Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Canadian Blogger Meet Up!

Last weekend 11 bloggers/TPT sellers had the pleasure of meeting in Southern Ontario!
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Nicole Brown @ Brownie Points
Tammy @ Teaching FSL
Kristy @ 2 Peas and a Dog
Bryn @ The Primary Patch
Kate @ Kate's Classroom Cafe {who came all the way from Buffalo NY to meet up!}
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Libby @ RclassroomsRus
Heidi@ Secondgradealicious
Tina @ Tina's Teaching Treasures
Beth @ Thinking of Teaching
Kerri @ My Idea File
Anita @ Mrs. Bremer's Class

Hosted by Tina Miller, it was a great afternoon of socializing and sangrias :)
It was so great to meet everyone!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Anchor Charts {How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!}

Anchor charts are great learning tools!
I had made a few over the years. They were underused, and most were located in my storage closet...obviously this is not a great way to use them :) So I thought about how I could incorporate them more in my teaching, and use them as a learning tool.

I'm sure you know what anchor charts are, and what they are for, and that they can be used for any subject and for a variety of purposes, like following directions,

as a sort of rubric or exemplar,

or for learning about a topic.

1.  When possible, I want them to be interactive. It means more to the students when they are involved in the process. Some ways I have been able to involve my students is by using velcro or sticky notes.

{character pic and sticky notes can be pulled off, so the anchor chart is reusable!}

2. I want to make them permanent, to save time and money, so the charts are covered with mactac or laminated and they can be reused over and over again.

3. I want my charts to be accessible, because they are learning tools.

The charts get switched out regularly as learning changes, but the skills I teach on those anchor charts are things that students need to remember, so the charts need to be accessible.
I use a chart stand/clothing rack to store them. It takes no space & students can flip through to get the info they need or I can flip to a chart for review.

Another way to let students have access is with an anchor chart binder, where there are small anchor charts, or smaller versions of the charts for students to refer to whenever needed.
Find the FREE binder cover {here} to start your own anchor chart binder.

Monday, August 18, 2014

TPT Back to School Sale {1 day only!}

If you're like me, you are heading back to school after Labour Day.
So it's the perfect time to stock up on some Back to School items for your classroom!
 Fall Themed Learning

 Book Studies

 Teacher Binder Inserts

A few of the items you'll find on sale!

TPT is holding a 1 day sale on August 20th.
Everything in my shop will be 28% off when you use the Promo Code: BOOST.
 TPT 1 day Sale
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