Data Collecting sends SHIVERS DOWN MY SPINE!

Data Collecting!

The words that send
SHIVERS
down 
EVERY TEACHER'S
BACK!

WHY? HOW? WHEN?

 Relax...take a breath...
go to your "HAPPY PLACE!"

Data is very important in education.
We as educator's not only need to deliver the instruction, but we do have the need to ensure our student's master and apply the knowledge we are delivering.


For me, it was a
CHANGE of  MINDSET.

When I change my lifestyle, I need a WHY?
Why am I doing this? Why is it needed? 
WHY?  WHY?  WHY?

BECAUSE.

Collecting data is NOT about the numbers.
It's NOT about "judging" my teaching. It's NOT about seeing 
HOW many of my students DID or DID NOT master a concept.

It's about looking for those SMALL skills, those giant holes, those little tweeks that are missing FOR THE CHILD
What areas are missing...so I can fill them!

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME???

NOPE!

It's about the KIDS!

Data is to help our kids.

OK.   So  HOW?

There are a MULTITUDE of  assessments that you can use. 
In this day and age, I bet your district has a LONG list of assessments they  want you to use.
USE them!

Don't just give the test & move to the next lesson.
LOOK  AT  THE  DATA!

You might be surprised at what you see!

I recently gave a math assessment to my firsties.
We had spent 4-5 weeks (YES WEEKS) on place value!
Tens and ones.  Tens and ones.  
OVER  AND  OVER!

After my "district" math assessment,
I noticed a trend...
On 5-6 of the tests  ( 25%  of my class..)
they missed 3-4 questions about 
adding ten to a number.

WHAT? ADDING TEN IS EASY!

We had gone over tens & ones, tens & ones...
BUT...

I "assumed"
...remember what they say about 
ASSUME...

that it would be easy for them 
because they understood place value!

So...a week later of
SMALL  GROUP
math ..adding tens to numbers

SHAZAM!

100%  on the place value review test!
So what if I gave the review test again.
They didn't get it the first time!

It is NOT important that 
OUR numbers
 look good to others!

What is important is
DO THE KIDS KNOW IT?

Knowledge vs. numbers.

WOW!
A New MINDSET!

If you are looking for some reading/writing assessments 
to HELP your kiddos...


See how I use it 
 HERE...

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YOU want to P.. A.. I.. N.. T..???

Just hearing the 
"P A I N T"
word.

Sends shivers down my back!




I have nightmares of 
spilled water, ruined paintings,
our janitor YELLING ,
"NO!  STOP! NOT ON THE NEW CARPET!"

 Ok...NOT yelling...but  you know..."NO!"

So, I guess
24 ...   6-year-olds
sitting at desks, 
painting beautiful pictures
was NOT was I thinking about!

AND
I SHOULD HAVE BEEN!

I admit...it was ALL about ME!
WHAT WILL  I  HAVE  TO "Deal With"?

And you know what?

NOTHING.

Everytime we paint
(and I try to do it once a month)

THEY AMAZE  ME!

Clean, quiet, detailed, HAPPY!
They worked for about 45 minutes...
TOTALLY  ENGAGED!

(I wish some of MY lessons were SO ENGAGING!)

I start with my BFF...

PINTEREST!
I have some GREAT pins on my boards.
Check them out!


This months "painting inspiration"came from

Elyse 
@



And now we are...

ALL ready for JANUARY!

Here's a few of ours!




They are   sooooo   cute!
AND
NO   SPILLS!

I think they are getting the HANG OF IT!

Duh...   you mean with
PRACTICE
we get BETTER!?

I wonder what wonderful teacher gave them that ADVICE???

Anyways...
we will PAINT!
And we will PAINT..a  LOT!

Next month... 
I'm thinking SNOW, and Penguins, and Nature Scenes.
Maybe some "still life"...    Hmmmm.

MONET!     DEGAS! 

Watch out WORLD OF ART...
HERE  WE  COME!

Check out pinterest for more ideas!
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#KindnessCounts

This  month our classroom "theme" has been

KINDNESS  COUNTS

I work in a low socioeconomic, Title 1 school.

I have EL students,  
a multicultural class,
 a homeless student, 
AND

THE MOST AMAZING FAMILIES!

My grade level decided to HOST a
Canned Food Drive 
to teach our students
about

GIVING

We started with a simple
note to go home.


We as a class, decided OUR CLASS goal
 would be 100 cans
 in 10 school days.

If we met our goal, we would earn a donut party!
(HUGE  REWARD FOR FIRSTIES!)

I always try to have the class decide on the goals.

Not MY goal to accomplish...
OUR GOAL!


We decided our NAME would be
YES WE  CAN!
( I think I found that on PINTEREST!)

Now it would have been your ordinary 
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
but,

MY families GAVE FROM THE HEART!

Some gave 1.
Some gave 10.

One Mom gave me 1 can and said 
"she wished she could give more,
but in DECEMBER  money is really tight,
and she might need the other cans to 
FEED  HER  FAMILY!"

After I wiped the tears, 
I tried to give her the can back.

NO WAY!
PROUD PEOPLE!

She wanted her son to learn to GIVE!

KINDNESS  COUNTS 




After it was over,
75  First  Graders collected

352 cans 
to donate to the local
SALVATION  ARMY  FOOD  BANK!



Hubby brought the truck, we loaded them up, and off we went!
I played CHRISTMAS music on the way there.
Makes my heart happy!

KINDNESS  COUNTS!



Lots of helpers unloaded the truck.
VERY  Thankful  people.

So...the next time YOU hear the bells..
or see the RED  KETTLE..


You might want to 
Give from the HEART!

KINDNESS  COUNTS!

PS...
The family who gave one...
Someone  brought them a box 
with a frozen turkey
 and all of the fixings 
for a HUGE dinner!

THANKS  SANTA!

(  WINK....WINK )
:)

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Why Do I Use DOCUMENT FOLDERS? WHY? WHY? WHY?





Don't YOU just LOVE it when something WORKS?

I am a PINTEREST JUNKIE!


I know. I am.

I saw these on PINTEREST and 

 I HAD TO HAVE THEM!



IRIS USA 12 by 12-Inch Portable Project Case, Slim


(I got mine on Amazon...FYI)

What are they (you ask)?

DOCUMENT  HOLDERS!

How do I use them? and WHY?

I have taken ALL of my MONTHLY MASTERS...
Crafts, Reading, Writing, Math, etc
and I have ONE COPY..
YES..
ONE COPY
of each page 
in a clear document holder.

NO more HANGING FILES!

They take up too  much space!



*disclaimer...even though they have clips that hold it closed...
I use an "OLD SCHOOL" rubber band around it..
Just to make sure my papers don't end up on the shelf!

Then I took SHARPIE PAINT PENS

 and wrote the month on the spine.

It has freed up SO MUCH SHELF space!


All of my HANGING FILES for my MONTHLY papers
(You know...they FUN THINGS!)
are now in one EASY TO CARRY HOME, folder!
I can take home the entire month of ideas
when I do my lesson planning!

EASY  PEASY!






Can you say...DECEMBER!

DONE!

I am trying to "get it ALL together"...

I think it might be my New Year's resolution!
If so....DONE!



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Cookie Exchange...CHEATER! Yep..ME!

Each December our family has a cookie exchange.

You bring 1-2 dozen cookies.

You take home a variety of cookies...

as many cookies as you brought.

Here are some of the cookies made from years past:



https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AUIVybs91IafbDtkvVkRjnAtfnqJIhGchljvrBWewHyUgeExB8-nPHU/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532409987183578029/

and these

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532409987183644068/

And so...
those of you who know me...
I don't bake...
well, I have..
I just don't ENJOY it!

* I made a batch of persimmon cookies last weekend.
I felt I had to before the perimmons rotted.
YUCK!
Bad BAKER!
I gave them to the chickens!

And so...  What to take to the family cookie exchange?

Make it.....don't BAKE it!

TA DA!

Enter..

NUTTER  BUTTER  REINDEER!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/95349717084620212/

Check out my COOKIE Pinterest board for MORE ideas!

And so...

Will it be a Pinterest SUCCESS?
or
A Pinterest FAIL?

Here we go!


Supplies.



Lay out the Nutter Butters.
Break the pretzels into antlers.


Mix powdered sugar into
ROYAL  FROSTING.
(It dries like CEMENT...it holds everything!)




I think ..

PINTEREST  SUCCESS!

The grandkids LOVE them!

So was I a COOKIE EXCHANGE cheater?

Maybe. But you know what?

The smiles & hugs made it ALL worth while!

Merry Christmas!
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I Have an OBSESSION

I have an obsession

I used to think it was only a "hobby".

I  thought I only had a "few".

I was using them for good.

I can give them up at ANY time..right?

Well...I have heard the first step 
to a
 CURE 
is to 
ADMIT
 you have a
 PROBLEM.

I am OBSESSED by...

STERALITE  DRAWERS!


You know... you have done it!

Amazon, WalMart, Target...
We walk in...they have them stacked so neatly.
They are EVERYWHERE!

YOU...Yes YOU... 
YOU need to be ORGANIZED!

Classroom, kitchen, bathroom, office, bedroom, etc, etc.

OK.
Here is my WORLD.
My Classroom. 
Don't judge. :)


Where I "FILE" my "STUFF".


After I got rid of my  teacher desk...
YOU gotta have a place for the "little things"!


Guided Reading Drawers...I use them daily!
If you need some guided reading resources...
check out my


Word Work "EXTRAS"..
I am noticing a trend. ( "STUFF, "EXTRAS,...")
I think I need to PURGE!


More "stuff"...
you know...stickers, scissors, boxes of "stuff", 
TAPE! LOTS of tape!
BTW...I LOVE  washi  tape
Might be ANOTHER obsession!


I KNOW... more stuff.


And I could NOT LIVE without my curriculum drawers!
Centers & "stuff" for each month!
Both MATH (Dark Blue)  &  ELA Blue/Green
Skills & Standards for each MONTH!


OK. 
I might have a LOT!
BUT...
They keep my "Stuff" where I can find it
AND
THEY LOOK SO GOOD!

If  YOU are in need of some
ORGANIZATION...
( I can help spread the LOVE)



So I have and ORGANIZATION obsession.
I guess it could be worse...

Could I be a hoarder, too???
Nah! 

I just have a lot of "STUFF", 
 I might need some day!

What teacher isn't??  :)

Enjoy! 
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Kinder Friends GIVEAWAY

Merry CHRISTMAS!

Feliz  Navidad!

Joyeux Noël

Frohe Weihnachten

There are sooo  many ways to say

"Happy  HOLIDAYS!"

My friends and I at 

Kinder Friends

are having a

DECEMBER  GIVEAWAY


We are celebrating
Holidays  Around  the  World!

We are giving away a $25 TPT card!

Raise your hand if you want one!

ME!   ME!   ME!

Here are a few of my
December    products
to help YOU
survive the month!

THAT,
my friends,
is a  UNIVERSAL  theme!

5 Packet BUNDLE!
Includes:

BABY It's Cold Outside:
Noun Sort
FROZEN!...HFW Game
SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY...Long vowel Silent "e" Word Work
SILLY SNOWBALLS...Beginning blends word work
Color & B/W printables
Grades 1-2

Do You Want to Build A Snowman?
Place Value Activity for whole group / small group / independent practice.
Snowman "pieces" to create a snowman based on a given value.
Snowman HATS have a number. The students "build" the snowman using corresponding units. Uses base-ten blocks, expanded notation, math mountains, & ten-sticks to make numbers. Differentiate based on student needs. CCSS CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.NBT.B.2

Power Pronouns
25 Pocket Chart Word Cards and
Printables to help students practice using pronouns
in complete sentences.

Snow Fun
4 ELA Centers for Winter
Included:
Sight Word Snowball Fight
Partner Reading Stick Puppets ( Reading Comprehension)
How to Make a Snowman: writing
Christmas Tree "Rhyming" Chains
Available in color & B/W
Grades 1-2

This Elf is NOT on the Shelf!
32 Math Task Cards ...
1 more / 1 less
10 more / 10 less
Holiday Themed

And.....


The ELVES are Working OVERTIME!



ELA centers :

Verbs...Past, present, future
Nouns...Common, Proper, plural
Digraphs
Inflectional Endings
Punctuation

Here is a FREEBIE
 from ME to YOU!



OK...my friends!


Enter  the RAFFLECOPTER 


and then....

HOP  ON  OVER to my friend
PAULA at


For MORE Goodies!

Goodbye!

Adios!

Happy Holidays to one and ALL!
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