Tuesday Top 3 Posts on Social Media


Hey everyone! I decided to try something new! Each Tuesday I will be sharing with you my most popular social media posts from the past week! 
And a big thank you to Glitter Meets Glue for the awesome clip art and border. So fun!

INSTAGRAM
Actually I have a tie! These two got the same amount of feedback. First was my candle that my friend gave me to remember Bailey. Its a really nice way to remember him!
Then people were really excited either for fall, the new Starbucks cup design, or the two together!
PINTEREST
So I know (and tried to figure out) that you can put a linkable pin in your blog but I need special help! I do know this pin was my most popular - with over 100 repins and 12 likes! Click here to see it!
FACEBOOK
And this is my most popular Facebook post from the past week! It is actually a link to my blog post with tips for Interactive Notebooks. Click here to see the Facebook post. Or click the image below which was on the Facebook post.



Thanks for stopping by! If you enjoyed this let me know and maybe we can do a link up :)!

 

A Unique Way to Start the Year with Class Dojo

A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you how I was getting started with Class Dojo this year! I can't credit myself totally - I think I read the idea somewhere but can't recall where. I can tell you my friend Tabitha at Flapjack Educational Resources has some great ideas for Class Dojo at her website here!

So what did I do? I decided to NOT start out the year with individual students earning points. Instead, I decided to have the students earn points together by working on common goals during different lessons. When we got to 10 points we would earn a special reward or activity! I love it because it gets the kids working together and working on a common goal. It builds community and is a great, positive way to introduce it where they students are not feeling any individual pressure or comparing their own scores to other kids' scores - its just a group effort!

Now let me be honest, I figured out AFTER The fact an easier way to do it so let me tell you the easy way to set this up! 

First, go in and create a new class. I named it Mawnsters' Class Goals. Then, instead of entering individual students names in the class list, enter the names of your subjects, such as math, science, etc. If you think you want to break a longer block of the day down you could say "Math Lesson 1" and "Math Lesson 2". Here's what it may look like after you do this:
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
Now, if you're brand new to Class Dojo, you can click on the name and get a list of behaviors to pop up.These are the positives. But good news -you can edit them!
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
To do so you need to to your Class Dojo home page and click on the settings wheel like you see here!
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
Then if you hover/click on one of the behaviors you want to edit, the edit option comes up. Change it to suit your needs and you can also change the image.
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
You can change both the positive and needs work options. Here's what we were working on for "needs work"!
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
When you are ready to give points, click on the "lesson" and choose a type of point and then you will see this!
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
 After you give out a few points, you will see it looking more like this (you can change the monsters too - just on the edit menu, choose monsters instead of behaviors)! I like here how you can see how many points total we have as a class.
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead
 You can also see a circle graph if you click on reports to see how the class is doing. I give out almost all positive points right at the beginning but some of us really need to work on not socializing with friends during lessons and directions. :)
A unique way to introduce Class Dojo - going beyond individual student points - blog post from Reading and Writing Redhead

Finally, here is a video walk through if this is your preferred mode of learning!


Let me know in the comments what you think!

September Currently

Hey everyone! I linked up with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for Currently! Took me a few days but I did it!
Listening to... yep I have been watching One Tree Hill starting at season 1 and I am now up to season 8. I love Brooke & Julian! 
Loving... I have really been enjoying the new show Fear the Walking Dead on AMC! Although I am going to admit I have now had two nights in a row of nightmares featuring me being in the start of the zombie invasion!
Thinking...this year may be a challenging one in school. But its my 18th year teaching - crazy-I know -so I can handle it. Ad when I was doing some cleaning I found these fun cards from June. 
I love this one - they also had some other teachers sign it! And they did learn! 4x3=12 and a 4 sided shape with right angles is a quadrilateral!
This one is super nice and I like that she enjoyed the raffle and homeworkopoly!
Needing.. help with my IKEA cabinets! I put the whole thing together but I cannot get the doors and drawers to line up! I think my stepdad is going to lend me a hand soon! He helped me with a couple other adjustments on the upper doors and then said "Just don't let any Swedish people come over". Guess that means my friend Ann is banned from the place!
And just as a bonus thank you to my sweetheart friend Laura B. who sent this nice gift to me! What a great gal!

Five for Friday

Hey I linked up again with Five for Friday  with Doodlebugs Teaching!  

I survived my first week of school! I started out with this rocking back to school jamicure featuring the retired wraps City Alphabet and a clear wrap with gold polka dots (also retired). Aren't they fun? If you've never tried Jamberry, click on the image on the sidebar or here for a free sample.
I just picked these up from Trader Joes- I figured they would be fun for Labor Day!
So...I don't think this a/c works! After being on for 5 hours it was 88.3. And if you can see up top, the OUTDOOR temp was only 86. Dumb. My poor student had to spend most of the second day of school out of the room because it was too hot. Hopefully this situation will be remedied soon!
I'm working on a new social studies product on immigration for the primary grades! I had so much fun making the Geography and Map Skills product this summer I decided to try another social studies one! Here is a sneak peek of the vocabulary cards section!
Here's a fun .gif peek at the Geography and Mapping product - just a few of the 77 pages!

One of my part time jobs is as a Jamberry consultant and they just came out with the most amazing thing! There is a new professional quality gel enamel system! It is amazing! The kit comes with a base coat, top coat, Black Cherry enamel, cuticle oil, gel enamel removal packets, buffer, nail prep wipes, emery board and orange sticks! You can also buy things ala carte! Check out my video explaining what is included! 
Here  are some images of the lacquer and the lacquer on mixed manis with Jamberry nail wraps!




 
Here's a peek at the package! 
And here is a look at the enamel colors in real life!

Teacher Week-Sanity Savers

I am back to another teacher week post! I linked up with Blog hoppin' today for Thursday: Sanity Savers!
  
Here's my #1 tip and favorite! It's an old standby but I them so much and all the time! I LOVE post it notes! And there are so many fun bright colors and styles and now even shapes! My friend gave me mustache shaped ones too! 
My #2 tip! Just like Vera, I copy a lot in advance. I actually should do even more. I try and copy the things  that I use all the time like these end of the day summary forms {They are FREE at my TPT store}. We use them every day so I usually copy enough for half-the whole year at once!
#3 I always have a bunch of great read aloud books in the little bookshelf right next to my desk! I love to read to my class right before lunch and at the end of the day. Some days we read when we have 5 minutes to spare or the students just could use a few moments to relax. Here are some of my favorite books to have on hand!