I was looking for an inspirational video to show my teachers this week. I came across so many that made me smile or even tear up, that I thought I would post them here for everyone to share. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thanks for everything you do for your students and colleagues!
Monday, March 2, 2015
Who needs some awesome short texts to use in your lessons? Here are some of my free favorites that students really enjoy!
Newsela: Leveled texts with quizzes. There is a free version and a paid version. The free version gives you access to articles and quizzes. The paid version provides a teacher/student portal that includes record keeping.
Wonderopolis: This has been a favorite for a long time! Each wonder includes a video, text that can be read aloud, and extension activities. No membership or log ins needed! Totally free.
TT Junior/Tween Tribune: Free resources from Smithsonian. They do provide lexiled text.
Read Works: Free informational text and lesson plans. You do need to set up a log in, but there is no membership needed.
We Give Books: Coolest site ever! Read favorite full text books online and help out needy kids everywhere! No log in necessary.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Thank you Texas K teachers for all the great discussion and participation in our sessions this week. I really enjoyed sharing ideas and learning from you! Below are some resources that might be helpful in the upcoming weeks:
Click Here for Additional Handouts/Resources Mentioned in the Sessions
Click Here for Readers Theater Websites for Scripts
Websites and Apps I mentioned during our workshops:
Read Write Think
Illuminations: Math Site
Buck Institute: Project Based Learning
Green Ghoulie: Camp Songs
Scholastic Literacy Games
ABC YA: Go Animate
Sign Up Genius
- Write About This
- Tell About This
- Sock Puppet
- Number Pieces
- Three Ring: Conference Record Keeping
- See Saw: Student Portfolios
- Endless Reader
- Endless Numbers
- Touch and Write Phonics
- Shadow Puppet EDU
- Sushi Monster
- Lunch Rush: PBS Math
New Things Teachers Shared with Me!
I am always so appreciative of teachers who share new things with me. Thank you ladies for your great tips!
Math Slide Tens & Ones App: Students can practice number sense and place value skills.
ToDo Math App: K-2 Math Skills
Fun Picture Books:
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, October 26, 2014
This week I will be spending a few days in Virginia with some wonderful kindergarten teachers. We will be talking about everything from technology to journals. Here are some of the websites we are discussing this week:
Symbaloo Example: Matt Gomez
ABC YA: Go Animate
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
1) Catching Up with Friends at Workshops
It has been so much fun to visit with great friends at different trainings/workshops throughout the last month. Teacher friends really are the best!!
There is just nothing like Vegas in July when teachers take over the city! This year I will be seeing lots of great pals at the SDE National Conferences for Differentiated Instruction, Kindergarten, and First Grade. It is an exhausting, but energizing week for me. I plan to attend the Blogger Meet Up on Wednesday night and hope to see lots of you there as well! By the way, I have handouts for the sessions posted on the right hand side of the blog under the yellow banner that says,"Lori's Latest Links." I am adding more resources daily so keep checking in with me!
3) Books I Am Reading
There is nothing I enjoy more than reading a new book! This summer I am reading both fun and professional titles. I am diving deeper into writing instruction for older students and reviewing key concepts about reading for elementary students. I am also taking time to relax and get lost in a sweet, funny story.
Probably the hardest part of this summer, but most rewarding is helping my daughter prepare to go to college in the fall. We are buying cute dorm room decorations, towels, and bedding. I am filling out financial aid applications as quick as my fingers will type and we are cherishing every minute together as a family. Such a bittersweet time for all of us, but we are excited about our baby girl's new adventure!
As if we didn't have enough changes going on around our house, I have just taken a new position as the Coordinator for 21st Century Literacy for Springfield Public Schools. I just moved into my new office and haven't even had time to decorate it yet. It has been such a blessing to be able to travel all over the country and share ideas with teachers the last 3 years. What an awesome experience! I will continue to do workshops, conferences, and trainings throughout the year just not as many. This wonderful opportunity popped up and I had to take it because it involves the things I love most about teaching: Literacy, Technology, Teachers, and Students! I can't wait to share with all of you the new things I am working on and learning this year.
Summer Time is the perfect time to check out new tech tools! We are more relaxed and have time to just play with some great apps/webtools for the classroom. I have some real winners for you today!
Shadow Puppet EDU: I've been sharing with you about the app Shadow Puppet since Christmas! I have loved using it with students to create videos. Just this week Shadow Puppet premiered the new Education version of their awesome app. Now you can not only add your own pictures, videos, music, and narration; but you can select pictures and animated gifs from a new gallery of resources from the Library of Congress, NASA, etc. Fantabulous!!! Download the free app now!
Biblionasium: Shout out to all my BOOK LOVERS! This website is perfect for you and your students. Biblionasium combines record keeping, student book recommendations, and guidance with book selections. The best part of this online reading community is that it is free! No more tracking down reading logs. Everything is done online to keep your students organized for independent reading. I know you are going to want to use it in the fall, so go now and setup your account. Your students will love talking about the books they are reading and getting recommendations and reviews from other students. Reading is going to come alive in your classroom this year!
Kahoot: This game based student response website is a HOOT! It is perfect because it doesn't matter what type of technology you are using in your classroom.. iPads, computers, Chromebooks, etc. It Works! Now your students can answer questions, play review games, and interact with your content in a fun and engaging way for FREE! I especially love it because it is colorful and much more eye catching than some of the other student response apps/sites/devices. Go to Get Kahoot to register and get started.