Saturday, 29 September 2012
Friday, 28 September 2012
As you all know, I have a large, noisy class this year and they take some time to settle to tasks.
We have been working on appropriate reading behaviours during DEAR time, but I found they needed that little extra encouragement.
To that end I made this 'reading stamina' poster. I copied it onto much larger copy paper and created a reading board with reading strategy posters surrounding it. Looks bright and colourful and the children are enjoying the 'competitive' element of beating the previous day's record. (Be prepared for backwards steps too!)
I use a countdown timer on my smartboard and increase the start time by a minute every day.
The graph can be coloured in or filled with smiley stickers. (Also great for a quick 'time filler' teaching tool for interpreting data).
So far, so good - they seem to be enjoying it! Again, just click the picture to download.
Lastly, although it's not finished yet, I did want to thank everyone (so far) who has entered my 100 follower giveaway - you have all left such sweet comments and I have loved reading them every day - thank you so much! Overall the giveaway has been very successful for me, so I hope, for all the contributors, that you have found it successful for you too. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this wonderful community!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend......
Saturday, 22 September 2012
I can hardly believe it! It's taken a while, but finally 100 followers - feels like such a big milestone! Thank you so much to everyone who has joined my little blog.
As a thank you, of course I had to do my first giveaway! It's quite nerve-racking doing so many things for the first time! It's been a bit delayed, as my poor hubby had to spend some time in hospital this week, so things have been a bit hectic!
All the wonderful ladies below have very kindly donated an item for my giveaway - I just can't thank you all enough!
I just wanted to say that starting this blog has been a big thing for me. I'm partly still struggling for my direction as I'm so aware that most teaching blogs are American and in many ways there are so many differences between terms, buzz words, teaching methods and strategies, that it can be limiting sharing what's happening in my part of the world. That aside, I want to say that I have received such an amazingly warm welcome from fellow bloggers, other 'friends' who are kind enough to be interested and the TpT forums. I'm quite a shy person by nature, but the keyboard allows us to be many things we might not be in real life and I have to say honestly I have been scared! However, I am beginning to feel a bit more relaxed and that has been because of all of you - YOU have made my journey such a happy one - I love this sharing community and have learned so much from so many wonderful people. This journey has been a special addition to both my personal and professional life and I hope it continues long into the future - so this really is a heartfelt thank you to all those who have helped me so much.
Below you will find the names of the donors' blogs. Below that you will find the name of the wonderful digital resource you can win and, if you click on the picture provided, the link will take you straight to the item so you can check it out. If no picture is provided, then I have left you a link to the store, so you can check out what you might be winning!
The donors will be sent your email so they can contact you.
Twenty wonderful ladies, plus me and twenty one wonderful items for the lucky winner! What more could you ask for (wish it was me - lol!)
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and happy moments!
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Saturday, 15 September 2012
I've been umming and ahhing for weeks, but I finally bit the bullet and joined Teaching Blog Traffic School! I wish I had joined up ages ago - I realise I have so much to learn! I've been enjoying it tremendously, but neglecting lots of other things!! I can't wait to put it all into action, but wish I had more hours in the day! Highly recommended!
4. I have loads of TpT projects half finished! I have nearly reached the first financial goal I set myself for TpT! Only a little one, but big to me!
5. Update on my precious furbaby - she's doing well so far! Cue the awww factor pics.....apologies for this.....I can't help myself!
6. I bought this for my class, can't wait to use it and will be back with a blog post full of ideas (hopefully!).
Monday, 3 September 2012