Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyber Monday Blog Hop Stop #22

I'm so glad you stopped by! The bloggers of Primary Powers are sharing their best tips for using GoNoodle in the classroom. You have landed on spot number 22. Read on to find our how I use GoNoodle to engage students in math instruction, along with an awesome giveaway! Or, you can start at the beginning and find your way back here. 

1. Warm-up your lessons with an engaging math song. Research shows that music and movement before lessons can increase students' attention span and can help focus your students. 

2. Take a brain break during math assessments. In my classroom, students take a brain break every 5 assessment questions (or less, depending on the length of the questions). They know that if they stay focused and work hard, they will get a break to get their wiggles out! I have seen an improvement in student motivation to work through an assessment, and an increase in focus during the assessment!

3. Use math songs to supplement your math instruction. Working on counting to 100? Are your students learning how to count by 2s, 5s, and 10s? Use a GoNoodle song to help your students along the way!

4. Take a break when your students are getting wiggly. I take my cues from my first graders. When I notice they're getting particularly wiggly, we take a break! I set the expectation that after our brain breaks, we get back to work and refocus. It's amazing how taking a quick break helps us get back to business!

5. Close your lesson with a brain break. Did your students work hard to accomplish tricky math problems? Reward them with a brain break! They will love it and it will make their hard work that much sweeter!

GoNoodle is offering a 30% discount for all Primary Powers readers! Plus, a special gift from Primary Powers and GoNoodle with your order! Click {HERE} to shop!

You can shop your heart out and not feel guilty after these amazing savings! Just use code POWERS30 at checkout. I know my cart is already FULL of GoNoodle goodies for myself and my students! They even have pre-wrapped gifts, perfect for the holiday season!

You can also enter to win a class set of GoNoodle shoelaces... 
Yes, an entire class set! 

I was lucky enough to snatch a few of these GoNoodle shoelaces up this summer and my students LOVE them! I use the shoelaces as a reward for my first graders who know how to tie their shoes. These shoelaces have been very motivating! 

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Thanks for stopping by and entering this giveaway! Keep hopping for more great GoNoodle tips and more chances to win some great swag! Your next stop will be to All Students Can Shine with some great tips on using GoNoodle during assessments! 

How do you use GoNoodle in your classroom?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Do You Know Your Doubles?

We know math fact fluency is important, but how do we get our students to actually compute their math facts quickly? 

For the past month, my first graders have been practicing and applying addition strategies. In just a few weeks, I have already seen a huge improvement in math fact fluency. One of our favorite strategies has been learning our double facts. We got these down! Double facts have been able to help my first graders add in so many ways! My firsties know their doubles, their doubles +1, and their doubles -1! We are addition superstars!

To celebrate our awesomeness, because my first graders are pretty darn awesome... We made our very own doubles music video. This was a HUGE hit in my classroom! My kiddos were all smiles. After making our music video, my first graders listened with a critical ear. They decided to rerecord our video 4 times before my firsties agreed that it was "good enough" to share. 

Drum roll please.... Here it is! 

You'll have to turn your volume up. Our recording materials weren't the best! Next time we record a music video, we will record the song first, then place the recording over the music video. We recorded our video the quick and easy way today!

I saved the best for first... Oops! BEFORE we made our video, we made a double fact foldable. This was another HIT! They loved writing under the flaps. I heard a class full of, "OoOoooOoooO" and "AaaAaaaAaaah." 

You can find this Double Fact Foldable as a freebie {HERE}

I'm off for the next 5 days and have some unpacking to do! I can hardly believe I blogged! But, I was just so excited about our class music video, that I just had to share with you! I hope you can use our double fact video in your classroom, or found inspiration to create a video of your own! 

How do your students practice their double facts? 


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round-Up!

Thanks for stopping by for this edition of Bright Ideas! I can't believe it has been 10 months since Bright Ideas began! I feel so fortunate to be a part of this link-up! I may not post a Bright Idea every month (my, have I been busy these past few months!) but I always make sure to read my bloggy friend's post!

This month, I am going to share some of my Bright Idea posts, along with a couple of my personal favorite bright ideas!

My first Bright Idea was all about engaging students outside of the classroom and use paint chips to inspire authentic writing. You can read this blog post {HERE}

My next Bright Idea is my favorite management tool! On this post, I shared all about my easy-peasy bathroom management procedure. Read all about it {HERE}

Last, but not least, I shared another one of my favorite management tricks. This trick will help keep all of your students accountable during small group work. You can read about it {HERE}

I may not have contributed every month, but I made sure that when the Bright Idea linky came around, I read my friends' posts! Here are some of my favorites!

This amazing idea came from Nicole at Teaching With Style. Nicole is one of my best blogging friends & is one of the kindest people you will ever meet... Not to mention, she has some amazing ideas! You can read about how she used whiteboard dots in guided reading {HERE}

I had to plan for a sub this week, and this Bright Idea came in handy! It comes from my friend Emily from Education to the Core, another sweet and amazing blogger. You can read her post {HERE}

This last Bright Idea is one that I just have to try! I usually do a Class Promise and display it in my classroom, but with the move to a new school, I just didn't have the time to do it! I feel in love with this sweet positive display from Teaching First. You can read about her sweet and positive idea {HERE}

I hope you've enjoyed the Bright Ideas I've shared with you! The fun doesn't stop here... Check out more of the Bright Ideas below!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Much to be Super Thankful For!

I have much to be thankful this year! 
My friends at Primary Powers created a linky to share all that we're thankful for! 

I will keep my post short and simple because it is conference week and I am dog-tired! I don't even know how I managed to stay away this late, and it's only 8 o'clock!

As many of you know, I moved from 2nd grade to 1st grade. It was a big change, but I am just loving it! My students have a lot of energy, but are so sweet! I could not imagine teaching without them!

Moving school meant moving to a new classroom. I am very pleased with my space. It is not as cramped as I used to be. I have enough room for all of my books (which I still need to organize), and has enough room for 29 first graders. 

Of course I am thankful for my family! We are not the most photogenic bunch (my dad is even giving me bunny ears... what!?!) but I love them just the same!

I am finally moving to a new apartment! I will miss living with my parents (really, I will), but I am excited to live away from them again, haha! Teachers need their space!!
Enough said!
I cannot express enough how blessed I feel to be a teacher! There are so many wonderful life experiences coming my way!

I am thankful to all of my blog readers. I know I am not the most consistent blogger, but you have stuck with me... I appreciate you all!

What are you thankful for??
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