Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Days of School with a FREEBIE!

Yes, sadly it's been a month since my last post. So much has happened in a short amount of time that I had to put blogging on the back burner. I found out that I am happily, unexpectedly, expecting BABY#2! It was unexpected because my first little one is only 9 months old. Eeek! I will be one busy momma! Although we were surprised we certainly feel blessed! And... my baby started daycare... *BIG* sighhhhhhh. Needless to say it's been worse than I expected. She's been sick 2 of the of 3 weeks she has been there. It breaks my heart. Hopefully all this sickness with give her an iron-clad immune system ASAP!

I am finally in the full swing of things as Master Teacher at my new school and I love it. I am helping with PK-1st grade (with my little ones is where my teaching heart always is).

As a Master Teacher, I will have the opportunity to discuss a wide array of topics with my fellow teachers. Our first topic of discussion is: Standards and Objectives. Our discussion questions are as follows: How do you communicate standards and objectives before, during, and after each lesson? How do you ensure that most students demonstrate mastery of the objective? How do you keep expectations high and information relevant?

In the spirit of this discussion many teachers referred to their Agendas hanging in their classrooms as good visuals for them and their students. I always needed a visual to refer back to as I was teaching. We collaborated and this simple and bright freebie pack was born.

Click to get it on TpT!
Teachers discussed the importance of keeping the agenda simple and colorful for our younger elementary learners. We also discussed the importance of the standards being represented in "kid friendly" terms, but still containing the common necessary college and career ready language weaved within the standards... great stuff!
How do you clearly communicate standards and objectives to your students? Like I said, I always need that visual, but some teachers are fine just putting it in their heads and pulling it out at the perfect times in their lesson. (I envy you...hehe)
Stay inspired. :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi ,

    I happened to chance upon your blog and found it very interesting!

    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

    It is a paid app(with a few models free) but in case you are interested in trying it out I will be happy to provide you with a free copy.

    The link to the app is: 



    You can also search for the app on the app store as 'Augmenter'.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!