Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale

Don't you just love TpT sales?!  Another big one is just around the corner!

My store will be 20% off December 2 and 3! Add the TpT code and that 28% off!

Happy turkey day! And happy almost sale!

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Ideas

I'm sure for many out there, this is not a new idea. But it is new to me, and I'm glad that I finally heard about it!

This is by far my new favorite app. Confer allows you to take notes on your conferences with students, search notes, and sort by certain strengths and weaknesses. You can easily group students that need the same instruction, chart student growth, and send info to others. Gone are the days of taking notes on papers and sorting through them all later. Think of all the papers and hassle that will be gone!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Time Savers

Along with every other teacher out there, I am always looking for a way to save time. Whether it saves 5 minutes or an hour, I am all for it! There are 2 things that I have tried this year that have worked great and saved time!

Before, I have always used Excel for lesson planning. I like Planbook so much more! I can extend lessons that we do everyday, like our morning meeting. I can bump forward lessons that we didn't get to. I can view standards and how many times I have taught each standard. They even had an iPad app, so I can make quick changes anytime! 

2. Remind101
Anyone else tired of sending constant reminders home? I felt like I sent home a reminder note at least once a week last year, on top of my weekly newsletter. Now, I use Remind101. Parents sign up for text message or email reminders. I can send them from my phone or their website. I still send home a weekly newsletter, but no more wasting time to type up and copy any other reminders.

What are your favorite time saving tips?

So many great ideas at this linky! Check back all week for new ideas!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Renew Your iPad Love

I have a new obsession.
This is my new favorite book. I just finished reading it, and I am so excited and full of ideas! I love using my iPad during my small group lessons, but I was really looking for a way for it to be used by the students themselves. Since I only have one, I was having a hard time thinking of a good way to do that.

Enter this book. My new go-to.

It has great apps for students and teachers (all with multiple uses!), how to find the best apps, and management tips. It also goes through different ways to project from your iPad!
Now I just have to decide which apps I need now, and which ones can wait a bit!

What are your favorite go-to apps?

Monday, November 4, 2013

November Currently

Am I the most behind or what?! It's November 4 and I am just now getting around to currently. Story of my life right now.
I am a sucker for the housewives. So addictive.

I like to get to school early, so I can actually get some things accomplished before I start chatting. But lately it was been so dark on the way to school! As much as I hate it getting dark at 5:30, I love seeing some hints of the sun on the way to school!

Christmas is soooo soon! I really need to start at least thinking about gifts.

Last week was my first full week after 2 short weeks (thanks fall break!). After only one long/regular week, I am already wanting needing a long weekend.

My motivation to accomplish things after school has become nonexistent. It's really pretty sad. 

Now for my yummy pin!

Biscuit and gravy breakfast casserole. This looks so good! Our staff has a potluck breakfast every month on payday. Too bad my grade level hosted last month! This would be a nice change from the typical egg and sausage casserole.

Happy November!