Sunday, September 11, 2016

Writing Goals Clip Chart K-12

I think it has literally been over a year since I've blogged about anything.  I'm a terrible blogger!!  But, I'm really excited about my latest project.

Texas has gone to a new teacher evaluation system and under our new TTESS system, teachers have to create goals and revisit those goals periodically through the year.  My goal this year, that I've been wanting to do for some time, is have kiddos set & monitor their own writing goals. This clip chart is my way getting started on that goal.

It's not very pretty hanging up on my wall right there because I put it on a tiny little bulletin board. But, at least you can get an idea of what it looks like when it's put together.  I hole punched the pieces and hung them together with rings, but you can certainly put it together any way you choose.

I then colored some clothespins to looks like pencils and starting this week, I'm going to help children set goals during our writing conferences.  I cannot wait to see how it goes!

Included with this pack are some tracking sheets to help keep track of student progress through the writing goals.  I'm hoping to use them in our data folders this year to help us see growth in our writing.  Click on any of the pictures to go the product on TpT.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Brag Tags Updated

As the new school year approaches, I can't help but think about the things that worked last year and those that didn't.  One thing that absolutely worked was these Brag Tags!!  
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These are very simple to use and reuse over and over again.  Print them, laminate them, punch holes in the top, and slide a badge clip onto it.  Done!  I slipped them into badge holders last year and skipped the laminating step.  This time I skipped the holder and went for full on lamination.  

As we are walking through the hallway or transitioning to new activities I would pass out a tag.  Sometimes it was specific to the activity or the Habit that we were focused on, other times no so specific.  My colleagues were so gracious in asking the kiddos to tell them why they earned their badges and it was a great natural lesson in speaking clearly to convey a message! Their confidence was boosted and they walked ten feet taller when they wore a tag.  

I stored the tags in a pocket chart last year so that we could see what tags were available.  As the year went on, I let kiddos choose their own tags.  The "second in line" tag was the favorite.

I've just updated these to include rule specific tags with the beginning of year in mind.  "I can take good care of my favorite pencil" is one I'm hoping will save me buckets of money on pencils this year.  I bought Expos and sentence strips on Prime Day and I've resolved not to spend any more money on school supplies.  I hope I can keep my promise to my debit card!! The children are going to have to learn the art of conservation one way or another. :)

The best thing about these tags is that they are reusable over and over again.  Kiddos get 'em when you give 'em and they put 'em back at the end of the day.  The next day is a fresh start and a new opportunity to earn a tag (or ten).  Click the pictures to get your set at TPT.

Thanks so much for your constant support and kindness.  Here's a little look at the view I've been missing since coming home from the AMAZING (and crazy hot & humid) Hawai'i! I loved the sights, smells, and flavors of the Big Island.  I will never forget it!  I've been trying to paint the beauty of the island with acrylics, and it's a struggle, my friends.  Nothing measures up. ♥

In uploading this picture, I realized that I said "Use with badge holders or laminate & put on chains..."  Chains? What?! Haha!  Oops.  That's why we make friends and get editors, y'all.  :) Don't use chains.  Use lanyards.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dare to Dream: TPT Seller Challenge

Hi y'all!!  I'm joining Week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge and daring to dream about my TPT business and *slight panic attack here* something personal!  I'm taking a deep breath and sharing personal stuff here, people! Brace yourselves. 

First things first, I really want to work hard on my TPT store and get more products in there.  I have big dreams to really get supplemental materials posted. I've seen (purchased AND used) so many worksheets, but it's time to break away from the ease of worksheets and challenge myself to create more engaging materials for kiddos. I think this will come in the form of educational technology and idea books, but we will see how it goes!  

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the TPT community, but another goal is to get more involved in TPT!  I have not yet attended a conference and I would LOVE to!  I would also like to present at a conference but that may take me some to get the nerve up.  I'm a painfully shy person and it takes a lot to get me in front of people. Another thing I need to work on.

Ok, so those are my goals for the TPT future.  Now on to some personal goals.

FIRST: Love.  Just love.  It is as simple as it sounds.  I want to share my love with my family and friends.  I want to hug  my brother and hang out on the patio with my Dad.  I want to share love with my school kids and home kids (cats lol) and make sure they know just how much I care about them. I know this is a little known fact about teachers, but we love the kiddos!  Just love.

SECOND:  I really want to become a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.  I'm not sure what prompted me to yearn for that quite as much as I do, but it is a serious goal of mine.  I plan to start the process in August (I think...hahah).  How about I plan to look deeper into the process in August.  That's an attainable goal.  I think I can do it!

THIRD:  I want to use my master's degree in C & I and actually write some curriculum for first graders.  I might even go back to my roots and work on some stuff for kinder kids.  I totally believe it is a goal I can and will conquer!  I want to create things that use fewer worksheets and get kiddos creating authentic pieces that they are proud of.  

FOURTH: I want to explore and travel the world.  There are a few specific places I want to see but honestly, I just want to see everything.  I don't have a bucket list (maybe I should?) because there are just too many things to list!  I want to see all the typically touristy places, but I would love to go in a shark cage, visit the African Savannah, stick my feet in the waters of every ocean, see some orcas in the wild, and help with the conservation efforts in preserving endangered species all over the world.  So, basically I just want to do a little bit of everything. I'm not sure how attainable this dream is but it's a dream for a reason, right?!

FINALLY:  I want to share something with you that I ran across this morning. My sister, Jodi, passed away 3 years ago. She'd suffered with a multitude of things since 2000 and the night before had undergone bypass surgery.  The doctors were sure it was a success but the morning after the surgery she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was just suddenly gone.  I know she's dancing around and feeling no pain or sadness but I miss her. 

I found this card this morning and the inside of the card says, "Dream Big."  It was like she was talking to me and telling me go ahead and get my dreams out there.  She's supporting me all the way through her spirit and the beautiful words she left behind:

So... just love.  The most important goal on my list. ♥