Monday, July 17, 2017

Decisions, Decisions: Classic Vs. New Google Sites

Hi teacher friends,

I have been working on a new way to build parent connection and relations with the NEW Google Sites. Apparently, there is a big difference between classic and new. In the end, I chose the New site layout for various reasons.

In the previous year I had used Google Classroom to provide supports to parents and students at home. After seeing how many parents actually went on Google classroom I decided I needed to change up my tactics a little and try something that would have easier access for parents, family members, and students. Which led me to Google Sites! Yes, there are so many options out there to build friendly sites, especially when NO I am not an expert at web design, but Google Sites just fits with my routine in the classroom.

In my classroom for the last two years I have trained myself on Google Classroom and incorporating 1:1 chrome books into student learning and development with technology. Almost every other day, I or the students would be accessing a google doc, sheets, forms, or slides. Google Sites only seemed the logical choice to connect to programs I am already using on a weekly basis.

WHY CHOOSE NEW

I chose the New Google Sites, not because it was perfect, but because I liked the end results of what I hope it can provide for my students and families. 

1. Each page has a different heading. 
This is great because I co-teach and specialize in one area, literacy (reading, writing, social studies, word study), while my teaching partner teaches in Spanish (math, science, some literacy). I have uploaded how I made cute headings and used Bitmoji in my next post.

2. I can easily upload anything from my drive. 
I have checked it out and am still exploring, but I think parents will be able to click on a doc, slides, sheets, image and it will appear in another tab or window! This means homework helpers (for Eureka), F&P level explanations, or any other upload we place in the pages is easily accessible to the user. 

3. Clean, clutter-free look.
This Google Sites has a clean and clutter free appearance. At the top are the pages and I or a viewer can clearly see the options for where to go on the site. 

So, this is just the beginning. I feel good about my start and although a lot of it has been done through the "guess and check" method my site is heading in the direction I want it to. If you are someone who is checking out the New Google Sites, I hope this "beginner guide" I will be showing helps you in some small way. 

Muchas gracias, 

Haley 



Sunday, August 2, 2015

BTS SALE!

First off, 
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT IS AUGUST! I have curriculum planning/meeting tomorrow and it is all really kicking in! In addition, TPT has their anual back to school sale!!! I have made a lot of fun and useful items this summer for myself and to share with others :) I hope you can hop over to my store and check out some purposeful and helpful back to school items that will be 20% off on August 3-4th. See you there!
~Haley
Click to get to my store ;)

Friday, July 31, 2015

The "No Clip" Behavior Chart

Hello!
So, I have been preparing all these exciting, decorative things for my classroom... but... now I NEED to start thinking about classroom management and other important factors that will make my school year successful: curriculum, parent communication {& translation in my case}, and sorting through the doom of all tasks... my classroom library. 
Getting down to business, I thought of how I can flip the colorful behavior clip chart to become a visual aid and at times non-verbal management piece! Instead of having kids go move their clothing pin up or down, I want to tap the color they are moving down to for a non-verbal notice to students in order to refocus them without drawing the attention of others. I will put all colors on my lanyard so that they are with me throughout the day. Positive behaviors I will reinforce more verbally with constructive comments. 
I wanna know, have any of you tried this or done something similar before? I would love some feedback! 
If you're interested, I have attached links to my tables below :) 
{Actual Clip Chart not included-but easy to find on TPT!} 
Happy teaching, 

Haley 
P.S. I uploaded as a PPT, so make sure that you have this program! ~It was uploaded through google docs, some font changes occurred in the process.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Student Learning Scales: Check!

I have printed and made my Marzano Scales for student use and they look GREAT! I've already started brainstorming ways they can be used with my mom {Also a teacher lol}. So, here is what they can look like, for reference... (pic snagged from my instagram)


Let the projects continue!!! Onward! 
~Happy Crafting, Haley 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Blog FREEBIE!

Ah! So much has been happening these past few days. I've had so much creative inspiration and am starting to make things for classroom decoration as well as student materials! So... here is a freebie I made for a student self-assessment check. Marzono's well known scale has many duplicates across the web. I have seen some awesome classroom signs {for example: Chevron Learning Scale by Mrs. Cain's Creations: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Cains-Creations ALSO FREE}, BUT I wanted to try out some student materials for when students are independently working/small group tasks. Click below to access this product for download! {Also, follow me on Blog Lovin' or comment to show me some love ;)}



I'll be posting later all my creations and finds! 

QUICK HOW TO:
1. Print circles on colored paper double sided to match number and description
2. To differentiate between the cards more easily print then put on construction paper circles {Get those friends and family helping you out :)} 
3. Punch a hole and put on a ring or paper clip {bend to make a ring}

ENJOY! Let me know what you think,

Haley 

{P.S.: Shout out to A Teacher's Wonderland (http://ateacherswonderland.blogspot.com/2012/09/evaluations.html?m=1)
for the circle two-sided evaluation idea. She is a fourth grade teacher and has a similar product for FREE on TPT :) I created this phrasing and imagery to meet more of my students' needs! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Label the Room! {Bilingual Edition}

One thing I am trying out in my room, that may be different than other 3rd grade rooms, is putting up labels. I have created labels for over 50 items! that you would most likely see in a typical classroom. These labels show a picture, fun polkadot backgrounds & frame, and the English term followed by the Spanish term below! This will be my first year as a SIOP or sheltered instruction teacher. I want my room to always be filled with academic vocabulary {not just content vocab. but every type of terminology students will need to succeed}. This will be a colorful and purposeful way to decorate the room and demonstrate two strategy students will be accessing year-round: using pictures and their first language to help understand & expand word knowledge!

Check it Out: Click Images




Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TPT Product Preview: Classroom Checklists & Organization

              SOOO excited! Today I was allowed to have a tour around my building and see what might be my classroom! A small introduction to what will soon be my new "home" of sorts. I've been thinking A LOT about what I will need to do when I'm allowed to spend a little bit more quality time in my room.
              My mentor once advised me, as a new teacher, to carry a clipboard around with me... I have been teaching a year and a half now and have yet to TRULY take her up on that advice. Now, with a little more knowledge of the overwhelming amount of things that must be done within a school day I am deffinitely taking up the advice, in my own way.
              This product is a way to start the year organized and stay organized with important daily tasks! In addition, it's Editable! :) Check it out by clicking on image! ... By the way its {FREE}!!!
Feedback would be much appreciated ! Muchas gracias,
~Haley