Saturday, July 30, 2016

EdCamp Global

        I am sooooooo pumped!  I just attended my 2nd EdCamp Global and it was awesome.  It's all about the connections and using technology.  I've learned so much in the last 22 hours.  This is a 24 hour Edcamp with connections all over the world.
         I loved the Twitter Chats about maker spaces and NGSS all things science.  I've stepped out of my comfort zone as I dabbled in Google Hangouts, Periscope, Voxer, and AppearIn.  Wow!  Connect! Connect! Connect!
        My favorite part was the end of the hour challenges where EdCamp Global allowed me to express myself in pictures, GIFs, videos, and favorite quotes.  There were dance parties, Where in the world Are You? videos and Name that Game Show Tunes challenge.  Yes, I was a winner in two of the challenges.  It's so exciting to win.  I can't wait to use my new Buncee Account this fall and I've already got my $10 Amazon Gift Card spent.  If you know me it'll be another book.
         I want to give a shout out to all the organizers of this great event.  Wahoooooo!  Thank you so much for a great experience.  You have all been amazing.  I loved the hourly Periscope Chats.  You feel like a family to me.

I can't wait until next summer.......... Check out #ECG2016 on Twitter.  Amazing stuff!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

M.S.M.s and Building Materials

Last look at my old carpet and linoleum.  Good Bye......  New flooring happens at the end of July.

M.S.M. = Mad Scientist Moment
Kids try to put 11 nails on the head of one nail.  Love their attempts and love the science googles.

 Pattern Blocks are one of my favorite building materials just like the kids.  They beg me often to create with the colorful blocks.
 I love the imagination that pattern blocks foster.  Check out the bee hive at the bottom.
 Geoblocks are another one of my favorite building materials.  I love the designs.  

I love summer time.  I love
 writing again and sharing
all things first grade.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Time Recharge

Wahooooooo!  It's summer!  I'm so loving this time to recharge.  I'm binging on Orange is the New Black.  Wow it's great to escape into another world.  What's your favorite recharge activity?
Hallway poster with raised lettering and kids hanging off the words.  It was fun to make.
We loved using Chalk Markers to draw on the windows.
 I love how the bright the dots for International Dot Day came out.
I can't wait to share more ideas from this past year!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kids Art

 I just love the colorful creations of my kiddos.  These designs were done on 4" X 5" white copy paper with Sharpie Markers.  I told them to try to fill in all the white space.  I love how the marker bleeds through the paper and looks great on a sunny window.  This was a winter time activity.  You can see the snow in the background of each design.
 The following pictures were created in MS Paint.  I love their color choices.  I taught them how to copy and paste.  So if you look closely enough you can see some kiddos used that technique in their images.  Don't you just love how all of their characters are happy?  That's how my kiddos see the world.
Making the World a better place one picture at a time.
As my mom always said, "There's an art to creating art!"  Kids find their voice in their own creations.  It's a makers world!  What will you create today?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pondering Ideas From Others

I love July.  I am so glad that we still have some beautiful summer days left.  I always like to catch up on what's trending in education by reading lots of different blog posts.  I'm sharing interesting thoughts of others today.

Here is a great blog post about tips for how to have a stress-free year.

21st century skills.....Anne Shaw writes an excellent article on Technology in Schools.  Technology is not just having all of the's really more than that.

It's all about technology at ISTE.....Read about the best tools in ed tech here.

Love these Project ideas from ISTE......PBL is where it's at:

Connecting kids with nature.....a lost art

Monday, July 27, 2015

My Favorite App

Nutshell Camera
I love love love this app.  It is a video app.  You take a picture and that starts the video.  Then you take a second picture.  It continues to video tape.  Lastly, take a 3rd photo and that ends the video.  The app then lets you add cool animated illustrations.  The app puts the photos and video together.  It turns it into a 12-13 sec video.  Here are a few videos so you can get the idea.

My cat Ziti!

Letting my friend know that her dogs were ok!

I had to figure how to use this great app with my class.  Check out what I came up with for my Mother's Day Tea!  I just strung all the Nutshell videos into an iMovie.  Soon I'll share my Mother's Day video that highlights this app.


This is an app from Prezi!  It is so fun and so easy.  What ideas do you have for Nutshell?

Have fun with this free app!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Random Thoughts About First Grade

Here are a fun first grade ideas:
An easy compettition is stacking Oreo cookies.
Katie won the challenge with 19 Oreos!
So fun to create funky glasses to spice up a cold January day. 
 I have an addiction to dice.  I love to give everyone 4 dice to add together.  Helps with practicing quick mental math.....I always say "Go To The Ten"  So that's what I call the game.
I had a great parent who would create wooden shapes throughout the year for us to paint.  We used acrylic paints and puff paint.  I love how they turned out.
These are cut sponges that my class loves to build with.  I bought cheap sponges at the dollar store and cut them into logs.  It is so simple yet my kids loved playing with them all year.

Have a wonderful day!