Monday, March 14, 2011

1 down.....11 to go!

Today, I started my second week. It's going to be hectic and long. We have benchmarks and gifted screenings everyday this week so the children are a little restless. I tried to break up the chaos but am not sure how well it will go. My goal everyday is to use a some type of kinesthetic activity to keep them active. I hope it works.

I was making my daily blog rounds tonight and came across a giveaway over at
What the Teacher Wants!
 for a $100 gift card to The Container Store! I've been in there and looked but have never purchased anything because I'm to indecisive. I love anything and everything organizational! This is my first time ever entering a blog giveaway so I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

In the meantime, head on over and check out their blog! I just love reading their ideas on Management Monday!!!!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's HERE!

I start the final phase of my Internship Monday. From now until the end of the year, I will be responsible for all lesson plans and classroom management. I'm excited but nervous at the same time. The transition from college papers and reports to lesson plans is well needed though. As I am doing more things in the classroom, I hope I have more time to add to this blog. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Geometric Scavenger Hunt-- Keeping kids learning on the move

Another assignment for our math methods class was the creation of directions and  an assessment rubric for a geometric scavenger hunt. I have included a sheet for brainstorming as it feel it's necessary to think ahead and be organized before venturing out into the unknown.


The second part of the assignment was to create a PowerPoint similar to what I would expect my students' presentations to look like. Most of the pictures were taken around my local community; a few from Disney made the cut :) Enjoy!

The Many Ways to Make Cents-- Integrated math and children's literature lesson plan with a focus on equivalent coin combinations

For math methods this quarter, I was required to create a lesson plan using a children's picture book. Because my class is currently learning about and working with coins, I thought a lesson on equivalent coin combinations would be challenging but engaging for the students. Please see below for lesson plan with needed templates and rubric.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The light at the end of the tunnel..........

As my graduate classes come to a close and my internship quickly approaches, I felt that starting a blog to collect my thoughts, share my resources, and reflect on classroom experiences would connect me to the professional community of educators and the expanding number of teacher/classroom blogs. I must admit that I am obsessed with visiting other educators' blogs because they create and post many fabulous resources. I only hope that some day people will find my blog as purposeful and exciting as I find others.