Thursday, April 2, 2015
I'm so excited to announce that JB Creations now has a second home.....on a great new marketplace site called Educents! If you haven't had a chance to explore this wonderful website, I highly recommend it! Pursuing my goal for developing quality, engaging materials for the intermediate level student, this site has provided me with another opportunity to reach more individuals who share my passion! I have always believed that kids learn the most when they are presented with connected, interactive activities. I strive to build that into every product I create. I test them out each and every day! As a result, if you visit my room, you will most likely see my students up and moving to music, collaborating and working in small teams, or acting out key events from history. It is an exciting environment where you can see connections being made! I invite you to experience this yourself! I have a game available for you to try for free that will review all of the parts of speech in this hands-on, interactive way! Get ready to toss that boring review worksheet....students will participate in the traditional 4 corners game to get them up and moving and learn in a much more meaningful, fun way! Please click on the link below to find this game in my new store. I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine do! Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #8 - 3rd & 4th Grade Stores
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
Do the upcoming state tests make you feel like pulling your hair out? The stress on teachers is bad enough, but after recently administering a mock test to our students, I feel like they are truly the ones who are going to bear the brunt of the stressful feelings. I watched as all of my kids (gifted, regular, struggling) struggled with the length/complexity of the passages and confusing directions, all while navigating brand new technology skills. I think Superintendent Trisha Kocanda of Winnetka Public Schools in Illinois said it very well. I appreciate her willingness to go to bat for the kids. Well worth the time to read! (Click on the stressed girl!)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was such a clever, cute idea! This testing nonsense has gotten out of hand. Everytime we turn around, I feel like there's another training, video, manual, schedule, etc. being dumped on us. This stress that teachers feel is ultimately going to be handed down to the kids....if we can only remember to step back to see what truly matters......
Monday, January 12, 2015
I like to embrace Dr. King's belief and dream to include everyone! On MLK day, I hand out 3 different scripts for a reader's theater on the life and time of this great leader. The scripts are leveled with a modified, regular, and enriched version to ensure everyone has a chance to participate at his/her own reading level. Students will learn about Martin Luther King Jr's childhood & beginning of his dreams, his work, dedication, & accomplishments as a civil rights activist, and his lasting influence on people today! Grab them by clicking on the picture below!
Monday, January 5, 2015
If you're anything like me, I get a burst of energy right after Christmas (well, it takes a day or so to recover from Christmas festivities but THEN it kicks in). I begin making mental lists of things I need to cover at school, tackle at home, do with my kids, begin for my health, etc, etc. Most years, I start off strong, a few things may stick, but I quickly fall back into the comfort of my old, comfortable routine and the lists are soon shifted to the back, kind of like the leftover Christmas cookies in the fridge. Well, I decided that this year I would make a better effort to keep up with those goals. I realized that my biggest mistake were my "mental" lists....if I wanted to really accomplish any new goals, I would need to write them down and make them official. I found a cute little journal that I'm going to dedicate to this very purpose.