Monday, August 18, 2014

Trajectory Lines and a Sale!

Hello There!

I am pretty darn excited I tell you! One of my teammates just shared a handy dandy new tool and now I am sharing it with you! A Trajectory!! Ok so I must admit, I had never heard the word before so I looked it up and am sharing that with you too: Trajectory: a path, progression, or line of development. 

At my school we assess our students using mCLASS assessments. I want to focus this year on making sure my students will make significant growth in reading so I made my SMART goal to reflect that ALL students would make at least 1 year's growth as determined by the trajectory map. So I have assessed all my students, plotted~ just grab the line and move it up to their BOY (beginning of the year) reading level, and started teaching to get them to move up the path of a year's growth! The black line will measure 1 year of growth, the green line measures 1.5 years growth. 
Sample Trajectory

Pretty cool Huh? I know I am really a teacher nerd who loves fun tools! You can get this to use if you want {here}

Did you hear the AH.MAZ.ING news? TpT is having a 1 day site wide sale this Wednesday!

Just in time for me...I already have a few things in my cart, one of which I know will help my first graders zoom up their trajectory line!  Have you seen Miss DeCarbo's Text Evidence Reading Passages? It is just perfect for my 1st grade friends! Students will  practice reading fluency and comprehension skills using her fiction and non-fiction passages. Last year I bought her Fall, Winter, and Spring packs and I quickly discovered how awesome they were at helping my kids to not only comprehend text but use and state evidence directly from the text to support their understanding. This is new for our students with common core and such a hard concept for many. My students got so much better at proving their thinking this last year, so naturally I have to get the Summer passages to make my set complete!

Click {here} to check out her Summer pack. 

I am off to fill my cart with other great teacher products before the big sale!. Share with me...what do you love that helps your kiddos move up the trajectory line?  Do you love handy dandy tools and a teacher nerd like me?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Table Captains Freebie!

Hello There!

We are 4 weeks into school now and management is getting soooo much easier! I wanted to quickly share a tip I learned from my friend Kristin from  A Teeny Tiny Teacher .
First Graders love to help and we love for them to help right? (Can you bring me my...go get my keys...get the paper off the floor....tie Brandon's shoes... It is like I have 24 eager little worker bees in my room!

I have tables rather than desks in my room so I have 1 table captain per table who can check, pass out stuff and boss around  help their teammates.

My kids LOVE wearing special stickers, badges etc. So I went to Office Max and purchased these see thru badges and shirt clips see link then I made these cute cards to insert into the badges.
Finished Badge...Cutie wearing it proudly!

I like to mount them on colored construction paper to match with my table group names, (red table, orange table...etc) before putting them in the plastic badges, then if one gets lost, the kids can return it to the correct table group.
I also put my name on them so if a child leaves one behind somewhere, (not that THAT has ever happened) the "finder" can return it to our class. 
I made these using KG What the Teacher Wants font click here to download for free for personal use. Or you can highlight and change the font to whatever is your fancy!

Edit and Print!

Here is the link to the table captains (editable)  freebie  :) Enjoy!

Share a quick management tip below, what makes your classroom run smoothly??

Ok, off to snuggle my sweet baby girl and get ready for the rest of the week! :)