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Friday, June 23, 2017

Forensics: Controlled Substances Act

I have been doing a little bit of Foldables in classes other than Biology.  Some units are easier to incorporate Foldables with than others.  And I tend to like to use Foldable with information that is dull-ish.  In Forensics I have used is one for Controlled Substances Act and Schedule of Drugs.

They still take notes, but they take their own notes (a skill they should have for college).  And it doesn't make the information more interesting, but it is a nice change of  pace to get to cut and color sometimes, even if they act like they don't like it!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

End of School Inservice 2017

Sandy and I are always willing to share with our coworkers on the latest and greatest teachery goings-ons.

We have found that WE are more interested and engaged when we hear from fellow teachers rather than some random somebody that hasn't been in the classroom for a million years. Hence why we created this blog!

Below are some of the topics we shared with our coworkers this year.

Snipping 
Allows you to copy, paste, and edit (minimally) an image or text.
Start, Windows Accessories, Snipping Tool




Task View/Multiple Desktops
Great for multitasking without having to close out all of your applications. I can have one desktop open for all my teaching software, then another open for all the paper-worky type things I am working on during my conference or after school.


Chrome Add-Ons and Extensions
So many to choose from. Here are a few: Grammarly, Boomerang, Mailcastr, Google Classroom, Flubaroo.

Google Forms
Formative Assessment, Student Information, Survey, Sign In & Out Tutorial Tracker, Rubric Creator, the list goes on!



Openers & Closers
Warm-ups, Bell-ringers, Exit Tickets, Sticky Note Discussions, Journals, Science Starters, etc. We shared what we have been doing differently and had others share their successes and failures in this area.

Videos
Ipad - Doceri, Educreations, Whiteboard, Explain Everything, EdPuzzle...
Software - Camtasia & Camstudio (For a while my iPad was not functioning...so I purchased Camtasia to create videos on my laptop)
Promethean Board/Smart Board - Built in screen recorder



Notetaking
Interactive Notebooks (teacher notes on one side, student notes on the other), Foldables (so many ideas on the internet, Dinah Zike is a great resource), and Sketchnotes



Friday, June 16, 2017

The power of water

One of my AP kids last year saw something similar to this online done with toothpicks, and they wanted to try it in class. I was out of toothpicks, but I did have wooden splints.  This is now a part of my Properties of Water Lab.

Focus on the Positive

Sometimes, you have to be thankful for little things that make you happy. 
 A pretty mug filled with colorful pens looks like endless possibilities.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Losing Students

I lost one of "my kids" over Christmas break.  He graduated last year.  He was my teacher's aide and spent at least 2 if not 4 hours a day in my room.  It hurts, and it hurts when his friends come in and visit it hurts to see them in pain.  It is not fair that they have to experience this loss at such a young age.    But what helps is talking to them ... and seeing our little community rally around this family.  It is awesome.

He was supposed to stop by for a visit before heading back to the Air Force Academy ... he questioned me with each piece of Air Force flair I had (that my kid was given by a recruiter).  And now each of those pieces feel tied to him.  He forced me to clean my desk completely every couple of weeks.  He liked to stick around and talk about whatever was going on in his life or just shoot the breeze.  He passed his AP Exam and has a star on my wall with his name on it.  I just realized that the geologic time line up in my room may have been from his group during his freshmen year.  I will always picture him sitting near my desk with his mischievous grin ...

And though we cry, and the tears will still come sometimes when we least expect it, he would not want us to be sad.  He would want us to support his family, get our acts together, accomplish all we can, help those we can, and take comfort that he died doing what he loved.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Teacher Retreat!

In addition to being a rockstar teacher, a not-so consistent blogger, wife, mom, sister, and daughter, I am also a Director with Pampered Chef.  I only bring this up because I just got back from a leadership retreat.  As with all new events I was apprehensive.  But it was awesome.  And I now wish that teachers had something available to them that was so informative, uplifting, fun, and revitalizing.  There were about 25 of us in 5 suites.  We took up one floor and had one suite one floor up.

We had two outside speakers, but most of the sessions were led from within the group.  We had break out sessions.  We had an assigned dinner dinner group.  We had 2 small group sessions.  We took turns cooking for the group.  We each paid for the rooms, and a small portion of the food.  We each had assigned items to bring (drink for the group, ingredient for a recipe, and a snack for the group).

We filled out forms ahead of time as to what we needed from the retreat.  We had a scavenger hunt, a craft project, a guessing game about the other participants, gifts on our pillows, and a secret admirer.  We had a expert panel from within the group, we had some therapy, and we had a lot of laughter.  Enough that we need to be able to be as loud as we want!

Would you want to come to our teacher retreat (if we can figure out how to make it work)?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Blogging Challenge

I have been challenged to write every day.  Why would I take that challenge on?  Because I love this blog.  There is so much I would like to share and reflect on, but I am often pulled in so many directions that I forget what amazing things I wanted to write about.  I figure even if I can't publish a post every day, at least I am doing better than I was.  So, get ready.  We are about to get silly, get real and get random.

I am going to write about activities in classes, my composition book of memories, losing a student, what to do when you have a sub, December Spirit days, gifts to students and gifts from students, the proper way to spend winter break … and everything else I think of!


Now, any ideas what I should write about?  I have a few ideas, but if you like our little blog and want to hear something specific comment below and let us know.