Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Classroom Thanksgiving FREEBIE

Where has the time gone?! First of all, can't believe I've only done two posts in November so far...that was not the plan :/ Things have been a bit crazy, but I'm here to remind you all of one of my freebies.

Thanksgiving Mad Lib!!! How fun is this? I'm going to give it to my 10th graders this Friday before break...they love getting to do fun little things like this.

So have a wonderful last week before Thanksgiving break, and enjoy this little freebie to hand out to your kids as a little treat :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is the day to stop and remember all those that serve and have served our country. My grandfather fought in WWII for the Army, and my boyfriend currently serves in the Corps. With so much senseless violence out there, we should thank those that protect our freedoms daily.

On Friday at school, we had our annual Veteran's Day assembly. We always have a guest speaker that is either in, or has been in, the military. We play the National Anthem and then we also play all the medleys for the different branches. If the students know someone in the military [relative usually] we ask them to stand during that branch's medley. It's pretty cool to see how the military reaches all of us in some way. We then end with the playing of Taps, and the students leave the assembly quietly. It's a nice assembly.

I'm not sure where the tradition started with having a sale...I'm hoping it was to give Veterans a break as a 'thank you'.  So since that's what I'm hoping it's for...I'm throwing a Veteran's Day sale as well on my TPT Store. All paid products will be 15% off :) The sale will run Monday the 10th [the Marine Corps' 239th birthday] and Tuesday the 11th [Veteran's Day]. 

Enjoy and thank someone in the military!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Currently

It is officially the Holiday Season!! I love that the leaves are finally starting to turn colors, it actually rained Friday night and some of Saturday, and the weather is even a little cooler. I love it!

Saturday afternoon/night we went to the 239th USMC Birthday Ball on the USS Midway. It was very nice and we only got sprinkled on for a few minutes and then the rain cloud passed :) All day Saturday I was busy getting ready before it started at 3pm, hence the Currently being a day late :/

And then today was spent going to a movie [Fury] and decorating for Thanksgiving...LOVE fall decorations!

And without further ado, here is my November Currently that Farley provides :)

 Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

No's a Treat!

Here's a treat this Halloween.... A Halloween Sale going on right now at my TPT Store! Head on over for some treats at 10% off. I've got a cute FREE Halloween Mad Lib, and a bunch of other treats to help you get through the next few months until Christmas break ;)

Here's the link to the Halloween Mad Lib too! :)

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Facebook Profile FREEBIE

This freebie stems from the Animal Farm Facebook profiles I created a while back. I used to have them up as a Word doc so that people could edit them, but then the formatting was all messed up, so I made them a PDF. Then I had people emailing and asking for the Word version anyway. So I've spent a lot of time emailing out the Word version.

Well now, by popular demand, I've made a blank template! Yay! It's still a PDF, but it would be easy to drop in a picture or add text :)

So head on over to my TPT Store and download this FREE Facebook Profile Template!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parent Conferences-FREEBIE

The Quarter is ending this week, and so that means next Monday is Parent/Teacher Conference day. My school doesn't require conferences, but we do suggest them for parents whose students are earning a C or lower. I'll also get a few honors parents who want to meet just to see how great their child is ;)

I created this Parent/Teacher conference sheet last year because it helped keep me on track [and mostly the parents] and helped me stay within the 15 minute time slot. Sometimes parents just want to talk and talk, and tell you their life story, or sometimes even cry about how they can't control their kid. That's great and I'm happy to listen, but I only have 15 minutes, so this organizer helped me stay on track :)

Parent/Teacher Conferences sheet, FREE on my TPT Store:

 Even if it's not officially conference time, this would be a great aid during any parent discussion. Hope you find it useful! :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Live Grading Success

Any English teacher knows that grading essays is time-consuming, mentally exhausting, and frustrating. It also takes up your home life time...what little of that you have...because you have to take the essays home to grade because there's no way you can do it at school AND grade the homework too!

I don't have a solution, but I have a different approach. A few months ago at a department meeting, we were talking about grading and how feedback is important, etc. I don't remember who brought up the idea or if they had done it, but the great idea of live feedback entered the discussion.

The only way this will work though, is if you can trust your students to do independent work for a whole week. I had rearranged by units this year, and somehow ended up with an extra week...still don't understand. So this provided the perfect opportunity to do live grading, and still have the grades turned in in time for the grading period [Quarter 1 ends next week].

So while I am pulling students over one at a time and grading their essay in front of them, the kids are analyzing articles using a worksheet I adapted regarding the Four Fundamental Ways We Relate to Text. The texts I am having them analyze are from the Common Core Appendix B exemplars.
Here's the's double sided.

The live grading has gone surprisingly VERY well. The kids are seeing what it's like for me to grade their essays and see EVERY little mistake they make. I've had so many kids notice the errors before I mark's awesome! This is also a plus for me because they can't just look at the grade and be upset--they logically understand their grade. I've had no complaints, no arguments about the grade, and kids have been telling me it's "really cool" and "really helpful".

Unfortunately, I don't have time to do this with their next essay, but I think doing it with this first one will help make sure their next paper is done correctly. They were engaged in the grading process and I truly believe this will transfer over to their next writing assignment.

Hope this helps everyone! Have a great weekend!