Sunday, February 19, 2017

Exit Tickets in the Bilingual Classroom

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am sharing ideas on how to use Exit Tickets in the bilingual classroom.

Exit tickets are a way great to assess your students quickly and effectively. I do not use these every day, but I do try to incorporate them at least two to three times per week. On other days, I utilize Plickers for an easy way to check for understanding and collect data. (Blog post to come soon).

So how do I use these and what are the benefits? Keep reading to find out and grab a FREEBIE.

During whole group teaching, I always have the same students that are participating and showing their understanding, while the rest of the class is quiet. With exit tickets, all student are accountable to be paying attention. I do tell them "Class, there will be an exit ticket after this so make sure to focus and pay close attention." This promotes 100% engagement. 

Through this exit ticket students can self reflect. I'll have students that cannot answer come up to me and tell me, they didn't understand or know what to write. I can do a quick reteach and it's wonderful to see their faces when the lesson clicks and they suddenly "get it," Also, I love seeing those that can answer accurately right away and their comments such as a confident: "I know this!"

Writing about content is such an important skill for my students. Exit tickets help me evaluate their writing and they get extra practice in writing about what they've learned. This is the perfect time to spiral in proper capitalization and punctuation in a quick way. 

Students post these up on my wall and I am able to gauge almost instantly who needs extra help. During small groups, I am able to group based on their needs and reteach the skills necessary to master the concept. 

Here are a few pictures of exit tickets in action and how I display them in my classroom. I team teach so I have two anchor chart sheets posted by my door. These charts have squares with numbers on them. Students in my class are assigned a number at the beginning of the year and that's where they will place their exit tickets throughout the year. 

Here is a freebie you can use right now with your students.

My Spanish pack of exit tickets is available at my TpT store! These are perfect to use with any content and promote self reflection after a lesson.

Have you used exit tickets in your classroom? Let me know how they've worked for you! Until next time friends!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating 2,000 with Brinca Into Bilingual

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am very pleased to be celebrating with my good friend Mrs. Nicolau from Brinca Into Bilingual. She has reached a huge milestone of 2,000 followers and I am helping her celebrate YOU!!!! Below are some amazing prizes we are giving away. Enter on the rafflecopter's at Mrs. Nicolau's blog. XOXO Good luck!


Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO RAE DUNN MUGS!
These cute mugs are very hard to find (depending where you live) and everyone is going CRAZY for these!

Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!

Who does not LOVE TARGET?! We ALL do!!  So let's do a giveaway for a $25 Target giftcard!

Since we are going crazy with prices, why don't we get even crazier?!... Let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!

Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this amazing event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual K-1 teachers!

Next is the 2-3 Bilingual Bundle!

Last is our K-2 Grades Bundle in English!

Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter on all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Elf-tacular Giveaway

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog! Can you believe December is here?? This is my favorite time of the year! Today I have a few ideas to share with you and an Elf-tacular Giveaway you won't want to miss!

A nice cool front just came in here in South Texas so it's time for hot chocolate and these delicious hot cocoa cookies I came across on Pinterest! Check them out, they are easy to make and look so tasty.

This time of the year is so busy that I want to share a quick craft I will be trying with my kids this year. Nothing too fancy or difficult, you just need popsicle sticks, paint, sequins, glue, scissors and twine.

In the spirit of is a fun SPANISH FREEBIE for you - Christmas tree organizers. They can be used with any story and cover story elements, main idea, and vocabulary. Share the link with any bilingual teachers you know :)

Here is my Elf-tacular letter!!!

Now keep on blog hopping over to The Science School Yard to grab your elf letter

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

TpT Cyber Giveaway!

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog! Today I have exciting news to share with you....TpT is having a Cyber Sale tomorrow so I hope you are ready to go shopping.

I am highlighting a few products to help you plan over the next few weeks. These will be 20% OFF during the TpT Cyber Sale and you can use the discount code CYBER2016 to save even more!!! Keep reading for ideas and to enter for your chance to win a $10 TpT gift card!!!! Wooohoo!

These activities are great for centers or early finishers. From grammar to sentences, to word building, shapeboxes, etc. this pack is a must have!

What better way to engage kids than with holiday themed prompts. Check these out for a quick, just print and go activity. 

Here's a holiday gift for you! Christmas Tree Graphic Organizers in Spanish...

Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $10 TpT gift card, then hop on over to Susan from Lopez Land Learners for another great giveaway going on! Good luck and happy shopping!

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Gobble the Goodies - Fall Linky

Gobble Gobble! Welcome back to my blog friends! It's been a while since my last blog post, but I'm happy to be back along with my K-2 teacher friends to bring you awesome Thanksgiving goodies, freebies, and giveaways! Keep reading .... 

I like to begin my Thanksgiving/fall units with videos. Videos are always engaging and give students the background information needed for lessons. Here are links to a few of my favorite:

As a bilingual teacher, I have SPANISH resources available including my brand new Harvest of Verbs perfect for this fall weather. I have them all at 50% off during this linky (November 5th - 8th). ENJOY!

Here's a freebie for both English and Spanish teachers. My students love writing acrostics and then decorating them for the season.


Be sure to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win TpT gift cards!!!

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Don't forget to visit the entire linky for great ideas and freebies just for you!!! Happy Thanksgiving and see you next month!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Using GradeCam in the Classroom

Welcome to our September Linky!! Thank you for stopping by my blog, make sure to read all the way to the end for EXCLUSIVE FREEBIES and an AMAZING GIVEAWAY!!!

Today I am here to share about an awesome app I discovered and used all of last year: GradeCam. Grading papers, tests, and assignments... oh what joy!! Before GradeCam I used to stay late to grade and even then I'd take home manila folders full of my student's weekly assignments and Friday tests to grade over the weekend (which translated to Sunday night grading parties) :/

Since using GradeCam, my 2nd graders started to take their assignments and tests home that SAME Friday afternoon... already graded and recorded in my gradebook. Yayyy!!! Happy teacher and happy parents that knew their child's test score that same day.

I LOVE that all this data is instant. I can download reports and easily access during 504's or parent/teacher conferences! Honestly, this app helped me immensely throughout the year, and I am definitely going to continue using it. 

Keep reading to learn how to set up your own account. 

First of all, click this link to create your account: 
By using this link, you will get access to a FREE 2 month TRIAL and it will allot me 2 free months! Thanks in advance!

1) Create an account here:  
2) Create a class to add students and ID numbers for each
3) Print out blank forms OR forms that already have students names and ID's
4) Create an assignment and answer key
5) Scan students responses for immediate feedback

You can also: generate reports, attach standards to your answer keys, create rubrics, and even sync to your gradebook.

Please try it out, I promise it's a definite time saving app!

Last but certainly not least, here is a resource that will ALSO save you time. My Comprehension Skills Flipbooks available in SPANISH. Read about them here, download a FREE SAMPLE, and please SHARE with your bilingual colleagues. XOXO until next time friends!

Thank you for joining our September Linky and good luck with the giveaway :)

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway!

Hello friends! I am here today to share about a wonderful giveaway going on right now! Would you like to win a $25 gift card to Oriental Trading? Keep reading and enter the giveaway for your chance to win :)

Have you visited Oriental Trading lately? They have so many supplies, manipulatives, decorations, and more. This year, our school theme is Superhero and I am keeping my eye on these must haves. Check them out here.

Picture from Oriental Trading

Furthermore, did you know Oriental Trading has a blog with Education Archives? I am loving this motivational bulletin board and how easy it is to set up. Check it out here.

NOW for our giveaway!

Prize: $25 Oriental Trading Gift Card
Giveaway Organized by:  Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 9/8/16 and is open worldwide.

Good luck friends and until next time :)

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