Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Feature Teacher Tuesday!

I hope you have started to love Tuesdays as much as we have! It’s another week of Featured Teacher Tuesday!
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Our Featured Teacher this week is Melanie Ebersole from Momma with a Teaching Mission!
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Melanie Ebersole is a 1st Grade departmentalized Literacy Teacher. She is also the Mom to 4 young children, 2 boys (ages 10 and 6) and 2 girls (ages 7 and 1).
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Melanie is currently in her 3rd year of teaching. She teaches at a school with approximately 700 students in Maryland. She worked in Human Resources for 5 years before finishing her teaching degree and pursuing her dream of teaching. Melanie always wanted to be a teacher, but with life happening, wasn’t able to pursue completing her degree until after having 3 children. You can read more about her journey HERE.
Melanie has a passion for departmentalization. She did a guest blog on Rachel Lynette’s Minds in Bloom, you can read HERE! She also wrote another guest blog post on a blog she collaborates on Who’s Who and New, you can read about Why Teaching in a Departmentalized Classroom Rocks HERE. You can also read more about departmentalization within the primary classroom on her own blog HERE.

Besides running her blog, Melanie is also a TpT author! You can find her store at Momma with a Teaching Mission.

Some of her newest products include…
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These are perfect for building your students independence stamina when working with CVC words.

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This bundle pack is perfect if you are teaching the common core. So many different options for games, homework, formative assessments, or warm-ups.

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This is the 2nd edition in homework packs’ that Melanie has created for her own classroom, that turned into a TpT project! You can find the 1st edition here! Her students love this daily homework pack, and it is simply a review of 1st grade material. Homework can be a hot topic, but these no prep pages take students only a few minutes a night!

You can follow check out Melanie’s social media accounts here--


Thank you for joining me for this Featured Teacher Tuesday! Please check out Melanie Ebersole & don’t forget to join us next week for a new featured teacher!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Feature Teacher Tuesday

This week's featured teacher is Ashley, 1st grade teacher and blogger over at The Blessed OCDiva. The name pretty much speaks for itself! She has a passion for sharing God’s word, sharing goodies for teachers, and providing a fix for anyone else just a tad OCD!
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She is married to her other half and they are doggy parents to Groot (yes like Guardians of the Galaxy Groot) and Maximus (yes like Gladiator Maximus Aurelius).
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Ashley has been teaching for 7 ½ years and 6 of those have been in first grade. Along with teaching she also is the lead mentor for her campus and has been a team leader for 5 years. She loves being able to help lead other teachers and ignite their passion for learning and teaching; ultimately hoping to be able to turn that into a path for her career.


In 2014, she was Teacher of the year for her campus. What an honor and blessing this was!! All possible through God’s never ending love and direction.
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Since starting her blog, The Blessed OCDiva, she also opened up her TPT store as well and has worked at building it to offer resources for other teachers that span across the curriculum.      Some of her products include: (click to check them out)

This little packet is an integration of social studies, writing, reading, and math!!!
It focuses on 6 main landforms: hills, mountains, valley, canyon, cliff, and island.
I have included the following types of activities to help you teach:
-anchor charts
-writing definitions/characteristics of each
-matching the name to picture
-identifying the type of landform and labeling
-Count, Tally and graph
-Writing response with question stems
-landforms book with fill in the blanks (answer key included)
-Guessing game


I have also included a page of suggestions to help with understanding how it is intended to be used. However, feel free to use it according to your kids needs!
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Do you like to challenge your kids during reading workshop? Do you want them to be able to have accountable talk and written response with their text? If you do, these cards are for you!!


These can be used very easily within the workshop time frame of read to self, read with a buddy and even small groups. The teacher will want to model A LOT! But it is intended for slow release until independence!!


-2 formats for teacher’s preference of printing
-mini anchor charts for reference or can also be easily inserted into the kids card bundle
-color coded for ease of use
- table of contents for teacher and student use


Click here to see how I use them!

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Here is a bundle pack of all things geometry! 108 pages of fun! I made it as versatile as possible so it can reach anyone with many objectives!
I have included the following items in each section.


2-D shapes:
-anchor charts for each shape (square,circle, rectangle, triangle, rhombus,trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon,octagon)
-Memory match
-Book of shapes (this also integrates some fractions)
-Matching shapes
-Identifying sides/vertices
-Assessment/independent practice
-Find,Tally,Graph
-Roll and Cover
-Connect 4 spin and cover


3-D shapes:
-anchor charts for each shape (sphere, cube, triangular prism, rectangular prism, pyramid,cone,cylinder)
-Memory Match
-Find, Tally, Graph
-Name match
-Assessment/independent practice
-Sorting 3-D
-Attributes charts
-Roll, Slide, Stack chart
-Connect 4 spin and cover


Fractions:
-anchor charts (whole,half, thirds, fourths)
-Memory Match
- Bingo
-Equal/Unequal activities
-Spin and Cover
-Roll and Cover
-Assessment/independent practice
-Color fractions
-Spin and Color
-Find, Tally, Graph


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Snag some freebies while you are checking out the resources above!


This one has had over 17,000 downloads!







Be sure to keep up to date with all of the OCDiva action!
Facebook ( I update this weekly)
Twitter: The Blessed OCDiva


Saturday, January 9, 2016

One Little Word 2016

Hi Friends! 
I know I am super later to the party, but I wanted to join anyways. Ashley, over at Schroeder Shenanigans in Second started off January talking about "One Little Word." And that is just one little word to describe something you want to work on this year. Ashley did a great job talking about how she wants to focus, and how that word applies to so many areas of her life. If you want to check out her post about it, click HERE.

When walking into a new year, a new week, a new season, a new month, or even a new day, it's important to think about the things you want to accomplish and how you're going to get there. Sometimes my goal for the day is to just get through it, other times I want to really challenge myself to be a great math teacher, or a great writing teacher that day. Sometimes I see where I am lacking, and make that my focus for the day. When thinking about the word I wanted to choose to use as my One Little Word for the year, I was thinking about this past year. It was an all or nothing year for me. I was either really into it, or I just wasn't. And you really can't live and be happy like that. 2015 was a year that I achieved a lot of goals, but it was also a year when I faced a lot of challenges and was ready to put them behind me. So for 2016, I chose.... 

 
And my oh my are there so many things in this life to balance, starting with the big one. You know as well as I do that teaching can consume you. It's a dark hole of work, data, grading, reporting, meetings, conferences, planning, copying, and not to mention the actual act of teaching, that it is so easy to get sucked in and not know how to climb out. I have been there. Luckily, I found a way to crawl out, but there are times when I look at the clock and realized that I just worked for 5 hours on a Sunday afternoon typing up plans, putting grades in, or just creating resources for the week. This is NOT ok. I should not have to spend that much of my personal time doing work things. Now this is a whole other battle because as teachers in the good old US of A we certainly do not have enough prep time to get all of our work done that we need to within our time limitations. BUT, I should not be spending that much time on the weekends doing something that I do not necessarily love to do in my free time. 

I need to work on balancing my personal life as well. Finding a rhythm with working out, eating healthy, and spending time with my husband and dog are important things as well. Sometimes I find myself so consumed with a book, a Netflix marathon, or blogging that I just don't take the time out to really go and spend time quality time with The Hubs and our dog.

Overall, I want to find a way to be more balanced with my life, both personally and professionally. I want to be able to get my work done, but still be able to create, blog, and spend some down time with my family. I know it sounds easy, but we all know how demanding our lives can become. 

What's your One Little Word for 2016?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Feature Teacher Tuesday is Back!

Hi Friends!



It’s Featured Teacher Tuesday!


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We’re starting 2016 off by featuring Kendwy Valdez from BuggyForFirst


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Kendwy is a first grade teacher in the state of Massachusetts as well as a wife, mother of two beautiful girls and pastor.  
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Kendwy has been teaching first grade for four years.  She started working in an alternative school right out of high school in order to pay for college.  She was a biology major with a pre-med concentration, but 3 months into the school year she realized that what she desperately wanted to do was teach.  So began her journey to obtain her teaching degree even if it meant changing her biology major after 2 ½ years.  Her motto became “I didn’t choose teaching; teaching chose me”.


After many years in education and a burning passion for teaching, this past summer she finally decided to take the plunge and she opened up her TPT store and started her blog at BuggyForFirst.  Her blog is currently undergoing a facelift and will soon look “legit” :)


Kendwy works with a big population of ELLs.  She believes that every student can be successful with the proper supports put in place.  Language should never be a barrier for learning.  As a second language learner herself, she is very aware of the challenges that many of her students face and makes it a priority to bring engaging and high quality instruction to all her students.  She uses the 7 step vocabulary process to teach vocabulary.  You can grab the posters from her store.  They’re a FREEBIE :)
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Her most popular product to date have been The Reading Comprehension Passages for ELLs and Beginner Writers.  There are two packets available: The Blends and Digraphs Pack and the Long Vowels Pack.  
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She will be adding an R control and Diphthongs packet soon, so make sure to follow her store to know when it becomes available.


Have you played Scoot! with your students yet?  You have to!  It is so much fun and engaging and the kids are LEARNING! :)
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This packet has over 100 pages of fact fluency activities.
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If you don’t already follow Kendwy, you can find her on most social media platforms.




Follow her blog through Bloglovin’.  Her blog will soon have a pretty pizzazz look to it, and she would love to have you join her on her journey.