My school's big push this year is formative assessments (or informal assessments). These a simple, "checks" to make sure your kids understand whatever it is that you want them to learn from a lesson.
Here are my favorites: Formative Assessments Students will Love (presentation)
I've collected a bunch of different resources here, so enjoy!
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My friend Sarah Gurney has set out to help me raise money for Springfield Pregnancy Care Center! Sarah is a Jamberry Nails Consultant and has graciously offered to help me by donating 100% of her commission made during this on-line fundraiser to the Pregnancy Care Center.
Jamberry nails are a non-toxic and a longer lasting alternative to nail polish. They come in over 300 colors and designs and are easily applied with a little heat from your hair dryer. The nails come in a sheet with enough for 3-4 applications (I use my sheets for 2 manicures and 2 pedicures). Check the website for pricing and to order.
*When you order, be sure to select Leslie's party called "Leslie's Pregnancy Care Center Fundraiser".
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I'm participating in Teacher Pay Teacher's Back to School Sale for TODAY only!
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After a summer of travelling and grad school, I didn't have much money to decorate my classroom this year. Luckily, I did a major overhaul last year, so I only needed, make that, wanted to do a few things. My husband, who manages our money, told me I had $20 to spend and I gladly accepted the challenge!
I've been wanting to hang something from my ceiling for awhile, but couldn't figure out what. I came across the idea of making a pennant banner after pursuing Pinterest, of course. I was able to make two banners that spanned my classroom for only $6!!
Here's my $20 loot: a floor lamp (becuase one of mine broke over the summer), a string of white lights (because one of mine went out over the summer), 20 pieces of felt for 25 cents each from Hobby Lobby, and a spool of black yarn for $1.50 from Walmart.
This project took exactly the length of the movie, Sabrina, 2 hours and 7 minutes. So, turn on a great movie and get to making your pennant!
I started out by measuring for my triangles. I didn't like using a template, so I just measured them out myself. The template below has the measurement marks if you'd like to measure it out for yourself.
You can use the template by cutting out the triangles, laying them on top of the felt and making marks where the edges meet, then connect the edges using a ruler and black sharpie.
Cut out your triangles. I remembered from my Sunday School days that felt sticks to each other, so I just laid the felt on top of each other. The perfectionist in me was screaming inside because the triangles weren't perfect, but no one will notice :-)
After I cut out all my pieces, I laid them out on the floor to decide the spacing and pattern I wanted.
I tried using my hole punch so I could string the yarn through, but it didn't work well, so I just hot glued the yarn to the triangles. Just put a small dot of glue on the felt, then lay the yarn on top. Try not to stretch the yarn because it will cause the triangles to bend. I eyeballed about 2 inches between each triangle. I wish I could say that I carefully measured my classroom from corner to corner and figured out how much yarn I needed, but I didn't. I just went for it and would make do with what I ended up with.
After I used up all the triangles, I started hanging my banner in one corner of my classroom. I ended up with enough to do an X in my room. I would've been fine with one strand as a zig zag, but I like the X. Even if you only have enough for one strand, you can do different designs with it, or cut it into shorter pieces and do smaller parts of the room.
The teacher who was in my room before me left these cool little hooks that connect to the metal piece of the drop ceiling, which I used. You could use a paper clip by bending out one piece and sliding it under the tile and tying the banner to it. You could also tie the banner around the metal piece itself. I also put a hook in the middle of the room and hung the banner over that, so it swoops twice.
Please excuse the banner against the wall next to the window, I made that last year out of cardstock. I think I'll leave it up, though. Hope your students enjoy your decorations and that you have a great school year!
I don't know about you, but school starts for me on August 14th, and of course, I'm already at school getting ready! I'm getting unpacked and getting my room back in order.
I got back into my room yesterday, but forgot how to fit 30 desks in 6 groups in my room. Why is it that I always forget how to arrange my desks? I'm in my room for 10 months a year, but 2 months off causes me to forget the basic of things! Does this happen to you too, or am I the only one?
I've got some fun projects planned for decorating my room on the cheap! I did a total room makeover last year, so I'm just adding a few things but I only have $20 to spend!
What are you doing to get ready for the school year?
In honor of marking my 4th wedding anniversary on the 31st, I thought I'd throw a sale on my Teacher Pay Teacher's store!
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I was listening to a webinar today by the very insightful differentiated classroom guru, Carol Ann Tomlinson on the differentiated classroom. As always, she had tons of great ideas and ways to manage with D.I. classroom. One of the things that really stuck with me was assigning tasks to students.
I'm not sure if it's because I teach Middle School, but I've never really embraced assigning tasks. Maybe it's because it's hard for me, among everything else, to keep up with who's doing what. However, this is an idea I'm going to implement for the last month of school this year as a trial run.
This specific task is the "expert;" instead of students constantly running to you all the time asking what the instructions were or for clarification, they can go to the expert first. Now, I do encourage my students to "ask 3 before me," because usually there are at least 3 others who can explain the task. This is very handy since all of my students have their own laptop, and it's just more efficient for them to help each other than for me to go around helping everyone who needs it.
so, come Monday, I'm going to try to have an expert in the room. I think my 7th graders will really like this, and they'll be competitive with each other to see who's a better "expert!"
What about you? Do you have jobs for students in your classroom?