Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Throwback: Throw away the Clip Chart!!! Throwback: Throw away the Clip Chart!!!

Hey everyone!  I am super excited to be sitting in a tech conference with Alan November here in Lubbock, Texas.  We are talking about Digital Learning in the classroom!  One of the things that has been brought up is blogging from the classroom!  How appropriate for us here in the blogging world.

Unfortunately my little blog has tumbleweeds blowing across it at the moment because this year has been so hectic.  Four grade levels, 4 STAAR tests, yeah...I have no time!  But lets just have a little throw back post!

I hope to be back this week with lots of tech stuff!  Thanks for following! :)

Well it has been a WHIRLWIND of a week for me and the family!  The hubs and I just returned from a week long trek to Pineville, LA for the 2014 National Whole Brain Teaching Conference!  One of the largest (if not THE LARGEST) FREE TEACHERS CONFERENCE in the United States! It....was....amazing!  But what else would I expect!  It has been amazing for each of the six years I have been involved and a part of the training staff.

Yep that's me...little ole me!  On the news!  I must admit I had mixed feelings!  I was excited to see Whole Brain Teaching make the news BUT I actually sent them OUT of my session!  They came back people!  They came back!  What the heck!  LOL!  Ok...well at least I was dressed nice :)!

Anywho!  During this long, yet amazing, week 1500 teachers came together to learn the techniques that we, affectionately known as Wibbiteers in the WBT community, use in our classrooms to make them FUN, EXCITING, ENGAGING and most of all HIGH ACHIEVING atmospheres.  We as a community believe that there is a problem with traditional education.  The problems in our schools are GLARING us in the face.  With Whole Brain Teaching and the techniques we are sharing, the traditional classroom is fading away...at least in the schools we have been in!  We are giving teachers a passion for teaching again and showing that amongst all the testing and state requirements there is still an element of fun and a way to engage not just one part of the students brain...the WHOLE BRAIN!

From classroom management to the three R's...it's covered!  I can vouch for the power in WBT personally in my own classrooms as well as countless others who have used it and seen AMAZING RESULTS!

So...during this conference the "CLIP CHART" that is so popular kept coming up!  How does WBT fit in with the "clip chart"?  What about my fabulous clip chart I had custom made to match my room?  Well to put it bluntly...as one of my colleagues did this week...."THROW AWAY THE CLIP CHART ALREADY!"  

I have been thinking about this for a while and trying to figure out a way to use it!  I might be able to use it here...or here..or what about here?  I even told my session of 300 teachers that I was going to try to figure out HOW to use it somewhere in my classroom!  Then...I read this article:

Take it or leave it.  Make up your own mind!  But if you are a full on board WIBBITEER and know the power of the Scoreboard, the Super Improver Wall and Practice Cards when and if you need it then you can truly understand the thoughts behind this article.

Whole Brain Teaching and the classroom management techniques are designed to NOT bring public shame to students yet they are designed to access the limbic system part of the brain where pleasure and pain are controlled.  The classroom management strategies deployed with WBT are group oriented, individualized positive reinforcement and when/if the level is needed for individual consequence it is done so in a manner that allows the child to "practice the behaviors" that are proper instead of punishing them for simply "being a kid"!

So what do I think now about my attempts to try and figure out how to implement the "CLIP CHART" into my classroom?  Not gonna happen!  Me and WBT are gonna be just fine!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Showoff Saturday Showoff Saturday

Hey everyone!  Welcome back for another addition of Showoff Saturday!  This week we will be taking a look at a fabulous CITIZENSHIP PACK from my dear friend Tamara Russell over at Mrs. Russell's Room!

Didn't I tell you it was fabulous!  So enter to win your very own copy mailed to your door! :)


Tamara is also giving away a $20.00 Giftcard to the store of your choice (Target, Starbucks, OfficeDepot, or Teacher's Pay Teachers)!!!   What teacher doesn't need a GIFTCARD!  

So enter to win below!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Showoff Saturday--ON SUNDAY Showoff Saturday--ON SUNDAY

Well friends this BTS season is catching up with me!  Sleepless nights, improper nutrition, and overall excessive physical exertion is making me SICK!  Not to mention a mishap with some construction crew workers who cut some buried lines and put out power for our neighborhood yesterday!  So...Showoff Saturday is a day late...but then that is the story of my life these days!

Up this week is a FABULOUS FRIEND of mine Cassie from Adventures In Teaching!

Watch this video to see her amazing pack

If you would like to win this fabulous pack and the TEACHER GOODIES enter below!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Back 2 School Blog Hop Back 2 School Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to join in with other amazing 5th grade teachers to offer this Back to School Blog Hop!

WOW! Back 2 School is here with full force! Some of you are already in school and others, like me still have two weeks before we start! Well here is a little tip for Back 2 School.

Spend time...all the time that is needed...to secure your rules and procedures! Don't make the mistake I did my first year and just blow through introducing them and think..."they will get it as we go!" No..NO NO!!! Spend the time early in the beginning getting them set with rules and procedures and then jump on it to teaching. I learned the hard way! I have found that if I take the time to teach, model, and practice rules and procedures over and over the first week or so then my students are all set for the LEARNING TRAIN! Spend the time in the beginning and get more time in the end for teaching instead of dealing with rules and procedure issues!

Well thanks for joining us on this blog hop!
Here’s a sweet treat to surprise them with on the first day (and it’s a great freebie to download):

You can see more great Back to School tips by clicking here to hop to the next blogger Melissa at Dilly Dabbles!

Our group of bloggers has a great pack of goodies to send to one lucky winner to help your year get off with a bang! Enter below:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tuned in Tuesday/WBT Wednesday Tuned in Tuesday/WBT Wednesday

Hey guys!  Well it's finally uploaded and finally ready!  Man, between iMovie and YouTube today was not my day!  The BTS was fast and furious and it took me and a lot of sellers by surprise!  I hope that all my blog friends got some amazing deals!

Many of you picked up my Writing Rock Stars pack and I hope you have and a chance to download it and look through it!

If you didn't well now is the time to get it and prepare to take your student's writing to a whole new level!  They will be WRITING ROCK STARS!

Here is a short video to explain the pack!

One of my TPT colleagues have kindly donated a pack for me to review and giveaway as well!

First up:  Gina from Third Grade Tidbits

Her MATH MANIA for 3rd Grade is FABULOUS!  If you missed the sale it is ok!  SHE STILL HAS IT ON SALE!

Thirty-six weeks of math review!  Man oh Man!  Hubby is going to LOVE THIS since he is teaching 3rd Grade Math next year!

So...enter below to win!  One lucky winner will win the Writing Rock Stars and Math Mania!


Friday, August 1, 2014

SHHHHH! It's a SALE!!!! SHHHHH! It's a SALE!!!!

We are TEACHERS!!!  Let's face it...we love a sale!  Back to school is around the corner and as much as we hate the thought of summer ending and our pool time coming to a close we must start planning for the tiny humans that will enter our classrooms in the coming weeks!  So let's celebrate with a sale!

Click on the image to shop my store!

So what are some of the MUST HAVES for Back To School?

Check them out below!

And who could forget....

Now how much of a friend would I be if I didn't give you a little freebie?

Happy Shopping friends!  I am off to fill up my cart!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Firstie Friends BTS Giveaway Firstie Friends BTS Giveaway

Hello friends! Are you ready for a HUGE giveaway? I have gathered together with some AMAZING teacher bloggers and we have put together a fantastic set of prizes for you. We have 42 bloggers participating, so we are giving away a prize pack of 14 products each to 3 winners! :) You can enter on the Firstie Friends Facebook Page, and you can earn a LOT of entries. Go to the tabs under the header picture and click the tab that says "Giveaway". The giveaway will end on Sunday, August 4th at 8pm CST. At the bottom of this post you will also find links to ALL of my Firstie Friends' stores! :)


Thank you so much for reading! Good luck in the giveaway!

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