Saturday, May 6, 2017

End of Year Tips - Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog! Today we are sharing a blog hop jam packed with helpful ideas to help you finish of the year strong. Keep reading and remember to visit all the blogs to collect all the letters for our giveaway!

My tip for the end of the year has to do with organizationI have file folders for each week of the year. My plan for the end of the year is to visit each folder and add or remove activities based on how helpful they were this year. *Hopefully* I find out soon if I'll be staying in the same grade level/assignment, if not whoever comes in to my classroom will pretty much be set up!

I realize there is so much to do at the end of the year, BUT the more organized you leave everything, the better prepared you will be come the beginning of the year. Slowly tackle your files, drawers, closets (eeek!), and school computer.

Here is a FREE End of the Year Planning Checklist to help you write down everything you need to do before closing up your classroom for the summer.

If you need any resources for the end of the year: I have my bestselling memory books HERE and a free summer bingo HERE!

My letter for the giveaway is:

Now don't forget to enter our giveaway! My Spanish teacher friends and I are giving away a $50 TpT giftcard to one lucky reader. Enter below :)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Scholastic - Let's Find Out Review

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am here to share about a fantastic resource you can utilize in your Spanish Immersion/Dual Language classroom. I was recently contacted by Scholastic to review their Let’s Find Out Bilingual Magazine. Imagine my excitement!!!

I have been trying these out with my kiddos for about three weeks and wanted to share with you this wonderful, highly engaging magazine and some of its components.

First, I received magazines for each of the students in my classroom. I have been utilizing these in small group. I love the crisp photographs and easy to read format that my students can easily follow. There is an individual magazine for students and a BIG teacher edition. I love posting this BIG version on my wall to engage interest even before reading. The magazines are great for Pre-K – 1st grade students. You can even use them like me – with my struggling 2nd graders. The content aligns with the standards as shown below. 

Online Components
Let’s Find Out in Spanish is simple and effective to implement in the classroom. It has an online component which not only reads the magazine out loud to the students, it also includes a building background video, learning games, and even links to related printables. Students are making connections and recalling content with these high interest activities. 

Building language and vocabulary is always of high importance in the classroom. Just look below at all the vocabulary students read and studied throughout this past year’s issues! My students immediately started adding words they were learning to their Libro de Palabras.

Last, but certainly not least, the printables are SO helpful and easy to access. There’s prediction charts, observation recording pages, following directions, patterns to cut/paste, and so much more. The reading is engaging and it is followed by an activity that is just as engaging for the students.

So now, time for a GIVEAWAY! Scholastic has allowed me to choose 1 of my blog readers to win a free class set of the May/June issue (limit of 30 magazines). If chosen, you must provide your full name and address to receive these.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your name and how you would utilize these magazines. Winner will be chosen on May 5, 2017 and contacted by May 6, 2017.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found helpful ideas for your classroom. Until next time!

Teacher Appreciation

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am sharing a quick idea for teacher appreciation and FREE gift tags in English/Spanish.

First, I'd like to begin by thanking each and everyone of you for all that you do for your students day in and day out. At this time of the year, we are exhausted and any little handwritten note reminds us of our daily impact on our students lives. I cherish each coloring picture, each "I love you, teacher", and each day with my students.

I have created a free gift tag you can share with your child's teacher. Just grab some sweet snacks, print this out in either color or black/white, sign child's name, and attach. Your child's teacher will love the thoughtfulness.

Click HERE or the pictures to download.

ALSO, with Teacher Appreciation Week right around the corner, my friends and I have joined to give one lucky reader an amazing prize pack! Just look at all the goodies you could win!

Prize: 10 Teacher "Must Haves" prize pack including: Mr. Sketch Markers, Flair Markers, Personal Laminator, Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Markers, Astrobrights Paper, Sharpies, Ticonderoga Pencils, a Wall Calendar, and a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card.

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 5/8/17 and is open worldwide.

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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!