Friday, July 25, 2014

Important Dates

Cosby Elementary will have our annual back to school night on Thursday, July 31st from 3:30-6:30. I hope to see you all there.

Students will start school on Monday, August 4th. School will dismiss at 1:00.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish FREEBIE

It's Saturday night, I'm in my pajamas and I am working on school related stuff.  Ah, the exciting life of a teacher. I'm actually trolling blogs and websites for activities for our Read Across America week.  I have found several great FREE activities, but I felt guilty about only getting the free stuff.  So, I decided to make a quick and easy freebie for you guys.  All you need are rainbow Goldfish crackers for your students and a copy of this file.  Students will sort and graph the goldfish crackers and analyze their data.  This way you can incorporate math with reading.  Plus, the kiddos get a colorful snack.  Can't beat that.  I hope you enjoy the freebie and have a great Dr. Seuss week
Happy Teaching!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fun, New Classroom Management System and FREEBIE

I don't know about you all, but my classroom management system has always taken a lot of time to do.  In the past I have had a card pulling system.  Each student starts the day with 4 cards:  green, blue, yellow and red.  As children exhibited negative behavior they would pull a card.  Green was a warning, blue meant 5 minutes of walking during recess, yellow meant 10 minutes of walking and red meant walking during the whole recess period.  At the end of the day I would give students who did not pull a card a sticker on a calendar that was sent home.  For the students who pulled a card I would write the reason the child pulled a card (if I could remember by the end of the day).
I may have "discovered" a new and exciting way to change all that!  ClassRoom Dojo!  
If you haven't heard of it, you really need to check it out.  It's an online tool that is very easy to customize to your needs.  Plus it's FREE!  I love free, don't you?  You can set up a single classroom or multiple classrooms, depending on what you teach.  Students can choose an avatar from 2 categories:  monsters and critters.  As a whole class you determine what positive behaviors students can earn points for and what negative behaviors students can lose points for.  When you see students exhibiting positive behavior, you click the child's name and choose the reason they are receiving the point.  Same goes for negative behavior.  
There are different ways parents can see their child's behavior chart.  Each student receives a PIN that allows them to edit their avatar.  Plus, parents with internet access receive their own PIN so they can set up their email address.  On Fridays, the behavior report is emailed to the parent.  If a parent doesn't have internet access, you can print a behavior report to send home.  You can reset the points at the end of the week and start all over on Monday.
My class also discussed rewards they could "buy" with their points and we came up with a list of rewards, such as extra computer time, write with a pen for the day, sit with a buddy, etc.  I have made up a set of 14 reward coupons that I am offering for FREE to my followers.  I hope you can use them.  

What type of management system do you use?  I would love to hear from you!
Happy teaching!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Super Sunday Sale on TpT

To celebrate Super Bowl Sunday TpT is having a big sale.  Everything in my store is 20% off, plus you can get an extra 10% off by using the code SUPER at checkout.  There will be 1000's of discounted items available during this sale, so come and check it out! I will be watching the Super Bowl and not cheering for anyone-I just like to watch the commercials.  Happy teaching!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FREE! Winter Themed Printables

Hello, friends.  Long time, no write.  I hope you all have had a great start to the new year.  We just started our 2nd week back since Christmas break and I am exhausted!  I can't complain-we had 18 glorious, wonderful days for our break.  Today we dismissed school early because of flooding and I just got the message we are going to be closed tomorrow as well.  Yay, a day of sleeping in and wearing my pj's all day!!!!!  While I was out for Christmas break (and still wearing my pj's), I worked on a packet of 20 winter themed printables I would like to offer you, my star followers, for free.  I have uploaded it as a Googles document-click here to download that.  Or you can go go my TpT store and download it for free, as well.  Click here to download it from TpT.  If you do, I would appreciate any feedback.  

Here are a few pics of what is included.  I hope you enjoy them!