June 23, 2014

Monday Made It!

This week I am teaming up with 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It. I have wanted to participate for the last couple of summers but just never found the time. This year however I chose not to teach camp or summer school and that opened up my schedule. So here it is.
I keep seeing this cute little apple containers on Pintrest. I love them and thought they would make cute gifts for my team during per-planning. So I made 7 of them.
I purchased the clay pots at Home Depot and painted them Candy Apple red. I then used air dry clay to make the steam and leaf. I hope my team enjoys them as much as I enjoyed making them.


June 13, 2014

St. Leo Summer Technology Institute

Over the last week I have enjoyed attending a technology institute at Saint Leo University (which I graduated from--thank you very much). I have learned so much about the iPad and apps my head is ready to explode. The presenters were fabulous (all professors with St. Leo). Dr. Ryan was assigned to facilitate our group. She is a professor in the Gainesville branch of St. Leo. She was awesome. She always had words of encouragement or funny stories to share. If I lived closer to Gainesville I would take one of her classes.
Here is a picture of her explaining QR codes to us. I am so excited about this. I plan to start making them for my TPT units.

Dr. Ryan showing us how to use QR codes in the classroom. 

A QR code I made for my blog.

We also practiced with an app called Coach My Video or CMV. Here Marty (my husband) and Kate (our friend) practice throwing the paper airplane. We had to record at least 2 tries and then mark up the video to tell what was happening. 

We also meet some fabulous people from Apple. They came and told us the ins and outs of the iPad. I also learned about a new product that will not be released until later in the summer. Let me just tell you it is wonderful. I ordered mine before the presentation was over. Head over to my Facebook Page to find out how you can to.

We also have to conduct an action research project. I plan to do mine on digital storytelling. Make sure you check here often to see my progress. 

Here is my plan so far.

That was my week in a nutshell. Check back next week to find out all the cool stuff I learn about math.

June 9, 2014

It's Summer Time!

WOW! So excited that summer time is finally here. This school year was difficult for me both professional and personally. I have had to reflect on my teaching and how I handle different situations. I am not proud to say that at times I fell short. I am not perfect and I am human. With that being said--I am as the kids would say "Letting It Go" moving on!

This coming school year I will be moving up to First Grade! I am excited about this move. I will loop with part of my class. This makes me happy because I will continue to see the growth they have made and will make. I had a great group of kids this year!

With that being said--I will be blog stalking browsing many first grade blogs.

On my bucket list this summer:
1. learn to create blog templates, buttons, etc.
2. Read up on how to implement more technology into my classroom.
3. Spend time with my friends.
4. Start my daughters t-shirt quilt
5. Make at least one new TPT product each week.
6. Participate in the Monday Made It Series.