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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

End of the Year Behavior Management

Today I thought it would be fun to link up for "Tried it Tuesday" with Fourth Grade Flipper.

At this time of the year I am constantly encouraging students to make positive behavior decisions. The year is winding down, summer is drawing nearer, and everyone's getting antsy. All year long I have used a behavior clip chart. By the end of the year, I have noticed that students need a new form of management to keep them motivated. After seeing Class Dojo all over the internet, I decided to give it a try and both myself and my students LOVE it.

Photo from Classdojo.com

If you haven't heard of Class Dojo, you create an account and input all of your students' names. You then add in positive and negative behaviors you would like to monitor in my classroom. In order to get my students on board, I wanted my students to be involved in the behaviors we picked. We had a class discussion and then added the necessary behaviors. After behaviors have been added, you can begin using the program. It is super simple and students can can and lose points based on behaviors they are showing. In order to add/subtract points, you simply click on the student and select the behavior they are doing (positive and negative). You can also select multiple students at one time to award and remove points.
Photo from Classdojo.com 
Why do I love this program?
This program can be used on the computer (and shown on the board via the elmo) or on an ipad/iphone via the Class Dojo App. This means I can carry the program with me to lunch, in the hallway, and I can also use it in my room. Another thing I LOVE is to project it onto my board while students are at centers or reading silently while I work with small groups. Using my Qomo, I can add/subtract points for behaviors I see around the room. Students can peak up at the board and see their points increase or decrease based on certain behaviors. If they notice a point missing, it is a good reminder to get back on task so they can hopefully earn it back. 

There are SO many more great features on Class Dojo that I haven't even tried to use yet. You can email parents, pull up graphs, and do all sorts of other great things. If you haven't checked out this great website... I suggest you check it out soon! You will be glad you did!

Don't forget to go link up! =)



Monday, April 29, 2013

#teachertalktuesday

I'm late to the party, but I haven't missed it yet!


I JUST created an instagram account for my blog.
Head over to Instagram and follow me. =)
I am beyond pumped for the very first #teachertalktuesday tomorrow.
It will be a blast. 
See you all on Instagram... tomorrow!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Plant Craftivity

Whew! I thought I'd be back much earlier than this, 
but I did make it back to my blog THIS week, like I promised (barely)! Hah! 
Life always seems to get SO busy... its hard to make the time to type up a post
when I could be checking out other fabulous blog posts AND creating for TPT... priorities! =)

Today I'd like to share my newest craftivity with you guys.
We are currently working on parts of a plant in my room, 
so what better way to review and practice than with a fun craft?
These little plants are not only educational, but they sure to make the hallway bright and colorful!
Product Details:
This plant craftivity is a great addition to your plant unit. 
Students can cut out and label each part of the plant (with the included labels). 
I have my students label the parts AFTER they haev defined each plant part in their science notebooks. These also make a great hallway display for spring and would even make a great Mother's day craft! 
The possibilities are endless! =)

Included:
-Cover Page
-Parts of a Plant Stencils
-Parts of a Plant Labels




Monday, April 15, 2013

Remember Me?

Does anyone else feel like they are CRAZY BUSY right now?
From the minute my feet hit the ground each morning until I go to bed, 
I just don't seem to ever stop.
Lesson prep, meetings, working out, and the attempt of a social life is wearing me out! Hah!

I feel like during my absence in blog world I have missed a BUNCH. 
I hope to catch up this week. 
This weekend I rolled out my first new product in over a month!
I was super pumped to add another craftivity to my store... I will share later this week!

I thought it would be fun to link up with Flying Into First for her "getting to know you" linky party.
During my absence I know I have to be missing out on some FABULOUS new blogs! 


TOPIC - Skittles Game
 
Here is the code:
Red- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
This is somewhat a trick question because I love ALL types of ice cream... 
anything chocolate will make me happy! =)

Orange- Favorite Memory from College
My favorite college memory would definitely have to be the spring break trips I took with the Christian organization I was involved with.... such a fun and worthwhile spring break.

Yellow- Favorite Sports Team
If you read my blog at all, you know Im a bit obsessed with with Alabama Football.
I spend all of my savings on football tickets each year. Hah! Totally worth it! 
 
Green- Favorite Fast Food Place
CHICK-FIL-A... I eat it WAY to much! 

Purple- Wild Card(Tell anything about yourself)
I am OBSESSED with Kenny Chesney. Favorite singer of ALL time. Hah!

Well, that was FUN! Now I'm off to check out some other bloggers.
I promise to be back this week to share my new TPT product...
AND... whenever I share a new product, I give a copy away!
Check back later this week for my new product giveaway.

Only 6 more Mondays until Summer!
Make the most of your Tuesday... before you know it, it will be summer!