Saturday Snapshots! {Linky Party – August 3rd}

Yes, I know I’m late…..but I’m just finding out about “Run! Miss Nelson’s Got The Camera!” Snapshot Saturday! ¬†And I looooooove to take snapshots! ūüôā

Just ask a former student:

Saturday Snapshots


I was lucky enough to spend a small portion of my vacation in Montreal, Canada for a sorority conference.  Although I was there for a conference, we were able to enjoy our stay there.

We were on a tiny plane...whew!

We were on a tiny plane…whew!

My mother and I traveled together and met my aunt from California there.  We had a very peaceful plane trip, but I was surprised that both planes were so small!  Like three seats per row small!

A few of my chapter members!

A few of my chapter members!

I was a presenter at the conference and it went over very well! ¬†I got awesome reviews!! ūüôā ¬†Here’s a pic of me with a few of my chapter members!

Olympic Stadium

What a view!

We were able to break away from the grind of sorority business to explore Montreal. ¬†We took the 2-hour double decker bus tour. ¬†If you look in the far distance, you’ll see the Olympic stadium! Canadian Sweet Frog!

Yeh… Canadian Sweet Frog!

Montreal has a HUGE underground mall. ¬†Surprisingly, most of the shops are the same as here. ¬†I also found a yogurt shop similar to my Sweet Frog….Yeh!

All White Affair

All White Affair

Here’s a pic of Auntie, me and Mama! ¬†My Mama has been in our sorority for 50 years…..that makes her Golden!

Like I said, although we were there for work, we had an amazing time! ¬†Next time we’ll make sure to visit Quebec City – I’ve heard that it’s awesome.

Until the next time,





Back to School Goals

Tick tock…tock tock…tick tock…..Can you hear it! It’s the back to school clock ticking away! I’m not sure if I’d had much of a “break” with teaching the graduate course, presenting at two conferences, attending two professional development sessions, and planning our 6th Grade Transition Academy. ¬†Plus, we have two days of registration next week so before I know it – it will be August 19th and my brand new kiddos will be walking through that door.

Seeing how school is coming I thought it would be a great time for me to link up with I {heart} Recess for her Back to School Linky!


Personal: ¬†Sometimes I feel that as a teacher, my daughter gets less of me than my students do. ¬†By the time we get home we barely have enough time to review homework, bath, and bed. ¬†I’m making it a goal for us to read together every night! ¬†And my poor hubby barely gets home cooked meals on the weekend! ¬†A few years ago I was a crock-pot pro! ¬†What happened? ¬†Well, I’ve spent this summer pinning, planning, and trying out different crock-pot recipes and I plan to put them to good use during the week.

Organization: ¬†How many of you recognize this scenario? ¬†Crates with students names on each folder. ¬†Folders slightly full, but a stack of papers laid on top! ¬†Yep, that’s my student portfolio system. ¬†Well, it was. ¬†This year, I plan to use Evernote as my electronic portfolio system. ¬†Once assignments are graded, I plan to take a picture of the item into the student’s notebook. ¬†I’ve already created my notebooks so I’m ready to go!

Planning: ¬†I have two faults that don’t go well together – spontaneity and procrastination! ¬†I can have a lesson planned, but change my mind in the shower that morning….or five minutes before the kids walk in…:-/ ¬†Quite a few times last year I found myself out at school on Saturday and/or Sunday making copies to get ready for the next week. ¬†And I guess that’s much better than speed walking down the hallway and the students are coming – but I want to be BETTER! ¬†My goal is that I have my two week lesson (handouts, electronic files, etc.) ready ahead of time. ¬†That way I can spend my planning period handling much other needed responsibilities.

Professional:  Last year I did a pretty good job of implementing reading workshop with my elective class.  I want to improve upon that this year as well as implement a writing workshop with them as well.  The workshop method was very beneficial for those students who needed an extra push.

Students: ¬†To techy phrase Paul Revere…”The iPads are coming…..the iPads are coming!” ¬†It is my goal that these iPads become tools to make them more inquisitive, more excited, more knowledgeable! ¬†I want to start these kiddos on a digital journey that prepares them for the real world.

Motto: I think this one speaks for itself. ¬†You cannot complain about your situation if you’re not willing to pitch in and make it better. ¬†I could go on and on (rant on and on….) about this, but I’m just gonna let it sink in……:-)

Until the next time,


It’s Currently Time! {Linky Party 8/01}

I can’t believe it’s August already! ¬†And that means it’s Currently Time!

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After a very rough year two years ago, our team of teachers decided to implement a 6th grade Transition Camp to help our rising students get acclimated to middle school life. ¬†For those that came directly from our feeder school, they were going from 1 teacher all day long to 6 teachers. ¬†They couldn’t keep up with anything…..and I don’t even want to mention how difficult it is to teach 11 year olds about lockers when the locks are on the lockers. ¬†They can’t even take them home and practice! ¬†We spend the days of the transition camp discussing the ins and outs of our school, they get to practice with their lockers without the stress of a tardy bell, and the meet their teachers and do a practice run of their schedule. ¬†The kids had an absolutely fabulous time! ¬†All of them said they felt so much better about coming to middle school because of these days.



I think that everything else probably speaks for itself, but I want to highlight my B2S items.

1. ¬†A good pencil sharpener is like the hottest thing on the block for a teacher! ¬†I’ve been eyeing the quietest classroom pencil sharpener for a while, and think that I will go ahead and purchase it. ¬†I buy¬†at least two electric pencil sharpeners a year, last year I was fortunate enough to win one at the Office Depot Teacher Appreciation Day! ¬†And despite the fact that I purchase them, by the end of the year, we’re down to the $1 hand held sharpeners I buy at the beginning of the year!

2. ¬†I love shoes…..I love cute shoes…..cute shoes do not love me! ¬†For one, I have flat feet. ¬†Secondly, there is no cushion between the floor of my classroom and the hard dirt it’s packed upon. ¬†Which means that at the end of the day my lower back is aching, my right knee is throbbing, and the bottom of my feet hurt. ¬†How can the bottom of your feet hurt??? ¬†So I need to keep it real with myself and buy myself some comfortable shoes…..but they have to be kinda cute…..any ideas?

3. ¬†Last year I started using the Interactive Student Notebook in my classroom. ¬†For someone just starting out, I think they went very well, but I’m ready to take it to the next level. ¬†This year I’m using I’m Lovin’ Lit’s ISN Resources to assist with that.

Lovin Lit ISN

If you’re the remotest bit interested, I suggest you head over to Erin’s TpT store and take a look.

Well, I hope that all of you enjoy the remainder of your summer break!

Until the next time,


Linky Parties – QR Codes {8/01}

It’s Thursday and I’m killing two birds with one stone! I’m linking with with iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core‘s for their last Tune Into Technology series. ¬†*sad face* ¬†I have really enjoyed this series and have learned so many things! ¬†This week’s focus is QR Codes and there’s a great giveaway, too!


I’m also linking with with Erin at I’m Lovin’ Lit for her Thursday Throwdown Linky Party. ¬†QR Codes are definitely a way to keep learning interactive!


What is a QR Code? ¬†you might ask. ¬†Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) are ¬†two-dimensional bar codes that can contain any¬†alphanumeric text and often feature URLs that direct users to sites¬†where they can learn about an object or place (a practice known¬†as ‚Äúmobile tagging‚ÄĚ). – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

QR Code Example

QR Code Example

With the advancement of QR Codes you can provide students with a variety of information: ¬†URLs, YouTube videos, Google Maps Locations, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Four Square, App Store Download, iTunes link, Dropbox, Plain Text, Telephone Numbers, Skype Calls, SMS Messages, Email Addresses or Messages, Contact Details, Events, Wifi Login, etc. ¬†Now that’s a whole lotta stuff!

I have not had the opportunity to use QR Codes in the classroom yet…..iPads coming in a few weeks! :-), but I’ve used them in a few ways and I have LOTS of plans for them. ¬†Currently, I put the QR Code on our weekly contract that will give parents a link to our classroom website. ¬†I’ve also created a QR Code to provide parents with my contact information.

Contract Pic


My upcoming plans entail the following:

Having a QR Code up on the Promethean board for students to scan as they walk in to direct them to the website I’d like us to start on¬†or to embed QR Codes in the flipcharts once we get to a part of the lesson that will direct them to a certain site.

My dear bloggy friend Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching, does a neat idea that I am stealing….Scan to Win Tickets. She makes little cards and on each card is a QR code that awards a student some type of prize. ¬†If you’re interested, head over the her TpT to find out more information about it!

I also plan to use them for scavenger hunts.  This year and last, students use ActivExpression devices to go on a scavenger hunt about the important people in our school.  The iPads are not quite ready yet, so next year the students will use their iPads to go on the Scavenger Hunt.

ActivInspire Scavenger Hunt

ActivInspire Scavenger Hunt


The final plan that I want to share is using QR Codes as a quick check during small group or independent work.  Students will complete assignments and then scan the QR Code to see if they answered the question correctly.

So there are my plans for QR Codes.  What are yours?

Until the next time,


Tune Into Technology – Classroom Technology Management {Linky Party 7/25}

We’re now into Week 5 of iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core‘s Tune into Technology series! I absolutely love this series and have learned so much in the last five weeks. This week’s theme is Technology Management and Organization. tuneintotech

Currently we have access to a classroom set of netbooks. The iPads will arrive at our school in less than 3 weeks! Whoo-hooooooooo! I also use my Promethan ActivExpression devices every day.

The net books are actually supposed to be for our grade level (our school has three), but since no one else hardly uses any of them, I can keep the cart in my room and my partners can still use the other carts!

In my classroom I label each child, desk, net book, and Activexpression devices with a number. That way if something happens, I know who did it! ūüôā


We use various websites in my classroom: Edmodo, KidBlog, Compass Learning, USA Test Prep, Study Island, and others that require passwords. For all sites that we create in my classroom, we use the same format.
Username: first name initial-last name- birthdate
Password: birth month-last name-birth year

That way, if they forget their info, I can help them remember.

Each child also has a password card that I keep in my classroom that we use as a last resort if we can’t get into the account we want.

Students also do the 3/4th down rule if we’re using the computers and I need to talk to them.

When it’s time to end class, students close out all programs and return to their desktop before I give permission to shut down. That way I can see if they’ve tried to change the background image to the latest superstar! ūüôā

I know that I’m going to have to add rules and procedures with the iPads…..I’m working on that now.

Wish me luck!

What type of technology management procedures to you use in your classroom? I would love to hear about it!

Until the next time,


Tune Into Technology: Classroom Websites

Oh! ¬†I can’t believe I missed iTeach 1:1 and Learning to The Core’s “Tune Into Technology” linky party last week! ¬†This linky party is one of favorites, as I’m a bonafide tech geek!



Our district uses SharpSchool, which I do…..not…! ¬†It’s just difficult to maneuver. ¬†A few years ago I was looking around other teacher’s blogs for ideas when I saw an amazing site! ¬†I immediately contacted that teacher (who happened to be a friend of mine) and she shared with me she uses a blogging platform. ¬†She was using

WordPress….so I did too. ¬†When our district adopted a new filtering system….boom! WordPress is blocked. ¬†I kept looking around and found Edublogs. ¬†I absolutely love it!

I linked it to my school website, so that when parents click on my name they go directly to my blog. ¬†All the links that I want students to access are on the blog, so I don’t have to waste time having them type in the web address (usually incorrectly). ¬†With widgets, I can import our pictures, my google calendar, and so many other things. ¬†I can also embed handouts directly into the blog using Box. ¬†Parents can print homework and other handouts directly from the website. ¬†My parents love it, because if their child lost their homework, they can always print out another copy!




We also use KidBlog for student blogging.  The students use KidBlog for all formal writing assignments and for anything else that they want.  Some only do the required writing, but I have some students that are still blogging over the summer!



What do you use for your classroom website? ¬†What are some awesome tips that you’d like to share with our blogging family?

Until the next time,


Tunes Tuesday {Linky Party – July 16}

Terrific Tuesday everyone! ¬†I’m linking up with Nick over at Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason for his Tunes Tuesday linky party!

Tunes Tuesday Linky button


Like Nick said, Tunes Tuesday is basically a way of practicing boring grammar skills by highlighting examples in song lyrics while listening to the song/watching the music video! It just takes a few minutes, and the kids love it!

This week I’m going to highlight two songs/videos. ¬†One has a very somber tone, so I had to add one that would be fun for the kids as well.

Strange Fruit РInterpreting Extended Metaphor

‚ÄúStrange Fruit,‚ÄĚ the haunting song about lynching in America that was written more than 60 years ago, was first recorded by the famed jazz singer Billie Holiday in 1939.


Strange Fruit Lyrics Handout

I Gotta Feeling – Identifying Prepositions
performed by The Black Eyed Peas

“I Gotta Feeling” Lyrics Handout

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Until the next time,


UTC And An Award! *Updated*

Earlier this year, I attended a reading conference. ¬†Being a technology geek, I of course planned to attend many of the sessions that incorporated reading and technology. ¬†As I sat in on these sessions I began to think, “Hey! I can do this!”

And so I did.  While on Edmodo I saw where someone posted about submitting an application to present at the Upstate Technology Conference Рand so I did.


The Upstate Technology Conference is a two day conference in Greenville, SC.  In addition to inspiring keynote speakers and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from around the state, this year’s conference featured 250 break-out sessions highlighting the best of technology tools and strategies in today’s classroom. The conference was free and open to all educators.  And it was *singing* AWESOME!

Standing Room Only! :-)

Standing Room Only! ūüôā

My session was called Integrating Technology in the ELA Classroom.  Here is a copy of the powerpoint that I shared with the teachers.

The morning of my first session I couldn’t eat – I was so nervous! ¬†But they went wonderfully! ¬†I had an hour and I used every bit of it! ¬†I could have easily done with an additional half hour – I adjusted my presentations each time to spend more time on things the other groups were interested in.
I uploaded a survey onto our Edmodo group and have received very positive results.  I wish that I had done a better job of reminding people to complete the survey, but the feedback that I got back was very positive!
Take a look!
Survey Results
I have to admit, I enjoyed every bit of it.  I definitely think this is my calling.  Working with kids and fellow educators with technology.  I do believe that this is the beginning of an extension of my teaching career.
In other news…..
My sweet bloggy friend Angela over at The Teacher’s Desk 6 has nominated me for the Liebster Award!
*I also received a nomination from Melissa ¬†at Starting in 6th Grade! ¬†I’m updating this post to reflect her questions!
Liebster is German and means “dearest,” “lovely,” “cute,” “beloved,” and “welcome”.
Here are the rules of Liebster Award:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees by commenting on their blog or sending them an email to communicate the nomination. 
The blogs that I am nominating are…..
Michelle @ Miss, Hey Miss
Katie @ Mind Sparks
My Questions from Angela:
What made you decide to be a teacher?
I grew up in a family of educators.  My mother, paternal grandparents, two great aunts, and a host of cousins were all educators.  Spending time with these people and seeing their former students greet them with joy and fondness helped me to realize that I wanted to have that type of impact on other people.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I would call myself a hands-on techy geek teacher! LOL.  I love integrating technology into my teaching and have the students be active participants in my lesson.  I use flipcharts, ActivExpression devices, computers, and *soon* iPads to enhance the learning.  
Do you have siblings? If so, please tell a little about them.
I have a BIG little brother. ¬†I am five years older than him. ¬†My brother works for a nearby university students helping those students that are having a difficult time adjusting to college life academically. ¬†It’s really amazing because he wasn’t the best student – and uses his experiences to help students that remind him of himself.
He is a college All-American and was inducted into his alma maters Athletic Hall of Fame. ¬†He also plays (well he actually says he’s retiring) arena football. ¬†We are his biggest fans! ¬†We go to all the games and my baby girl loves cheering for her Uncle Quincy!
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If you were a color, what would you be? Why?
I would love to tell you that I’d be green (calm, full of life, etc)….but I’d probably be orange. ¬†I say orange because I’m hyper, full of fire and excitement, combustable.
What was your favorite grade in school and why?
My favorite grade was  my senior year in high school.  I only really needed one course, so the rest of my schedule focused on things that I wanted to do instead of things that I needed to do.  I was able to take AP English, Physics, Advanced Band and Chorus, things that focused on my interests.  
What gives you inspiration?
So many things! ¬†My family….my friends….the amazing children that I touch everyday.
What is your favorite book? Why?
This is so hard….I have to choose just one? ¬†I guess it would be¬†Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. ¬†It chronicles the Logan family an African-American family throughout the years of the Great Depression. ¬†They are different from most African-American families because they are land owners during a time when most blacks were sharecroppers. ¬†The story is told from 11 year old Cassie Logan who learns hard lessons about racism, Jim Crow, and knowing and believing in who you are.
I love this book because he draws all emotions:  joy, anger, pain, and sorrow. Little Miss Cassie is the perfect narrator who gives an excellent idea of what it was like to be colored in the South during that time period.
What kind of vehicle do you drive? Does this say anything about your personality?
I drive a Lexus RX300. ¬†This car doesn’t say anything about my personality – it is a testament to how much my parents love and support me. ¬†My Mama gave it to me when she got her new car! ūüôā
Do you play any musical instruments?
I play the piano, clarinet, and xylophone.  I also sing. 
If you could meet any historical figure who would you choose?
My answer changes frequently. ¬†After watching Lincoln, Netflix recommended me The Conspirator about Mary Surratt, the only female to be put to death for the¬†assassination¬†of President Lincoln. ¬†Lately I have been consumed with all things Mary Surratt. ¬†I even found out that my cousin actually lives in what used to be Surrattsville and her house down the road from the museum. ¬†Can you say “road trip”?¬†
So yeah, I would want to meet Mary Surratt and ask her what really happened.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoy showcasing the hard work my students put in and being able to share and collaborate with other teachers.  I love making connections with other educators and seeing the wonderful things they are doing in their classrooms.
My questions from Melissa:
What was your experience on the first day of your first year in teaching like?
I had an absolutely wonderful first day¬†and¬†first year! ¬†My first year of teaching was a sixth grade ELA/SS position. ¬†My partner, Liz Surface, taught the Math and Science. ¬†She was an excellent teacher and partner! ¬†She was a bi t of a rebel and I’m glad. ¬†She taught me to think outside of the box. ¬†We took our kids on a field trip at least once a month (of course that was when gas was real cheap!) and provide great opportunities for the children. ¬†She did ISNs all the way back then and they were AWESOME! ¬†In addition to a great partner, I had a wonderful mentor who would even come to my room during her planning to give me a break. ūüôā
What was/is one of the funniest things that has happened to you as a teacher?
One summer during summer school, I decided that I didn’t want to have to worry about doing my hair so I bought a wig to wear. ¬†Still thinking that I was young, I decided to get on the jungle gym with the kids. ¬†I did a one legged rotation and ummm yeah…my wig fell off! ¬†Absolutely hilarious!
What was one event you learned the most from?
I don’t think that I can narrow it down to one event. ¬†I learn something everyday that I continue to add to my professional knowledge. ¬†
If you could live one place in the world, where would it be and why?
I would live somewhere in Southern California. ¬†It is such a beautiful place. ¬†I had family that lived there and when I visited, I would want to stay. I always said that if my husband hadn’t proposed when he had – I would’ve been gone!
What would be one thing you wish was in your classroom, and how would it help?
Honestly, I’m so blessed – I actually ¬†have just about everything I need. ¬†If I have to choose something I would say…..I need a teacher assistant! ¬†Someone to help me with the paperwork! ¬†I despite grading papers which is why I use my ActivExpression devices and Edmodo any chance I get! ¬†My principal takes pity on me and allows me to have student “helpers”; but the one I’ve had for the last two years is going on to high school and I don’t know if I can find one that an¬†incorruptible¬†as her.
What is your favorite book to read with the students?
I can’t just pick one…I’m an English teacher!¬†
1. ¬†Oh, the Places You’ll Go!¬†– I love to read this book to my students on the last day of school. ¬†I love this book because it has so much hope for the future. ¬†I always cry though, which is why I read it on the last day of school. ¬†I don’t want the kids to know what a crybaby I am!
2. ¬†The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 – This book has to have the funniest beginning every! ¬†When Kenny describes the “How to Survive A Blizzard” story and then when Byron gets his lips stuck to the rearview mirror, I cry too – but from laughter.
If you could live in any decade, which one would it be and why?
It would be during the 1950’s for many reasons. ¬†1. ¬†The music during that time frame was unbelievable. ¬†To live in the time period where Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, and Dorothy Dandridge performed would be ideal for me. ¬†This decade also saw the birth of the Civil Rights Movement, a time period that I am fascinated with.
Where did you go to college & why did you choose that school?
I attended Claflin University for my ¬†undergraduate degree. ¬†I didn’t choose Claflin – Claflin chose me! ¬†I had my heart sent on attending Hampton University with my cousin, Dannielle (who would have been a senior). ¬†I’d spent my spring break with her, had already been accepted, and had received a partial scholarship. ¬†I was very familiar with Claflin. ¬†I had a great-uncle and aunt, who attended Claflin in addition to my mother and a host of cousins. ¬†I WAS NOT GOING TO CLALFIN! ¬†I received a full scholarship from Claflin but hid the letter from my parents. ¬†Unbeknownst to me, they sent a second letter that my parents found. ¬†I went kicking and screaming; but it was the best things I could have ever done. ¬†Through my experiences at Claflin, I was able to travel to Europe, ¬†meet life long friends¬†and¬†my hubby there! ūüôā
If you weren’t teaching, what career would you choose & why?
I really don’t know. ¬†I’ve only ever wanted to be a teacher. ¬†But if I had to choose, I’d be a concert pianist. ¬†Or be an¬†accompanist¬†for a famous concert performer.¬†
Are you planning on advancing your degree, in which area/endorsement?
I am definitely thinking of advancing my degree, but I’m not quite sure how. ¬†I already have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, but I want to go back to school for Instructional Technology. ¬†I’m having a difficult time deciding between getting another Master’s or a Doctorate.
What is your favorite type of food?
LOL. ¬†Any kind you eat! ¬†Or the kind that isn’t healthy for you! ¬†No, I’m a meat and veggies type of girl. ¬†Any kind of meat (chicken, pork, beef, turkey), and then all types of vegetables. ¬†I could do without the starches – except when I’m dying for Chickfila french fries!
11 Random Facts About Myself
1. I sang in my Honor’s Chorus in high school, my college concert choir in college, and was a part of a girls singing group. ¬†We even went to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York.
2. ¬†I love to travel! ¬†I’ve been fortunate enough to have been to Europe, as well as many other places in the United States. ¬†My favorite place to travel is New York – I love to city! ¬†But only to visit….I wouldn’t want to live there.
3. ¬†I am a voracious reader. ¬†When I was in high school, I would make my friends “steal” paperback romance novels out of the public library for me….until I found out that they give those books away for free. *shame face* I don’t like the public library because I don’t do very well with returning books. ¬†So, I just buy them.
4. ¬†I’m actually a very shy person. ¬†It takes a monumental effort for me to not appear that way. ¬†But ¬†do it, because I know that I have to put myself out there in order to build relationships.
5. ¬†I have four best friends. ¬†We have been best friends for over 20 years. ¬†I’ve known all of them all my life – but we officially became to 2 Hype Posse in 1989.¬†
6. ¬†I’m a non-traditional military kid. ¬†My dad was in the Air Force but my mom didn’t want to uproot herself (and subsequently her children). ¬†He came home to visit us during the holidays and we stayed wherever he was during the summer. ¬†So I got to see much of the world without being constantly uprooted. ¬†I really appreciate both my parents for agreeing to that decision.
7. ¬†Before my parents built their home, my mother lived with my grandparents. ¬†I was even born there. ¬†When my grandfather died my grandmother never spent another night in their home and then moved in with us completely about three months later. ¬†She was definitely one of my biggest supporters. ¬†My first word was “Ma”, but it was for her and not my own mama! ¬†She even bought a piano for our church fellowship hall so I could play for Sunday School.
8. ¬†My hubby and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary – TODAY! ¬†We have known each other for 20 years. ¬†Of course we all know that marriage isn’t easy, but I have enjoyed every second of our time together!
9. ¬†I’m addicted to Coke Zero.
10.  I love peanut butter.  Peter Pan Reduced Crunchy is my favorite.  I sometimes just scoop out a spoonful and eat it with milk.
11. ¬†I don’t want to tell her, but my mama was right. ¬†When I was acting up as a young girl and teenager she always told me “You reap what you do”. ¬†And my little girl is TWO handfuls!
My questions for Marion, J, Michelle, Erin, Mrs. K. and Katie:
  1. What was your favorite subject in school?
  2. What is your favorite song right now?  The one that you blast in the car riding down the street!
  3. What’s your favorite place to vacation?
  4. What’s your most memorable teaching moment?
  5. What are your hobbies?
  6. What was your first job?
  7. Who makes up your family?
  8. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
  9. What’s the best piece of teacher advice you ever received?
  10. What’s the last movie you watched? ¬†What were your thoughts?
  11. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Also, if you have some time, make sure you participate in my 100 Follower Giveaway.  The image below will take you to the giveaway.
Until the next time,

Back to School with Bloglovin’ Blog Hop

A Teacher Without a Class and Teachingisagift are hosting a Back to School Bloglovin Blog Hop.

Make sure you pop over to visit A Teacher Without a Class, she’s having an awesome GIVEAWAY!

Teaching is a Gift
A Teacher Without A Class is giving away a laminator! What a great Back to School prize to win!


Teaching Is A Gift is giving away her awesome Chalkboard Style Classroom Quotes Posters!


If I were you, I’d head on over right now……I definitely did! LOL!

Until the next time,

ActivExpression Devices – My Best Friend! {Thursday Thrown Down Linky Party}

Happy Thursday! I’m joining up with Erin at I’m Lovin’ Lit for her Thursday Thrown Down! This linky party is all about getting interactive with your students! You can share your ideas and strategies for anything interactive – manipulatives, group work, music, interactive whiteboards, interactive notebooks – ANYTHING that makes your lessons interactive!


These beauties are a work of art! They are guaranteed to get the most reluctant student involved in your classroom lesson. ¬†That’s right…..I’m talking about my ActivExpression Devices!




I remember the first day we got them. ¬†The kids were so giggly. ¬†So was their teacher! ūüôā ¬†The great thing about it is I see the same excitement year after year when I get these babies in their hands. ¬†The most dismal task becomes exciting and new when we use the devices.

With the ActivExpression devices students can answer in the following formats:  multiple choice, true/false, likert scale, sequential order, and text entry.  I use them everyday for almost everything:  entering bellwork and homework, a quick checking for understanding during a lesson,  mini-assessments, even as a reading log.  


Surviving Sixth Grade
The students are totally engaged! ūüôā


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What I really love about them is the immediate feedback. ¬†We follow the EDI (Explicit Direct Instruction) model, and so we frequently “check for understanding” when reviewing skills and concepts. ¬†Once students put their answers in, I immediately know what percentage of the class knows the information we are discussing. ¬†And the best part? ¬†All the information that they put in is automatically graded and can be exported into an Excel spreadsheet with an item analysis! ¬†Boo-yah!¬†

Specific Question Data

Specific Question Data

Individual Student Data

Individual Student Data


But we don’t have Promethean?! ¬†I can almost hear you shout. ¬†Don’t worry, there are a plethora of options for you. Have a¬†cellphone (SMS), smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet? ¬†There’s Socrative and Poll Everywhere! ¬†Have a SMART board? ¬†There’s the SMART response system! ¬†There’s also the CPR IR and CPR Pulse Don’t have anything? ¬†Have them get out those whiteboards! LOL! ¬†What I do know is that the person who is doing most of the work is doing most of the learning…..with my ActivExpression devices the students are giving me just as much information as I’m giving them – if not more.

So if your school lives in a “Promethean World”, find the tech person, media specialist, or whoever handles your technology; grab a bag of ActivExpression devices and give it a try! ¬†You won’t regret it!

Until the next time,