Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Summer!

Wow!  It was a whirlwind 2nd semester!  I stayed busy teaching one of the best classes ever!  I also ran our Sharon Knights Relay for Life team, so as you can imagine, I didn't make time for updating my blog. (We raised over $2,500 for the American Cancer Society!)

I wanted to post an idea I had that our 4th grade team put together beautifully for the national BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) tour our school was a part of in March.   Mrs. Tate created the iPad acrostic:  Inspire Passionate Accomplishments Daily.  Miss O'Connor helped me craft the giant iPad and printed the colorful icons.  Including Miss O'Connor and Mrs. Tate, we (Mrs. Daniels - me!, Mrs. Elz, Miss Grimes, Miss King, & Mrs. Simmons) all had students add QR codes to the apps or web tools that were used in our classrooms.  It was a great collaborative piece for the wall space in front of our Fourth Grade Small Group room.  :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Modal Auxillaries

What's that?  Don't know what a modal auxillary is?  Neither did I, or at least I didn't know I knew what one was.  (a random and new Common Core Standard)  It's those verbs like Can I help you?  Should you take a jacket?  May I get some water?  While I did get a great free Powerpoint on Teachers pay Teachers from Eileen Mays in Eatonton, Georgia, it was trusty Pinterest to the rescue.  Virginia Chronakis' pin via Diane Rodrigues' pin led me to an ESL worksheets site, iSLCOLLECTIVE.  I chose "English" as my primary language, but they seem to have to have grammar worksheets for multiple other languages.  Simply create a free account, and begin downloading everything you could ever need.  You can also create and upload items to share and give back.