Oct 29, 2013

Carson-Dellosa Giveaway

We were so excited when Carson-Dellosa contacted us to take part in their review of a new product and at the same time take part in a fabulous giveaway to a lucky winner!!  The product that we were asked to review is their new Common Core Connections.  These are workbooks that are designed to help students review common core standards.  These pages can be used for assessment, remediation, progress monitoring, and differentiation.  The great thing about this series is that these workbooks are available in math and language arts.

If you would like a chance to win one of these booklets (math or language arts) please leave a comment on our blog and be sure to tell us the following important information in your comment:
The grade level that you would like your Common Core Connections booklet to be if you are the winner.
Please state your preference of either the Math or Language Arts booklet.
Please leave your email so that we can contact you if you are the winner.

This giveaway begins Tuesday, October 29 and will end on Thursday, October 31 at midnight EST.  Good luck!! 

Oct 15, 2013

Data Binder Evidence Pictures

I have 2 more make up conferences next week and I am officially done with fall conferences.  For my conferences, I always fill out a "sloppy copy" of the grade card so that I can explain the grade card to parents.  I also share their child's data binder with them so that they can see the growth and documentation since the first day of school.  Using data binders is such a POWERFUL tool and parents love to see the growth.  The data binder is also great evidence to show your principal at the end of the year of at least a year's growth in all subject areas. 
Here are a few pictures of the data binder information that I shared at my conferences:

We have our data binder graphs and cover pages available on our TPT store.  Head over to check out these great deals!! 
Data Binder Cover and Dividers
Data Binder Reading Graphs and Recording Sheets Sheets-Freebie
Dibels Progress Monitoring Graphs
If you would like something other than the TEAM theme, we have been doing custom orders.  Just send us an email through our gmail account.

At the end of the year, these Data Binders go home with the students and they are a great collection of the student's work throughout an entire year!!

Oct 13, 2013

Grade Cards, TPT Sale, Wedding, and Progress Monitoring Evidence

This week will be kind of crazy for me.  I just wrapped up my conferences last week and this week is the end of the 9 weeks which means grade card time.  Lucky for me, it should not take me that long to wrap up my grade cards.  Ours are on the computer and it's so nice that my daughter will help punch them in as I look at the checklists!! 

My son is getting married this coming Saturday and my sister, daughter, and I do wedding decorations, so we are going to be QUITE busy this week.  They are planning on 350 people which means lots of table decorations.  I did take Friday off, but as you are aware it is taking me a little while to plan to be out on Friday.

As I was into school yesterday cleaning up and planning for this week.  I wrapped up some of my progress monitoring data.  I also filed it into my kids' Data Binder booklets that I shared at conferences last week.  What a powerful tool to use and for parents to see their child's progress.  

Our TPT store is on sale through Monday of this week.  Everything is 20% off and of course you can use the additional 10% TPT code of FB100K.  

Headed in to school later tonight and I will post pictures of Data Binders and My Personal Evidence Binders to my evaluation this year!! 


Oct 8, 2013

Conferences ALMOST Done!!

Love, love, love the fact that our district supports us doing conferences early in the year to communicate with the parents.  Our 9 weeks is over in 2 weeks.  There are sooooo many advantages of doing it this early in the year.  I will have to say that I have had a discussion about practicing DIBELS components with every parent.  My homework booklet is based around the DIBELS components.  We have been in school for 35 days and my parents have already helped to practice letter naming fluency and first sound fluency.  It was so rewarding for me to talk with parents and know that they totally understood the goals for these 2 Dibels components for the end of the year.  
If you are looking for some practice/progress monitoring tools to use with your class, check out our TPT store with all of our DIBELS products:
Letter Naming Fluency and First Sound Fluency 98 pages for just $2.50
Segmentation for only $2.00
Nonsense Words for only $2.00

Apple Centers are almost done.  We have been working hard on counting and cardinality.  We have worked on numbers 0-10 and 0-20 for those students who are ready for these numbers.  I will have to say that the students are having a blast with these centers.  Apple Themed Math Centers for $3.50 Great unit for strengthening their numbers.

Working hard on identifying our numbers.  This group was working on teen numbers.

This group was working on identifying numbers including some teen numbers.

Working on numbers 0-10 through spinners and a graphing paper.

Discussing with her partner which number she has the most of so far in the game.