Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Weekend in the City


A few weeks ago I went way outside my comfort zone: I took a trip ALONE to New York City!  It was an opportunity to see loads of other teacher/ bloggers from all over.  Some of them I met when I was in Vegas, some I'd never met face to face, but I knew them through their blogs or their TpT stores, and through some of the teacher facebook pages I follow. We'd been planning this trip since we got back from Vegas!


I flew in, although from the Boston area I could have driven, taken a bus or a train.  It all would have cost me about the same amount. When I got to the city, I immediately went to TKTS to see what Broadway shows were playing.  (Yes, I am a huge fan, but rarely get to NYC for the real thing. )

As soon as I found out Carol Burnett was playing in Love Letters, my decision was made. Musicals would have to wait, I HAD to see Carol Burnett, and she didn't let me down. She was amazing!

Here's a review of a the show I saw:  Love Letters With Carol Burnett  


Yes, that's the office of Brain POP! We spent a couple of hours here, chatting with other teachers, eating a free breakfast, and learning some of the new features on the BrainPOP site. If you're not familiar with BrainPOP, it's time you found it!  They do offer a free membership for a month.  I'm more of a BrainPOP Jr. kind of gal, which is geared more to the primary grades. 

The office was on the 17th floor, and gave us the view in the picture at the top of this post.

We had amazing weather for the end of October, and decided to go for a walk through the city after the BrainPOP visit.  We had lunch at Bryant Park (great conversations!) and made a few other stops!


Everyone recognizes me by my pose, not by my logo. Oh well, if it's working, I'll keep doing the pose!

Dinner with 20 amazing teacher bloggers was such fun! Let's just say it wasn't quiet at our table!


There's no way you could find me from this angle, since I was way down the other end. These are the people I didn't get to chat with at dinner because they were sitting too far away!


The next day many of us were able to stop by the Teachers Pay Teachers office!


This is Adam, the CEO of Teachers Pay Teachers. He stopped in to ask us our opinions as teachers. Honestly it's so rare these days to have anyone value the opinion of teachers! It felt good! We had some incredible conversations!

This was such an amazing experience, and such a great group of people! The energy in this room was amazing! Thank you TpT for such a great visit!  I think we were all smiling for a long time after this visit!

As with all trips, the best part was coming home. As much fun as I had, I was glad to come back to New Hampshire and breathe fresh air again! 

We're planning to make this trip an annual event! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Resources


Wow, Thankgiving is practically upon us!  Can you believe it?  After that, Christmas, then another year!  Life, please slow down?

Well, I want to spend the next 7 school days celebrating Thanksgiving. It's a great opportunity to "throw in" a little history, as well as enjoy the things for which we are grateful!

How do I squeeze all this in? Well, I always start with loads of books.  Here's a collection of books I've loved. Some are fun, some are informational. I like to have a lot of books for each interest and each reading level so they all can enjoy them at independent reading time! (Each image is a link to Amazon for more information.)

                                                            

Books are always a great start. Movies are another fun way to enjoy the holidays!


Click the above image for a link to BrainPOP Jr's free Thanksgiving video! Don't you love BrainPOP?

Here are a couple of movies I've found on Youtube with a Thanksgiving theme.  Feel free to preview them and choose what is right for your group!






HERE are some videos from Scholastic that have been filmed at Plimouth Plantation. These are definitely worth a watch!

I try to squeeze in the holidays in all the subjects. This product has loads of math and literacy activities with the Thanksgiving theme  I'll be using these all week! (Click image for link!)

Here's a freebie version of the above product!

Here's a math game with a Turkey theme to practice those +9 facts. My kids LOVE this one!

Here's a freebie version of the above game:

I'm a big believer in having children illustrate ideas to help internalize learning. Here's my Thanksgiving Story, in kid's language, for them to illustrate.

I can't let Thanksgiving go by without a reference to football! When I was a kid, we always had a football game in the morning, and a turkey in the afternoon. (My dad was a football coach!)

Here are links to a couple of football games my kids love!

Counting to 1,000, plus short and long vowels:

Here's a freebie version of the above set:

Here's is a favorite for my boys:  Past and Present Verbs! Yes, all these verbs have something to do with football!

Still looking for more?  I have loads of ideas, including lots of freebies, on my November Pinterest board:


Happy Thanksgiving!









Saturday, November 15, 2014

Looking for Some Bright Ideas?


You're in luck! It just so happens it's time for the Bright Ideas Round up! Whether or not you're familiar with the Bright Ideas Blog Hops that we've had once a month for a while, you're in for a treat!

 This month, we're reviewing ALL the Bright Ideas we've had since we started this tradition. Nothing but good teaching ideas, and lots of them!!
My Bright Idea for February 2014 was 10 Tips to Make Learning Stick! I wrote a summary of ten of the most important things I've learned about how the brain learns. Click the above image to see that one! (One of my favorites!)



In March I wrote about The Importance of Failure. This one is worth a read, as this is a pretty important idea which seems to get lost on us!


In April, I was working on motivating some wiggling little guys with my Baseball Geography!

In May, I shared some ideas on helping the kids to figure out when to add and when to subtract while doing story problems.
In June, I shared an easy, but effective idea for giving feedback to students.
In July, I shared some of my favorite Gimmicks that I use in the classroom!
In August I shared some Tips for Teaching Procedures

In September, I shared a Quick Exit Slip Procedure that is successful in my classroom. 
Last month, I shared a technique for sneaking in a little "Curriculum" during our morning greeting.

Wow, it's been a busy year!  Not only do you have 9 of my best blog posts, but in the linky below, you have links to hundreds of other Bright Ideas blog posts! If you're clever, you could convince your supervisor to give you some Staff Development hours for reading through all these awesome ideas! If not, we know you will be a more amazing teacher after reading all these tricks!

If you like what you've seen here, feel free to follow my facebook, Twitter, or Teachers pay Teachers store!


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