Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Teacher Blog Tuesday with Rockstar Math Teacher

I'm so excited to introduce you to another new teacher blogger today!
Meet Roxy, a middle school blogger from California!
Rockstar Math Teacher

10 {not your average} questions to help us get to know the REAL you!
1.         Name of blog and link:

2.      Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
I decided to create my math blog after coming across a lot of great math blogs. I want to share my ideas and learn ideas new from other great math teachers.   


I wanted to write about my journey as a math teacher in a middle school classroom.  And how “I am selling a product to a market that doesn’t want it, but is forced by law to buy it”. ~ Dan Meyer

3.       Tell us a little about your teaching background.

I have a multiple subject credential and taught elementary grades for four years. I also taught 7th Grade Math/Science Core. It was during this time that I found a love for teaching math and went back to school and got a single subject math credential and have been teaching math for six years. 

I have a passion for teaching math and absolutely love it.  I previously taught 8th Grade Honors Geometry , 7th Grade Honors Algebra and 8th Grade Common Core Math.  I am currently teaching 8th Grade Common Core Math and Math Intervention and Support.

4.       What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I would say “Skyscraper” is the most apropos.

5.      What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
The hardest thing I have ever done would be to find out extremely bad news and picking up the pieces and continuing to go to work every day through it all, and giving 150% when I was really only capable of giving 25%.  The bright side being that I was able to show my students that “life happens” and how to be strong through adversity.


6.     What’s your favorite TV show?
 I have a lot of favorite TV shows.  My DVR has a full time job.   Since I don’t have only one favorite, I am going to cheat and list a few. I love reality TV: Survivor, Master Chef, Food Network , Big Brother, Real World, TUF.  I love John Stewart and Criminal Minds. Some of my  favorite past shows are: Dexter and the Sopranos.  I am a huge SOA fan and can’t wait   until the next season. I also watch a lot of CNN and HLN.

7.      What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
  I would say my favorite item of clothing would be my flip flops, they are just way comfy. I wear  flip flops year round and own too many to count.

8.      Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
I am going to give the same answer I give my students: 29… I am 29 forever…..

9.      What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?
The last book I read was last summer on my cruise. I sadly don’t have much time to read.  I love Jackie Collins, Mary Higgins Clark and Joy Fielding.

10.     What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?
The last year I have made a lot of eating changes in my life after researching how many toxic ingredients and carcinogens were in our food.  I am trying to stay away from processed foods and foods with a lot of unnatural ingredients.   So I would say the last thing I ate that I shouldn’t have would be In-N-Out Burger when my niece and nephews came to visit. 

11.       Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.

Twitter:  @roxygirlteacher
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/roxygirlteacher

Teachers Pay Teachers:   http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/RoxyGirl-Teacher

If you'd like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Teacher Blog Tuesday- Selling the Sizzle

All bloggers were once beginners at some point.  I received a lot of help along the way and I like to pay it forward when I can.  I started a feature a long time ago, called New Teacher Blog Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I would feature a new blogger or two. It's been awhile since I've had any reach out to me, but the offer always stands! Just drop me an email! 

I do have a new blogger for you today though!
Here name is Kacie from Selling the Sizzle
Selling the Sizzle
1.                           Name of blog and link:


2.                         Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
Throughout my teaching career I have been creating resources to use in my own classroom and to share with my team mates just like many of you! After about a year of my husband encouraging me to start a blog, I finally gave in and began my blogging adventure last summer! The idea is to chronicle our daily experiences in my classroom for parents and families, as well as to get to know and share resources with fellow teachers and bloggers.

3.                           Tell us a little about your teaching background.
After graduating with my Masters degree in 2010, I began teaching Kindergarten at a charter school in central Ohio. For the past 4 years I have been learning and growing with my Kinders and have loved teaching K!  

4.                          What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Oh, goodness! I LOVE music so this is a tough one! My music choices have changed radically throughout the seasons of my life.
I have a few I’ll share with you right now…
Happy- Pharrell Williams
All of Me- John Legend
Brave- Sara Bareilles
Who You Are- JJ Heller
Keep Making Me- Sidewalk Prophets
Redeemed-Big Daddy Weave


5.                         What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
By far the hardest, most challenging, and MOST rewarding thing I have ever done is become a Mommy! My almost 2 year old son stretches and fills my heart in ways I never knew possible. You’ll notice that he’s frequently mentioned in my posts!

6.                         What’s your favorite TV show?
If you consider what is most frequently watched in our home, you would think I would say Sesame Street, Chuck the Truck, or the Justice League. Haha! We actually don’t have cable in our home, but we use Netflix instead. I do love the shows Scandal and House when we do get a chance to watch something other than animation on Netflix! J

7.                          What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
About a month ago my mom and I went shopping and found this amazing jacket at Maurices. It’s tailored like a dress/suit jacket, but the fabric is so lightweight and comfortable I could seriously wear it every day!

8.                         Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
29 and proud of it! J 

9.                         What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?
Well... technically the last book I read was I Love You as Big as the World, about 10 times. Professionally, I’m currently reading the Daily 5 second edition and have loved reading all of the updates from the sisters! Personally, I’m going to dive into the newest Mortal Instruments book!

10.                   What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?
M&M’S and Dr. Pepper. They’re my guilty pleasure.

11.                    Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Free teaching item: Student Information Sheet- http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Information-Sheet-freebie-1283242

If you'd like to be featured, just email me at dml8609@gmail.com!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The dreaded RED CLOCK!!

It's here.  The Donor's Choose red clock has arrived and made it's self a home on my project.  Those of you use are on Donor's Choose know what I'm talking about.  It's ticking down the days until my project expires. I have 41 days to raise $458 more dollars so my sweet little students can have access to two iPad Minis in the library.  If I am not fully funded, the money donated will go back to the donor and they can choose to give it to another project or me in the form of DC gift cards for my next project.

Does anyone else out there in bloggyland have a Donor's Choose project posted? Are you at the red clock phase? Can you offer some suggestions on finding donors? Let's all band together and help promote each other's projects!  We all have great ideas, we just need $$ to get them going!

If you'd like to view my project, you can by clicking {HERE}. I invite you to leave a link to your project in the comments below.  Maybe if we get the word out, we will all meet our deadlines!
Good luck!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Informative Writing with Self-Regulated Strategy Development

Click the image to download the poster and graphic organizer!
   I am working for the TN State Department of Education again this summer, training 1st and 2nd grade teachers on best practices for math and literacy.  I am so excited about the literacy part of it- we are teaching writing!!  I've taught for 13 years now and I cannot remember any PD on writing.  I have always felt weak in that area and unsure of the best methods for teaching my students how to be better writers.  Well, not anymore!  I know how to teach informative writing and I want to share it with you!
   We are teaching Self-regulated Strategy Development for Informative/Explanatory writing.  SRSD is sweeping Tennessee, because all of our coaches, 1st grade through 12th, are teaching this model!  We are going to have the highest writing scores ever next year!  If you are unfamiliar with SRSD, it's a 6 stage gradual release of responsibility model.   It's not meant to replace your current writing curriculum/practices, just enhance and supplement them.  This approach was developed by Dr. Karen Harris and her colleagues.  It is based on two concepts- self-regulation and strategies.  Research shows that this gradual release model works!  
 Here is a brief overview of the stages:
  • Stage 1- Activate & Develop Background Knowledge- Collect a pre-assessment (cold write), build enthusiasm, introduce mnemonic (see graphic above), evaluate exemplar essay, review parts and terms for this type of writing, discuss key general writing traits, & introduce self-regulation
  • Stage 2- Introduce graphic organizer, map out exemplar essay, repair weak essays, discuss students' current attitudes toward writing, & discuss when and where to use strategies.
  • Stage 3- Introduce self-talk, model a think aloud using positive self-talk, lead collaborative write, introduce scoring, score samples, & support goal setting.
  • Stage 4- Memorize the mnemonic and internalize self-instruction plans
  • Stage 5- Time for students to practice all they've learned.  This stage is an active, buzzing writing workshop.  Differentiation happens here.  Students are gradually released and begin to blossom into independent writers.  Hold steady in this stage until all students are successful.
  • Stage 6- Use strategies and self-regulate independently- Independent practice! You have writers!
Murfreesboro City & Wilson County Teachers using SRSD
   Depending on your group of students, you could start producing writers who self-regulate and use good writing strategies within the first quarter!  Want to know more? You can watch videos and download free materials from the Think SRSD website by clicking {HERE}!  There is information for  the 3 main types of writing on the website, my training is focusing on informative, because that's the area our students struggle with the most.

Watch this Prezi on SRSD to learn more!

Teachers in Milan, Tennessee putting SRSD into practice!
 


POW+TIDE writing center created by Core Coach Kerri Newsom.

Below is a Padlet with so many great resources for SRSD!
   If you already use SRSD, I'd love for you to share your experiences and tips in the comments below.  If you have further questions, leave those below too!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Teacher Blog Tuesday

I have a new teacher blogger to introduce you to today! Her name is Christa Lyons and her blog is just adorable!

1.                           Name of blog and link:

2.                         Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
My blog tells about the daily adventures I have with my kiddos in my first grade class. It also has a few things here and there about my life outside of the classroom. It started it as a way to showcase what I do in my classroom, journal teaching memories, swap ideas with other educators, and meet other teachers.

Teachers can have fun too! Here I am laughing at my ‘sculpture’ during an after school pottery class hosted by our art teacher.


3.                           Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I began teaching right after graduating college. I have a degree in Elementary Education and an English as a Second Language endorsement. I student taught in my home state of Virginia, and I currently teach in Colorado. I’m finishing up my third year of teaching. (I taught Kindergarten for two years and first grade for one year.) I am currently in graduate school finishing up my M.Ed. Reading degree. I’m licensed to teach in Virginia, Colorado, and Tennessee.

4.                          What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I’m super indecisive, so I couldn’t come up with songs for my entire life, but I really like India Arie’s “I Choose” right now

5.                         What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I can’t think of the hardest thing I’ve ever done; being a teacher, I face many hard decisions daily. If I had to choose something that continues to be a challenge it’s holding my tongue. I’m super outspoken, but I’ll admit it, sometimes I need to hush up J

6.                         What’s your favorite TV show?
Definitely Scandal; I’m addicted!

7.                          What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
My LuLu Lemon leggings! They’re stretchy and go with almost any outfit. They also transition easily from the day clothes to gym clothes.

8.                         Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
26. (Yes, I take pictures of everything J) My mom shipped a cake to me for my birthday this year. (I promise there’s cake under the flames!)

9.                         What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?
      The Desire of Ages, it’s a book my granddad gave to me ten years ago. I’ve started and stopped it so many times, but I finally finished it. It’s a great book! I have no idea what I’m going to read yet; my principal probably does though! J

10.                   What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?
      Chocolate cake from a coworker’s baby shower, but it was soooo good!

11.                    Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.  
Freebie: First Grade Memory Book

If you are a new blogger and would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com!
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