Sunday, February 14, 2016

Why Teachers Need Periscope

Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party
Have you been on Periscope? If not, what are you waiting for?! Periscope is getting to be the must-have app for teachers and teacher-bloggers! Let me tell you a little about my Periscope journey and why you just might be missing out if you haven't at least watched some scopes!
Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party
Last summer was the first time I heard about Periscope. I was in Vegas for the TPT Sellers conference and there was a little talk about it there. Then, I was in Dallas for the Jamberry conference and while I was waiting in line, a girl in front of me was scoping right there. So I decided I had better get on it, and tried to download it. Problem- my 3 year old smart phone was not smart enough for it - ie did not have enough memory. So guess what, after I got home, I got a new phone and downloaded the app. Then... I didn't do anything! Haha! 
But in the fall,  I watched my first scope and then after Christmas I realized I needed to turn notifications on so I knew when folks were scoping. So in the past month I bet I have watched about 2 dozen scopes from other teachers. Then in a Facebook group, Jen Jones (Hello Literacy) challenged us to get out there and start scoping ourselves and she even did a scope about it too. So I said, well, vacation is coming up - what can I scope about. I finally broke into the world of scoping with one featuring a tip I have for organizing all that incomplete student work (find that here in this blog post). Tonight I scoped about 5 things you need to do to get ready for the end of the year, because we all know it comes really fast, right? Check it out below!

So here is why you, if you're a teacher, blogger or both, have to get on Periscope. It is an endless source of great PD! There are so many amazing Teacher scopers and they have tons of ideas! I have watched scopes on how to organize all your paperwork, how to get a math center board set up, how to motivate students, how to creatively assess students and more! And for the blogger and TPTer side of me I watched scopes on how to optimize your TPT hashtags, how to track  your product statistics, and more. Listen, we all have sat through PD at our schools that meant well, but was boring and not immediately applicable to us. BUT with Periscope, you can get the PD you want and if you miss the live cast, you can watch the replay a little later. Plus, Scopers like me who use katch to save their broadcasts or save it to their phones and upload to blogs, allow you to watch them any time. How can you go wrong?
Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party
So who would I recommend on Periscope? Here are my top five favorite teacher Scopers as of today (more people are joining and scoping all the time so I bet I will have a new list next week!):


I have to put the amazing Barbara Balius first because hers was the first scope I ever watched so it really got the ball rolling for me. And Ashley Schroeder is so positive, and she scopes a lot, she is probably my most watched Scoper (I feel like I am just making up Periscope related words tonight)!  

Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party         Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party
Then we have my fellow redhead Tabitha of FlapJack Educational Resources who has terrific ideas and is really savvy about technology in the classroom AND my friend Sarah who is an up and coming Scoper with the blog Science is for Kids. She has great, fun, and inspiring science activities and I can't wait to see her scopes. (by the way, don't worry, I do follow Flap Jack but when I was clicking around I accidentally unfollowed her OOPS).

Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party   Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party
Then we have the Whimsical Teacher who is SO fun and unique and she scopes a lot! Lots of great ideas for both teachers and teacher bloggers AND Tabitha gets a second shout out for her Smartphone Marketing School account which has amazing tips for entrepreneurs.
And don't miss the iteachtvnetwork periscope channel! Some amazing teacher bloggers are broadcasting tips and advice multiple times a day here! Don't miss out!
Why Teachers Need Periscope: a linky party
Finally of course there is me! Stop by and follow me and stay tuned for more fun scopes from me! It's a really cold night out there for many of us so stay warm y'all! It's supposed to be -13 here and I have been without hot water all day because the pipes froze. Be careful everyone! And don't forget to visit everyone else in the link up to see who we love to follow on Periscope and get our thoughts on this trending app!



Friday, February 12, 2016

My First Scope - Organizing in the Classroom!


Hey all! I have been lurking on Periscope for awhile now, watching great scopers like Jen Jones, and the fun Ashley Schroeder of Schroeder's Shenanigans and of course Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard. Finally thanks to a converaation some of us were having on Facebook, I was inspired to finally turn the camera on myself!
My First Scope - My #1 Tip for Organizing all that Incomplete Student Work!
Here is my little image I was using on IG, Facebook and  Pinterest to promote it!
Now, those smart teacher bloggers told me about Katch and I set up my catch account BUT didn't realize I needed to tweet it out! Boohoo. So Katch didn't find and save it (but know I know how). However, I was at least savvy enough to save it to my camera roll so now I can share it here! Yay! You can also follow me on Periscope at @rwredhead and get the alerts because even though I feel like a spaz and a dork on the video, I will do more! I already have an idea list on my phone! So you can watch below, or head over to Periscope and watch the replay but be quick because it's only up there for a short time, right? I am still so new I don't even know how long!

 So what is my classroom organizational tip? Well, it is my #1 tip on how to organize all that incomplete student work! Watch the scope (it's pretty short) to find out! Enjoy!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

February Teaching Resources

February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!

Hey there everyone! I have a lot of great resources for you for all of the things going on this month-Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, and if you're like me and didn't start school until September, 100s Day! I also linked up with the second grade teachers for the I Teach Second Linky!  We are giving away a $25 gift certificate so be sure to read the information at the end of this post to see how to enter to win! 

First, let's check out a few ideas for Groundhog Day! Since there isn't much time until Groundhog Day, here are just some quick links to freebies! 

My friend Sally from Elementary Matters has a few great things.
Check out her product called Don't Let the Groundhog See his Shadow!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
She also has a fun combo product called Groundhog Day and Super Football Math Problems! 
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Sheila Melton has a cute and fun Groundhog Day Freebie for gr. 1.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!

This year, Mardi Gras is February 9th. Check out a few fun resources!

More than Math by Mo  has a neat Mardi Gras Sentences Freebie which looks good for grades K-1.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Sally hits the mark again with a fun Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day combo math product!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
DLTK's website has some fun Mardi Gras Craft ideas!

 Now, the 100th Day of school for me is February 10th. Some of you in other parts of the country are well past in, but in case you aren't, check out my blog post with 100 ideas for 100s Day! 
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Also, Mrs. Jones' Creation Station  has a fun 100th Day Freebie.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
You can also grab my 100 Random Acts of Kindness Freebie. It's a great template to use for a class lesson on Random Acts of Kindness and/or could be used on the 100th day of school. Brainstorm ideas with your class and have them record it on here!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Tip Junkie has some fun ideas for how to celebrate 100s Day too.

Let's get to what may be the children's favorite holiday this month, Valentine's Day. I have some fun blog posts from the last few year.  

Here is a blog post I did with fun ideas for Valentine's Day mailboxes note that some of the images in my Valentine's Day posts are not showing up right now - I  thought I fixed them but I will go back in the next few days and get them straightened out)!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
I have a blog post with lots of Valentine Ideas - Candy, no candy and more !
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Here's my blog post with Valentine's Day books, crafts and more.

I have some fun products in my TPT store, including Valentine's Day Homophone Fun. 
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
 There is also Valentine's Day Antonym Fun if your class needs more practice.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
 If you want a combination of fun activities for language arts for Valentine's Day, check out my Sweet Language Arts Pack!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Finally at my store, you can grab my Valentine's Day Writing Prompt Collection! There really are some "sweet" options, including a prompt that asks students what they think love is. The responses I get for that one are priceless.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Pocketful of Centers  has a fun Conversation Hearts Language Arts  product which is free and would be fun for grades  K-1.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
A Cupcake for the Teacher's Love is...,  is a class book for Valentine's Day and another freebie.
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!

President's Day comes quickly after Valentine's Day. 

Elementary Matters continues to amaze me with her diverse offerings - she has a  great product called  Which Patriotic Holiday. Emily from Education to the Core has a fabulous beginning reader freebie for George Washington. You know I will be using that with my class!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!    February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
Freekidscrafts.com has a terrific resource page for President's Day crafts.


And finally, great to use anytime this month, try either of my Mentor Text Products - my Mentor Text unit for Jan Brett's The Hat, or my Mentor Text unit for Virginia Burton's Katy and the Big Snow!


February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor! 
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!
February Teaching Resources from Reading and Writing Redhead - ideas for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, 100s Day and mor!