISTORY MONTH, SPRING, EARTH DAY
I'm Gonna Make a Change: "Man in the Mirror," Song Lyrics, Lesson Plan, Video, Poetry, and Analysis Activities
SPRING, APRIL, NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Poetry Postcards: Enhanced Lesson, Video, Handouts, Template, Rubric, and Plan
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This is a custom made bundle just for this giveaway. 4mulafun is the task card queen and her math products are fantastic. I love using them in my classroom daily. Click on the links below to add each task card set to your TPT wishlist or cart. 




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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Triple B Giveaway Day 4


Welcome to the 2 Peas and a Dog Triple B Giveaway Extravaganza! 

We are celebrating Kristy's birthday, 2 Peas and a Dog's three year blog anniversary and Back to School Season! 

Each day will feature a back to school essentials product from our store and a grade level specific prize pack. 

Check back each day this week to enter the AMAZING new daily  giveaways. 

Plus everything is 10% off in the 2 Peas and a Dog TPT store until Thursday night! 


Keep students motivated by using these engaging classroom reward passes. 
Great for older students to keep them motivated. 
Passes included are: 
-ipod pass
-homework pass
-invite a friend to lunch pass
-comfy seat pass
-games pass
-free choice pass
-computer pass
-gum pass
-hat pass
-food pass
-project extension pass
-seat partner choice pass

Only $1.50 in the 2 Peas and a Dog store. Click on the image to add this product to your TPT wishlist or shopping cart.


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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Triple B Giveaway Day 3


Welcome to the 2 Peas and a Dog Triple B Giveaway Extravaganza! 

We are celebrating Kristy's birthday, 2 Peas and a Dog's three year blog anniversary and Back to School Season! 

Each day will feature a back to school essentials product from our store and a grade level specific prize pack. 

Check back each day this week to enter the AMAZING new daily  giveaways. 

Plus everything is 10% off in the 2 Peas and a Dog TPT store until Thursday night! 


Want students to be informed about current events? Try this current events news assignment. This assignment contains two types of graphic organizers to help students practice reading non-fiction texts for basic information, main idea and significance. Only $1.50 in the 2 Peas and a Dog store. Click on the image above to add this item to your TPT cart or wishlist. 

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