Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pic Collage Kids and Chirp

Selfies and Making 10!

The first few weeks of school set the tone for building relationships and creating a class community. The first few weeks are about creating class norms and expectations.
It's also about having fun!

The week before school started, the other 2 Instructional Coaches and I met with our 2nd grade team. We had fun playing with Pic Collage Kids and Chirp . . . several other apps, but that's another post.

Pic Collage Kids is such a fun app to create a variety ways to show learning.
I love the fact that Pic Collage Kids is 4+.

After working with the teachers, they scheduled us to help them in the classroom.
Here is the first way we used Pic Collage Kids!

Students used the card shown above to help guide them to a finished product. (Click on the card to get an editable freebie.)
It was a hoot! I wish I had captured images of the students taking selfies!

We talked about how the stickers were meant to be conversation starters with their classmates . . . the 3 stickers represented things they like or like to do.

Stephanie, over at Principal Principles has a great product  - Student "Selfies". It is a super cute packet that I shared with our second grade teachers. The teachers had the students color the iPhone and glue each student's picture on it. Within the packet, Stephanie has a very cute S-E-L-F-I-E banner that can be posted with the finished products. (I made one and gave it away during our teacher learning session.)

Once, the collages were finished, students "Chirped" it to the teacher's phone. Chirp is a great way to get a finished product from one device to another. The teachers sent the pictures to Walgreens to print  so they were ready for "Back to School" night! 
(I'm heading over tomorrow to see the finished products. I'll post their hall displays.)
Then, students wrote about their selfie . . . it's in Stephanie's packet!
Chirp allow you to quickly "chirp" the image to another device that is open to Chirp. You need to make sure that only one person chirps at a time. Reason . . . I was at one end of the hallway and another  Instructional Coach was at the other . . . she got our Chirp! This is a looooong hallway! How cool this that?!!!

But, there's more!

Pic Collage Kids continues . . . 
I got to work in my friend, Stephanie's class. Just realize there are 2 Stephanie's in this post!
This Stephanie, is a fabulous classroom teacher. You can follow her class on Twitter @learninginTX-just the other day her class posted about swabbing the school for germs! Gross!)

However, our task at hand was about making 10. (Less disgusting!)
Using unifix cubes, students created 3 different ways to make 10. They took pictures and created their collage. They added the number sentence, a background and their name.
Again, another check card for student to follow the steps of completion. 

Once, they saved it to the library, they signed up to Chirp it to their teacher.
(Disclaimer: If you have multiple Chirp apps open they will all receive whatever is being chirped.
The sign-up helps prevent this from happening.)

Chirp! Chirp! All collages sent to her phone!

Happy creating and chirping!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Teacher Week - Office Tour

It's classroom tour time . . . only I don't have a classroom anymore . . .
As a PreK-12 Instructional Coach, I have a home base that I share with 2 other lovely ladies.
We often start at this location (by the way, we are in the basement) to chat about appointments, add to our calendar, check email and have weekly meetings. We collaborate, plan lessons, gather resources, mentor, co-teach, model, provide professional development . . . . I love my job!
Sorry, no classroom pics, but I'm sharing our tiny office . . . pretty cute . . . or at least it's getting there.

My space!
Laura's space!

Cristie's space!
We each have a corner.

This banner is right outside the door to the technology department. 
The district created these for different departments and schools. 

Recently, the tech department was renovated. They expanded and moved some walls. 
That allowed the creation of a break room for the technicians and now us! 

A nice big space for the technicians. (Just got a shipment in.)

Here is my second office . . .
I live out of this bag! It rolls . . . has a handle . . . computer padded section! Perfect!

Hop on over and join the blog hop . . .  share your classroom or office . . . or rolling office!
Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Currently - September

Currently time! Wahoo! Who doesn't love a Currently?!!! When I was in the classroom, I used Currently each month with my fifth graders. They loved them! If you don't have Currently for Your Classroom, you are missing out! It is such a great way to get kids to think about writing in a different way.

Here's what's currently happening in my life!

Listening - Criminal Minds is just one freaky show! I love it! (Thomas Gibson lives in my neighborhood. No sightings...yet!)

Loving - My team! They rock!  We are an awesome team that meshes really well. We each bring to the team different strengths, which makes collaborating and presenting so fun and easy.  Our role is more along the lines of technology integration coaches, but have the IC title. Best practices are best practices with or without technology! (See tomorrow's Teacher Week post - I'm showing off our tiny office.)

Thinking - I have no excuses since grad school is finished . . . I need to get myself to the gym. I actually went this evening . . . and even signed up with a personal trainer! Now. . . add in a healthy eating . . .

Wanting - I really want a new purse.  I travel from school to school, so I started carrying a small Vera Bradley because it fits in my computer bag. I'm ready for a sassy new purse. No clue what kind . . .

Needing - Sleep! I have this weird sleep pattern going on . . . internal clock goes off at 2:30am and I don't seem to fall back to sleep until around 4ish. Maybe the working out will help.

Let it Go - Nothing to do with the movie Frozen! (I just wish people would think before they speak.)
Gym - at least 4 days a week!
Drive the boat - My husband is dying for me to learn to drive our boat. I've got to push myself out of my comfort zone and just try! (Click here to see the boat . . . my anniversary gift.)

Hop on over to Farley's Currently to check out the other posts!
Happy September!

Teacher Week - Make ahead Meals!

Day 2 of Teacher Week - Make ahead Meals! I am excited about this one! I told myself once grad school was finished I would be much better about cooking for the family! The hubby took over most of it (and laundry-he's a good man!) so that I could focus on my classwork and help the daughter with all the homework she had  . . . and let me tell you she had a ton! Anyway . . .
Here are some of our go-to meals for the week!

This is our newest favorite meal! Saw it on a few Pinterest boards . . . or Facebook . . . somewhere! I love anything that has a few ingredients and doesn't require a ton of prep!

Fiesta Crock Pot Chicken
Holy yumminess!

3 Chicken Breasts
1 Packet of Fiesta Ranch mix (by the salad dressings)
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 can of Ro-tel
1 can of corn (not drained)
1 block of cream cheese (8oz)

Dump in the crock pot! Cook 4-6 hours.
Shred the chicken and serve over rice or in tortillas!

Next up!
No frills . . . quick and easy!
Add some Shreds, pico and avocado . . .

Grilled Turkey Sausage with Grilled Veggies
We love this turkey sausage! Sliced up and served with grilled veggies or the hubby eats it in tortillas. Sausage wrap style!
Gotta be honest . . . Love Zoes Kitchen. . . order online . . .  pick up in 15 or so minutes!
We love their chicken and beef kabobs!  Yummy!
They have an app! Scan your receipt and you get a free goodie . . . could be a cookie, a side or drink!
You never know what freebie will show up . . . it's always a surprise!

Happy Tuesday! Can't wait to check out the other posts for some great meals! I'm going to make a come back for cooking dinner for the family . . . thanks to all the fabulous bloggers linking up!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week 2015 - 5 Fun Facts about Me

It's Teacher Week! What a fun way to get to know bloggers!

5 fun facts about me . . .

1. The Family and a Tradition
The hubby! Also known as The Captain! We have been married for 18 years, but together 23!
The only child . . . just started 7th grade and joined the cross country team.
We have 2 crazy cute puppies! A Maltipoo and Yorkie

We have a family tradition where we host a Christmas cookie bake for friends and family.
You bring your cookie tin(s), decorate your cookies and take them home to enjoy.
We provide the cookies! Only one rule . . . you break it - you eat it!

Rolling and Baking

Ready for icing and sprinkles!

2. Love my convertible!
Apparently, this was my anniversary gift . . . the convertible, I've always wanted . . . only I thought it was going to have 4 wheels. 
Needless to say, I love this convertible! During the summer, we were on the lake several days during the week. Now that school has started, we are out on the weekends. 

3. I love my kitchen!
Our kitchen is wide open to the dining area and our living room. Everyone congregates around the island!

This framed recipe is my favorite item in the kitchen! This is my mom's recipe for her yummy cheese bread. She passed away 12 years ago. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of her.

4. I love creating tablescapes . . . actually - islandscapes for various get togethers at our house. Lifts and layers! Fabric and props!

4. I LOVE Gummi Bears and Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice cream! They can only be Haribo Gold-Bears! 

5. I Graduated!
My diploma came in the mail! (I walk in December!) 

Hop on over to the Teacher Week blog hop!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Incorporate Emojis to Encourage Writing

It's amazing to watch my daughter text her friends almost entirely in emojis. They have their own language! 
I must admit . . . I love adding emojis to my texts to friends. They add just the right punctuation!

It got me thinking . . . what a great way to connect with students! I'm always looking for ways to encourage writing, especially for hesitant writers. 

Since summer just ended have students write about a summer moment.  Have the students write a rough draft and then transfer it into the fun website Emoji Translate
As you type, the emojis appear below. (It was fun to play with the words to see what emoji would pop up!)  

Summer Moments

Once, students have completed their emoji moment, they can take a screen shot, crop it and add to a shared Google slide presentation.

Another option is to have student use iPads to access the site. They can type their summer moment (or if students are allowed use their own mobile device) and take a screen shot of their finished product. 

Then, have students pull it into the Pic Collage Kids app to crop it, add a background, text and stickers. 
Save it to the camera roll. From there, the options are limitless.

Here are some fun videos to share with your class. They are Frozen and Tangled all done with emojis! Hilarious and very clever!

I love this! Bill Nye explains climate change using emojis!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Survived Periscope! ~Chatterpix

Whew! I'm not gonna lie . . . that was stressful! But, F-U-N!
It's the fear of the unknown! 

What's going to happen when I push Start Broadcast?
Am I going to be able to interact with the comments?
Is anyone going to tune in?

Y'all . . . I panicked! I could not remember how to flip the camera! 
My video wouldn't play! Well, at least one of them wouldn't! 
But . . . I did it! and it was fun! 

Love to have you watch the replay . . . you can catch the funny kinder story I shared!

Or . . . keep scrolling for . . . 

Chatterpix is one of my all time favorite apps! This is perfect for the beginning of the school year. 
It is user friendly and no learning curve! No account needed and free!
Just . . .
Snap a picture - add voice - add a few stickers and maybe a frame - save to camera roll!

Here are a few ways to use Chatterpix the first few weeks of school.

Me Dolls! One of our grade levels has their students create Me Dolls. One teacher took it a step further and had her students create a Chatterpix video. She used the format from The Important Book (love this book!) for her students to create a script. Super cute! She downloaded the videos to her Google Drive and created a QR code to have the other students access the video. What a great way for students to get to know each other! Building a class community!

Stephanie, @learninginTX, used it with her students to create fun videos about science tools. 

Students selected a tool and wrote a script from the point of view of that tool. 
She created a script for some of her friends that needed a bit more support. 
Scripts are so important when creating. It helps guide the thinking. Otherwise, you are going to have umpteen bajillion retakes! 

One last idea . . . have student create a My Life in Numbers poster. Students can make these come to life! 

Two more things I shared on my scope this morning . . . 

Y'all . . . mark your calendar! 
Todd Nesloney and Jeff Herb are hosting a #periscopeOut day on August 6th! Educators from across the US are going to scope their school. You can visit schools in TX, AL, AR, CA, OH, IL, NY, LA . .  and more! It's going to be tons of fun! Click {here}to see the schedule of schools! 
My scope will be at noon!

One last thing! Texas Teachers! 
I, along with several others will be hosting an EdCamp in San Antonio on September 26th! Hope you can join us! Free! Prizes! 

Have a fabulous day!
Off to plan my next scope!