Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Saturday, 18 July 2015
Hello Friends! Welcome back to Term 3, Week 1!!
I was super excited to return to school this week! I bet all of my fellow Australian NSW teachers were the same! It's always nice to have a holiday but it is always nice to be back into the swing of things! This term were trialling a new Behaviour Strategy that involves computer time as 'free choice time'. I made these cute stop signs to blue tac onto my computer screens as a visual support to help remind students to not use the computers until they had finished their 5 activities!
I brought these 'admit one' tickets from Office works, which have so far been a huge hit in the classroom! It has been a great incentive so far!
When the cherubs arrived into the classroom on the first day they though that something was wrong with the computers ;) but as I explained what they were for, my students were excited for the challenge!
I have had a few requests to share how I set my iPads up! So I remembered to finally take a photo of my set up! I brought this clear 5 tier shelf from Office works! Each of our iPads has its own shelf, as you can see when we get more, they will of course fit too ;) Wishful thinking? ;) I love that this shelf is so easy to move around and contains everything we may need. When I need to charge them, I leave them on their shelves, run the cord outside the case and onto a multi adapter charger (Which I forgot to take a photo of) but this really works for me!! :)
I love my Belkin Stand too! Its such a great support to multitasking and working in the classroom! & I love my super cute headphones too! ;)
Stay tuned for further iPad tips and tricks in the classroom! I am excited to share my technology journey with you all! :)
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
This little FREEBIE is in my store now, go and download your copy now :)
Monday, 29 June 2015
I am quickly catching up in this amazing TPT Seller Challenge, I've already had some great response towards my Makeover Madness Challenge, so I am excited that week 2 challenge is here!
This week is all about my hopes and dreams for my TPT Business!! I started my TPT business back in 2012 but I haven't really given much of my time or effort since. I am looking to start building my business so that I can use the money for my CLIPART ADDICTION ;) and of course other important things...
Here are my dreams for my business..
My dreams for my TPT business are BE CREATIVE...SHARE & COLLABORATE... NETWORK WITH OTHER TEACHERS... (which I am sure will change over time)
I love that TPT is a creative outlet that allows for complete individual creativity (that other people can actually use and love)! TPT, at the moment for me, is all about being creative and creating things for other people that they will love and enjoy! Creating with TPT allows me to use ALL of my CLIPART that i NEED to buy.. hehe which kind of gives me an excuse to buy more! ha!
I love the sense of community that TPT brings when sharing and collaborating with other teachers, and of course networking with the other teachers too! My little TPT business is only just getting onto its feet (baby steps) but my dreams will eventually get there! Thats why I am loving this little challenge! I have written two blog posts in two days PLUS completely redecorated my TPT store! Couldn't be more proud! Thanks TPT seller Challenge!
As you can see below, my main communication with other teachers is through Instagram and Pinterest! I personally think teachers LOVE visuals ;) hehe but the others as you can see are quite neglected.... but it is definitely something I want to work on :)
Week 1's Challenge was to 'make over' an old product! I visited my little store and things were just not looking right! So guess what?! My TPT had a complete makeover.. like one of those reality tv shows where the lady goes away, loses 30kg, has a complete makeover, and when she returns... EVERYONE cries! Thats literally how I felt! haha.... I can hear you cheering me on right... Well I DID IT!! My TPT had a complete MAKEOVER! talk about Madness... but i am so happy with the results!
The first thing I did was put my super cute store heading picture in that now links you back to my blog :) Pretty Proud of this already!
Next, I made super cute cover buttons for all of my products!! I am so happy with my store now, it has given me some much needed motivation to create some new products!! Go and check it out, I DARE you! ;) Below you can see the sort of thing that I created for all of my products! Don't they look great! Click on the link below to visit my new STORE :) Plus everything is now FREE!!! YES FREE!!! Thank you TPT Seller Challenge and look out World Wide Web, as I think Miss SmartiePants is BACK!! Yippee!
I can't wait to create some new Miss Smartie Pants Goodness to share with you all!!! Hope you all enjoy :)
Monday, 9 March 2015
It wasn't until a colleague of mine broke down in an afternoon debrief, discussing a child's behaviour in the playground that I realised that teaching can be a very "tough" job! Teachers are the key caregivers in the lives of children.
It does not help when a principal/colleague noted 'Did you know what your child did in the playground today?' - I'm sure at some stage we can all relate to one of these comments....
When a child's behaviour is disruptive in any area, staff should take the approach that it is a whole school issue, not just the class teachers concern.
The only effective way to develop positive behaviour management across a school is in the context of a whole-school approach where colleagues support is the norm!!
Whenever a student's behaviour profile is significantly at-risk for learning and behaviour, such information is shared and processes are set in place. This process is based around collegial support and acknowledgment that this support is a normative, not a favour to any one teacher..
Who has that little cherub in your class that you can relate to?
Happy Monday 😃
Friday, 6 March 2015
Term 1 is quickly passing us by and we have been super busy in our classroom! We have lots of fun things to share with you this year, but first, a quick classroom tour with Miss Smartie Pants...
When we arrived at school this morning, the first thing we needed to do was check if there was any mail for us.. I don't think the posty has been yet, it must be too early on a Friday morning for mail...
Next on the to do list is turning on all of the computers and checking all of our emails.. Goodness me... Lots to catch up on before the day starts today!
There were so many emails Miss Smartie Pants decided to take a little nap before the day began.. Hmmm might be a good time to choose a book to read...
Next, Miss Smartie Pants had a close call in the reading corner... She was almost somebody elses breakfast!! eeeekkkk!!
Luckily, she just escaped the sharp, scary teeth, and found her way around the classroom library! ooooo look at all of these books to choose from!
After choosing the story for today, Miss Smartie Pants wrote up the learning focus for the day...
Next it was time to make sure of all of the needed learning equipment was ready for the day, the pencils are sharp too!
Finally, just before the children arrived at school, Miss Smartie Pants put up the computer shortcuts for the children to refer to... What a big day already it has been...!