12.30.2015

Blog-oluions 2016

As you know we are a group of 13 bloggers from all across the globe and, as much as we all love blogging, we all have our struggles with it too!
To help get our blogging game back on track and focus our minds for the coming year we are inviting you to link up with us and share you 'blog-olutions' for 2016.
It's really easy to take part- copy the image above and paste it into your post then write about;
1 thing you will strive to do every month on your blog
2 things you are hoping to do with your blog in 2016
3 linkys you will be joining in with in 2016
Then head back here, link up and read some of the other posts- who knows you might find some inspiration amongst other's blog-olutions!

12.20.2015

Lessons Learned from Using Technology with Students

Hello everyone! It's Suzy Palmer from On the Go Teacher Mama and I am beyond thrilled to be the blog admin this month. I was thinking about how I'm a global teacher and I realized that because of technology we all can be global teachers! I've done Skype book projects with classrooms in other places, "met" teachers via social media from all over the world, shared resources with people in other states and countries, and this is all because of technology. We live in an exciting time and our world is shrinking because of the connections we can easily make with people from other cultures around the world.

Technology is amazing and changing faster than we can keep up with. In the past 5ish years I have added an interactive whiteboard, 24 iPads, 5 student computers, 2 laptops and a desktop computer to my classroom. I have had to learn how to use each piece of equipment, teach my students how to use it, and then take it to the next level. I have learned some major lessons along the way that I'd like to share with you.

Don't even start to think that I am some kind of tech genius or something. I'm not. However, what sets me apart from other teachers is my fearlessness. I'm not afraid to TOUCH ALL THE BUTTONS to figure things out. I'm not afraid to try new apps or programs. I'm not afraid to ask for what I want or need. I'm not afraid to lose control of my classroom and put the learning back in the hands of the students. Stepping out of your comfort zone is how you learn and grow.

Technology is awesome but things will go wrong, be glitchy, or crash. The internet will go out sometimes. That app will have too many ads or in-app purchases and will distract your students. You will screw up. I promise it will be ok. Your students will still love you, BUT you should always have a backup plan.

The next lesson I have learned the hard way. We're busy planning, prepping, grading, collecting data, dealing with parents/admin/colleagues/behavior problems and it is so tempting to just give the kids that awesome new app everyone is talking about. Or, your lesson zoomed and you need to fill a few minutes, so just show a quick youtube video about your topic. Maybe your students are doing research and you want to show them how to do a google search on your interactive whiteboard. As much as you want to just go for it, you always, always, always need to preview the content, apps, videos, and sites you give students. Take a few extra minutes and play with the apps. PUSH ALL THE BUTTONS! Watch the whole video. Always freeze your interactive white board while you search or go to any site you aren't 100% sure of. Check things out for yourself. A colleague of mine was teaching about 3-D shapes and used Google to search for rectangular prisms. She didn't freeze her screen first and what popped up? Boobs. She was mortified and in those situations you just can't move fast enough to get that off the giant screen in front of your precious students' faces. Lesson learned.

The last lesson is about persistence and problem solving. You will encounter problems with technology right in the middle of your lesson. Don't freak out! Don't give up! Don't panic! Take a deep breath, take a moment to work on the issue. Let your students see you work on the solution because that is an authentic learning moment for them too. When things aren't working perfectly I calmly ask my students to be patient while I try to fix it. I talk through it out loud so they can hear how a person tackles a problem. They need to have a model in their lives for working things out and not giving up. At the same time, you'll be tempted to immediately jump in and fix the problems on their devices for them. STOP! Show them how to fix something so you won't have to the next time. Train a couple of "expert" students to fix minor issues so kids will ask their peers for help instead. Teach your "experts" to show how to fix something and not do it for the other student. Allow them to work through their problems while asking guiding questions. Let them become the persistent problem solvers the world needs.
That's all I have for today. I hope this post inspires you to try new techy things with your students! Check out my blog for more technology related posts!

On The Go Teacher Mama

12.13.2015

The December Linky!

The Global Glitter Tribe Monthly Link-up for December!

                                                     

Welcome, welcome, welcome! It is time for December's link up! I am super excited that you're here with us to check out all of the amazing content that these bloggers are delivering to you!

TO PARTICIPATE:
  1. Save the image above
  2. Save the Global Glitter Tribe logo
  3. Edit the photo using a photo editing app or PPT
  4. Post the graphic with your awesome responses to your blog 
  5. Link back to our blog with with the logo
  6. Comment on the blogs of two people before you and one person after you!


WHAT'RE THE TITLES ABOUT?

Staple Recipe: 
What's one thing you're known for making during the holidays OR something someone else makes that you just can't wait to get a taste of?

Holiday Read Aloud: 
What books call to you during the holiday season?

Integrated Technology: 
Share a techy tip or wish list with us!

New Find: 
What's something new you've discovered recently that you're excited about?

Engaging Books: 
Share a book that engages your age group!

Snow Day Plans: 
What's one thing you love to do on a snowy day? Don't have snowy days? What do you like to do during a winter vacation? Not on winter vacation right now? What do you like to do during your seasonal break that you're enjoying?




12.12.2015

On the 12th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

It has been amazing to feature some amazing freebies over the past 12 days!
Thank you for all of your support. We hope you have found some useful freebies which have maybe made your last couple of weeks in school a little less stressful!

Global Glitter Tribe have put together a very festive freebie to celebrate the season across the globe. 
Click on the links below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!



Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too


Oh and 1 more thing…. YOU HAVE ONLY A FEW MORE HOURS- simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.11.2015

On the 11th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!


"Merry Christmas! This freebie includes:
*Identifying Verbs
*End Punctuation
*Contractions
*Missing Addends
*Comparing Numbers
*Addition with Regrouping
*Subtraction with Regrouping
*2-Step Word Problems"

'This is intended to use as a fun way to reinforce word problem solving skills. I recommend cutting and laminating the task cards. Children could write their names on the cards so you know who has answered which problems. Once the word problem is solved then children place the task card into the basket with the correct number on it. All word problems total 14, 15, 16 or 17


This pack contains-
*16 word problem task cards 
*4 number cards to use on baskets



THIS IS A WINTER THEMED PRODUCT NOT CHRISTMAS SO CAN BE USED WITH A RANGE OF RELIGIONS AND CULTURES'



Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too


Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.10.2015

On the 10th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!
 "I am SO thankful for all of my wonderful Techie Teacher followers! So here is a FREEBIE for you :)

This is a pack of three different holiday activities:
1. Making Words Sheet (How many 3+ letter words can you make from the word "Christmas"?)
2. Mystery Words (fill in the missing letters)
3. Holiday Word Search"

This is a forever freebie brought to you by 6 members of the Global Glitter Tribe. A link to each of the 6 products is available below- by using all 6 products you can provide your students with a more rounded view of the festive season for FREE! 


Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too



Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.09.2015

On the 9th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!

"Is the holiday season busy for you? I know that it is crazy busy for my 2nd graders and myself! I created these no prep, print & go holiday sheets to help you! 

Here is what is included: 

*Toys Galore (Money)
*Its’ TIME to Tell the TIME (Time)
*Light Up Number Patterns (Number Sense)
*Story Elements (characters, setting, problem, & solution)
*Happy Holidays Build-a-Word

ENJOY!!!"




"With this FREE resource, you'll get 24 Winter-Themed Fluency Task Cards to use with your beginning or upper readers throughout the months of December & January. Students will enjoy the variety of engaging tasks for each part of fluency! 


The daily activities are Common Core (RF.4) aligned and aim to reinforce oral reading fluency skills after students learn about the different components. (NOTE: These cards are not fluency reading passages! They feature targeted tasks that focus on specific skills within the area of Fluency.)


Have students complete the fluency task cards for morning bell-work, Daily 5, literacy centers, or as take-home task card sets. All you have to do is print, laminate, and cut! You can even use as a PDF and display using a SMARTboard or projector. 


Included in this 9 page resource: 


- “Getting Started” Directions 
- Student Task Card Log
- 1 Task Card Cover Page
- 24 Winter-Themed Fluency Task Cards"




Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too



Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.08.2015

On the 8th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky


We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!

"With this Christmas themed freebie, your students can practice reading sight words in a fun way! Students will choose a Christmas cookie card, read the sight word aloud, and match it to the corresponding word on the cookie tray. Multiple recording sheets are available for student use along with this activity!"


"Christmas Math Games
Roll and cover game for:
Doubles (sums to 18)
Doubles +1 (sums to 19)
Addition
Uses a 10 sided dice"

Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too



Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.07.2015

On the 7th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!

"Students follow directions to create three unique snowmen. Following directions helps young children develop their receptive language skills."

"Give your students a fun way to practice double digit addition and subtraction (with regrouping) word problems this winter. These fun task cards feature QR codes that students can scan to check their answers. Set up these addition and subtraction word problem task cards as an engaging math center or station, or post them around the room to get kids moving during math time."

Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too



Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.06.2015

On the 6th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!

I wanted to create a product that would allow my kiddos to reflect about their winter vacation and time after Christmas... I always believe the holiday spirit should be celebrated and kept in our hearts throughout the whole year! I have included different writing formats depending on the grade level :) Adorable graphics and fonts from Creative Clips and Hello Literacy. I hope you can use and enjoy in your classroom or with your children!"

"Need a quick writing activity for your students during this busy holiday time? This freebie is just for you!


Included in this file are the following:
~Santa's Elf Application
~Reindeer writing 
~Santa writing"


Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too



Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.05.2015

On the 5th Day of Giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!

"This is just a short 11 page freebie to have for those last 20 minutes or so where you need a fun fill in for the month of December, or to have out during a holiday party. Included are:
*cover/credit pages
*roll a reindeer ( 2 versions - older/lower grades )
*roll a santa ( 2 versions - older/lower grades )
*roll an elf ( 2 versions - older/lower grades )
*roll a snowman ( 2 versions - older/lower grades )

Enjoy! I hope you enjoy this little freebie! I have included 2 of each version one for older and one for younger students."


"My students just love writing prompts. They love searching through ideas and finding one that they can write about all day long! I've created fun, little holiday prompts that are perfect for any grade. These can be placed at a station, used as a daily prompt, or used for a writer's workshop activity!

Primary lined paper and regular lined paper is provided with space to illustrate a picture. There are also 14 prompts included!

Enjoy and Happy Holiday!! :-)"

Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too


Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.03.2015

On the 4th day of giving GG gave to me…12 Days of Giving Linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!
"Here are two cute color by code sheets perfect for practicing sight words and celebrating the holidays."

"St. Nicholas Night! I find reader's theaters to be a really fun way to focus on various skills in my upper elementary classroom. My students love to perform and may still need some work in the area of fluency, comprehension, word work, and writing. If your crew has the same needs, this is the perfect toolkit for you.


St. Nicholas Night is a holiday that is celebrated in Europe, but is also a tradition that is celebrated here in some communities in North America. If you haven't heard about it-check out this resource...



This Reader's Theater and Close Reading Toolkit contains:

-a 2 1/2 page, 6-character script
-reader response questions
-context clue word work to enhance vocabulary
-a post-reading journal topic
-a summary organizer
Estimated Lexile Measure: 990L"


Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too


Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.02.2015

On the 3rd day of giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving Linky

We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!

"Use this FREEBIE to read and compare different versions of the Gingerbread Man"



"Having an Elf in the classroom can be quite the job, but when the job gets too tough and the students get too rowdy, feel free to grab this freebie to put up from your sweet Elf friend. 

This document is not editable, however, there are spaces where you can add your name with your own handwriting and sign your Elf's name at the bottom."



Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too


Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all! 

12.01.2015

On the 2nd day of giving GG gave to me….12 Days of Giving Linky


We are so excited to be featuring some amazing freebies over the next 12 days!
Click on the pictures below to go directly to these amazing FREE and festive products!


"Students are provided with the subject of each snowy sentence and must add their own predicate to complete it.

Two directions sheet options are included, one using the terms subject and predicate, and the other using the terms naming part and action part.

To use, simply print the direction sheet and sentence starter strips onto cardstock or laminate. Display the directions at the center, provide paper and pencils, and place the cut strips in a fun container."


"The following activity pages can be used for practice, as a formative or even as a summative to assess using and explaining different strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems to 20! 

counting on
making 10 
decomposing a number leading to a ten
doubles, doubles +/- 1"


Don't forget you can link-up your own blog posts all about YOUR freebies by clicking and adding the in-linkz too


Oh and 1 more thing…. simply follow the steps and enter to WIN some amazing festive products!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be notified on 13th December-
'Tis the season for giving after all!