Thursday, 2 October 2014

Personalised Sticker Competition!! :)

Hello friends,

You're not going to want to miss this one!!

Have you been searching online for the perfect, super cute stickers, without any success?? I have your solution...

Introducing Symone from Stick it with Style...

A bit about me...
I am a school teacher and have been teaching for about 8 years. I was hunting for new stickers in January one year and couldn't find anything that I especially liked - all kind of generic and boring. Someone suggested that I make my own (I was making invitations and party packages on the side at the time) so I did. That was about 3 years ago and it's grown steadily ever since. I have a fairly good base of teachers who regularly purchase stickers from me. I absolutely love what I do and I love the looks on the kids' faces when they recieve one of my special stickers. There's no one else in Australia who hand designs and makes personalised stickers for teachers. 

Here are a sample of her stickers... Can I hear CUTE!!!

So I can now hear you screaming... well how do I win!!!! To get yourself into the draw, all you need to do is 'LIKE' Miss Smartie Pants on Facebook and design your own sticker to be in the draw! 

Here is your template to use: Complete your complete design and email your entries to and I will upload the designs to my Facebook page. Send your friends and family to "LIKE" your photo for an extra entry!! 

Please note: By emailing your sticker image you agree to allow Symone from Stick it with Style to create your image into gorgeous, cute stickers, like the ones above! Happy creating!! :)

Enter below in rafflecopter and email your completed designs, I look forward to seeing how creative you all are.. 

Without Further ado... 


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Learning Objectives!

Research shows, the higher the expectations, the harder your cherubs will want to work to achieve those expectations and in time set their own learning expectations. This is a win, win...

In my classroom I have been focusing on the professional teaching standard that talks about explicit teaching.... which fits beautifully with high expectations!!! Another win win... so I have been working with my class to develop their understanding around learning objectives. We have a whole school program that has four levels and these are based on the continuum ideas.

The basic level - MUST - is a level that everyone can achieve by the end of the lesson. This is the learning objective that all children can meet.

The second level is - SHOULD - this is the next level that children should be aiming for.

The third level is - COULD - this is the next level that children could aim for, and finally

The fourth and final level - AIM HIGHER -  is that last level that children can aim to achieve.

So far we have workshopped reading objectives...

Race into reading... This is our display of the reading continuum... each has its own cluster attached and the children move their name along the race to achieve their very best! They love this theme and work hard to get to the cars with flames and the motorbikes!!

Here is our writing cluster display... Out in space theme!! Each sun, planet, moon has a different cluster on it for children to work in their rocket ships to writing OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! They love the puppy in his space outfit!

Would you like to link up to share your ideas on learning objectives? Join in the fun :)

Friday, 18 July 2014

My first week in 3/6S!

Helloooooooo! Guess What?? I have secured a permanent teaching position close to home!! How lucky! I have just spent my first week in my new role, on my brand new class 3/6S!!! Come and have a look at what we've been up to! This term we are doing a unit called "where in the world?" 

First, let me show you my new room! 

In English we have been working hard on our individual literacy contracts

In maths we also have our own individual contracts, and we love our maths games!

From the art room this week.... 

It's been a very busy first week, but I am super lucky and feel blessed to have this new opportunity and I am very excited for what is to come ....

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Welcome to Term 2! Heroes!


My Term 2 theme is heroes- What is a hero, what makes a hero, personal heroes both past and present, celebration of heroes and the hero in me... The foundations for this unit are ceremony, art, music, theatre, dance, nature discovery, body work, and story... Who am I - Who are we together - and how i can be the best hero i can be to support myself and others.. Really looking forward to this one! Here is my classroom so far! Looking forward to sharing my Term 2 journey with you all! 

Looking forward to sharing my Term 2 with you all! :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Finally time to blog!!! Introducing the TEN Program!

You all asked for it, so here it is!! Finally had five minutes to sit down and blog about the TEN Program! The Targeted Early Numeracy (TEN) intervention program is a component of the Best Start initiative, intending to ensure that all students are on track in their literacy and numeracy learning by year 3. The TEN program compliments regular numeracy programs, and recognises that a small percentage of students are as risk of numeracy failure, even with high quality whole class early numeracy program.
During 2013, my SLSO (Student Learning Support Officer) and myself participated in the TEN intervention program training with our local Numeracy Leader which involves three phases, implementation, maintenance and an independent phase. The TEN model includes short, focussed, frequent numeracy sessions (typically 10 minute blocks). The activities are strategically targeted activities focussing on addition and subtraction, with continuous monitoring of student progress.

The implementation of the TEN program at my school was particularly effective, with post data exhibiting a 300% increase of the EAS aspect of the continuum. The program was particularly effective as both classroom teacher and SLSO were involved in the training, providing a common knowledge and language in the classroom, demonstrating a strength based approach in working in mathematics. Both teachers and students enjoyed the program, as it is a hands on, high engagement program that captures everyone’s motivation and engagement in EAS. Here are some pictures of my classroom 'in action' and some photos showing different games you can play. Follow this link to my Pinterest Board of TEN ideas to see some more games/ideas that I haven't photographed. 

 This picture shows a game using playing cards to teach missing addends, and allows students to manipulate the cards to make numbers to 11, 21,31,41,51 etc. The number can be as big or small as you need it to be and students will be able to use multiple cards to get the bigger number! A class favourite for sure!

 This grid like game can be played in pairs, groups or individually. The students throw a counter or bean bag into one of the squares, depending on the concept you are working on is what you will ask the child to do. For Example adding by 10s, if the counter lands on 31, the student must add 10 more to give the correct answer. If the answer is correct, the students marker remains in the the square. You might like to say the winner will correctly answer 4 in a row (Connect 4) or individuals might have to complete the whole grid. 

 Parking Lot is a very fun game, especially for boys or anyone who loves cars and trucks etc. This game allows children to 'park' their transport into the correct shed by ensuring that the correct number of wheels match the parking lot space. So fun! 

Barrel of monkeys is a fun, hands on activity where students try to collect up to 10 monkeys by linking their arms. When they have their number 1-10 they record the number onto a 10 frame using the five-finger ink pad, reinforcing counting on fingers. 

 Guess my number- This game is fantastic! The children pick a number from the deck 0-24 (just like guess who) and place it in the from of the game board. Students they take turns in guessing each others number. Such questions as direct numbers for emergent learners- such as, is your number 5? etc or the game can be modified for more facile learners asking if their number is higher then 10 etc. 

 The below images are of a bug 10 and bug 20 frames, where students practice addition and subtraction using 10 frames. lots of fun to include a fun manipulative such as the bugs! I also use dinosaurs and snakes. 

 This game is teddy's on a bowl. Students begin with different numbers depending on how experienced they are, on top of the bowl. In partners they take it in turns of choosing some bears to go under the bowl. When the student is ready they say there were 10 bears and 3 are left, how many bears are under the bowl? 

 This modified version of twister is a fun maths game that will have you in a twist! Depending on what concept you are working on, students take turns moving their hands and feet onto the twister mat. For example if you're working in adding 10, if a student lands on 31, they must add 10. 

This is another version of the car parking lot game. 

This connect 10 game allows students to practice making 10 by connecting four coins of their colour that makes 10. for example 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10! 

This target game is lots of fun for practicing addition and subtraction. Students start with a large number and have to subtract it to zero or begin with zero and add it to a large number. Students take turns in pairs throwing the bean bag at the chalk target and subtract or add the number it lands on. The students partner records the subtraction or addition for the students throwing the bean bag, and then they swap. 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at all of these games, if you have any questions, feel free to ask, and don't forget to check out my TEN Pinboard on Pinterest for a million other ideas!!!