Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Year Blogiversary!

I cannot believe I {Heart} Recess is 2 today!

Two years ago I started this blog as an outlet for a VERY difficult year and it has turned into such an amazing blessing!  I am grateful for the opportunities I {Heart} Recess has brought me, and for the friendships I have formed due to IHR.

To celebrate two years I am hosting a few giveaways and marking products down to 50% off!  Make sure you follow IHR on FB and IG so you don't miss any announcements!

My first giveaway will begin here on the blog!  One lucky winner will win the following prizes:

Thirty-One Basket filled with my favorite things:


$20 Amazon Gift Card

The following products are currently 50% off!

                                     SALE $1.50                                           SALE $5.00

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Don't forget to follow on FB and IG so you won't miss out on the next giveaway...Hint...Hint! :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Teachers Help Teachers

Over the past two years I have had first hand experience of how wonderful the teachers and followers are in the TpT and blogging world.  I have made life long friends with people I have never met in person!  I would do anything to help them out and know they would do the same for me.  Our friendships have been created through teaching blogposts, emails, TpT products, and FB conversations.  No matter the forum, true friendships have been formed.

Our amazing group of "Best Blogging Buddies" have joined together to to help a fellow BBB out!  Our friend Nick, from Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason, and his wife are currently in their adoption journey.  To know more about this check out Nick's post HERE.  To help with the fees of adoption our friends have created an EXCLUSIVE Fall Bundle!  Many of these products are currently ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS BUNDLE.  This Bundle is also ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME. 

There are 19 amazing products available for $25! (That's about $1.30 for each product! ) This bundle includes fall themed products for ELA, Math, and Science.  Check out all of the incredible products included in this bundle below:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Scoop

Just a quick post in between loads of laundry!

This is a glimpse of what I have planned this week.  I am really excited about some of the projects I am working on, and in need of prayers for one :)

This is a busy week of research, PD, and presentations!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five For Friday


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Sunday my oldest son turned 8!  I can not believe how fast he is growing!  Xavier is a sweet and caring child.  He is the type of kid everyone wishes they had in their class, I know because I have been told this by several of his teachers!

He is the first to help someone, pray for someone, and appreciate what others do for him.  He loves to talk so we joke that he will most likely grow up to be a Pastor or Sports Castor.  :)

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LLI is new to me and I am trying really hard to figure it out!  I am struggling with determining if it is being effectively implemented in my school.  I would LOVE to know how you use it at your school (if you do)!  I think it is a valuable intervention, but looking for a better way for it to work at our school.
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One of the great things about being an Instructional Coach is when your hubby text you that he is in the ER for chest pain and shortness of breath you can drop everything and head to the hospital.  No calling in a sub, and no sub plans.

He was admitted that night for observation.  Still waiting to see if they figured out the cause.  He has been stumping doctors for three months now.

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I LOVE being an Instructional Coach!

I am working with a small group of 4th grade students three times a week in a small Guided Reading group.  This week we reviewed Drama and Prose and going back to the text to find evidence for answering the comprehension questions.

I think my favorite part of my day/week is going into the classrooms to observe the teachers and the students.  I normally go into the rooms for about 5-10 minutes.  This week I jumped in during a two math lessons to coach teach a little bit with the teachers.  I am grateful to work with teachers who are open to me doing this and aren't intimidated when I do.

After my walk throughs I ALWAYS leave the teachers a little note in their box praising them for something I observed.  This week I saw students acting out multiplication problems, students working together in collaborative pairs, and teachers teaching to mastery.  I love using bulletin board cutouts for my notes, I picked up these cute robots at Walmart for $.97!

I think my teachers appreciate my little notes because many of them will thank me, some have saved them, and some have told me they reread them when they need a little boost.  I can't say it enough I LOVE this job!

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Monday night I posted about Close Reading and asked you all to join in my "online PLC".  I randomly chose two commenters who each win $5 worth of products from my store. 

The winners are....Anne and Mommy24!

(Please check your email.)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Close Reading: Big Ideas (Freebie & Contest)

As an Instructional Coach part of my responsibilities is to provide PLCs for my teachers once a week.  A few weeks ago I went over Close Reading strategies, tips, and big ideas.  Many of my teachers were not familiar with Close Reading and several didn't realize what they were doing had a name.  I wanted them to walk away from the PLC knowing why we use Close Reading in our lessons, ideas on how to use Close Readings, and a tool to use during their lessons.

After going over these Big Ideas I asked my teachers the following question, 
"What surprises you most about Close Reading?".

I ask you the same question.  What about Close Reading surprises you the most?  What do you like about Close Reading?  What do you dislike about Close Reading?

If you participate in my online PLC you will enter a chance to win a $5 shopping spree in my TpT store. :)  I will randomly choose TWO commenters to WIN!
(Winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 10th)

Everybody is a winner of my Close Reading Guiding Questions Flip Book!  I provided a set of Higher Order Questions for each of my teachers to use during their whole group or small group instruction.  Another great idea would be to make a set for each student to use during their independent reading or partner reading.

(Don't forget to leave some feedback love.)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Math Mentor Text & a FREEBIE

{Posting a little early :) }

My office is located in our Media Center and I am always checking out the books our Media Specialist places on top of the book shelves for display.  One day I saw "Math Attack" by Joan Horton and was quickly captivated by the art work on the cover.  I also wanted to take a closer look because it wasn't a Math text I was familiar with.

This story is about a little girl whose brain goes crazy after she is called on to answer 7 x 10 during arithimetic.  Numbers start spilling out of everywhere!

The author uses a wonderful vocabulary for describing what is taking place in the story.  During the story the little girl is sent to the nurse, on the news, the police are sent, along with the Nation Guard.

Finally, the gears start spinning in her head and she is able to find the answer to the multiplication problem.

As I was reading this story I thought about how difficult it is for students to remember their multiplication facts and how their little minds go into over drive when searching for the products.  I recently taught a model lesson in a 3rd grade classroom on multiplication strategies.  This book would of been a fantastic activating strategy, of course I found it after my lesson!  It is still a great book for my teacher to use during their multiplication unit.

Since I had a "wish I had found this sooner" moment I am giving you my model lesson for FREE!  I hope you enjoy it!  

Multiplication Strategies 3.OA.1
(Get it HERE.)

I recently just completed my 4.OA.1 lesson plan and added it to my TpT store. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

iPad Mini Giveaway and Using Google Forms on the iPad (or Computer)

I am excited to team up with the members of The Lesson Deli for blog hop on technology ideas to use in your classroom!  The best part of this hop is that YOU CAN ENTER A CHANCE TO WIN AN iPAD MINI!  

Do you use Google Forms in your classroom?  Today I am sharing with you a great way to use Google Forms as a way to quickly assess your students using the technology available to you.  

Step 1: Log into Google and go to your Google Drive.  Select "CREATE" and then "Form" from the drop down box.

Setp 2: Name your form based on what you are assessing your children on.  For my example I used "Multiplication".

Step 3: Write your question, equation, or statement you want your students to answer.  Your questions can be anything!  You can require the students to answer multiple choice questions, true/false, or a written response.  To ensure students answer all the questions if you select "Required Question" they cannot submit their answers without answering all required questions.

Step 4: Share your form with your students.  You can email them the form for them to complete for Homework, you can have the form already open on the iPad or computer, or if they have email accounts you can email them the link and have them practice opening their email and the link.  What ever works best for you and your students.

Step 5: Students complete the Google Form in whole group, centers, small group, for homework, etc. (NOTE: you can choose a form with a design, I chose the simple one for demonstration purposes)

Step 6: Students submit their answers once they have completed all required questions.

Step 7: Review your students' responses.  In your Google Drive you will find the form you created and then the same title with "(Responses)".  Your student responses will show in a Google Spreadsheet, very similar to an Excel document.  You can easily grade your student answers without lugging home a ton of papers!

*Here is an example of a Google form for a Reading Comprehension center/assessment.

Step 8: To make grading even easier use flubaroo!  When viewing your student responses select "Add-ons" and then select "flubaroo".

Step 9:  A pop up window will appear and you can copy and paste the link for the setup steps.

Step 10:  Set up your flubaroo account by creating your class and answer key for the specific Google Form you have created.  Flubaroo will grade your student responses!  What!?! An app that grades!

I would love to hear how you use Google Forms in your classroom or if you use flubaroo!  Now are you ready to enter for a chance to win an iPad mini for your classroom!?!

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For more technology tips and apps to use in your classroom hop on over to these ladies blogs for more ideas!

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