Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm like David Hasselhoff

The joke around my house lately has been, "Mom's a big deal in Europe."  This seems to apply to everything I have an opinion about in my household.  They got it from a joke I made at school  I do have a self-deprecating, sarcastic sense of humor (which has been passed on to my children).  Although, I do work really hard and understand that I am great at my job.  It's probably not as much about skill, as it is passion.  There I go again!  I am a great teacher... students are inspired by me.... parents love me.... (insert your own mantra here).

I'm always taken aback when people comment on my blog or I notice an entry on Pintrest.  Many times, these are just rants or dumping my thoughts on to paper/screen.  My friend, Carly- who teachers kindergarten, will bring attention to it once in a while when she's blog-surfing.  It's a running joke at school.  I'm like the David Hasselhoff of teaching- undervalued daily, but big in Europe!  Here's the latest example of how Americans need to listen to me:

***Please note: I mean no disrespect to David Hasselhoff by comparing myself to him.  Like I said, he is under-appreciated in the US.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

About to Tweet that I'm on Twitter

I know it sounds weird to MANY of you, but I'm overwhelmed by the amount of technology and social media available.  I have an account for just about all of the avenues to indulge in the sound of my own voice (or at least the visual representation of it!) and spy on others.  I just never look at them ....

I have a blog so that I can work through my educational ideas without driving my husband crazy.  I read other blogs when they aren't trying to sell me something on TPT (sorry, but true- I've been guilty of the same).  I scroll through them on Bloglovin' until I see something interesting.  Lately, it's been about home improvement or DIY stuff.  

I have Instagram to spy on my two teen-age children.  Truth- my brother actually monitors it for me.

I love Facebook, but my family feels that I am guilty of over-sharing.  It's probably true.  They don't read my blog, so I share there.  It's also a spot to highlight my weird adventures and trash-treasure fun.  Some things, you just can't make up! 

I have a Twitter account because my friend Kate said I needed one for professional purposes.  I rarely look at it.  I get annoyed because I just have to follow a link to get more information most of the time.  I was only sort of wondering what the Property Brothers or Lucy Calkins are up to, not really willing to # it out.  It is summer, right?  I need more than 140 characters to express my thoughts.  I usually just re-tweet or favorite other things.  It's been a year and I'm struggling with it.

At the end of the school year, I was invited to join the "Techno Dragons" for my district.  Doesn't it sound like a creepy AV club?  Any way, the group of teachers help teach other teachers about current technology that they can use in their classroom and ways to integrate technology and learning.  My super-cool music teacher, Dakotah, is also a Techno Dragon.  With a name like Dakotah, you know he's going to be artsy, deep-thinking, and cutting edge.  He's also a new dad, so he's slowly losing his mind like the rest of us teacher-parents!  He's big on Twitter.... also pushing for me to actually use it for professional development.  Now, I feel like I HAVE to do it- just to be one of the cool kids.  I think I'm pretty cool already.  (Yes- I'm joking!)

I'm about to tweet this post.... Just so I can annoy people with having to follow a link to hear my musings......

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Awesome App Alert- Stop Motion Movie

As a motivator and to create reading excitement during National March
is Reading Month, our principal agreed to be duct taped to the
cafeteria wall by the top readers in each classroom from each week.  She
is pretty awesome and will do just about anything to get kids excited
about learning.  The logistics of taping her to a wall weren't too bad,
but the poor woman spent 3 hours up there!

I wanted to preserve the experience for the school and share it with parents.  I
tried out a "stop motion" app that took photos of the action every 30
seconds.  You can set it for any length.  It took photos on it's own,
but I also had the ability to click a photo of each child (in additional
to the automatic ones).  It was FREE and super easy to use.  It took
about another hour to delete the bad/ unflattering photos and import it
into iMovie to polish it up.  I could have added additional special
effects like music right from the app, but it costs extra.

Here is the app in iTunes: LINK

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Awesome App Alert- Green Screen

I have the benefit of having a student teacher this semester, so I have been spending tons of time on special projects that will positively impact my students this year.  I've even been able to do assessments without stopping instruction. Wa-hoo!

One of the cool things that I tested was using a green screen in order to create book reviews for my students.  Using my iPad, a green screen (available on Amazon for about $20), and some clip art.  In our district we use the Units of Study by Calkins (new version reflection the CCSS).  For opinion/ review writing, we ending with a celebration.  Students used their published piece to read aloud, along with the book.  It was so EASY.

Here is the app I used for $2.99: iTunes Link

Because my students are so stinkin' cute, I posted their videos.  Be kind, as it was my first effort.  Next year, I'll pretty it up with an intro and closing credits :)

You may notice that there are only 18 of them.... Some students did not produce the work necessary to publish.  This was a natural consequence of their effort during workshop :(.  I was so torn - but that's a story for another time!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My cart is loaded!

I'm almost ready to check out!  I've got some awesome items in my cart at Teachers Pay Teachers that I cannot wait to use for the last month of school.  I'm also thinking about next fall.  I really want to be stress free and ready for my new batch of littles.  I'm also putting everything in my store on sale!

Here's the code:

250 × 120