Sunday

My top wishlisted items for the TPT Cybersale

It's time for a sale at TPT!
And a chance to win $100!!



In case you haven't heard, TpT is having a SITEWIDE SALE on Monday and Tuesday!!! So much fun and lots of savings too. You can get up to 28% off!!
Make sure to use the code: CYBER2016 when you check out!





This has been a best seller for a long time. It's a set of posters to help kids change their thinking from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. And best of all it's $2!
It's so important to teach kids to train their inner voice. We want them to see the possibilities, not the limitations. I laminated these and put them up as a bulletin board to remind students to keep a growth mindset.



Do you need some help with close reading? Here a guide for close reading with the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
It's a wonderful book chronicling Auggie's, a young boy born with facial damage, journey through school and the adjustments he, his family and his classmates have to make.
Close reading is an integral part of teaching with the Common Core. Students need to know how to be analytic when reading texts and poems. I have outlined the components of authentic literacy and what it looks like in the classroom. I formatted the unit as follows. It begins with an explanation of close reading and how to format a lesson. Then, there is a story summary, themes listed and character descriptions. After that, I created focus questions for each chapter. There are explicit gradual release formatted lessons sprinkled throughout. I included a close reading sheet for each of the explicit lessons. You could use the focus questions to create more close reading lessons using the blank templates or for class discussions. At the end, there is a blank sheet for planning and to use with close reading of different chapters. I hope your students enjoy it as much as my students did. This isn't a bunch of worksheets as I don't teach that way. This is for going deep with the literature!


Another close reading guide is for the novel, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.

This is a guide to a close reading of Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. It's a wonderful book written in free verse chronicling Ha's, a ten year old girl, journey from war-torn Vietnam to Alabama and her problems as a second language learner and with bullying.

Visit the linky from Daisy Designs!
There are a ton of other bloggers you can check out too!

Head on over to my store, LisaTeachR's Classroom.
Remember to use the code CYBER2016 to get the full 28% off!

You can win $100!!


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Saturday

Growth Mindset Dollar Deal for Small Business Saturday!

It's Small Business Saturday
and a raffle for TPT!


It's #smallbusinesssaturday!     

Google Drive Growth Mindset activity- usually $4 but it's $1 today!!!  Just for you!!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Growth-Mindset-Google-activities-and-research-report-2727197


I have lots of $1 deals in my store, LisaTeachR's Classroom, but this one is special!  It's one day only so head on over there asap! Support your local small business today!

AND you can win $10 for TeachersPay Teachers!
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Sunday

Getting Started with Google Classroom

Getting Started with Google Classroom


Why use Google Classroom?  It's interactive, fun, easily accessible for students from home and best of all, NO COPIES!!

What do you need? It's part of the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) suite.  You create or put the assignments online and grade them there.  No papers to take home.  Woo hoo!  Of course, you need a device that connects to the Internet.

First, you need a Google account and one for each of your students.  Talk to your tech person and find out of your district has Google accounts for your students that you could set up.  

Type in Google Classroom and create a class.  Then it will generate a class code for your students to join your class.  


It will look like this!  You will see your class name and any upcoming assignments. 

 

See the plus sign in the bottom right corner?  That's where you create assignments.  You can ask a question, send an announcement, add an assignment or reuse an older post.  If you have a project you created in Google Drive, you can share it with the students through Google Drive. You can also upload a file from your computer, add a video file or a hyperlink. You have the option of view/read the file, edit the same file or make a copy for each kid.  I usually use this option.  It will create a separate assignment for each kid to their own drive.

When they are done, they submit it to you.  It's easy to see how many students have finished and submitted their work. 
  

When you click on it, you can see their work and assign them a grade on the left side.  You can choose the scale for grading- 10 points or 100!

I love use Google Classroom and I love not having to make copies!!  The kids are more engaged and interested in their work.  Hope this helps you too!




        

Mathematical Mindsets

Growth Mindset for Math

Have you wondered why it's perfectly acceptable to say "I'm not good at math!" but it's not ok to say "I'm not good at reading."??  For some reason one is ok and the other is not.  Neither is ok!!  We need to help our students see that they could become good at math!

The guru for growth mindset and math is Jo Baoler, from Stanford University. She wrote several books on this topic. Better yet, check out her web site: youcubed  It's amazing!! Seriously.

Classroom Norms
Follow these norms in your math classroom to foster a growth mindset in math. Here is a link to a poster.
  1. Everyone can learn higher math!  It's for everyone!
  2. Mistakes are valuable.  They help us learn!
  3. Questions move our thinking.  Ask!
  4. Math is creative.  Think outside the box!
  5. Math needs to be talked about!  Collaborate and communicate!
  6. Go deep, not fast.
  7. Learning takes effort.  It's not a performance.
Math apps.  
There are a lot out there that try to get kids to work so fast that they're not thinking!  Here are the apps that Jo Baoler suggests.  They emphasize thinking visually and deeply.   My favorite is Mancala!!


Delve deeper
My friend Kathie, at Tried and True Teaching Tools, led a great book study this summer.  Check out her blog for more detailed information.

Here are some great products from my store!

Growth Mindset

Is your school doing  more and more with technology?  Here is a Google drive activity about growth mindset.  It had two quick activities and a report for the kids to do!  If not techy yet, I have other products for Growth mindset for you. I have a few products related to growth mindset.  Check them out.



        

Monday

TPT Sale: Growth mindset, close reading guides, team building and classroom decor sets!

It's time for the TeachersPayTeachers sale!

Here are some great products from my store!

Growth Mindset


Is your school doing  more and more with technology?  Here is a Google drive activity about growth mindset.  It had two quick activities and a report for the kids to do!  If not techy yet, I have other products for Growth mindset for you.

Close Reading Guides

Have you read Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin?  It's an amazing book about Rose.
She was diagnosed with high functioning autism, which some call Asperger's Syndrome. She lives with her father and her dog, Rain. She loves homonyms, prime numbers and Rain.  It's a deeply moving book.  I also have guides for many more: The One and Only IvanWonder, Fish in a Tree and many more.



Back to School Team Building Activities

Looking to build trust and community in your classroom?  I hope these activities help you build that environment where your students feel loved, secure and supported.


Classroom decor sets

Looking to decorate your room?   I always start with literature!  Here are four different sets: Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. Choose the one that fits your personality and kids!

Remember to use the code OneDay for a bigger discount!


        
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